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The Maine Legislature has banned the bringing of firewood into Maine. ( Sec. 1. 12 MRSA § 8307)
    Also the practice of transporting firewood for a distance of more than 50 miles from home, even within the state is discouraged.
This is due to the threat of invasive insects that are transported in the firewood.
     Out of respect for the landowner and the north woods, we no longer allow firewood to be brought into camp in order to protect the forest from invasive insects.
     We do have firewood for sale at the office. For more information please click on the link.
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FAQ'S about Frost Pond Camps.....
 

Below you will find answers to some of the common, and even not so common questions. If you have a question that you feel may be useful to other people that are coming to Frost Pond, please let me know and I will try to add it to the list.

Can I bring fireworks to Frost Pond Camps?
How far is it to the camps after we cross the Dam?
Do I have to worry about wild animals?
Can I have an open fire at my cabin?
Do I need to buy firewood for heating the cabin?
Can I bring firewood from home for our campfires in the campsites?
Do I need to bring drinking water with me?
How big is Frost Pond?
How far to the nearest grocery store?
Can I use my cell phone at camp?
Are those wolves that I hear howling at night?
What kind of fish can I catch at Frost Pond?
Do you have electricity at camp?
Why can't I just move my reservation dates to a different date if I cannot make it for when I scheduled it?
What are some of the activities that I can do while staying with you at Frost Pond Camps & Campground?
What will I see for wildlife around Frost Pond?



Can I bring fireworks to Frost Pond Camps?

No, we do not allow anything except sparklers at Frost Pond Camps. 
Maine State law says, 'B. A person may use consumer fireworks only on that person's property or on the property of a person who has consented to the use of consumer fireworks on that property.[2011, c. 416, §5 (NEW); 2011, c. 416, §9 (AFF).]".

The landowner has not given premission for the use of Fireworks in this area, and we do not premit them here at the camps.  This is for everyone's safety and to prevent fires from getting started.  We are a long way from a fire department!  The wooden stick sparklers are the best as they do not leave the wire behind, which can be a safety concern for both the user and guests who are around later.  Childern have a tendency to just drop them where they burn out and someone can get them stuck into a body part, days or weeks later.
Use of Fireworks other than sparklers may result in you leaving the camps.  Besides the fire danger, our policy of low noise just does not premit their use.

How far is it to the camps after we cross the Dam?

Contrary to what it may seem on your first trip in, it is only 2 1/2 miles from Ripogenus Dam. After a trip or two into camp, it will not seem nearly as far. Our road is located under a canopy of trees which rivals the road in Baxter State Park. Many of our guests have told us that it is the prettiest trip through the woods that they have had.

Do I have to worry about wild animals?

No, you do not have to worry about wild animals. However one must always respect them and not get too close. You should keep food items put away to avoid attracting them. We do not have a bear or raccoon problem here, although these animals live in the woods and we are located in the woods. This simply means that they can pass through at any time day or night. Since we have owned the camps we have not had any bear problems and only a minor raccoon problem, which with the help of a live trap, was taken care of.

Can I have an open fire at my cabin?

Sorry, we do not have fire pits at the cabins for safety reasons. Open fires near buildings out in the woods are not a good thing. In order to keep the cabins standing and the Maine woods green, we simply do not allow open fires at any of the cabins. If we have a campsite open you may request to go down to the campground to enjoy an open fire. Campfire wood is available for sale at the office.

Do I need to buy firewood for heating the cabin?

No, we provide firewood for each cabin. It is in the woodshed and you can get it as you need it. There is room for a supply of wood to last you the night or longer at each cabin so that you do not have to go to the woodshed in the night.

Can I bring firewood from home for our campfires in the campsites?

The Maine Legislature has banned the bringing of firewood into Maine.  
( Sec. 1.  12 MRSA § 8307) Also the practice of transporting firewood for a distance of more than 50 miles from home, even within the state is discouraged.
This is due to the threat of invasive insects that are transported in the firewood. Out of respect for the landowner and the north woods, we no longer allow firewood to be brought into camp in order the protect the forest from invasive insects.  We do have firewood for sale at the office. For more information please click on the link.  Firewood  


Do I need to bring drinking water with me?

You can if you wish. However we have very good water at camp which comes from our drilled well. The water is tested each year for safety and has never had a problem.

How big is Frost Pond?

Frost Pond is 198 acres. At the longest point it is approximately one mile long and at the widest point it is a bit over one half mile wide.

How far to the nearest grocery store?

Millinocket is about 35 miles away and Greenville is about 45 miles away. These are the nearest complete grocery stores. There is a small store about 13 miles from here that has a good selection of things you may need.

Can I use my cell phone at camp?

Not unless you have something very special for a phone! I have yet been able to find anything for a phone that will work at camp. We are simply located much too far from the cell sites to have cellular service.

