Top Ten Things to Do in the Katahdin Region in the Fall and Winter
10. Get some history: Check out the Millinocket Historical Society or the Snowmobile Museum
9. Drive around the Katahdin Woods & Waters Scenic Byway and enjoy the Fall Foliage or Winter Wonderland. See the varied small towns that make up our Region, each with its own charm and identity.
8. Hunt for various wildlife species, at different times of the season. Grouse, partridge, bear, deer, and turkeys!
7. Take a sightseeing tour by plane, fly over Katahdin and the north Maine Woods to see the region from a new angle, and a different season
6. Come run or watch the Millinocket Marathon & Half! December 9.
5. Come for our Winter Celebration… Winterfest! It includes the snowmobile parade down Penobscot Avenue, ending with food and a bonfire. Enjoy the Snowmobile Best of Show at the Northern Timber Cruisers Clubhouse, Kids Ice Fishing day at Jerry Pond, and Kids Day at the East Branch Snow Rovers Clubhouse.
4. Experience the thrill of “mushing” your own dogsled team.
3. Warm up by the fire and share the peace and tranquility of Katahdin in Fall and Winer, after any of the many activities available.
2. Hit the snow… Go snowshoeing or cross country skiing on one of our fabulous groomed trails
1. Go Snowmobiling! The Katahdin Region is THE Snowmobiling Destination of the East Coast! Rent or bring your own, we’ve got you covered!
And so much more…
We invite you to visit our four season destination where trails, fun and recreation are plentiful year round! Miles and miles of terrain are waiting to be explored by hunters, fishermen and hiking enthusiasts alike. Kayakers, canoeists and whitewater daredevils look to the lakes, rivers and streams in our neck of the woods, considered among the best. While you’re here, catch a glimpse of our local celebrity – the Moose and the spectacular scenery the Katahdin area is famous for!
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For regional maps, our Visitor’s Guide, and to download our Discover Katahdin app, please visit our RESOURCE page.
The Patten Lumbermen’s Museum invites you to visit our facility to learn all about Maine logging history, including the use of bateaux on waterways to transport supplies, the stories of the fearless river drivers, what life was like inside a remote logging camp, and even the role of bean hole beans.
The Millinocket Historical Society was founded in 1979 by residents Polly and Bud Segee with a mission to gather and preserve Millinocket’s history along with the artifacts that remind us where and how our town came to be. By preserving these treasures of our past, we ensure our future generations will be able to appreciate the people and families that built this town and savor the spirit of the generations that came before them.
The Northern Timber Cruisers Antique Snowmobile Museum is located adjacent to the clubhouse and currently contains 36 antique snowmobiles. It is probably one of the largest collections of “old iron” in the Northeast.
Percival P. Baxter made it his life’s “magnificent obsession” to create, protect, and provide to the people of Maine a wilderness haven encompassing some of the most rugged terrain in the Northeast.
Spread across a wild landscape offering spectacular views of Mount Katahdin, Katahdin Woods and Waters invites discovery of its rivers, streams, woods, flora, fauna, geology, and the night skies that have attracted humans for millennia.
River Pond Nature Trail can be enjoyed in less than an hour by a quick walk down the Tenderfoot Trail or on a longer loop. The area is best seen on the 4-mile loop that begins from the primary trail head and connects the Tenderfoot Trail, Timber Cruisers Trail, and the Foresters Trail. A shorter loop can be made from the secondary trailhead using just the Timber Cruisers Trail and the Bluebird Trail.
A journey along the Michael Michaud Walking & Biking Trail is a refreshing experience any time of the year!
This quick, 1-mile, blue-blazed trail offers three separate destinations and highlights one of the most interesting features in the preserve known as the ice caves. The trail leads up and down through granite boulders, leftovers of the last Ice Age’s glacial activity. The first turnoff on the right leads to a scenic lookout, which offers a vista of First Debsconeag Lake and the Debsconeag Deadwater. Continuing down the Ice Cave Trail (left at the fork), will bring you to another fork. Veer right to see the Ice Cave – a deep hole under a jumble of boulders with a cool environment that retains ice sometimes as late as August. This is a great spot to cool off in some of Nature’s best air conditioning. Turning left at the fork will bring you to the shore of First Debsconeag Lake.
