should I bring?
Food — Our refrigerators
are small, they will hold about a weeks worth of groceries. We advise guests
to plan to bring canned/boxed goods to accomodate the smaller refrigerator
space. The freezers in the
refrigerators are also small, about 1/2 to 1/4 the size of a normal freezer
Flashlights —We do not have
electricity, and although navigating in the dark from the moon and stars can
be fun, it is not always practical.
Charcoal — If desired each
cabin has a barbecue grill.
Hand soap & toiletries —
preferably phosphorus free and biodegradable.
No toiletries with
perfume in them. (unless your goal is to attract biting flies)
— if you
bring disposable plates and cups, please bring paper rather than plastic.
Aluminum foil and other
Fishing & Hunting equipment
— Fishing can he good in the surrounding area and at the pond. Hunting is
excellent in the fall. Resident and non-resident Fishing/Hunting licenses
can be obtained in Greenville or they can be obtained online before your
arrival click to
buy your Maine Fishing-Hunting license online at MOSES
Camera and extra
batteries — The moose put on quite a show.
Binoculars & Field Guides— Wildlife
watching, bird watching, and stargazing
Hiking boots — Nearby Little
Spencer Mountain is a challenging climb. There are several hiking and
walking trails in the area, including trails that start near the camp yard.
Swimsuits & Beach shoes,
insect Repellent — During
late May- August, the black flies, mosquitoes and no-see-ums can be
bothersome without a good repellent to ward off attacks.
Layers: Maine is notorious for a wide fluctuation in temperatures. If you
decide to hike Little Spencer Mountain, it could be hot at the bottom and
very cool at the top.
The cabins are fully furnished
including sheets and blankets on the beds, towels., pots and pans, dishes, and
utensils. We provide dish soap & matches for the cabins.
Please do not bring:
Personal Watercraft (“jet
skis”) and Water Skis/towing devices are prohibited by Maine State Law on
the pond and not allowed at the camps.
Landowner Rules prohibit
ATV’s in the East Middlesex Canal Grant, and thus they cannot be at the
Boats with motors over 10
hp will not be allowed to be launched on the pond, but may be accommodated
in the camp yard if you plan to use them on some of the larger bodies of
water (Moosehead Lake). Please contact us in advance so special arrangements
can be made.
Styrofoam cups and plates
How do I charter a float plane or take a scenic flight into/out of Spencer
For a Scenic Flight departing directly from Spencer Pond Camps, you can
Air Tours pilot James Schoenmann will provide a scenic tour leaving
directly from our docks on the pond. Prices can vary but aproximately
$60/per person minimum 4 people for 20 min tour.
Jackman Air Tours
7 Attean Rd.
Jackman, ME 04945
Jack's Air Service
out of Greenville Maine can be contacted to arrange charter flights in and
out of Spencer Pond. 207-695-3020
You can take a float plane scenic tour with
Currier's out of Greenville
Folsom's Air Service can also be reached at 207-695-2821
How are the roads - will my vehicle make it the 14 miles over dirt
roads into the camp?
Road conditions vary throughout the year. Please
contact us if you are concerned. A four-wheeled drive is not needed to
access the camps during the times that we are open. However, you have 14
miles of dirt roads between the camps and the closest town. These roads
even when well-maintained and smooth should be traveled with caution at
slow speeds to avoid flat tires, damage to oil pans, or collisions with
wildlife or other vehicles that have forgotten to travel with caution.
The log trucks have the right of way, and you should move to the side of
the road when you meet them. Do not expect them to be able to stop or
slow down for you. Sometimes there can be large
potholes, rocks, bumps in the road,a small wash out on a corner, or
debris from the logging operation.
Where can I buy groceries?
Light supplies - soda, milk, some canned items, etc can be purchased at
the Kokadjo Trading Post (14 miles away). The closest grocery store is
34 miles away in Greenville - Indian Hill Trading Post. Some of
our guests arriving on motorycles or late in the day after a long drive
prefer to use our grocery service, in which you provide the grocery
list, and we will work with Indian Hill Trading Post to have your
groceries packed and delivered and placed inside your refrigerator in
the camps. The charge for this is $35.00 which does not include the cost
of the groceries.
would like to hunt, fish, moose watch, but I don’t know the area, do
you provide guide service?
