This is my first review I have ever posted. I travel quite a bit but have not yet felt the need to post a review until now. I hope you have time to read all this, but if not I will summarize. “This place is fantastic”.
A great location on the Penobscot River near the towns of Howland and Lincoln. Is close to several boat ramps on the Penobscot as well as several famous fishing lakes with close proximity to the Coastal Maine tourist areas. The compound is on a very nice level lot directly on the river. There is no need to walk long distances or up and down hill to get to dinner or boats or anything, just walk out your door and fish, eat, read, relax and enjoy.
Our very clean cabin was is well equipped with a refrigerator, stove, coffee maker (both drip and old perk style that was fun) and Gas Grills if you want one as well as all the pots, pans, plates, cups, utensils and everything you might need. Blankets, linens pillows and towels are also provided. All you need to pack is some clean underwear and a fishing rod. (A book and a good box of wine might also be a good choice) OK also add some shampoo and a bar of soap and a toothbrush if you want to have everything.
We stayed in cabin #3, that I think is the same as most other cabins. While there was not much for rooms in the cabin it had everything you need and more. The main room is the open kitchen area with a kitchen table and chairs. A very nice reasonable size bathroom with shower and sink. A back room with two bunk beds (limited storage or closet space). Up a narrow stair/ladder to three more beds upstairs. There is no living room or sitting room but that is more than made up for by the beautiful screened in porch facing the river. If you are not sleeping, cooking or showering there is no reason to be in the cabin when you can be enjoying the porch or sitting outside on the folding chairs provided with the cabin.
There are fire pits at every cabin that I never took the opportunity to use. For me getting up with sun and going to bed with the sunset was plenty for me. There are a couple of great swinging benches to sit and read a book from located right on the river, or just sit back and watch the river flow. From the cabin we saw some deer across the river and watched an eagle fly bay looking for his lunch. I was told by a few guests that the Eagles followed them up and down the river as thy fished and then dived within a few feet of them to catch fish they had just released.
Fishing – The water is a stained color so most guest were using white plastics or red and white top water baits. Some others swore by brown black or blue We had our best luck with green and white senko wacky worms, but we were not as successful as most of the guests. Every guest was reporting thirty, forty or fifty or more brozeback smallmouth bass per day. I was not as lucky or skilled, the fish were there, I just did not find the right combination.
Boat docks can be used on a first come basis, there are 4 spots. I brought my own boat, a seventeen foot aluminum hull bow rider with a fifty horse outboard, and was glad to come home with the same propeller I started with. When I first saw the boat ramp at the camp I said “You put your boat in there???” it looked like a steep hill on the side of the river. You will want 4WD but the launch actually is quite easy to use, it just looks scary. Jeff will gladly help launch you boat for you if it looks like too much for you. I pulled mine in and out a few times to try fishing another part of the river without any issues.
Whenever I went to my boat Peter, a young man that spends his summer at the camp, continued to show the level of helpfulness everyone at the camp makes evident. He was always there to help catch a bow line or give a push off the dock or carry a cooler for us.
I found the average water depth is around five feet. I seldom found areas deeper than eight feet. You can be cruising along at any depth and just a few inches below the surface you will find a rock the size of a small truck, or worse yet a smaller hidden rock right at propeller depth. Do not ever go on plane… Go slow and watch for ripples, color change or anything out of the ordinary. You will hit a rock if you are not careful on this river.
Looking back on it my advice is rent one of their boats, they are the correct size and type of boat. A fourteen or so foot with under ten horse power outboard as well as a small trolling motor fully equipped. Regardless of what boat you use, they will bring you and your boat up river and/or drop your vehicle/trailer at another section of the river or one of the close by lakes for no charge. That is unheard of service as far as I am concerned.
This camp is a pet friendly camp to say the least, they have dogs, cats and a bird and maybe some pets I did not meet. Other guest had pets with them as well, but call before you bring yours just in case. I will tell you that I am not a dog lover type of person, my idea of a good pet is one I can visit and not have to take care of. This was the case here, the dogs were some of the best behaved I have been around. They came by to visit a few times a day but when told to sit or lay down, that is what they did.
The other guest ranged in ages form twenty somethings to couples to multi-generational families. Everyone was welcoming and obviously enjoying themselves. I did see several different groups swimming from the rocks, shore and docks.