Bait Hole Recreation Trails offer easy, wide trails for walking, running, or biking during the summer. The trail network is named after the pond west of the trailhead where bait fish were once kept for fishing in nearby Elbow Lake. Moose and seasonal waterfowl can frequently be seen in this pond and nearby marsh.
This trail is strenuous, so bring good shoes and plenty of drinking water. The path leads through some remarkable stands of old-frowth forest and loops around Clifford and Woodman ponds. Rainbow Lake, the end of the trail, is the largest of the lakes in the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area, and is a great spot to see loons and bald eagles. It is also one of seven lakes in Maine with arctic char, a native fish related to salmon and trout.
The Grindstone Falls Trail is an easy hike providing access to the river for fisherman, photographers, and anyone else exploring the Katahdin Woods & Waters Scenic Byway.
This little gem is a great option for children or anyone who is looking for a nature walk with no elevation gain. It is located in Baxter State Park within sight of Togue Pond Gatehouse. The Cranberry Pond trail winds through the forest to arrive at Cranberry Pond. Bring a picnic lunch and before or after your hike, enjoy the sand beach, the beautiful view of Katahdin and swimming at Togue Pond.
BSP boasts dozens of trails, including Abol, Hunt, Helon Taylor, Dudley, Cathedral, Saddle, Knife Edge, Hamlin Ridge, Chimney Pond, North End, The Traveler Loop, and countless shorter day hikes.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (multiple trails)
This trail continues to meander along the picturesque Horserace Brook that drains the pond, as well as through a stand of old-growth hemlock. The pristine Horserace Pond is surrounded by deep green conifers and granite cliffs and boulders.
Mt. Chase is a fairly easy climb for adults and children. To reach the trail, head north on Route 11. At 6.5 miles north of Patten, turn left onto a dirt road. Most vehicles can drive this road. Once you park, walk over the level field to the trail, where you will find a crude sign marking it. Most of the climb is in the forest below the tree line where you will find assorted flora, mosses, birds and small mammals. At the top is a 200 sq. foot granite plate, which is a nice spot for a picnic. Views include Sugarloaf Mountain, Upper and Lower Shin Ponds and breathtaking views of Katahdin and all the peaks in Baxter State Park.
Managed by the Nature Conservancy, the newly completely Rainbow Loop Trail is approximately 2 miles with stunning views of Rainbow Lake, which is the biggest lake in the Debsconeag Lakes chain.
Located in Millinocket off Massachusetts Ave. It has parking, public restrooms, picnic tables, grills, and a playground.
Medway Recreation Area
Located on Rt. 157, the Medway Recreation Area on the East Branch of the Penobscot River offers beautiful scenic paddling. From the beach paddlers can choose to paddle 2 miles upstream or 5 miles downstream.
Park and put in at Crandall Park located on Congress St. in Millinocket.
Public Boat Landing on Ambajejus Lake
Spencer Cove: Located 8 miles from Millinocket on the Lake Road.
Public boat Landing on Millinocket Lake
Across from Ambejejus Lake is lovely Millinocket Lake which offers amazing views of Mt. Katahdin.
Public Boat Landing on South Twin Lake
Take Rt. 11 South for approximately 7 miles and turn right at Marina Dr (5 Lakes Lodge) to the public boat landing. From there enjoy unlimited lake paddling and great views of Mt. Katahdin.
Grant Brook from Millinocket Lake
From the boat landing, paddle left in a northeast direction. Keep to the left of a small island. As you paddle up the inlet it gets narrower. It is a swampy open area. A mile from the lake Grant Brook is only 15-50 feet wide. This is a great place to observe moose.
Pockwockamus Deadwater into River Pond
Located 18 miles north of Millinocket on the Golden Road.
Upper and Lower Togue Ponds
Located on the Baxter State Park Rd, about 17 miles from Millinocket, there is a beach, picnnic area and visitors’s center and boat access.
Hurd Pond Boat Launch
This is a carry-in boat launch in the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area. Bear left on the Hurd Pond Rd right after the Abol Bridge. At the fork go right and drive about one mile to the end of the road and then put-in for Hurd Pond.
Little Holbrook Pond
This is a carry-in boat launch in the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area. Cross Abol Bridge, drive 9.9 miles onthe Golden Road and turn left. Drive about 1/2 mile to the end of the road and the put-in is a short carry to Little Holbrook Pond.