Christine are both licensed Maine guides & depending on our schedules we
do offer guided eco-tours. We will also gladly share tips and our
local knowledge free for those that prefer a “do it yourself
adventure” Want to see a Moose but want to avoid the Moose safari
crowds? We can direct you to several spots or set you up with customized
ecotour when schedules permit.
Tours at Spencer Pond Camps
Can I come to the camps even if I have never made
a wood fire, used gas lights, or been in a canoe before?
Absolutely, we pride
ourselves on being able to patiently explain and teach people of all
levels these types of things. Many of our guests have never seen a
kerosene light other than in the movies, much less used one. Others may
be old hat at the lights and the fire but have no idea what some of the
older tools in the kitchen are used for. Maybe you have made a wood fire
before, but you have no idea what that weird looking wire contraption
over the stove is for (usually a toaster for your bread and bagels).
Maybe you are nervous about getting the wood fire going, we will help
you! Often we assume knowledge so as not to offend guests, but if you
don’t know how to do something – please ask! For example – how does one
make popcorn without a microwave? We can help you and even share our
How is the cellular service - how can I be reached in case of an
Cellular service is spotty in our area, it is our policy that cellular
phones, laptops, and notepads along with other mobile devices absolutely can not be used outside in the camp
yard, and should be kept to low levels and turned to vibrate while in
the cabins. Guests are welcome to travel to the parking lot to use their
cell phone or to the top of the driveway. Our camp phone signal is
boosted via a Yagi Antenna and can be provided to your contacts in the
event of an emergency - 207-745-1599.
We try to provide you with a family vacation that is TRULY different &
unique. A place you can go and know that you can truly get away from it
all, We find guests removed from their electronic devices fall back on
things they may not have done for years - simple conversation, games,
walking in the woods, reading, or just sitting on the porch and watching
Will it snow? What is the
Depending on the time of year,
it is quite likely that it could snow. Maine has had snow as late as early June
and as early as late September. However, during an average year, you will see
snow in mid to late November only. Evenings can be cool throughout the year,
even in summer, so be sure to bring a sweater or pullover to keep you warm.
My Dad had seen ice in the bucket on the 4th of July. Check
here for monthly averages.
How big/deep is Spencer Pond?
Big Spencer Pond is 980 acres and has a maximum depth of 16
75 acres and has a maximum depth of 5 feet
Little Spencer Pond is
Why do I need to bring insect
Black Flies are the
unofficial Maine State Bird. We are in a remote location and you become a food
source. No-see-ums come out at dusk and are equally hungry. Insect bites itch,
on some people they turn red and swell. If you are really interested in learning
a lot more about
Black Flies in Maine,
click here! That said, we personally don't find the black flies that bothersome
most of the time, especially when near the campyard or on the pond where
there is a breeze. Light colored clothing, lots of garlic in our diet, and a
lifetime of immunity may contribute to our natural resistance to the little
We noticed Dana is a lobsterman - can I get fresh Maine Lobster at camp?
This is truly a service you will find at no other camp in Northern
Maine. Dana is an authentic commercial Maine Lobsterman, depending on his fishing
schedule and your length of stay at the camps (typically June -
November - although sometimes varies) he can deliver to your cabin Fresh
Wild Caught Maine Lobster that were literally pulled from the trap in
Blue Hill Bay that morning. Prices vary, but we charge all our camp
guests boat price, which is considerably lower (about 1/2 to 3/4) than
what you will pay from a dealer or store. So you can enjoy the
remoteness of the Great North Woods with the authentic and undeniably
fresh taste of the coast of Maine. Please note - this service is not
available every day - his fishing schedule may vary based on a variety
of factors. In the winter Dana is a scallop dragger, bringing in fresh
dayboat scallops each open day of the season. We are able to ship these
directly to you or you can arrange pick up directly at our winter home
in Orland, Maine.
