"The Scenic Shot" Guide Service....base camp... Spencer Pond
Why hire a guide? As sporting camp operator our customized eco-tours were founded with the goal of sharing Maine's wilderness and wildlife with travelers seeking a high quality, authentic Maine adventure for their vacation into the north woods in the heart of Maine's Highlands. We are proud to offer eco-tours that meet YOUR needs directly from the heart of the Maine Woods at the remote cabins at Spencer Pond Camps. Our guiding service is offered exclusively to camp guests as our schedules and weather permits. Our trips will take you off the beaten path, to explore areas that few people are ever fortunate enough to see, vistas and wildlife abound and harken back to Thoreau's trips into the Maine Woods. All of our eco-tour packages can be fully customized to meet your individual needs and interests. From a short hike with a history of the local area, to a paddle on a remote pond, or a day or week long semi-guided white tail hunt - we work with you and your family to provide the best possible experience.
Dana has spent almost his entire life roaming, hunting, and exploring the Maine woods. He is a working commercial fisherman, hauling lobster pots out of Blue Hill Bay in the summer, and dragging for scallops in the winter. He promotes fair chase ethics in hunting and loves sharing his native Maine wisdom, colloquialism's and "Down East" wit with guests. He specializes in semi-guided hunts, photographic excursions, kayaking excursions, private hikes to remote locales, moose and bear watching.
Christine previously worked as a certified ornithologist in the mid-1990's. She has a degree in wildlife ecology and grew up spending a lot of time with her grandparents at the camps. As a college intern, she designed the foundation for an interpretive nature program at Holbrook Island Sanctuary She has lived in various parts of the Moosehead region off and on since childhood and has a deep knowledge of the history and local terrain. She specializes in birding tours, hiking trips, local history, and flora and fauna and nature tours for young children.
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Maine Woods - water voyage
Take a trip out on scenic Spencer Pond via canoe, kayak, or motorboat or one of the remote ponds in the 22,000 undeveloped acres of the East Middlesex Canal Grant. Your Registered Maine guide will provide you with information about the rich history and natural lore in the area. Take the opportunity to visit active eagle and osprey nests, see loons from a safe distance, or get up close with a variety of waterfowl that may include pintails, teal, wood ducks, hooded and common mergansers, comorants, loons, geese, goldeneyes, and many other migrants depending on the season. Watch for activity in a Wood Duck nesting box, or enjoy the chorus of swamp sparrows, red winged blackbirds or swallows over your
head. Hear the splash of the beaver's tail, or catch a glimpse of a moose feeding knee deep in the water, the varying treasures of the north woods are revealed on each individual trip.
North Woods Safari
The habitat in the 22,000 undeveloped acres of the East Middlesex Canal
Grant surrounding Spencer Pond Camps supports a healthy population of Moose and bear that have adapted to feeding, mating, and hibernating amongst the diverse topography dotted with ridges and small mountain ponds. Come join us as we take you to see some of our favorite large mammals and local wildlife. On our fall trips, watch as an expert Maine Guide calls in a bull moose for an up-close experience and amazing photographic opportunities. Go with us and search for dropped antlers called "sheds" in the spring. The array of wildlife in this area is diverse and includes but is not limited to Moose, White-tailed Deer, Black Bear, Coyote, Ruffed grouse, Bald Eagles, Loons, Geese, Osprey, numerous water birds, Red-tailed hawks, Barred and Great Horned owls, as well as snowshoe hare, lynx. bobcat, pine marten, fisher, and beaver.
We can lead you across the pond and through a maze of logging roads and trails that traverse the area’s diverse forests, meadows, ridges and aquatic environments. Take short walks to natural areas supporting feeding sites, daybeds, rub trees, and places where bears have hibernated during the winter. See an active beaver lodge(one of over 200 in this township) and learn about the ecology of the area and the impact the animals have on shaping and using the environment in this working forest.
"Get Wild!" photographic tours
The habitat in the 22,000 undeveloped acres of East Middlesex Canal Grant and the townships surrounding Spencer Pond Camps provides a diverse landscape with a multitude of photographic opportunities for landscapes as well as flora and fauna. For these special tours we can customize our approach depending on the particular subjects and themes you may be interested in……we can place you in a strategic location to catch moose and waterfowl on the pond, drive or hike with you to unique vantage spots for that spectacular sunrise or sunset, or paddle you across the pond to capture the early morning fog lifting over the woods creating a surreal landscape or to spot a white-tail deer coming to drink on the water's edge.
"Wandering is good for the sole"
With hundreds of thousands of acres to explore, we can take you to our favorite spots. See scenic vistas, complete your bucket list and experience the euphoria of summiting a remote mountain top, follow our steps to remote ice caves in land owned by the Nature Conservancy. Find a hidden waterfall or a stand of old-growth forest. Pick wild berries or forage for fiddleheads. We will help you wander across the Maine woods sharing what we hold dear along the way. Take an early trip and go with your personal Maine guide to listen to the sounds of the north woods as it awakens.