This is a carry-in boat launch in the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area. This is approximately 4.2 miles past Ambajejus Lake on the Golden Road. Turn left, bear right about 2.5 miles down the rod to the public boat landing. From the landing and Debscondeag Deadwater it is a quick paddle into first Debsconeag Lake. This road may not be passable for vehicles with low clearance.
Passamagamet Lake via the West Branch
Located 14 miles north of Millinocket, take the Millinocket Lake Road 9 miles and bear left onto the Golden Road (Across from North Woods Trading Post, then drive 2 miles and turn left onto the Grant Brook Road. Drive 2.8 miles to the bridge and put in on the right just before the bridge and paddle about 1.3 miles upriver. The entrance to Passamagamet Lake is on the left. There is a beach on the left shore 0.8 miles from the river with beautiful vies of Katahdin. This is recommended in mid to late summer when the current isn’t as strong on the West Branch.
Rt. 11 Grindstone Road (Hay Brook Area)
Directions to put in from Rt 157: Take Rt 11 North at the intersection in Medway (blinking yellow light) Drive north approximately 12.3 miles to Grindstone. After crossing a small cement bridge (Hay Brook) drive another 200 feet and turn left on a narrow dirt road and drive another 3– feet to the put-in. You will be on the East Branch of the Penobscot River.
This is an easy 1-1.5 hour paddle- approximately 2 miles round trip. Paddle down the East Branch nearly 1/4 a mile, then take the first left, paddle unther the dridge and up Hay Brook. No current on this narrow-very crooked brook surrounded by many songbirds.
Lower Mud Brook
This is an easy 2.6 mile paddle round trip and will take approximately 1-2 hours. At the put-in, paddle upriver about 300 feet and take the first right. This is a narrow winding brook with no wind. Nearly a mile up Mud Brook there is a beaver dam and quiet water paddling for another half mile about the dam, then it becomes quick water. You may either portage around the quickwater on the right side, or return to the put-in, drive up Rt. 11 North 1 mile and take the first left and carry 150 feet to Mud Brook.
5 Mile Paddle on the East Branch
Big Sebois to the East Branch of the Penobscot River
Start your journey to the pristine Katahdin Region for some of the most scenic and exhilarating snowmobile trails in the state of Maine!
We are a snowmobile club located in Medway, Maine, the heart of some of the best snowmobiling in the country. Miles of scenic groomed trails wind their way throughout the beautiful north Maine woods. Visit the East Branch Sno Rovers any time you need to warm up and have a hot meal after a long day on the trail. You’re only a stranger once.
The JoMary Riders Snowmobile Club maintains over 100 miles of wilderness snowmobile trails with our three commercial-grade diesel powered groomers. Our trail maintenance staff has been recognized by the Maine Snowmobile Association as being “Trail Groomers of the Year.”
The Club is located on South Twin Lake, eight miles outside Millinocket, Maine, and at the edge of the KI/JoMary multiple use forest that spans the high country known as Maine’s famous 100 Mile Wilderness. The region lies between Mount Katahdin to the north, Moosehead Lake to the west, Sebec Lake to the south and the Penobscot River to the east.
Committed to providing our visitors with a safe, fun and family-oriented snowmobiling environment on clear, well-marked, groomed trails. We believe the best snowmobile trail conditions in Maine are right here in the Katahdin region, and we put your money to work for you!
We have over 45 members and groom over 100 miles of trail. Since our first Tucker was ruined by a devastating fire, we now groom with 3 Pisten Bully Groomers. Two out of Shin Pond and one out of Matagamon. We promise to carry on this tradition of unsurpassed trail grooming and dedication to snowmobiling in Maine.
Snowmobiling Basic Information:
• Stay off all plowed roads. This is illegal, and presents a serious safety hazard. Forest roads represent a significant investment and are intended solely for transporting wood and equipment. These roads may be in use 24/7 and are no place for sleds or parked private vehicles and trailers.
• The same goes for log yards. They may be empty when you arrive, but they are never intended to be parking lots for pickup trucks and trailers, they are for loading wood headed to the marketplace.
• Snow covers everything and that includes newly planted seedlings or any number of obstacles or hazards. If you’re unsure, check locally or just don’t go. Keep in mind that calling the landowner isn’t an option. Their employees are there to keep their operations moving, not to provide sledding updates to wannabee off-trail riders. Check with locals, or better yet-
• Hire a guide. This is the first suggestion when people call about off-trail riding. Guides are generally well connected to the forest landowners, know local conditions and can certainly help provide a high quality off-trail experience. There are also several lodges and outfitters in northern Maine that specialize in off-trail excursions. Check on our website for options.