Can I get takeout or pizza in
town? Will they deliver?
Takeout …The short answer is
yes. Theoretically, I suppose delivery via float plane could be arranged, but it
would probably cost a small fortune and require much advance preparation. The
real answer is much different. It really depends on how bad you want this pizza,
takeout and how far you want to travel to get it. There is a small store in
Kokadjo & we personally believe that Marie at the Kokadjo store makes incredible
pizza-perhaps the best we have had in Maine. That store also does have some soda/chips/ice/beer
and a small grill/bar and restaurant. This store is about
14 miles (30-40 minutes) away via dirt roads and closes early in the evening.
We recommend Jamos in Greenville for Pizza/Sandwich takeout- they also close early in the evenings, and
are an hour from the camps. Bangor is about 2 ˝ hours away and they do offer all
night pizza takeouts from larger chains…again its up to you. It may just be
easier to bring the dough and materials and make your own. Ask us, we have some
good recipes with homemade dough and veggies from the garden when in season!
Can I access the internet?
We intentionally do not provide internet
service or a Wi-Fi signal. We find that people and families come here to
disconnect from the the distractions of our modern world. It seems to defeat
the purpose of trying to relax in this type of environment if you are
checking email, texting, and responding to voicemail messages. Some of the
best memories you will keep in your heart forever are made without these
modern conveniences. For many of our guests this is the one place where they
can enter the camp yard and truly and honestly "get away." However, all that
being said there are good cellular
signals in some locations (aka "the phone booths) in the area through the Verizon towers. We encourage an electronic free
zone when entering the camp yard. We feel getting away from the phones, web
surfing, and answering emails builds character. If you think you or your
children will be bored
without it, ask us for suggestions, we guarantee we can keep you busy.
Will I see a moose? What other kind of wildlife can i see?
For this you may want to ask
the magic 8 ball. In all seriousness. Chances are highly likely, that if you are
going anywhere in Maine, this is a place where you will be able to see
a moose. In May and June Moose are known to amble throughout the camp yard
during the day and at night. This past summer we watched a moose swim across
the pond in front of the cabins on more than one occasion. In late September
you may even hear /witness a bull moose wooing his lady love while seated
inside your cabin. In late October and November the moose seem to be
unconcerned and become increasingly visible in the woods and along the roads
and trails, often traveling in "families." However, that being said, we can not guarantee you will see a moose.
They are wild animals, and we do not control their maneuvers. However, we can
advise you on places and times to go (early morning and dusk) that will further
increase the probability that you will see a moose.
It is not uncommon to see beaver, Bald Eagles, Merlins, Osprey, Canadian
Geese, mergansers, and loons, muskrat, white-tail deer, ruffed grouse,
snowshoe hare, chipmunks, flying squirrels, racoons, in the pond, near the
camp yard or trails. More uncommon sightings while exploring the extensive
network of dirt roads or ponds may include spruce grouse, coyote, black
bear, fisher, pine marten, and a variety of turtles and woodland birds.
is Little Spencer Mountain?
Little Spencer Mountain
is just over 3000 feet. The trail up the mountain above the rockslide was
charted by long time Spencer Pond Guest and Howe family friend, Dick Manson
in 1970. Click the link below to see Dick’s notes from his first climbs up
Spencer Mountain and his adventures to find the best route.
The bottom of the trail
(below the rockslide) up Little Spencer was flagged by Anne Howe and her
daughter Cathy. Click below to read Anne’s account of creating the trails
around Spencer Pond Camps
Little Spencer is by
far the most challenging climb in the Moosehead area. Read below to find
more information about the climb & other popular hikes in the Moosehead
Region. Please do not underestimate this mountain - you should pass at your
own risk and know that parts of the trail (loose shale rocks and
more Maine climbing information click the link below:
What kinds of fish can I catch?
Brook Trout and
Spencer Pond is a reservoir in Piscataquis County in
the state of Maine.
