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PostPosted: May 5th, 2013, 7:18 pm 
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I just spent 5 days camped at Flagstaff Lake in Maine, if you google it you will find lots of information. I also have the book "Quiet Waters, Maine" which has a somewhat dated write up about the lake also.
After some searching I was able to find the old logging road called Falgstaff Road and drove in past numerous downed trees to the lake.
The lake was low for springtime, the ice had just gone out and the low water levels left many beautiful beach's.
I brought my small downsized 8x10 wall tent, now more like a 7x6 with a lower ridge and a lightweight dowel interior frame with a small 12x12x12 wood stove. The temps went down to 30 F at night, but up to the mid 60's in the day. It was nice to have the comfort of the stove early mornings and late evenings.

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Across the lake is a mountain range which made the whole setting really nice.

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Mornings where pretty layed back, lots of coffee, some health food for breakfast and more coffee.
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Camping on a beach has it's downfalls, what with the sand and all, but my tent was up on some low grass and I had the best of both worlds. I stayed at this spot for the 5 days, paddling down the lake for day trips.

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One morning I had some company, a small plane flying low over the lake

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I spent most days exploring the beach's, looking for tracks. I saw moose, beaver, coyote, fox, snapping turtle and lots of bird tracks in the sand.

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Exploring the shoreline in my canoe was also fun.Image

Some spots still had snow

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I was lucky to have such nice weather, I think I was a week or so early for the brook trout and salmon, but the camping and paddling was perfect.

Some Maine canoeing information-
Appalachian Mountain Club River Guide, Maine
Appalachian Mountain Club, Quiet Water, Maine
Both of these books are excellent trip planners, there are both rivers and lakes where you can really build a nice trip, sometimes without any fees and both books help you sort things out and plan.

If you have a lake in mind already and need a free fire permit for campfires, phone # for Maine Forest Service, 207 827 1800 to be given a free fire permit number, very easy.


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PostPosted: May 5th, 2013, 7:25 pm 
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Nice report. Thanks.
Did you have to register and for fees anywhere?


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PostPosted: May 6th, 2013, 6:27 am 
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No fees, you just have to call for a fire permit if you plan to have a campfire. I don't have the number handy, but I will find it and add it to this post.
I saw no other boats the 5 days I was there, but I imagine weekends in the summer can get some, both power and padddle, although the lake has many rocks and shallow spots that probably limit motor boat use.


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PostPosted: March 12th, 2014, 3:40 pm 
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One thing to watch on Flagstaff, especially in spring, is rising water levels. It's a hydropower storage impoundment, and they fill it rapidly starting about ice out. After big rain events, I've seen 1 foot per day elevation gains, although that's rare.

Tie the canoe to something above the high water line!


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PostPosted: April 17th, 2014, 9:15 pm 
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Any NMW gates(up north) are usually open/free until ~first(?) week in May...


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PostPosted: April 17th, 2014, 9:42 pm 
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bigspencer11 wrote:
Any NMW gates(up north) are usually open/free until ~first(?) week in May...

:rofl:

bring wrecker if you don't have a winch. Rivers up north still iced. Snowmobiling I hear is excellent.


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PostPosted: April 18th, 2014, 5:04 am 
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Thanks for this Robin. Nice to have a place with "ice out" so early in the season. Great photos.

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PostPosted: April 18th, 2014, 7:31 am 
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Nice report and cool gear. That's living!


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PostPosted: April 18th, 2014, 7:54 am 
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:rofl: Look at the date.
this was last year.. a very early ice out.. Not so this year..there' still three or four feet of snow.

I wish it were open.


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PostPosted: April 21st, 2014, 11:46 am 
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Nice post Robin


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