• Ride Responsibly; don’t jeopardize snowmobilers’ (your) welcome.
• Lastly- Respect Landowners. Access to these lands is a privilege, not a right. Every piece of land, even in remote woods, is owned by someone.
ROAD PLOWING PLANS:
**2018-2019 Road Plowing Plans**
The list below includes just the operating season until mid-March.
Golden Road to Telos to Chamberlain Bridge (KFM)
Chamberlain Bridge to Pinkham Road junction (KFM)
Pinkham Road from 522 Road to Ashland (7I)
Chamberlain Bridge to Grand Chermain Road (KFM)
Grand Chermain Road to Narrow Pond Road (7I)
From Golden Road up Ragmuff Road by Caucomgomoc to St. Juste (North Woods Management)
From Golden Road up by 5th St. John to Baker Lake Road
Poulin Road from Thoroughfare Brook to Realty Road (Landvest)
St. Juste Connector from St. Juste Road to Realty Road (7I)
McClusky Brook Road from Thoroughfare Brook to Churchill Dam. (Landvest)
Cyr Road from Poulin Road to St. Juste Road
From 522 Road over Johns Bridge to Thoroughfare Brook (7I)
Oxbow Road from Oxbow to Pinkham Road
Rocky Brook Road from Portage to the St. Francis connection and to the intersection with the Blanchette Road by Musquacook Stream. (Irving)
Robinson Road from St. Pamphile to Estcourt/Irving Road (7I)
Estcourt Road mile 1-32
Realty Road from 6 Mile to Musquacook
Musquacook corner past Clayton Lake towards St. John River (Landvest)
St. Pamphile to St. John River Bridge (Blanchet)
St. John River Bridge to Musquacook Stream & T12 R10
Clayton Lake to St. Pamphile via Boulevard Road. (Landvest)
From Realty Road by 2nd Musquacook to Blanchette Road (Landvest)
St. Francis Road from St. Francis to the Rocky Brook Road (Irving)
Depot Lake road from St. Pamphile to Daaquam Road – Landvest/TNC
Carter Brook Road will be plowed to the Dump Road – Landvest
Brailey Brook Road From Carter Siding Road to St. Aurelie Road
Baker Lake Road miles 24-27. (Landvest)
St. Francis Lake Road (Landvest)
Beaver Brook Road (7I)
Grand Lake Road to Camp Violet Road to Snowshoe Road (Huber)
From our contacts we understand the following roads may not be plowed:
Little Brailey Brook Road
Blackstone Road (Irving)
Craigville Road to Pinkham Road will be plowed until Jan. 1(Daaquam Lumber)
Chase Brook Road from Pinkham to Jack Mountain
522 Road north From Pell & Pell Road junction to Churchill Dam
Crossover road between Pinkham Road and 522 Road, plowed part way but not all the way through
From Blanchette/St. Pamphile Road north across Big Black River to junction of Robinson Road
St. Croix Road- plowed only until January 1st (Irving)
(Harvey Siding Road is now called the St. Croix Road)
Pell& Pell Road to 522 Road
Island Pond Road to Pell & Pell only plowed until the first of year
Hewes Brook Road from Rocky Brook Road to St. Francis
The Inn Road from Allagash to Schedule Brook
Duck Pond Road
Direct NORTHERN MAINE WOODS
Photo credit: The Snowmobile Enthusiast.
Ghost Trains of the Allagash
The snowstorms are coming and the trails are groomed- now it’s time for another exciting Maine outdoor adventure! One of Maine’s most unique snowmobile destinations is the abandoned steam locomotives of the Eagle Lake and West Branch Railroad. The locomotives are located on a plot of land between the shores of Eagle Lake and Chamberlain Lake in Piscataquis County. The journey to see the trains by snowmobile offers views of some of Maine’s most beautiful backcountry, Mt. Katahdin, and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Wildlife sightings including bald eagles, deer and moose are common in this area.
Off the Beaten Path
The trek out and back to visit the abandoned trains takes a day. There is a vast network of snowmobile trails in this region which are maintained by Great Northern Snowmobile Club (formerly the Chesuncook Snowmobile Club). Visit them online for current snow and trail reports. There are several different places you can leave from to visit the abandoned locomotives, including Millinocket, Greenville, or Kokadjo Village.
