What to do in Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land

Donnell Pond is located in the Down East Region accessible twelve miles east of Ellsworth off SRs 182 or 183. The property lies along several lakes and one pond within lower mountain ranges of Down East. Visitors return to this area year after year to enjoy the wonderful scenery, cool ocean breezes and abundant seafood.

Donnell Pond encompasses 14,162 acres along the shores on Donnell Pond, Tunk and Spring River Lakes in addition to most of Schoodic, Black and Caribou Mountains. This remote area is located northeast of Acadia National Park and makes for a great day trip away from the coast when it is enveloped by bad weather. Often, the coast will be pummeled with rain and fog while interior land is clear and pleasant. This area deserves a closer look offering backcountry enjoyment not too far from the coast.

This public parcel is worthy of being a wilderness destination. Maintained forest campsites are found dotting Donnel Pond, Schoodic Bay and Tunk Lake. Black Mountain Trail provides hikers with a backcountry experience through a forest of dense spruce and oak embroidered with huge granite boulders laced with lichens and moss. Fox Pond is known for its secluded fly-fishing opportunities and its easy access to waters that permit younger children to experience their first fly casts. Canoeing is thoroughly enjoyed and lake swimming is permitted. Hunting and trapping are allowed, subject to certain rules. Call 207-287-3821 for specific policies and laws regarding these activities.

Hungry travelers heading south on SR 3, south of Ellsworth, will not want to miss Betsy's Kitchen. This small rustic restaurant features fabulous melt-in-your-mouth homemade breads, homemade jellies, blueberry pancakes, friendly hospitality, camper necessities, postcards and more. The restaurant is located on the left, a short distance from the Ellsworth Wal*Mart, which incidentally, sells fishing licenses.

Access is twelve miles east of Ellsworth south of Route 182 or north of Route 183. A smaller portion of the public land is just north of Route 182 east of Tunk Mountain.

Visitors to the Down East / Acadia Region may expect to find daytime winter temperatures averaging above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer brings southwesterly winds and temperatures averaging above 68 degrees Fahrenheit (above 20 Celsius). The region receives an average of more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) of precipitation each year.

P.O. Box 415
Airport Road
Old Town, ME 04468

Phone: 207-827-5936

Fax: 207-827-8441

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