Treasure of the North Woods: Maine’s Libby Camps

Let this rustic sporting lodge deep in the Maine wilderness transport you to a magical time and place.

Text by Tom Richardson; Photography by Barry & Cathy Beck

Just north of Maine’s Baxter State Park, on the shores of Millinocket Lake, is a venerable sporting camp that, if you let it, will take you back to the days of Teddy Roosevelt and other notable outdoorsmen, whose tales of wilderness adventure lured likeminded individuals to the expansive North Woods of New England starting in the late 19thCentury. Opened in 1890 and still run by the same family, Libby Camps has welcomed generations of anglers intent on connecting with the area’s wild brook trout and landlocked salmon.

Of course, a visit to this rustic outpost set amid towering white pine and shaggy spruce goes well beyond the actual catching of fish. It’s about relaxing in an Adirondack chair on the wide porch. It’s about wood smoke and the taste of good whiskey. It’s about the mournful call of a loon and the sharing of fishing tales as a fire crackles in the wood stove. It’s about good food and good friends.

Libby’s comprises nine cottages and a cozy main lodge where meals are served. From this comfortable base, guests have access to some 40 lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers teeming with trout and salmon. Lodge owner Matt Libby can also arrange for floatplane trips to remote “outpost cabins” where you might not encounter another person for days on end. With moose and deer for company, it’s easy to forget what century you’re in. And that’s exactly why you came.

If this sounds like heaven, give Libby Camps a call at (207) 435-8274 or visit their website.

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