What to do in Nahmakanta Public Reserved Land

The Nahmakanta Public Reserved Land is located in the Katahdin Region. The area total 43,000 acres of recreation land offering primitive camping, swimming, a boat launch and fishing opportunities. The large roadless Debsconeag backcountry area offers the experienced hiker the opportunity to explore a spectacular complex of low mountains and remote ponds. Snowmobiling is enjoyed during winter. The Appalachian Trail enters this region.

Nahmakanta encompasses more than 43,000 acres and is the largest unit in the public reserved lands system. The Appalachian Trail crosses the unit following the shore of Nahmakanta Lake. The large roadless Debsconeag backcountry area offers the experienced hiker the opportunity to explore a spectacular complex of low mountains and remote ponds. Vehicle accessible campsites provide convenient access to scenic ponds and hiking trailheads. A popular snowmobile trail crosses the unit linking Millinocket and Greenville.

Recreation
The Nahmakanta Public Reserved Land is located in the Katahdin Region. The area total 43,000 acres of recreation land offering primitive camping, swimming, a boat launch and fishing opportunities. Snowmobiling is enjoyed during winter. The Appalachian Trail crosses the shore of Nahmakanta Lake. Hunting and trapping are allowed, subject to state rules and regulations. Call 207-287-3821 for specific policies and laws regarding these activities.

Location
The unit can be reached by traveling from Kokadjo over the Second Roach Pond road to the Penobscot Pond Road which enters the unit at its western boundary. Access is also available from the east off Route 11 via Church Pond Road, but visitors will be required to pay a day-use fee at the KI Jo-Mary checkpoint (Contact KI Jo-Mary at: 207-435-6213).

Climate
Katahdin / Moosehead / Penquis Region has daytime winter temperatures in the northern area averaging 10 - 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 to -10 Celsius). In the southern area, winter temperatures average 14 - 18 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -8 Celsius). Summer brings cool, pleasant breezes with temperatures in the northern area averaging 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 Celsius) and in the southern area averaging around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). The region receives an average of 38 - 44 inches (97 - 112 centimeters) of precipitation each year.

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

Phone: 207-827-5936

Fax: 207-827-8441

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