Follow ITS 86/85 to Grant Brook Road to Third Debsconeag Lake. Cross the lake then follow the trail across Rainbow Lake and Chesuncook Pond until you reach the southern end of Chesuncook Lake. Follow the western shore of the lake until you reach Chesuncook Village. At the village, stop at the Chesuncook Lake House to fuel up and for the most up-to-date trail directions. Directions can change frequently due to logging operations in the area. From the Chesuncook Lake House the trains are an additional 21 miles away.
From Greenville and Kokadjo:
Ride up Moosehead Lake to Kineo, then follow the directions below. Another option from Greenville is to follow the trail to Kokadjo to the Moosehead Loop/Route 66 and follow the directions below.
From Rockwood (Mt. Kineo region):
Follow the Moosehead Loop/Route 66 to the Ragged Lake Trail. Go east 4.3 miles then north on the Maxfield Brook Trail until you reach the Golden Road. From the Golden Road go north on Pine Stream Trail 14 miles to Chesuncook Village. At the village, stop at the Chesuncook Lake House to fuel up and for the most up-to-date trail directions. Directions can change frequently due to logging operations in the area. From the Chesuncook Lake House the trains are an additional 21 miles away.
Remember what your mom used to say
“Be careful!” Mom was right. The Northern Maine Woods provide all sorts of exciting outdoor recreation opportunities, but there are a few things to keep in mind when visiting this area to ensure safety. This region of the state is a very remote area. If you run into trouble, nearby help is hard to find, and your cellphone is as useless as your credit card in the woods. Travel with at least one other snowmobile, and bring enough supplies to build a fire and make a shelter in the event you become lost or stranded. Let others know where you will be going and when you plan to be back. Find out in advance if the streams, rivers, ponds and lakes are safe to cross. You can do this by talking to locals, or by contacting area snowmobile clubs.
For more information about trail and ice conditions contact:
- Allagash Wilderness Waterway– Information about lakes and ponds and ice thickness.
- Great Northern Snowmobile Club– Maintains an extensive network of trails in the Chesuncook region including ITS86 west of Abol Bridge to the Baxter State Park Road, Ragged Lake Trail from Penobscot Pond to Moosehead Trail Loop, Farrar Mountain Trail, Black Pond Trail, trails to Mud Pond, trails to the trains, and to Libby Camps and Shin Pond trail system.
- Moosehead Riders– Maintaining trails in the Moosehead Lake region.
- JoMary Riders Snowmobile Club– Maintaining trails in the JoMary and Katahdin regions.
- Northern Timber Cruisers– Maintaining trails in the Millinocket region including ITS 81, 83, 85 and 86.
- Twin Pines Snowmobile Club– Maintaining trails in the Millinocket and Katahdin regions.
- Maine Snowmobile Association– List of all Maine snowmobile clubs and contact information.
Enjoy the ride!
Other links with information and videos:
PARKING, MILEAGE, SNOWMOBILE CLUBS, AND TRAIL REPORTS:
The parking ordinance in Millinocket limits street parking for snowmobiles and trailers to 30 feet past the center line of all main roads, on both sides. Don’t get a ticket and keep plow trucks from doing their work.
Places to Park:
Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile and ATV Club on the Millinocket Rd. has a large parking area, plus an overflow area across the Millinocket Rd.
North Woods Trading Post parking area (they are closed for the season) and across the Rd. in the dike parking area.
Rivers Driver’s/ Twin Pines has parking facilities for snowmobilers and trailers.
East Branch Snow Rovers Snowmobile Club and ATV has a large parking area for snowmobilers and trailers.
Motels with Parking next to the trails:
Baxter Park Inn
Katahdin Inn & Suites
There is some limited parking at Jerry Pond, but technically no overnight parking.
For your convenience, estimated mileage between destinations is listed below. All mileage is approximate and will vary depending on trails, sleds, conditions, etc. Riders are responsible for calculating their own mileage, gas needs and safety.
