Attean Pond, Holeb Pond, and Moose River Bow Trip

Jackman, Maine

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We cover Attean and Holeb ponds together because they form part of the popular Moose River Bow trip. Holeb Pond and the neighboring part of the Moose River are protected by the Maine Public Land Reserve system. Bogs, fens, and marshes cover the landscape, supporting a large moose population. We saw two moose on our trip, and friends who made the same trip a year earlier saw five. In the evening, beaver swam before us, eventually slapping the water with their tails before diving out of sight as we ventured too near. The Moose River Bow loop totally encloses Number 5 Bog, a National Natural Landmark. Inaccessible except by foot down an old logging road taking off north from Spencer Rips, this unique, pristine fen of more than 1,500 acres may be the most remote of the Northeast’s large peatlands. Prominent fish species: salmon and brook trout. Fishing is said to be excellent.
Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition

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Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition

by John Hayes & Alex Wilson (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

We cover Attean and Holeb ponds together because they form part of the popular Moose River Bow trip. Holeb Pond and the neighboring part of the Moose River are protected by the Maine Public Land Reserve system. Bogs, fens, and marshes cover the landscape, supporting a large moose population. We saw two moose on our trip, and friends who made the same trip a year earlier saw five. In the evening, beaver swam before us, eventually slapping the water with their tails before diving out of sight as we ventured too near.

The Moose River Bow loop totally encloses Number 5 Bog, a National Natural Landmark. Inaccessible except by foot down an old logging road taking off north from Spencer Rips, this unique, pristine fen of more than 1,500 acres may be the most remote of the Northeast’s large peatlands. Prominent fish species: salmon and brook trout. Fishing is said to be excellent.

©  John Hayes & Alex Wilson/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Jackman
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Backpack or day trip
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Maine Forest Service, Arnold Trail District
Local Maps: USGS Attean Pond, Catheart Mountain, Holeb
Driving Directions: Directions to Attean Pond, Holeb Pond, and Moose River Bow Trip

Recent Trail Reviews

8/14/2009
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Great intermediate trip for my Boy Scout Troop.We Started on a Friday Morning and were done by Sunday afternoon. I would suggest adding one day to it to get to enjoy the river more.



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