Baxter State Park

Trip Start May 03, 2012
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Trip End Jun 22, 2012


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Monday, May 14, 2012

We left the Moosehead Lake area and drove north to Kokadjo for the first coffee.  This crossroads is between the Roach Ponds and the Roach River which drains into Moosehead Lake.  These streams are known for their trophy brook trout and landlocked salmon and are catch and release only.  There are many fish camps at Spencers Bay on Moosehead Lake where the roach River enters.  We drove up Silas Hill Road (a rough road from timber trucks) and picked up Golden Road (slightly better).  We saw only one large timber truck and two cars in two hours of driving.  Their was evidence of extensive timber cutting all along the road.  We finally reached Caribou and Chesuncook Lakes and Ripogemus Dam and Gorge.  This is the start of the west branch of the Penobscot River which eventually enters the Atlantic at Camden and Rockport.  We saw the small camp where the AT crosses the road on the last leg for thru-hikers on the AT.  The huge lumber installation of Gerald Pelletier Company was near Millinocket where we stopped at Baxter S P Authority and were assured that the visitor center at the park was open.  We drove back and it was not yet open.  The fog was so bad we could not see above 2500 feet anyway.  Millinocket is near I 95 so we took that highway down to Augusta for the day following the Penobscot River. We were surprised that Augusta's old waterfront had not been developed as nicely as some towns. 
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