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Nahmakanta Lake Wilderness Camps

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1 Nahmakanta Lake Road T-2 R-11, Millinocket, ME 04462
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#3 of 13 Speciality lodging in Millinocket
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Since 1872, Nahmakanta Lake Wilderness Camps has been a premier destination for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, wildlife and birdwatching, and some of the best trout and salmon fishing in Maine. Our historic 19th century dining lodge and newly restored, private guest cabins are right on the shores of sparkling, spring-fed "Nahmakanta", often called Maine's most beautiful lake ! We are situated in the heart of Maine's fabled "North Woods" between two trout streams in an idyllic setting of tall shade tress, green lawns and wildflowers. Our unique location and exclusive access make this one of New England's finest wilderness vacations ! Moose and nesting loons are often seen right in front of camp. The "100 Mile Wilderness" section of the famed "Appalachian Trail" is just 1/2 mile away.
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1 Nahmakanta Lake Road T-2 R-11, Millinocket, ME 04462
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Glen Washburn wrote a review Oct. 2020
Raymond, Maine1 contribution
After many yearly fishing trips to a remote Maine fishing camp, the last three years with my son, we decided to search for another, as the former one began to be a disappointment. Searching with google, I found the website for Nahmakanta Lake Wilderness Camps. I was attracted to the fine website they have, plus the numerous excellent reviews. Not a bad review to be found on the web. On September 10th, 2020, a day earlier than originally booked, we arrived at the camp to be greeted by owners, Don and Angel. Angel escorted us to our cabin, where all essential information was shared, as well as all questions answered. Each cabin has its own immaculate bathroom, with hot water and shower, located maybe 50 feet from the cabin. The cabins are spotless, with gas lights, stove and refrigerator. Everything one needs to cook is provided, maybe with the exception of a good set of knives. I was aware of this and brought my own to cook with. Beds are comfortable and a woodstove with real kindling and small split hardwood is provided for those cold September mornings. The owners, Don and Angel, are inspirational. My son and I swear all they do from early dawn to dusk is work to provide their guests with the best lodge and outdoor experience possible, and oh yes, maybe sleep well for a little while at night. To quote an old saying, someone broke the mold they were created from. For three very windy days we experienced excellent salmon fishing on the lake. Pond fishing was slow. An early morning hike into one of the remote ponds provided one nice trout for my son. Knowing the fishing that might await us back at the lake, we decided to leave and pursue more salmon, not to be disappointed. All the equipment one needs to enjoy the lake is provided: canoes, kayaks, row boats, paddles and oars, life jackets, seat cushions, anchors, fishing nets – minus one that went overboard in the wind, are provided. 14 foot Lund boats with 8 HP Honda motors are available for a fee. Boats and all equipment are in excellent shape. Fishing, hiking, photographing, and just enjoying the quiet Maine wilderness are all awaiting any guests. Believe all of the great reviews, and don’t be afraid to try a vacation at the Nahmakanta Lake Wilderness Camps.
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familygoBoston wrote a review Oct. 2020
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Our trip to Nahmakanta Lakes Wilderness area at peak foliage met every need. We had hoped to see moose, and engaged Don for canoe moose safaris on two mornings and we were not disappointed. The sheer autumn beauty and tranquility of wilderness was enough to delight us, but spotting several moose in the wild was an extra bonus! Our stay at NLWC was comfortable and Don and Angel were incredible hosts, adding Covid safety to their normally very busy schedule of caring for guests. Our cabin was comfortable, clean and well equipped. Meals this year were delivered to your cabin, and were enough for 4 people! My vegetarian diet was gracefully accomodated. The cabins are sited so close to the lake you can hear the waves lapping and loons calling. Our cabin site featured all the amenities, chairs, fire rings, grills, and picnic tables. Our privately assigned bathroom was located a few steps behind the cabin with heat, electricity and hot water. Guide services are additional, but small craft with paddles and pfds were complimentary, as well as several well marked hiking trails within walking distance from camp, including sections of the Maine Appalachian Trail.