The latitude and longitude coordinates for this
reservoir are 45.7350, -69.5628 and the altitude is 1047 feet (319 meters).
interested in fishing Spencer Pond should consult with local guides and
resources before heading out to fish. Anglers who have fished Spencer Pond
are invited to tell us when you went, what you caught, how the experience
The brook trout is a popular game fish
with anglers, particularly fly fishermen. Today, many
anglers practice catch-and-release tactics to preserve
remaining brook trout populations, and organizations such as
Trout Unlimited have been in the forefront of efforts to
institute air and water quality standards sufficient to
protect the brook trout.
Spencer Pond was stocked with Brook Trout into the
mid-1990's. Even though it no longer is stocked, it still
supports a healthy native brook trout population. Brook
trout is very tasty but we do encourage guests who do not
plan on eating their catch to practice catch and release to
continue to preserve the population for future generations.
The brook trout is
native to small streams, creeks, lakes, and
spring ponds. It is native to a wide area of
eastern North America.
Typical length: 25 to
65 cm (10 to 26 in). Typical weight: 0.3 to
3 kg (11 oz to 7 lb).
Yellow Perch are one of the finest flavored of all panfish,
and this has led to misuse of their name in the restaurant
industry. Menus will sometimes list "White Perch", "Rock
Perch" or simply "Perch" that are actually other species.
Yellow perch size can vary greatly between bodies of water,
but adults are usually between 4-10 inches (10-25.5 cm) in
length and weigh about 5.29 oz (150 g) on average. The perch
can live for up to 11 years, and older perch are often much
larger than average; the maximum recorded length is 21.0
inches (53.3 cm) and the largest recorded weight is 4.2 lb
(1.91 kg). Large yellow perch are often called "jumbo
perch". They are a popular panfish and are known to be a
good eating fish.
the outhouse smell?
The average outhouse is
three to four feet square by seven feet high. Most have no windows, heat, or
electric light. Due to the odor, most were built between 50 and 150 feet
from the house, often facing away from the house. So they didn't have to
smell the unpleasant odor, many people left the door open while they were
using it. Old-timers will admit that they had trouble breaking this habit
with the invention of indoor bathrooms. If you do not tend to the outhouses,
they will get a strong foul odor.
We take pride in maintaining our outhouses so the negative smell is minimized. All outhouses
are cleaned out and sanitized between every party of guests. If you need to walk to
and from your outhouse at all times of the night and day, they are located
a convenient distance away from your camp. Each camp has its own private
outhouse & we ask that guests use only the outhouse assigned to their cabin. Each outhouse has been built so there is plenty of fresh air
without the need to leave the front door open. This requirement also keeps
them very cold in the wintertime. We even use the same toilet seats in our
outhouses that you use on your toilets at home. Often first time guests to
our camps remark on the fact that these are the cleanest "freshest" smelling
outhouses that they have every been in. This is not your typical backwoods
outhouse or porta-potty experience.
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How do I use electricity and my
appliances there? Do you have electricity and TVS?
We do not have electricity or
generators in the six cabins we rent. You can use any battery powered appliance
as long as the sound level is kept low. Every cabin has at least one coleman drip
coffee maker and at least one coffee
percolator for perking perfect coffee.Lunkers also has a French Press. In the
percolators,to make coffee, you let it perk for 5 to
8 minutes depending on your taste. With the Coleman Drip Coffee Makers, you
simply fill them up like a regular coffee maker with filter and coffee and
set it on the stove 5-7 min later you have 10-12 cups of freshly brewed
coffee.To take a shower, you heat the water yourself
or wait for the sun to heat it for you. We will gladly share our “how to”
knowledge with you, as there are alternatives to almost every appliance you
would use electricity for. We do not have TV's -as one guest said last year -
the view and antics of the wildlife on the pond and the woods outside
your cabin are your local programming.We actually have libraries with
a variety of books - from field guides to classic adventure stories for all
age groups! Feel free to peruse and travel back in time away from the Kindle
to read and feel the pages of a bound book. We continue to expand our
libraries so if you have any books to donate to the cabins feel free to
For guests that require medical devices such as C-Pap machines we have found
a 400 watt inverter and a marine or car battery works the best. Both of
these items should be purchased in advance and brought with you. They can
also be used in the event of power outages in your home. We can recharge the
battery with our small generator if needed.
