Upper West Branch Penobscot River and Chesuncook Lake
August 2nd - 5th 2009
Ever since the epic Maine 2003 trip, I wanted to go back. There is just something about the great north woods of Maine that makes me feel at home.
We enjoy canoeing and camping and thought why not combine the two. Typically we have backpacked on our multi-day camping trips. Something about being able to not worry about weight as much and spending more time enjoy the camp life was very appealing.
We targeted the upper west branch of the penobscot for it-s remote setting and docile waters. The fine folks at Katahdin Outfitters helped us plan the perfect trip. We left our car at the ranger station on Chesuncook lake and put-in at Lobster Stream on the river.
Here is a map of our course and our camps:
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Fishing was another draw for me. I had a great smallmouth bass day trip on the east branch back in 2003. The west branch is more known for it-s landloc salmon and brook trout. With the water being so high and being late in season, the fishing was less than stellar. I caught several creek chubs, perch and one small brook trout but not a single bass. I have to admit, I didn-t fish that hard, I was too busy enjoying the wilderness.
As you can see the camps were well established and for the most part very clean. Our favorite was the first on Big Island North. What a treat to be able spend the night in such a beautiful place. Jaimie was so relieved to see the well ventilated housed latrine. It was -a busy week- and we saw at most a group or two of people each day. The camps are quite far apart so settling in early is advised.
We had a wonderful trip and would highly recommend it!