I was at a fishing camp in the middle of Maine so I did not have great expectations for my technology needs (OK they are not needs, but I do like my web access). To my surprise I had a good strong signal on my Verizon phone and IPad. I was told that other cellular providers may not connect as well. This also proved not to be a non-issue because they have setup an outstanding Wi-Fi network that covers the entire camps from the cabins to the boat docks and more.
If you decide not to get the meal plan you are missing out on the best aspect of this camp. Excellent meals with everything you could want. Breakfast is always a full hot breakfast with all the extras. Box lunches with your choice of a wide verity of sandwiches and snacks come in a cooler with waters and ice packs for you to take with you for the day. Dinner is always a hearty comfort food that will not leave you wanting for anything more. I am not even going to talk about the nightly homemade desserts, you will just have to go there to experience them.
Having all your meals prepared for you frees up so much time that every day is a long relaxing day away from home. Unlike some places that have rigid meal schedules Mary repeatedly offered to adjust mealtimes for individual guests or groups to fit their different daily plans but most often everyone agreed on a mutually convenient times so as not to miss out on the comradery and fishing stories of the day.
The best feature of this stay was the hospitality and willingness of Mary, Jeff and Peter to accommodate and anticipate anything you might need to enjoy your stay.
If you made it all the way to the end of this overly long review, you know you have to GO…
Thank you. Plain and simple – Thank you. What a great place you have created with a real trifecta; great fishing camps located beside some phenomenal fishing hosted by some absolutely wonderful people. We where there when you were doing something pretty special with a group of campers and it further proved quality of character. I had a chance to climb in Nepal and one of the signs that I saw in a teahouse that stuck with me stated, “Come as a Guest ~ Leave as a Friend”. Your camp certainly epitomizes that quote. We look forward to coming back next season and others beyond. Cheers John
Jeff & Mary,thank you for a great weekend, my father and I both had a great time. I have fished many northern lakes and rivers and I have to say that this is one of the best trips I have been on, The fishing is superb! Not to mention the clean rooms ,comfortable beds and Mary’s home made apple pie! I will surly be there next year for a longer visit!
5 STAR RATING !….7-9-2014….Jeff & Mary…I just wanted to thank you both for a great 2 days & nights at your cabins…I had a wonderful time !….Your friendly hosting & hospitality made me feel like family and right at home on my first visit there !….Mary’s home cooked meals were absolutely delicious and a delight !….The cabins were fully equipped, clean, very comfortable beds with plenty of hot water for showers….The screened in porches were a joy….The grounds and facility are very well maintained and kept….The fishing was pretty good and I truly enjoyed the peace & quiet and privacy of your little little piece of blessing wilderness there….I’m looking forward to coming back next year and stay longer this time !….
Thanks again to you both for the great time of friendship & fellowship too !…..Take care & God bless….David
I have been working with Jeff and Mary bringing my clients to stay at Penobscot River Cabins. Everyone I bring are always happy and very pleased with their accommodations and home style hospitality they receive. I would highly recommend any friend or business client to stay here with the most confidence that their expectations will be exceeded. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns and I will be happy to talk with you.
Hey Jeff and Mary, just wanted to say hi and to let you guys know how much of a good time me and Pete had at your camp. The food was fantastic and so was the fishing. Tell the fellas we said go get em. Cant wait to get back up there and see you guys. Thanks again for a great time.
Jeff and Mary are great hosts. Just spent a week at PRC and can’t wait to go back. The fishing was as great as the hospitality. Jeff and Mary made us feel right at home. I’ve been on many fishing trips to the river, this one was the first to PRC, it won’t be the last. Good luck, Tom and Gina
We recently spent an entire week here, after finding the camp through a Google search not knowing what we were getting ourselves into! We could not have gotten anymore lucky for our relaxing, yet exciting vacation spot. The cabin was very clean, and had all the amenities we wanted as a step-up from camping. The owners, Jeff & Mary, are more than accommodating and ever so helpful, whether it”s just local recommendations or help with the boats! We enjoy grilling, but our cabin neighbors choose the meal plan and could not say enough about Mary”s cooking of which we were left a delicious, homemade apple pie one afternoon! Needless to say, we are already planning our return for next summer, and not only bringing family & friends with us, but hoping to see some of the wonderful people we met here- again!! Highly recommend Penobscot River Cabins as a family vacation, or fishing trip always fish to be caught in that river!!!!!
