TOWNSHIP 4 RANGE 9, Maine — The Trust for Public Land secured an option to buy for about $2.4 million some 2,256 acres of Seboeis Lake shoreline that will help guarantee snowmobile and hunting access to the lake and Katahdin region, officials said Tuesday.
Signed two weeks ago with landowner Bayroot LLC, the option cements several years of work for trust, state and Katahdin officials but leaves them with a daunting deadline. The money must be raised by February, said Sam Hodder, Maine state director of The Trust for Public Land.
“We have a very fast timeline. It’s a significant hurdle, but we have been working with this in partnership with the state for several years. I am confident we can do it,” Hodder said Tuesday.
Off Route 11 about 11 miles south of Millinocket and 16 miles north of Brownville Junction, the lake is rated as of “statewide significance” by Maine’s Wildlands Lake Assessment due to its undeveloped shores and impressive views of Mount Katahdin and Barren Chairback Range.
The optioned land is popular for backcountry camping and has within it five miles of Interconnected Trail System 111. Public ownership of that trail section, Millinocket Town Manager Eugene Conlogue said, will help preserve Katahdin’s nationally renowned snowmobiling and expand its recreational variety.
“We want to expand our snowmobile and ATV offerings. That corridor is a vital link between Millinocket and Brownville,” Conlogue said Tuesday.