Step back in time into an authentic wilderness lakeside housekeeping cabin. The camp does not have electricity and therefore cannot accommodate electrical appliances. It is completely “unplugged” and off the grid.
Using tools from earlier eras the cabins are both comfortable and retain the rustic charm. There are no toasters or microwaves but “old-fashioned” kitchen tools that allow you to mix your cakes, perk your coffee and make your toast.
Each cabin has a hand pump and access to fresh drinking water. Shower stalls are inside each cabin, and hot showers can be taken by heating water on the wood stove and filling the shower bags. Each cabin has its own private clean outhouse- itself authentic to the true sporting camp tradition. The camp provide matches, toilet paper and dishwashing soap, you provide the rest! By design there are no noisy generators running each evening to power lights and community bath houses. These cabins are designed for remote and private living, allowing you to fully appreciate the solitude of your north woods experience.
The cabins are fully furnished for comfort -with homemade quilts, games, cozy spots to relax, and warm woodstoves. Cabins have docks, canoes, kayaks, and mountain bikes included so you can enjoy fishing, wildlife watching, and paddling on Spencer Pond. Screened porches and rocking chairs in each camp allow you to sit comfortably and watch wildlife, listen to yodeling loons or enjoy the quiet whispering of the wind through the pines. No need to pack your tent, sleeping bag, tarps, cookstove, or camper trailer (these cabins have everything you will need). Take a family vacation that is different – completely “unplugged” in the North Maine woods.
Hidden deep in the woods (14 miles from the nearest neighbors and the only cabins on Big Spencer Pond!) the surroundings and rustic-cozy cabins offer you a piece of living history amidst scenic beauty. Enjoy the beauty and bounty of pristine natural surroundings. Fish, hike, hunt, canoe, read, nap, bird watch, mountain bike, photograph, stargaze, build a campfire beneath the shadow of Little Spencer Mountain on Big Spencer Pond in Maine’s Moosehead Lake Region.
Recognized by the State of Maine as a certified Environmental Leader, you can unwind and reconnect yourself to the natural world. The location is adjacent to the Thoreau Wabanaki Trail, Maine Birding Trail and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail as well as the Moosehead Lake Region & Maine’s Wild North Woods.
Established in 1901 by Mose Duty, a young Maine guide who began clearing land and felling logs on these grounds to build his cabin. He named it Sabotowan – the Abenaki word for nearby Big Spencer Mountain. From this first cabin the history Spencer Pond Camps was born.
Daily and weekly rentals of six lakeside housekeeping cabins, fully furnished. Each cabin includes a kitchen with all cooking utensils, pots and pans, dishes, etc, a gas stove (includes cook top and oven), gas refrigerator, and propane and kerosene lights.
Each cabin has a wood heating stove and a supply of wood and kindling so you can easily start your own fires and sit back beside the fire to enjoy its bone-warming heat. Barbecue stands are also available in front of the cabins so remember to bring charcoal! There is a central fireplace where you are welcome to build a bonfire and toast marshmallows, make s’mores, tell ghost stories or simply enjoy the flicker of a moonlit fire.
Each cabin has twin beds which can be converted into king beds at your request. Some cabins have double beds available. We also have rollaway beds and cribs available upon request.(no extra charge) Beds are provided with warm blankets and crisp sheets. Homemade quilts and afghans lie at the foot of each bed for you to snuggle with while reading a book or falling asleep listening to the yodel of the loons.
Each cabin has its own dock and a canoe (paddles and life preservers included). Kayaks are also available at no additional charge for our guests to use. Children can spend the day fishing off the docks and will be rewarded with a variety of fish. We also rent motorized boats (5 hp and under) Guests are allowed to launch their own boats with small motors (10 hp and under). Items towed behind boats, Jet skis and large boats are prohibited. For those anglers and boaters that desire to explore and play in other areas, we have limited space available to store boats and trailers.
We have a quarter mile private drive that winds down from the main logging road to the campground. Guest vehicles are kept in the parking lot except during arrival and departure, which provides a safe and quiet atmosphere for everyone to enjoy nature and children to play. We have a series of well marked nature trails that start in the campground and extends to various locations near the pond. The logging roads in our area provide a perfect opportunity for mountain bikers. We have a limited supply of mountain bikes that guests can use first come first serve (no additional charge). We also have a two person jogging stroller for those families that don’t want to lug a lot of gear with them!
We do have internet access and reliable phone service for office use only and for emergencies. We intentionally do not broadcast a “wi-fi” signal and in fact guests are encouraged to leave their cell phones, blackberries, iphones, etc shut off or on vibrate during their stay. Unless you have special equipment (as we do in the office) cell phone service in this area can be extremely unreliable, so make sure you tell folks they “may not be able to reach you during your stay.” We encourage a “electronic free zone” in the campyard.
Pets (except exotics- snakes, reptiles, birds) are welcome to travel with their families as well. Dogs must be leashed at all times while in the campyard, please let us know if you plan to bring your pet.
For the home office:
We run our laptop off two 12v deep cycle batteries fed by two 90 watt solar panels. During rainy/wind weather we have a Wintech Windmill which also generates power and is tied into our system. We boost our cellular signal for the office with a yagi antenna and limit our power consumption as needed. We have a zodi shower which is how our family takes showers during the week, and an old washtub for the girls for weekend “bath” nights.