I swim in the pond?
Absolutely. Many of our guests go swiming every
morning, some have even swum across the pond to "Norway point" and back.
Some guests will spend all day in the water on a hot summer day. Do we have
leeches? Yes. Every pond in Maine does, and we find as long as you avoid
splashing in warm shallow weedy areas most of our guests are not bothered by
them. There are some areas where they are more prevalent and we would be
happy to advise you if you are concerned. If a leech does attach you simply
sprinkle salt on it and it will fall off.
For those naturalists that are interested in learning more:
Maine DEP - information on leeches
Bats and spiders?
Yes. We have them. Remember these are old log cabins
in the middle of the Maine woods, and we consider both beneficial. A
bat can eat over 60 insects an hour, and they can be viewed whisking around
the campyard at night. We like mosquitos less, so find the bats very
helpful. We do on rare occasions get both in the cabin. We
will immediately remove them from the cabin, and try to release them
unharmed outside. We have had on ocassion an enterprising squirrel or
mouse who will try to sneak into a cabin as well, again we will remove them,
although squirrels are fast and vocal and hard to catch with a net. We have
a zero tolerance mouse policy inside the cabins and take preventative
measures throughout the year.
Click here to read about White Nose syndrome and why bats are important
Is that the sound of wolves I
hear at night through the windows of cabin?
Unless one has escaped from
the zoo in Quebec or was someone’s escaped pet, the answer is no. The
haunting cries you hear at night are the cries of the loon. Loons sing
across the pond and in front of the camp yard throughout the night. Their
wild call and yodeling speaks to a certain wildness within us all and
awakens your connection to nature.
Besides loons, there can also be animals who call at night such as Owls,
bobcats, coyotes, frogs, etc.
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Is it true that there was a
baby moose raised at the camps?
a baby moose... by the name of BULLY
"Bully, My Third Child"
tells the tender and often poignant adventure of raising Bully, the moose.
Much was learned about moose from this unusual event.
There was also a baby
Great Blue Heron named Ardea raised at the camps.
I want to come to the camps during the fall, but I am not a hunter. Is the woods
safe for me at this time?
Spencer Pond Camps does
openly welcome hunters. We also openly welcome nature lovers and hikers.
Bird Hunting Season starts in October, during this time we often have bird
hunters at the camps and they are in the surrounding woods. They use
shotguns which are loud but have an average range of about 50-70 feet. They
are hunting for ruffed grouse and I can't think of one occasion where a
hunter in Maine has confused a human with a pint sized bird. Bird Hunters
that choose to walk deep into the woods on hiking trails are few and far
between(although we strongly encourage these hearty souls). Our observation
is most bird hunters that our not our guests and are frequenting the area,
look for birds along the sides of the dirt roads. This is what Christy calls
"heater hunting" (a practice she considers "cheating"). If you really want
entertainment you can always avoid the trails and come into the office and
listen to Christy and Dana debate the subject or if you are walking along
one of the miles of dirt roads and are concerned that
you may look like a ruffed grouse, you could always wear a piece of orange
and keep yourself from chirping while walking in the woods. Keep in
mind Spencer Pond Camps sits in an over 22,000 acre township, the township
is surrounded by hundreds of thousands of acres of the North Woods and it is
a long drive to get up here so hunters are not prevalent every where you go.
We do not allow hunting from the top of our driveway down and have several
hiking trails that are well within that range. Rabbit hunters also arrive in
October, often they use beagles to chase the rabbits, if you hear a pack of
baying beagles, and are concerned you look like a rabbit, it would be best
to stand very tall and talk loudly and not twitch your nose- also remove any
carrots from your pockets. Deer Hunters arrive in November. Again, the
concern about you being "safe" most deer hunters do not choose to fire
random shots into the woods, that would tend to scare the deer away, and
thus defeat the purpose. It would not be advisable to dress in brown with a
white hankerchief in your pocket or wave a pair of white gloves while
walking in the woods at this time of year. That said if you are walking in
the woods with two pieces of flourescent orange at a steady pace and acting
like a human being and not a deer chances are most hunters will let you go.
