Loon Lake, Big Hurd Pond, and Little Hurd Pond

Millinocket, Maine 04462

Loon Lake, Big Hurd Pond, and Little Hurd Pond

Loon Lake, Big Hurd Pond, and Little Hurd Pond Professional Review and Guide

"We set out on Loon Lake on a calm July evening, with scarcely a ripple on the surface of the water. The only sound was the steady dip of paddles into water and the plaintive cry of loons on this aptly named lake. We left behind our thoughts of the long drive getting here—on bumpy logging roads through clearcuts and third- or fourth-generation spruce/fir regrowth. Few people visit Loon Lake; most pass by on their way to more famous canoeing destinations.

Loon Lake is a wonderful place. Unlike the nearby Allagash River and Allagash Lake, this is generally off the beaten path yet readily accessible by vehicle. Loon Lake offers about 10 miles of shoreline to explore, plus a paddlable section of the Loon Stream inlet. Big Hurd Pond provides another 3.5 miles, plus islands. Loon Lake and Big Hurd Pond have quite varied shorelines, with coves to explore, marshy areas providing great bird habitat, rock outcrops draped in moss and ferns, and majestic white pines overlooking the water in places. Though we did not see the nest, we saw an adult bald eagle and several immatures, so we suspect a nest is nearby. We lost count of osprey and loons. Prominent fish species: (Big Hurd Pond): brook trout, white perch, and yellow perch."

Loon Lake, Big Hurd Pond, and Little Hurd Pond Reviews

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We made a day trip to Loon Lake from Seboomook Campground on Moosehead Lake. The trip from Seboomook is about 2 hours on logging roads. 4 wheel drive is definitely needed on these roads. After you turn off the Golden Road, the road has some real rough spots . We went during the week and there were also many large logging trucks - several times we had to pull off the road to let them pass. The turn off was a little hard to find, and the road back to the lake was very, very rough. The tire ruts were deep with potholes and there were several boulders on the sides. That being said, the lake itself was wonderful. We arrived in early afternoon and had the entire lake to ourselves all day. A storm blew up and we had to shelter onshore for over an hour, so we didn't get to explore as much as we wanted. We only made it up to the island. Water level was low, and we had to watch for submerged rocks. However, what we did see was pristine and peaceful. The lake did have a few whitecaps before the storm, but afterwards it was calm with easy paddling. The only wildlife we saw was a pair of loons on the lake, but we did see red fox and moose on our drive up there. Overall, very worthwhile if you want a place to paddle that is secluded and remote; just make sure you have the right vehicle to make the trip.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Skill Level
Day trip, camping available
Class I
Best spring through fall
Maine Forest Service, Moosehead District
Local Contacts
USGS Caucomgomoc East, Caucomgomoc West, Ragmuff Stream
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Jul 2018