Fishing and Hunting

More than a dozen local ponds and streams. Native brook trout and Arctic charr. Ruffed grouse and moose. Need we say more?

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Our Trails

Deboullie's thirty miles of hiking trails traverse rugged mountains, craggy cliffs, and rocky shoreline. There's something for everyone.

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Why Deboullie?

Deboullie is an ecological reserve that encompasses rare and unique geology, plants, and animals. Come see what makes us special.

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Fishing and Hunting at Red River

Fly fishing in the Deboullie Township is second to none in the state of Maine. With so many ponds to choose from, a guest could fish one or even two waters every day for a week and still not fish them all. We do have spincasting and trolling opportunities as well for those guests who would rather not fly fish. Our waters are cold and clear, the perfect combination for brook trout and rare Arctic charr.

BROOK TROUT: Native and wild brook trout are undoubtedly the kings of our waters. All of our ponds have brookies, and their "personalities" vary from pond to pond. Some of our ponds have abundant small (8-12") trout, while others produce fewer but larger trout. Some fish well on overcast but calm days, and others fish well when the weather is sunny.

ARCTIC CHARR: Native Arctic charr are found in only twelve ponds in Maine, and the Deboullie Township is home to one third of these. Gardner, Deboullie, Pushineer, and Black Ponds are the only Maine charr waters within walking distance of each other. Charr need deep, cold, clear water to thrive, and we have plenty of it! In fact, the state record Arctic charr was caught in Pushineer Pond in 2008. Try your hand at fishing for this rare native species during your visit.

RESOURCES:
See what flies work well in our area
View the Maine Fishing Guide on Google Earth
Take a look at the pond depth maps of the Deboullie Township to start planning your trip
Fishing in Maine (from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife) is the place to go for licenses, species identification, and a host of other useful things!


Autumn in our neck of the woods offers hunters ample opportunity to enjoy their craft. While we do not currently run deer hunts (due to very low herd numbers in our area) or bear hunts, we have good success with both ruffed grouse and moose.

RUFFED GROUSE: Our partidge (ruffed grouse) population is typically very high; we're surrounded by plenty of woods and hundreds of miles of historic and modern logging roads for hunters who use dogs and those who don't. While we do not provide dogs for your hunt, your well-mannered hunting dogs are welcome at Red River.

MOOSE: Moose hunters are welcome at Red River; we're right in the heart of Zone 2. We do require a three-night minimum stay for our moose hunters, even if you harvest your moose on the first day of your hunt. Please also be advised that we don't sell gas at Camp; the nearest gas stations are Chamberlain's Market in St. Francis (18 miles) and Coffin's General Store in Portage (26 miles).

Our Trails

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Maine Conservation Corps build and maintain our trails. Our thirty miles of trails make several loops and have plenty of intersections to give you hundreds of choices about where, and how strenuous, to hike. Some of our trails follow historic roads and are relatively flat, while others will have you scrambling hand over hand as you summit one of our three mountains, Deboullie, Gardner, or Black.

Visit Deboullie on the Maine Trail Finder
View our hiking map (fair warning: it's a work in progress)

Deboullie Mountain hikers are rewarded at the top with the opportunity to climb Deboullie's historic fire tower. The fifty-foot steel structure with its wooden cab perched on top is intimidating, especially once climbers get into the wind above the tree line, but the 360-degree view from the top is worth the white-knuckle trip up the ladder.

What makes Deboullie unique?

From its talus slopes to Arctic sandwort, Deboullie is full of special places and features.

TALUS SLOPES: Did you know that Deboullie is an Americanization of the French geology term "d'eboulis"? D'eboulis translates to "of the talus slope," which is the perfect name for this region. A talus slope is a slope of rock that has crumbled from the side of a cliff face and come to rest at the base of the mountain. The rock slides on Deboullie and Gardner ponds are perfect examples of this. Researchers in the 1920's sometimes referred to the area as "thunderous," in reference to the booming sounds of slopes falling away, and the geologic activity is still happening today.

DEEP GLACIAL PONDS: When the last glaciers receeded, they left behind some of the deepest, clearest waters around. Did you know that Gardner Pond is 120 feet deep? What better place for our native Arctic charr to thrive?

ICE CAVES: The north shore of Deboullie Pond is pock-marked with small caves that typically contain ice for a good part of the summer. In fact, until recently, the entire area was underlain with permafrost; the ice caves are a remnant of that. You'll see some of them right off the trail around the pond.

RARE GEOLOGIC FORMATIONS: Our talus slopes contain rare geology, including pink granite (syenite) and white feldspar (granodiodrite)

RARE PLANTS: The tiny Arctic sandwort (minuartia rubella) grows on rocky slopes and is considered critically rare in Maine although it's doing fine globally. It's so rare in our state that it's only ever been seen on Deboullie's talus slopes. Similarly, we are at the southern limit of the smooth woodsia fern (woodsia glabella). It's been seen in seven places in Maine, and only four of those sightings have taken place within the last thirty years.

DARK SKIES: It's hard to get away from light pollution nowadays. Our closest neighbor in any direction, however, is over ten miles away (forty-five to the west and eighty or so to the direct south!), leaving us with a the perfect nighttime canvas to view the Milky Way and Aurora Borealis. One of our guests took this stunning photo of the Milky Way a few years ago during the Perseid meteor shower. This is the view we enjoy from our front deck.