Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Red River Camps an Outdoorsman's Paradise

Red River Camps stands as one of the few remaining classic sporting camps in the state. Nestled deep within the northern Maine forest, in the low-lying, rugged mountains of Aroostook County, Red River provides visitors with the perfect base of operations for those looking to fish, hunt or simply explore this beautiful and unique wilderness area. Due to its remote location, visitors will not encounter many of the human disturbances seen in more populated areas of the state, making Red River Camps truly an outdoorsman’s paradise.

The facilities crown jewel is an impressive and newly constructed base lodge (the original lodge was destroyed by a lightening strike and rebuilt in 2009) that boasts a large spacious dining / lounge area large enough for corporate events, family gatherings or intimate weddings. The lodge is situated only feet from crystal clear, trout rich waters and canoes and kayaks are readily available for those looking to enjoy a day of fishing or take a relaxing paddle.

The remaining parts of the complex are comprised of nine cabins, all built between 1886 and 1955 out of hand-hewn logs. The cabins are clean, comfortable and full of rustic charm. All cabins (including one located on a private island) come fully equipped with linens, sheets, pillows, and towels; full bathrooms with hot and cold running water; and wood stoves with plenty or firewood and kindling. Due to the remoteness of the location, electricity is in limited supply and propane lamps provide illumination in the evenings for quite reading. In the remote wild lands of Maine’s north country, cell service and cable television simply do not exist, instead feel the hustle and bustle of the real world melt away, as you explore the north Maine woods in pursuit of your favorite outdoor sports.

Red River Camps caters to all outdoor sporting enthusiasts, offering world-class fly-fishing, epic hunting and a wide selection of recreational opportunities, guaranteed to please all matter of outdoors men and women. Activities include:

Fly Fishing - Red River has direct access to some of the state's best fly-fishing opportunities. Within a short distance from the camps, anglers can fish for Eastern Brook Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Lake Trout, and native Arctic Charr (Blueback trout). In fact, the current state record Arctic Charr was caught in Pushineer Pond (less than a 5-minutes walk from the camps) in 2008. A previous state record Brook Trout (held from 1979 to 1997) was caught in Black Pond, a little over a mile from the camps.
Hunting - In the fall, sports flock to Red River to hunt for partridge (ruffed grouse), moose, and black bear. The camps offer non-guided partridge hunting during bird season in October and hunting dogs are welcome at Red River at no extra charge. Hunters looking to stay and “heater hunt” along the hundred of miles or dirt roads or run their dogs through the many available covers, will find both opportunities plentiful. 

For individuals lucky enough to secure a moose hunting permit in zone two, no other place to stay can compare to Red River Camps. Sitting squarely in the middle Zone 2, Red River offers moose hunters a fantastic base of operations for accessing the thousands of acres of north Maine woods. The remoteness of the camps allows hunters to get the jump on other hunters, staying at less remote locations.

In September 2013, my father, brother and I stayed at Red River while accompanying our father on his first moose hunt. During that amazing week, Dad was successful in shooting a bull moose, thus completing his life long dream of harvesting one of these impressive animals. I am confident that if not for the key component of location, location, location when hunting these impressive animals, Dad’s story could have had a much less satisfactory ending.

Black Bear - Red River offers hunters opportunities to hunt black bear in the North Maine Woods and additional details can be secured by calling them.

Paddling - For paddling enthusiasts, Red River Camp offers a rich assortment of lakes and ponds to explore, from small ponds surrounded by cliffs to giant wind-swept lakes, over a mile long and 300 acres in size. Red River keeps Old Town canoes and sport boats on many of these ponds for guest exclusive use and are included in your stay.

Hiking - Red River Camp offers great opportunities for hiking and sightseeing. Deboullie Mountain's historic fire tower (it's certified on the National Historic Lookout Register) is a must-hike for anyone with an inclination to see the sights. In addition to the mountain trails, Deboullie also offers an expanse of historic roads that criss-cross thousands of acres of pristine country. Over the past five years, the Bureau of Parks and Lands has expanded the hiking opportunities in the township to well over 30 miles of trails that take visitors to views of rock slides, ice caves and various other interesting geologic phenomenon.

Wildlife Watching - The north Maine woods serves as home to a host of wildlife, from bears and moose to fishers, pine marten, and mink. Early morning and evening hikes or slow drives through the miles of dirt roads are sure to have visitors catching a glimpse of these beautiful animals.

In 2009, we had a den of foxes on the edge of the Camps and one of them still enjoys coming back to play. Within just a few feet of the lodge a myriad of ducks including; goldeneyes, mallards, mergansers, black ducks and loons can be seen swimming in the pond and eagles, falcons, hawks and a dizzying array of song birds dance in the morning and evening sky.

Red River Camps invites visitors to come and enjoy the finest the north Maine woods have to offer this season! So make sure to give Red River Camps a call (207-554-0420) or email (Jen@redrivercamps.com) and book your stay now! Don't let the adventure of a lifetime passes you by!

1 comment:

  1. My wife and I first visited Red River Camps in 2001 and 2002. We enjoyed the seclusion and beauty of the area. We have planned another trip this summer, this time with our 11 year-old son who is looking forward to it as much as we are. I expect that upon our return, I'll be writing about our experiences in my own blog, http://ne-wanderer.blogspot.com/.

    Steve Lyons


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