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"Wilderness Recreation" Division
Linwood Parsons
P.O. Box 24
Millinocket, ME 04462
Phone: (207) 723-6874
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General Information

*** Transportation ***

Day trips have lunch and transportation provided (if needed). If needed, transportation surcharges vary according to the distance to the river of choice put-in and take-out points. If not needed, the crew meets in the town nearest the river put-in. Return transportation from the take-out is included. Regarding all other multi-day trips....... Transportation (if needed) to and from our base camp on Cedar Lake to Bangor area Hotels, Greyhound Bus Terminal, and Bangor International Airport has a fixed fee of $67 plus $5/person each way (i.e., pick-up prior to the trip and return delivery to Bangor after the trip). Additional transportation surcharges apply and vary according to the distance to the river of choice put-in and take-out points from our base camp on Cedar Lake.

*** Basic Necessities ***

If a fully outfitted trip is your selection, we provide all necessities for a safe and comfortable adventure. This includes a 17' canoe, life jackets, paddles, 4-man tent for each 2 persons, sleeping bags, mattress pads, waterproof bags for clothing, and 3 complete meals a day.

*** Free Video ***

Video equipment is carried on all trips of at least 3 days in length and you will receive a video cassette tape record of your wilderness river adventure compliments of "THE LOON".

(Temporarily not available)

*** Regarding Children ***

I know from having raised four children, that there is additional financial burden in vacationing away from home when you "take the kids". So, for those who wish to provide their younger children the physical and educational experience of participating in a Wilderness River Adventure, children 11 and under are only charged half fare! On long duration or wilderness area trips, children must be a minimum of twelve years of age, otherwise the minimum age is seven.

*** Payment ***

One half of your trip fee must be submitted with your reservation with the balance payable 2 weeks prior to your confirmed departure date. If you need to cancel for any reason up to 5 days before the departure date, all payments will be 100% credited, (without penalty,) towards a future trip rescheduled within two years. For trips not rescheduled or for cancellations within 5 days of the departure date, all recieved payments are nonrefundable. Payment by cash, check, or money order only. No credit card processing accepted.

*** Public Transportation into Maine ***

Your initial destination here in Maine, if not Millinocket itself, should be the city of Bangor. It is served by Greyhound and Concord Trailways bus lines and by a number of major air carriers, American, America West, Comair, Continental, Delta, Northwest, and USair airlines. Comair has direct flights from Cincinatti and Continental has direct flights from Newark. Most other air service passes through Boston, Massachusetts. Delta may be the best choice in most instances (if you can fly Delta out of your area) as they have the most flights into and out of Bangor (about 7 a day) and the easier, more convenient connections in Boston as well as one out of LaGuardia NY. Delta also offers non-stop flights out of Atlanta and Cincinnatti.

There is of course, taxi service to local motels and also car rental agencies for extended ground transportation if you wish to visit other Maine locations such as Baxter State Parks "Mt. Katahdin" or the sea coast, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, for example. If your visit to Maine is strictly for the canoe trip, you need only get to Bangor (we can pick you up there), or our base lodge at Cedar Lake.

*** Intermediate Lodging ***

Depending on your time of arrival, you may or may not need to book into a Bangor area motel. For arrivals after 4 pm, Bangor has much to choose from including the Four Points Sheraton (across the road from the terminal building), 2 Holiday Inns, the Ramada Inn, a Howard Johnson's, the Days Inn, the Susse Chalet, EconoLodge, and the Budget Traveler, to name a few that are quite near the airport. Prices usually run from $40 up. I personally enjoy the Days Inn which has a nice indoor pool, nice rooms, free continental breakfast and most importantly, lies right next door to a real fun place to eat and drink called "The Ground Round".

For arrivals after noon but before 4 pm, you can be picked up in Bangor and would overnight at our base of operations on Cedar Lake, 15 miles outside of Millinocket, Maine. Part of that evening would be spent packing your gear for a departure to the river on the next morning.

For arrivals before noon, it is a possible "option" (dependng on the destination river) to depart immediately for the river where you would overnight in the wilds, right on the lake shore or river bank.

When we get off the river at the end of the trip you will either be delivered back to Bangor International Airport in time to catch an evening flight out or to our base camp on Cedar Lake to freshen up for a departure the next day.

*** Arrival by Private Vehicle ***

Private Aircraft:

Fly in to the municipal airport at Millinocket, Maine. We will pick you up there.

Private Auto:

North, South, East, or West; Head for Interstate Highway I-95 and exit at Medway (exit 56/244, mile marker 244). Turn west on route 157 to the town of Millinocket (about 12 miles). From Millinocket, follow route 11 south about 10 miles. Look for a dirt road on the left that has a sign on a tree reading "Flat Iron Pond". Go down this dirt road about 3 miles to a fork in the road labeled "Fire Road 1" and "Fire Road 2". Turn right onto Fire Road 1 (bear right at every junction thereafter) and travel about 1 1/4 miles to our log home (with the name "Parsons" at the end of the driveway). Click HERE for more detailed directions that will include accurate milage info well as a "Print Button" to generate a paper copy.

These are general scenarios and may be altered to suit your wishes or to meet other scheduling commitments on my part.