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Rosemary G wrote a review Sep. 2020
Boston, Massachusetts38 contributions24 helpful votes
Don and Angel are a phenomenal team. They keep an impeccably maintained retreat and their attention to detail allows guests to have personalized experiences that range from extremely active to really quiet. Guests can fish, kayak/canoe, hike, swing in a hammock, swim, and sit by the fire all in the same day or stretched over a week. This place is magic. We highly recommend visiting. The cabins are great. Comfortable beds, plenty of space, and all the amenities you need, and not any extras. Just rustic enough. Bring your own knives if you're a cook. No internet. No cell service. For us, it makes the place even more special and relaxing. The secret sauce of Nahmakanta Lake Wilderness Camp is the team of Don and Angel. They work really really hard and are kind and generous with their time and expertise. Thank you!
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Inspiration59656 wrote a review Sep. 2019
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Don and Angel are two of the most amazing people we have ever met; incredibly hard working with hospitality to the max, an extensive knowledge of the area and a willingness to share this information in a personal and caring way. The camp far exceeded our expectations. Our cabin was clean, well furnished, very comfortable, and was supplied with several pots and pans, a stove, a sink with running water, and a refrigerator in the kitchen area, that we never used. The private bathroom facility across the yard from the cabin was exceptionally clean with hot and cold water at the sink and shower, electric lighting, and propane heating. Meals were incredible in quality and quantity with the best cinnamon dinner rolls / pop-overs ever. The fishing was outstanding; caught two nearly 18-inch brookies on a dry fly the first day out and my wife caught her first trout ever - a beautiful 14-inch brookie on a streamer. We saw an eagle, three moose, a great blue heron and loons, all from the front of our cabin on the first full day there. All trails, including the Appalachian Trail and several trails to back-woods ponds, were very well marked, a joy to walk, and very accessible from camp. We will defininately be returning to Nahmakanta Lake Wilderness Camps. An excellent get away for fishing, hiking, canoing, kayaking or just plain relaxing. Carol and Steve C.
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Adventurer108 wrote a review Sep. 2019
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Do not be fooled by the fishing photos on their website. This place is about so much more! The camp is surrounded by beautifully maintained hiking trails (most of which are designed and maintained by Don) that lead to hidden gems. Many of the trails link up and several start in the camp. (They provide a very detailed and easy to read trail map of the area.) One loop in particular (8 miles) was very beautiful and serene. It seemed like every mile or so revealed another beautiful pond or magical gorge. The AT is just a short hike away, though it seemed relatively busy and overused in comparison to the local trails. The area is saturated in peace and beauty. Many of the ponds we hiked to were so silent the only sound was our canoe paddle slipping through the water. Every day we found some gorgeous, isolated spot to enjoy our delicious bag lunch (provided by Angel). Nahmakanta Lake itself is serene, unspoiled and perfect if you just feel like hanging out around camp or going for a gentle paddle by canoe or kayak (which they provide). For us, this place was truly heaven. The cabins are rustic and beautiful. Each one has a refrigerator, stove, and cold running water (no electricity or internet which was perfect for us). There are wood stoves for the colder months and the cabins are stocked with plenty of wood to keep them stoked. The beds are wonderfully comfy. The screened porches have rocking chairs and perfect views of the lake. Each cabin has its own spotless outhouse with excellent hot showers a short walk away. In the middle of the camp is the office and dining room. If you choose the American Plan be prepared to eat a lot! Angel's cooking is as abundant as it is good! This is the only place I have ever visited where you can hike 8 - 10 miles a day and still leave 5 pounds heavier than when you arrived :-) Don and Angel are remarkable people. In the face of a steady stream of guests, they are warm, welcoming and always ready to provide advice regarding trails or fishing. Never have I met two more hardworking, genuine people. I really hope they write a book one day about their own adventures. This place is a paradise built on their commitment, love and effort.
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at Nahmakanta Lake Wilderness Camps?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Nahmakanta Lake Wilderness Camps?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.