Pittston Farm Lodge, Cabins & Campground is 25 miles north of Rockwood, Maine at the junction of the West and North Branches of the Penobscot River' a short distance upstream from Seboomook Lake. Well worth the drive on dirt roads. The picture to the right , taken from the Lodge, shows part of the campground encircled by the Penobscot River. There are more pictures below.
After driving through miles & miles of nothing but trees, it's such a refreshing change to suddenly come out into a grassy oasis with farmhouse on the hill surrounded by flowers, old barns and lush open fields all wrapped around by the Penobscot River. A truly magical place.
It was originally built over 100 years ago to service logging operations in the area. They have displays of the old logging industry history and equipment which are open for you to see. They also have tours of the area explaining the history of the area and logging industry.
Guy & Jenn Mills
53 Pittston Farm Road
Pittston Academy Grant TWP, ME 04478
Campsites & RV Facilities
Pittston Farm have campsites located in an open area. The campsites have electric hook ups. There are no water hook ups at the sites but it is available at a central location. There is an RV dump station available. Specific sites are not reservable for short stays as seasonal renters take precedence. We reccommend checking on your reservations a week or so before arrival.
There is no cell phone reception and we found that the Wi Fi generally doesn't work. When we needed internet we went up to the boat launch at Canada Falls Lake (about 3 miles) where there is pretty good cell reception.
Places to kayak or canoe
Boat ramp and canoe/kayak launching area
This is a short distance from the sites and gives access to Seboomook Lake which is a wilderness lake about 12 miles long This is a really nice lake with lots of islands, nice views and lots of moose to see. It also has lots of sandy beaches.
Seboomook Lake is one of our favorite places, there are very few signs of human habitation and we always see more moose than people in a day of paddling there. The east end is nice but the west end is wonderful with lots of islands and marshy coves to explore. We recommend it earlier in the season when the water is higher and more places are accessible but it is a great place to paddle at all times.
Canada Falls Lake (Short drive )
Like Seboomook Lake, Canada Falls was created by a dam on the Penobscot River. The launch is at the dam where there are a number of nice camp sites run by the state. The lake is made up of several long narrow arms so you can usually find a sheltered place to paddle on windy days. From the launch a long narrow arm leads to the main lake. We have yet to explore the two southern arms but the western arm is very pleasant with pretty views to three jagged peaks off to the west and only one little old cabin interrupting the wilderness feel.
White water kayaking/canoeing
These lake levels are controlled by dams and during certain seasons they open the dams and have white water runs available. Pittston Farms is a convenient place to stay or eat during these times.
Lobster Lake (About 33 miles but worth it )
Take lots of bug stuff - the launching area usually has lots of mosquitoes. Once you're out on the water it's not usually a problem.
The boat launch is on Lobster stream near it's junction with the Penobscot River. It is often busy with groups launching for the trip down the West Branch of the Penobscot into Chesuncook Lake. The paddle up Lobster stream to the lake is about 1.5 miles but the current is barely discernable. Last time we were there we saw two beavers a short distance form the launch. The stream brings you into a circular area of the lake about a mile across. Two long arms, the little Claw and the Big Claw extend south from the south east corner. We like to cross to Ogden Point and go down the Little Claw. At the top of the Little Claw there are beautiful rocky cliffs and islands and a spectacular view of Big Spencer Mountain. At the South east corner of the Little Claw a narrow channel takes you through into a lovely sheltered pond and on into the Big Claw. There are more great views of Big Spencer as you paddle to the south end of the Big Claw where there is a beautiful sandy beach shaded by rare Jack Pines with tiny short needles and an extensive marshy area behind it.
Moosehead Lake (about 45 min - 1 hr)
Access to Moosehead Lake is at Seboomook .This is the largest lake in Maine and has great paddling. Be sure your abilities, equipment and experience are ready for this or stay close to land and take short trips. Weather changes very quickly here. Great place to see moose in Carry Brook and Mud Cove both close to the launching area.
Most of the campgrounds here are on large lakes in the mountains which mean the weather can change very quickly. We suggest you check the weather forecast before going out. We also suggest you watch the weather carefully for changes as forecasts have been known to change quickly in these lake and mountain areas. Thunder storms and winds often come up during the day. It is helpful if you watch for areas you could land and get off the lake if needed.
It is a good idea to always carry emergency equipment in case you had to spend the night out or wait out a storm. We have had to land and wait out a thunder storm several times. Once the storm was around the area a couple of hours so we set up our emergency shelter and enjoyed the lunch we had brought.
Most of the campgrounds have great views and good paddling while staying close or in protected areas & brooks where you probably will see moose and other wildlife including eagles in some areas. Please paddle within your skill ability and experience. We can suggest these areas for you to enjoy but cannot be responsible for your safety.