From Millinocket ITS 86 East
N.T.C. clubhouse to ITS 86 to ITS 83 21 mi
N.T.C. clubhouse to Central St. Motels 4 mi
Central St. Motels to Dolby 3 mi
N.T.C. clubhouse to Shin Pond Village via ITS 85 64 mi
Central St. Motels to Bowlin Pond Camps via ITS 85 39 mi
From Millinocket ITS 86 West
N.T.C clubhouse to Millinocket Lake 7 mi
Millinocket Lake to Abol Bridge 12 mi
From Northern Timber Cruisers Clubhouse to:
5 Lakes Lodge 11 mi
Bowlin Camps 36 mi
Chesuncook 90 mi
Cole’s Moosehorn Cabins 25 mi
East Branch Sno-Rovers Clubhouse 14 mi
Libby Camps (Oxbow) 92 mi
Raymonds Country Store (Northeast Carry) 67 mi
Wildwoods Trailside Cabins, Lodge & Restaurant 50 mi
Whetstone Falls 30 mi
Patten 55 mi
Kokadjo 50 mi
Island Falls 65 mi
Matagamon Lake 63 mi
Greenville 100 mi
Houlton 100 mi
Pittson Farms 110 mi
Jackman 140 mi
Presque Isle 155 mi
Caribou 185 mi
Fort Kent 235 mi
From Bowlin Camps to:
Lunksoos Base Camp via ITS 85 21.2 mi
Lunksoos via ITS 85 to Seboeis River Bridge to Lunksoos Road SnoMo trail 17 mi
From 5 Lakes Lodge to:
The Rt. 11 crossing on the 111 connector Trail 17 mi
The B Pond Intersection 24 mi
The Intersection of the 109 and ITS 85/86 28 mi
Wildwoods Trailside Cabins, Lodge &
Restaurant where the 111 connector crosses route 11 10 mi
From Libby Camps to:
Shin Pond Village 30 mi
Chesuncook Lake House 50 mi
from Raymonds Country Store
to Chesuncook 25 mi
Snowmobile Clubs in the Katahdin Area
Benedicta: Benedicta Sno-Gang, PO Box 39, Benedicta, ME 04733
Brownville Snowmobile Club, 84 Church St., Brownville, ME 04414
E. Millinocket, Medway: East Branch Sno Rovers, PO Box 296, Medway, ME 04460
Island Falls: Big Valley Sno-Club, PO Box 86, Island Falls, ME 04747
Northern Timber Cruisers, PO Box 269, Millinocket, ME 04462
Jo-Mary Riders, PO Box 446, Millinocket, ME 04462
Twin Pines Snowmobile Club, PO Box 669, Millinocket, ME 04462
OxBow: Oxbow-Masardis SC, 1198 Oxbow Rd., Oxbow, ME 04764
Patten: Rockabema Snow Rangers, PO Box 898, Patten, ME 04765
Sherman: Molunkus Valley Sno-Drifters, PO Box 323, Sherman, ME 04776
Sherman Stn: Swift Brook Snow Riders, Rt. 11, Sherman Station, ME 04777
T5 R8: Bowlin Matagamon SC, 1489 Shin Pond Rd., Mt. Chase, ME 04765
Snowmobile Trail Conditions and Reports
Katahdin Region Snowmobile Trail Report: https://www.neoc.com/snowmobile-trail-report-maine/
Katahdin Area Trails
The Katahdin Region received Snow this week about 12 inches total on Tuesday and Wednesday: Conditions are excellent, we have been grooming and will be grooming again tonight and tomorrow night.
- 85/86 – Stacyville rd to Whetstone groomed 1/09/2019 in Great condition, kiosk at Whetstone came back to base for repair, and will go back out on Friday night;
- ITS 85/86 Pole Line groomed 1/10/2019, One small washout, groomed flat, soft snow;
- ITS 85/86 Penobscot Pond via Grant Brook groomed 1/10/2019 groomed flat, soft snow;
- ITS 85/86 – State Rd to Abol, Hurd Pond groomed on 1/09/2019 good condition;
- 112 Connector – Logan Pond groomed 1/09/2019 Good condition;
- 112 Connector – Stratton Trail groomed on 1/03/2019 and will be groomed Friday night; Wild Kingdom groomed1/10/2019 still a few washouts; Trees hanging low, soft snow;
- Jerry Pond to Hotels groomed 1/09/2019 in good condition;
- South Twin Connector to Brownville Rd and Bandstand groomed 1/09/2019 in great condition;
- Central St to Katahdin Inn groomed 1/09/2019 great condition.
