Debsconeag Lakes

Millinocket, Maine

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The Debsconeag lakes are wild, remote, pristine, and magical: the essence of Maine’s north woods. Paddling here on a quiet morning or listening to the wail of the ever-present loons from one of the rustic campsites, you can imagine what much of this country must once have been like. Prominent fish species: lake trout, salmon (First Debsconeag), and brook trout. The boat access described below (we use the term “boat access” loosely, because it is not accessible by most vehicles) delivers you at Omaha Beach on the Debsconeag Deadwater. Loons may greet your arrival, as does Mount Katahdin to the north, which seems to stand guard over many lakes in this region. Along the shore you will see northern white cedar, jack pine (a relatively rare, very short needled pine with quite flexible branches and cones that may stay on the tree for ten years or more), red maple, paper birch, balsam fir, red spruce, and a few hemlock.
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)

The Debsconeag lakes are wild, remote, pristine, and magical: the essence of Maine’s north woods. Paddling here on a quiet morning or listening to the wail of the ever-present loons from one of the rustic campsites, you can imagine what much of this country must once have been like. Prominent fish species: lake trout, salmon (First Debsconeag), and brook trout.

The boat access described below (we use the term “boat access”
loosely, because it is not accessible by most vehicles) delivers you at Omaha Beach on the Debsconeag Deadwater. Loons may greet your arrival, as does Mount Katahdin to the north, which seems to stand guard over many lakes in this region. Along the shore you will see northern white cedar, jack pine (a relatively rare, very short needled pine with quite flexible branches and cones that may stay on the tree for ten years or more), red maple, paper birch, balsam fir, red spruce, and a few hemlock.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Millinocket
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Maine Forest Service, St. Croix River District
Local Maps: USGS Abol Pond, Rainbow Lake East, Nahmakanta Stream, Pemadumcook Lake, Norcross
Driving Directions: Directions to Debsconeag Lakes

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