Deboullie, Pushineer, Gardner, and Togue Ponds

Fort Kent, Maine

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Tucked away in the northern reaches of the Pine Tree State, this cluster of small but beautiful deep ponds provides opportunity for a wonderful north Maine woods experience. Be forewarned, though: Unless you live in the northern tip of the state or in New Brunswick, Canada, be prepared for some driving to get here. Deboullie, Gardner, and Togue ponds, along with about a dozen smaller ponds, are located in a section of Maine public reserve lands southwest of Fort Kent. Thankfully, you will not see massive clearcuts here. Because of the steep mountainsides, there are some significant patches of old-growth forest—a rare occurrence. The land around these ponds is either permanently off-limits to all timber harvesting or designated for modified harvest only to improve wildlife habitat or provide recreation benefits.
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)

Tucked away in the northern reaches of the Pine Tree State, this cluster of small but beautiful deep ponds provides opportunity for a wonderful north Maine woods experience. Be forewarned, though: Unless you live in the northern tip of the state or in New Brunswick, Canada, be prepared for some driving to get here. Deboullie, Gardner, and Togue ponds, along with about a dozen smaller ponds, are located in a section of Maine public reserve lands southwest of Fort Kent.

Thankfully, you will not see massive clearcuts here. Because of the steep mountainsides, there are some significant patches of old-growth forest—a rare occurrence. The land around these ponds is either permanently off-limits to all timber harvesting or designated for modified harvest only to improve wildlife habitat or provide recreation benefits.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Fort Kent
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip, camping available
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Maine Forest Service, Allagash District
Local Maps: USGS Deboullie Pond, Gardner Pond
Driving Directions: Directions to Deboullie, Pushineer, Gardner, and Togue Ponds

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