Stacyville Rd Access. This year we have been able to groom the Stacyville Rd all the way from the Stacyville Rd Intersection to Bates Street/Sawmill bar and grill in Millinocket. This means you can park at the Northern Timber Cruisers parking lot and use the .25 mile access trail (which going forward will be maintained by the NTC) to get to the Stacyville/Sawmill intersection and ride from there.
Grooming Update – Snowmobiling: 85/86 – Stacyville rd towards Whetstone – as of today Jan 3, road is closed to vehicles, road is still plowed and we will be working on the trail today/tomorrow, closed until further notice; 85/86 Pole Line groomed 1/02/2019, wash outs have been fixed, mostly flat: 85/86 Penobscot Pond via Grant Brook groomed 1/02/2019, good condition, one washout just past the intersection to Whitehouse Landing: 112 Connector – Logan Pond groomed 1/02/2019, groomer continued to Whetstone, good coverage: South Twin Connector to Brownville Rd and Bandstand, groomed 1/02/2019, great condition.
The Official Snowmobile Trail Report:
From the Desk of:
Caribou Parks & Recreation Dept.
55 Bennett Drive
Red Arrow Groomer 1-3-19
We must have all asked Mother Nature to let us have a good start to the New Year. With the County receiving almost 7-12 inches and more is coming down right now. The trails throughout the County are shaping up beautifully. All projects are reporting grooming around the clock, with very few issues, and what there is for issues, they have been marked.
Deer are being reported on the trails in Caribou and Washburn, please slow down when on trail 83B and ITS 83. Turkeys have been spotted on the trail in the Colby siding area this is trail 88.
Soldier Pond is reporting that they have been out grooming. Trail 73A has been rerouted at the Wallagrass stream, please use caution when going down Route 11. They still are reporting a few water holes but nothing major.
Eagle Lake is going to be in great shape for the weekend.
Washburn has been out on their trail 105 and ITS 83 and reporting good conditions. The trail to the Aroostook Hospitality Inn will be groomed but the section of ITS 83 needs to freeze more to allow the groomer to cross, snowmobiles can cross no problem.
Portage Lakers have been out since the new snow and are reporting very good conditions.
Caribou is reporting that their entire system is open and is reporting a few wet areas. ITS 90 near trail 88 intersection has a water hole, and near the intersection of trail 105 through the last section of woods, this area still needs more snow.
Fort Kent is reporting that they have re-stood all their signs and markers. They are reporting that the system is all opened and groomed.
Fort Fairfield is out and grooming, they are reporting that it is still a little thin in areas.
Central Aroostook Snowmobile club will be out grooming everything.
Ashland has been over their entire system and is reporting good condition. There is a logging operation North of Town on ITS85, Caution should be used as there a lot of deer in this area. ITS 85 South is open, and the bridge is now repaired and open at Sco pan.
Allagash is reporting that they have been out, and trails are shaping up nicely. 120 has been groomed, there is a logging operation on this trail so please use caution.
Frenchville has been out repaired all their issues, stood markers and signs. Trails are reported to be in good shape.
Red Arrow is reporting excellent conditions.
Chapman Ridge Runners are reporting good conditions, Trail 105 South is still closed due to a logging operation.
Aroostook River Snowmobile club is reporting very good conditions. They have been over their entire system once and will be over for a second time before the weekend. Waterholes are filling in nicely.
Easton is reporting trails are in good shape.
Madawaska is reporting that their trails are in great shape. ITS 83 has been reopened by the Airport.
Presque Isle Snowmobile club is reporting that they will have everything open for the weekend.
Van Buren is reporting that they have been over everything and is in good shape.
Nordic Lakers has opened all their system, trail 105 and 81 are in good shape.
Caswell is reporting that ITS 81 from Limestone intersection to Van Buren intersection has been opened and groomed. Trail 102 to trail 89 in the Connor area still has not been opened for the season, please seek alternate routes. There is a major logging operation in this area. There will not be any grooming through the Caswell area this weekend.
Limestone is reporting that they are out, and their system will be in good shape for the weekend.
Please keep an eye out on the County’s Facebook pages for the latest updates on trail conditions.
Southern Aroostook County Snowmobile Report 1/3 /2019
Here in Southern Aroostook County we had high hopes for an early start to the season and then the rains came leaving ice and wet spots. Luckily the last storm and following hard freeze improved things considerably.
