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Filed By: Ellen Labrecque
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My family and I have been camping, boating, snowmobiling, and enjoying Umbagog Lake for two decades. We have camped at the campground, on the remote sites, and at private camps for many years. We enjoy fishing, water skiing, tubing, and just relaxing on the lake. We are from the area, and know many of the people. The people here are the best, and the friendliest around. I would recomend everyone to come and experience Umbagog Lake and the Great North Woods to everyone. It is my home, and I (we) LOVE IT! Come and enjoy what I have lived all my life.
Filed By: Mettaluc
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have camped at the Umbagog campground many times. I now live in the area. The place is beautiful and still wild. It's a time machine that will take you back into the 1800's if ytou have the awareness to appreciate it. The sites at the state campground-proper are nice, but somewhat small and cramped. These are OK if you insist on staying in a small RV or car-camping. The facilities (bath-house) is adequate and clean. The store has very limited supplies, such as ICE and milk. Better to stock up in the town of Errol where the supplies are more plentiful and less expensive. The wilderness sites (operated by the state campground) located at various spots on the lake are awesome, but you will need a canoe or kayak to get to them and a small tent to stay in. Wilderness sites are the way-to-go. Many are atop large rocks, have nice swimming spots or spectacular views of the lake. All have outdoor privy's, a firepit and a picnic table. Carry-in/carry-out. Buy firewood at the campground store because the sites are stripped free of easy-to-collect firewood. Leave your jet-ski and fireworks at home, but bring your binoculars, camera and fishing rod. This lake is known for it's quiet solitude, true wilderness experience, not for impressing people with horsepower, speed or horseplay. If you insist on a power-boat, a shallow draft aluminum boat is best to navigate amoung the plentiful rocks and shallow areas. Hazards are not well marked so explore with caution and slow speeds until you know an area to be safe. Keep an adequate distance from wildlife, especially loons who may abandon a nest if disturbed. Loons have the right-of-way at all times. Wildlife sightings abound, including osprey, loon, moose and many varieties of duck. The lake is shallow and calm most of the time, ideal for kayaking and canoing, but the lake is large and subject to abrupt weather changes. Look to the west for fast moving thunderstorms which can raise a dangerous chop in a flash. Do talk to the locals about changing conditions and boating hazards. Do respect private property. Many camps, including those on islands, are difficult to see from the water. They sacrafice their 'views' to keep the appearance from the lake 'wild' for you. Respect their privacy and they will welcome you and be helpful and pleasant. There are better places on the lake to 'hang-out' where there are NO camps or private residences. Bring lots of bug repellent if you visit between mid-June and Mid-August, else the mosquities and black flies will carry you away. Bring some warm clothes and rain-gear at any time of the year because the nights can be cool and damp. Open spots on the lake can be quite windy and storms can pop up with amazing speed. You will be amazed at how many stars there really are. The lack of light polution makes night sky viewing very special. Full moon nights are exceptional as are the sunsets and sunrises. Have you ever seen 'pink-lightning'? How about the full 'milky-way'? Tred lightly and quietly, this is God's country to be sure. It's your privledge to enjoy it's abundance, as well as your responsibility to respect and preserve it.