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racatv
08-22-2010, 01:58 PM
Hi,
A couple years ago we rode near the blueberry fields and to Grand Stream Lake and stayed at Airline Diner, but I remember there were a couple spots you could camp, like primative sites along the trail, one especially near some water. Does anyone know about these spots, how to get them, if you can reserve them, do they have a name? Thanks for any info..even other ideas or other spots? Thanks!!!

brdad
08-22-2010, 02:42 PM
We took a wrong turn once and ended up at what looked like a fantastic place with several primitive campsites, sandy beach, just an overall great area. The Maine Gazetteer shows primitive campsites all around the area. Sorry, not sure how one goes about reserving one or if it's first come first serve.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=45.110501,-67.868814&num=1&sll=45.179516,-67.774446&sspn=0.015731,0.032015&ie=UTF8&ll=45.110665,-67.868643&spn=0.037919,0.109863&z=14

racatv
08-22-2010, 04:13 PM
Thanks,
I checked my Gazetteer and that's very near where I had circled. It also says there are maintained forest campsites and primative ones. Does anyone know more details? We'll be driving 5+ hours and hate to go without knowing if they would be available. How's the riding this year up there? We so loved it when we were there. Best riding we ever did.
FirefighterJake? You helped me a long time ago...??

Hiram357
08-22-2010, 04:45 PM
Thanks,
I checked my Gazetteer and that's very near where I had circled. It also says there are maintained forest campsites and primative ones. Does anyone know more details? We'll be driving 5+ hours and hate to go without knowing if they would be available. How's the riding this year up there? We so loved it when we were there. Best riding we ever did.
FirefighterJake? You helped me a long time ago...??

There's a campground right behind the airline diner now too. You can unload there, camp out, and leave for the trails right from your tent. :D

racatv
08-22-2010, 05:02 PM
Is it new one or the same one? That's where we stayed a couple years ago, not much of a campground, but it did work. Thanks.

tat
08-22-2010, 07:39 PM
Not sure if this is trailside, (http://coord.info/GC15HTJ)but it sure is an awesome place to camp, GC15HTJ

JustKev
08-23-2010, 07:12 AM
The unimproved campsites, AFAIK, are first come, first served. I've even seen them with tents set up on them while the people were away at whatever....which is wrong in my estimation.

JustPJ66
08-23-2010, 07:27 AM
The unimproved campsites, AFAIK, are first come, first served. I've even seen them with tents set up on them while the people were away at whatever....which is wrong in my estimation.

away meaning for a work week....so they can "reserve" the site for a weekend.

racatv
08-23-2010, 04:57 PM
So I guess my chances of getting one one these would be pretty slim for Labor Day weekend. Oh well. Thanks everyone!

hollora
08-23-2010, 05:55 PM
So I guess my chances of getting one one these would be pretty slim for Labor Day weekend. Oh well. Thanks everyone!

Where do you want to cache - perhaps we could recommend a campground or other more readily available site. What are your plans/needs?

tat
08-23-2010, 05:59 PM
I forgot about these spots: http://www.dwecamping.com/deer-lake-campground.php

They used to be primitive, but things got so out of hand, the land owner turned it over to the private management.

Here's another one, but I think it can only be reached from Lincoln. The cache is archived, but the campground is likely still there. http://coord.info/GCJJWV

racatv
08-23-2010, 06:53 PM
Thanks all. I found all the info I needed and they have opening for Labor Day. Yea!!! Now I have to look for caches, haven't been in sooo long.:):):)

brdad
08-23-2010, 07:08 PM
That is great. I have a cache on the way out route 9 if you want to figure the puzzle. There are even a few primitive no reservation campsites there if you want to carry your gear in 3/4 mile or so. Great spot.

Sounds Easy To Me (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=9bcafb9f-f8e6-4610-a96f-1ccf9d525b99) (GC1VFWZ) by brdad (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?id=61905) (3.5/3)

racatv
08-23-2010, 08:50 PM
Sounds like a fun cache, but this trip is about riding. Haven't been on the ATV all summer! Hope to find a couple that look trailside though.

racatv
08-23-2010, 08:52 PM
Thanks tat, that was the info I was looking for, I figured it out a few hours before your post. Loks awesome!

team barbieri
08-23-2010, 10:12 PM
I forgot about these spots: http://www.dwecamping.com/deer-lake-campground.php

They used to be primitive, but things got so out of hand, the land owner turned it over to the private management.

Here's another one, but I think it can only be reached from Lincoln. The cache is archived, but the campground is likely still there. http://coord.info/GCJJWV

I just about grew up at deer lake. Back then if you did not have a 4wd you were not getting in and forget about a tow behind camper. That was 30 years ago, my how things have changed:(

hollora
08-23-2010, 10:48 PM
I just about grew up at deer lake. Back then if you did not have a 4wd you were not getting in and forget about a tow behind camper. That was 30 years ago, my how things have changed:(

Why yes they have, and I was amazed to see folks with tow behinds liked camped into places for like the season.............somehow this just isn't right in my mind. :(

Can it be changed? I don't know but I hope so................:confused::):confused:;):eek::ro lleyes::confused:

JustKev
08-24-2010, 06:17 AM
Why yes they have, and I was amazed to see folks with tow behinds liked camped into places for like the season.............somehow this just isn't right in my mind. :(

Can it be changed? I don't know but I hope so................:confused::):confused:;):eek::ro lleyes::confused:

On Township 24 south or Route 9 there's a gorgeous pond called Pretty Pond. The land around it is owned by Cherryfield Foods. They used to let people camp there. The trash (both actual garbage and the campers that put it there) ruined that for any future camping. The pond is available for day use only and you're supposed to have written permission from Cherryfield Foods to even be on the roads. JustPJ and I tinkered with the idea of getting permission from Cherryfield Foods to place a cache at the pond but I'm not sure they'd allow it plus every cacher who saw the sign saying written permission would then be doubtful about being able to go in. It's not heavily enforced and as a landowner/leaseholder on Township24 I don't get permission anymore, until such time as they decide to hassle me about it...then I'll hassle back. The land we own/lease is land we've been on since around 1942. If they hassle me I'll need dubord's help on filing a squatter's claim of some sort. lol

Back to the point - these people who haul in their gear in the spring (as soon as the roads are passable) and then leave it all summer are just jerks.

brdad
08-24-2010, 06:30 AM
There used to be a cache at Petty Pond, very nice spot. It was archived in 2004 when it turned up missing. There were a couple others in the area that were archived not long after due to the roads being posted.

The good thing about asking permission, JustKev, is that if you get it you place the cache; if you don't, we know how the landowner stands on the issue so we can hopefully keep others from placing caches there and making us look bad.

JustKev
08-24-2010, 06:57 AM
There used to be a cache at Petty Pond, very nice spot. It was archived in 2004 when it turned up missing. There were a couple others in the area that were archived not long after due to the roads being posted.

We're not surprised there used to be one at Pretty Pond. I'd almost bet it was placed by N1NJB before he left the geocaching community for the dark side.