Seriously, accidents do happen, and we don't take those lightly. But we also
think some of the buzz is just that buzz. We have two small children and our
favorite time to get out in the woods is late autumn, we would never put our
kids in harms way if we truly thought it was dangerous.
As for bear hunters,
we gladly welcome anyone that is willing to come do a spot and stalk with no
bait and put their time in scouting the woods from sunrise to sunset. We do
not welcome bear baiters and bear baiting is not allowed in this township.
Moose hunting season is for one week in October in this zone. For the past
two years we have not hosted moose hunters and have no plans to proactively
do so in the future (although Dana feels differently). Luckily Christy is
the web master and is in control of the advertising budget and most phone
inquiries, so if you are a moose hunter calling us for a reservation, make sure to pretend to
be a long lost friend and ask for Dana. We believe that in this day and age
of high tech game cameras, scented lures, and new scent covering
technology, the true authentic skills of hunting in the woods and learning
how to navigate with compass and map, track, and read animal sign, food
sources, and identify behavior are being slowly lost by hunters pressed by
time and with big wallets to pursue an easier route. We love to see hunters
in the woods that still demonstrate such skills, as we feel they are truly
in love with the woods and understand the concepts of conservation. These
type of hunters have alot to teach us and the other "naturalists" they meet
here. We prefer to eat organic locally raised meat , which is why Christy and Dana are both
successful hunters. We love to meet others that share these skills or want
to learn. Bottom line, these woods are big enough for everyone to
share. Let's thank the generosity of the private landowners and timber
companies who maintain the roads that provide such easy and free access to
I am a hunter will I be welcome at the camps - I had heard that you are closed
during hunting season or that you didn't take hunters?
Spencer Pond Camps would
LOVE to be your choice for hunting season. You will find a warm welcome
here, for our November hunters expect us to keep your cabin nice and warm so
it is cozy when you return. We have a loyal crowd of bird hunters and
white-tailed deer hunters that return year after year because this is a
great place to relax, hunt in the great north woods, and get away from it
all. Plus our rates are cheap in the fall, for parties of four or more
people it is only $25 per person per night in November - thats a pretty good deal for a
fully furnished cabin!. We close the 3-4th week of November, simply because
once the real snow comes, we have no way to drive our vehicles out over 14
miles of unplowed roads, so we need to be prepared in advance. Christy and
Dana are both hunters themselves and would love to swap stories with you.
Dana does guided hunts and we will also share our knowledge of game hot
spots for those that prefer a do it yourself adventure. Dana has owned and
hunted with beagles for years and we still have a rather portly one named
"Lesgo" that we take out on occasion. - we would love to see you
bring your dogs in and Dana would probably spend the day out in the woods
with you. There is no bear baiting in this township and we support the
landowners decision, so we do not accept bear hunters who plan to hunt over
bait. We require that our hunters abide by all Maine state game laws and are
ethical in their hunting approach, and that they do not litter while in the
woods and bring all used shell casings back with them in their pockets.
Someone told me there is a
ghost at the camps? Is that true?
Only if you believe in
ghosts like old "Mose" who we blame for all the unusual happenings around
camp. Be sure to ask about the ghost Mose after you arrive.
Do you provide meals?
Short answer, no. However there
is always the possibility we might invite you over for dinner, a cup of coffee
or tea, or dessert in our cabin. We also like being invited to the cabins. Dana
especially likes cheesecake. On occasion we make homemade ice cream, or do an
old-fashioned bean hole bean supper.
Can I plan my wedding at the
Absolutely, we have had several weddings at the camps, few places offers
such a spectacularly dramatic back drop for your special day. For many
guests, the complete privacy and seclusion the camps offer is perfect for
their wedding celebration.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Henry - married in October 2010
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