Favorite Places in Maine: Seboeis Management Unit

Seboeis Lake
Courtesy of the Maine Department of Conservation
Seboeis Lake
By Jeff Strout, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 14, 2011, at 8:19 p.m.

It has been years, too many to recall, since I last visited Seboeis Lake and the Seboeis Management Unit of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. But the memories persist. And for sure I want to return.

It’s remote, to say the least, 16 miles north of Brownville Junction or 11 miles south of Millinocket on Route 11. The unit is 12,900 acres, so don’t plan on exploring it all, but the size and remoteness ensure peace and quiet.

Fish for landlocks, boat or paddle the 6½-mile-long lake (be watchful around the islands for stumps) and get a great view of Mount Katahdin, or camp at one of the five boat-access and two vehicle-access campsites as well as several remote ones around the lake that are accessible by boat.

Don’t forget the binoculars and your bird book. The Bureau of Land Management lists loons, terns, osprey and eagles as potential sitings, as well as a variety of ducks including wood and merganser.

My visit was limited to a day trip, as I recall. I paddled south out of West Seboeis Stream from the boat launch down into the lake and explored the northern end. That leaves some 6 more miles of lake to the south that need to be explored. It would make for a great weekend exploration with an overnight at the southern end at Deadman Cove.

To get there, from Route 11 turn south at the Public Reserved Lands sign opposite the Department of Transportation’s sand and salt facility. When the road turns to gravel, go left across the railroad tracks. About a quarter-mile farther the road forks, with the right road taking you to the boat launch (about 1.7 miles). The rough road to the left leads to the dam and onward to Endless Lake (about 7 miles).

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