Hello Mary & Jeff,
Sorry for not saying goodbye this morning as we didn’t want to disturb your Saturday morning. Thank you both for an outstanding stay, too bad we couldn’t have made it three nights due to the coming hurricane. The Friday fishing was awesome and we have never caught so many smallmouth in one day. Jeff, I want to let you know there is no other sporting camp with 50 miles of you that provides the services Mary and yourself do. Between the preparation of the boat, extra trolling batteries, full tanks of gas, and even dry cushions after a night of rain. Both Dan and I were amazed when you said you were going to take us up to Chester free of charge. We have stayed at cabins near by where they charge the $55.00 boat rental when you use it for just 20 minutes on the night you arrive. You guys run a first class operation, and look forward to another visit in the neat future. You also have three beautiful dogs!
Jeff and Mary – Thanks so much for making our fishing club”s time at the cabins so enjoyable. In spite of the inclement weather and tough fishing conditions we all had a great time. The cabins were great, and your going the extra mile for us really proved you are both A-1 professionals and superb hosts. Looking forward to coming back in the future!
It has been hard getting back to work when you guys made my Maine Bear Hunting trip one of most memorable ones I will never forget. The food was great with some of the best home cooked meals I ever had – the homemade pies brought back great memories of days gone bye. The accommodations were perfect and fit the atmosphere to a T. The Bear was only a bonus to a great Couple and a great place to kick back, relax and enjoy. You guys are truly the best. Once again thank you and I look forward to visiting your camp again and again.
In all my travels this is the spot to re-discover your self and catch the beauty of the outdoors. If you like smallmouth fishing, eagles, beavers and peace, go here. Everything is the way you want a wilderness trip to go with the ability to sleep, shower and eat in tranquility with a small town near by. Expect to catch 6 bass per hour per person if you fish hard-most of your time will be navigating the fast waters. My fourth trip and hopefully not my last. Everything was just perfect for my wife and I. If you are an eater, Mary is a great cook. Best no fuss bait is a slim perch crankbait. Fish run .75-2.5#. Very tranquil fishing trip.
Thank you Jeff and Mary
We have operated our guide service from Mary and Jeff’s Penobscot River Cabins for several years now. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay there for 3 weeks each Fall. Jeff and Mary have been more than accommodating and did all we could ask for. Their friendliness and willing to help any way they could was very much appreciated. If you are looking for a place to spend a quiet week fishing or taking side trips to a few special Maine outdoor locations Penobscot River Cabins is the place you should stay.
I’m very happy to see someone has taken over Dad’s camps. I’ve seen your email to my buddy Myron. We’re probably going to send you a deposit to stay a week there after the new year. I was just wondering. I will be bring my 14′ Jon boat. I have an 8 hp with a trolling motor. Is there a fee to dock my boat at the camp while staying there.
Luke and I enjoyed seeing pictures of Ali and Gator. Luke freaked out over how big Ali has gotten since he saw her Look forward seeing you on August 24 when I come bear hunting with Gary. Hope you are having a wonderful summer. Jeff and Luke
Jeff/Mary: Had a wonderful time there. You folks are super, Alli and Gator as well. Friendship from sincere folks is a hard to find item today. Mary, geez had to loosen belt. ha! You’re great!!! Jeff I’ll send some pics when walmart quits jerking me around with pics on CD for week now. Gotta buy new digital camera soon. other took poop I guess. you were worried I had rough time with fish. I’m a “finesse” fisherman and if you can catch fish in NJ during tough times you can catch ”em anywhere” they say! Caught 19 yesterday morn in rain local lake 1 pickerel, 1 15″ crappie and rest largemouth. oh and 1 wet ass. gotta do web site thing soon. you show me I show you “finesse” fishing or if ya like take ya and show ya. bic, by the way is my cousins son and also my cousin. small world! John
This is the best place in Maine in my opinion to spend a week’s vacation. The fishing is great, the town of Lincoln is small and friendly, nice public beaches and most of all the new owners are awesome. The hospitality they showed us last year was above superb.
Hello I visited the camps twice back 2001 and 2002 and it was absolutely wonderful. The fishing was the best i have ever experienced, our group of 4 averaged 50 to 75 fish per day each!!! But equally impressive was the family atmosphere and home cooking that DAD’S CAMPS provided. They were wonderful people and I was truly saddened when DAD passed away. I since have moved to Tennessee from Massachusetts, but i hope to make it up there in the future for a spring smallmouth trip. I am very glad to see the rates have not changed much and I hope the new ownership is as friendly as the past owners. I hope all goes well with y’all.
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