The Meduxnekeag Ramblers have groomed ITS 86 west to St. Croix and are working on ITS 83 (the railbed) and filling in holes. This will be done in time for weekend traffic. ITS 86 east and ITS 105 to the border near Houlton will be completed on Saturday. There have been sleds through the area so it’s great seeing that people are using the trails. Club trail 81 will be done sometime next week as it still needs more snow to fill in.
Linneus Sno Sports is reporting that they now have a second groomer and have been on the trails grooming ITS 83 to Houlton. All trails should be in good shape for the weekend. Snow is good with a decent base, but the groomers would like to see another 6 to 8 inches to make conditions excellent!
The Molunkus Sno-Drifters are reported good trails on ITS 83 to Sherman. At this time ITS 83 south to Island Falls is tied up with club members working on a wet hole. Check the club Facebook page for more information on this area before you head there for the weekend.
Bowlin/Matagamon/Shin Pond is seeing a serious uptick in sledders arriving in the area. There is more traffic in the area than expected for the weekend. Shin Pond has groomed ITS 114 north/ ITS85 north and south out of Shin Pond as well as Club Trail 64. Matagamon is planning on working on their section of ITS 85 north and south this weekend. 71D and the Huber Rd. is plowed and not open due to logging activity. Hopefully they will be finished soon.
Rockabema (the Patten Club) has groomed between Patten and Shin Pond on ITS 81 and is currently filling holes and washouts. Club Trail 62 is a total reroute and will leave ITS 81 partially around Shin Pond. Use caution. There is a shared stretch of 4 miles of plowed road on a railbed between Patten and Staceyville so use caution and watch for trucks.
The bridge on ITS 85 south of Ashland is open giving access to all points north.
The Benedicta Snow Gang received 6-8″ of new snow on New Year’s Day, which allowed grooming efforts to begin. ITS81, Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff is groomed, with good conditions. McAvoy club trail, and Plunkett Pond club trail are both groomed, with good conditions ITS83 Sherman/Whetstone Falls will be groomed by the time this report is posted
Municipal Trail #70 — Benedicta/Whetstone Falls — CLOSED FOR THE SEASON!!
Remember that all clubs need new members. If you aren’t already affiliated with a club this is a great time to join and show support for all that they do!
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ON THE SOCIAL SIDE:
Washburn Trail Runners clubhouse will be open for the season on January 4th for the Season at 8am.
Saturday 7am to 2pm and Sunday 7am to 12pm.
Season opener for RMR XC is going to be on January 12 in Sherman. Gates open at 6AM.
For sledders who are interested, there is now Snowmobile storage available for Monthly accommodations in Caribou. They are located at the Crown Park Inn; phone number is 207-493-3311. Units are Small, Medium, and Large. Price is $50, $75, $100.
The Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile and Cross Country Ski Club grooms and maintains about 20 miles of wilderness cross country ski trails. It is one of the few areas that provides track set trails and scenic views based on a no use fee. Some trails are wooded and protected on windy days while others are open and scenic. There are groomed tracks for traditional style skiing to back country trails where you may be the first to make tracks through fresh snow. Skiers can choose from several prime cross country skiing locations, with each location featuring solitude and unparalleled scenery.
During the winter months the Bait Hole Recreation Trails offer easy to moderate groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The trail network is named after the pond west of the trail head where bait fish were once kept for fishing in nearby Elbow Lake. Moose and seasonal waterfowl can frequently be seen in this pond and nearby marsh. The trail network consists of 2 primary loops with a few additional connecting trails and short-cuts.
During the winter months we offer cross country skiing and snowshoeing on our beautiful golf course.
Whether you step forward with a hardwood frame and rawhide lacings or with a more modern shoe, the wide open terrain at New England Outdoor Center will provide hours of unlimited exploring and adventure. Enjoy snowshoeing in Maine right from your cabin door, or skiing or snowmobiling. Whichever winter sport suits you best.
The North End/Matagamon entrance of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument offers nearly 25 miles of packed and groomed trails perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The trails meander along the East Branch of the Penobscot River and through rolling forested terrain.
Grooming begins in the North End of the monument in early January. The trails offer a variety of routes for all ages and abilities. Trails are groomed for classic and, conditions permitting, skate skiing. Snowshoers and leashed pets must walk outside of the ski tracks.