Are those wolves that I hear howling at night?

What you are hearing most likely is a loon. The loon has a number of different calls that it makes, and one of them does in fact have a somewhat "wolf-like" sound. You may hear coyotes howling, which may sound somewhat like a wolf at times. The reason for this is that recent genetic studies of the eastern coyote has shown that one small female coyote had 89% wolf ancestry. A small wolf from Algonquin Park in Canada had 96% eastern coyote ancestry. So what you are hearing may in fact be more wolf than coyote! (Or the wolf you are hearing may be more coyote than wolf!) This study was performed by members of the Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and the Trent University, Ontario. The article that I got this information from was written by Mark McCollough who is a US Fish and Wildlife biologist and was in the July 2009 Northwoods Sporting Journal.

What kind of fish can I catch at Frost Pond?

You will catch Brook Trout and possibly a Splake. There are a few Smelts and Red Fin Shiners in the pond as well. We are located in T3 R11 and the regulations are as follows: Daily limit 2 fish. You can only keep 2 fish per day. Possession limit, 2 fish. You can never possess more than 2 fish at a time. This also means that you cannot catch 2 fish and eat them or give them away and then go catch and keep 2 more fish. No live fish as bait. You may use lures, flies, and worms. Each fish you keep must be at least 6 inches long. Please check the law book for more details as this is just a summary of the laws pertaining to Frost Pond in T3 R11.

Do you have electricity at camp?

Yes and no. We generate our own electricity with a diesel generator. We also have a battery system and inverter to power the computer. The batteries are charged when the generator is running in order to provide power to the office during times when the generator is not needed for larger loads. There is not any power available at any of the cabins or campsites. We can charge your camera batteries and such at the office, if you do not have a car charger with you.

Why can't I just move my reservation dates to a different date if I cannot make it for when I scheduled it?

You make a reservation so that you will have a cabin or site when you arrive. The dates are blocked out when you make the reservation, and no one else can book it after that. I may have had several requests for a site or cabin for those same dates that you blocked out. When I tell them that I do not have that site or cabin open, people will either take a different site or cabin, or book elsewhere.

When you book you are in effect telling me that you will be coming and I can count on it. I am telling you that I will have a site or cabin for you to stay in when you arrive.

We both are making plans based on the reservation. When you email or call and tell me that you need to change dates because of changes in your schedule, it sure throws things off on this end. There is a good chance that I will not be able to re-book the reservation. We have several short seasons when guests typically book reservations, and when people are making their reservations they want to know that they will have a space. Quite often these plans are made weeks or months in advance. They are not going to wait to see if all of a sudden someone cancels at the last minute, they will book where they can be assured of the space. By the same token, if you arrive and I tell you that I had another party that wanted the space, and I used your reservation space for them and now I do not have anything for you, you would be very upset, and rightly so.

We are not like the airlines and large hotels that consistently overbook so that they can be assured of a full plane or hotel.

We urge you to go to consider purchasing travel insurance for your trip.  This insurance protects you for a number of reasons for cancellations.

What are some of the activities that I can do while staying with you at Frost Pond Camps & Campground?

There are many things to do. We have a couple of short hiking trails nearby. You can hike on the Appalachian trail without going into Baxter Park. There is a section of trail about 13 miles away that is in the so called "100 Mile Wilderness" of the Appalachian Trail. You can make reservations to go white water rafting on the Penobscot River. You can take a scenic float plane ride. You can climb Mt. Katahdin which is in Baxter State Park. You can fish in the pond and on the West Branch of the Penobscot River. We can help set you up with a guide for both river fishing and some pond fishing. On clear nights you can star gaze. I have seen falling stars every night that I have been out sitting by the campfire. We have no ambient light to interfere with some very fantastic night skies. You can just sit back and relax and enjoy listening to the loons, owls, and bull frogs. You can paddle around the pond and enjoy seeing Moose, Deer, Loons, and several families of Ducks. You can watch the eagles soar over the pond on a fairly regular basis. You can watch the terns that come to feed on some of the hatches of insects on the pond. You can take "Moose" rides. (No, you do not ride a moose, but you go for a ride in your vehicle to look for moose)
 
What will I see for wildlife around Frost Pond?

One never knows just what you will see. Wild animals are wild, so you never know what you will see, where or when you will see them! The list of animals that I have seen around the pond and near-by includes: Moose, Deer, Bear, Coyotes, Turkeys, Bobcats, Lynx, Beaver, Otter, Pine Martin, Mink, Red Squirrels, Chipmunks, Porcupines, Mergansers, Golden Eye Ducks, Canada Geese, Seagulls, Terns, Eagles, Osprey, Pileated Woodpeckers, along with several other species of Woodpeckers, Bats, and many other song birds. I am sure that there are many other animals and bird species that I am forgetting, but there is just about everything located nearby.