Down East Books has asked me to write a book about Maine sporting camps, to be published early next year. Our state once boasted more than 300 sporting camps, but now has less than 100, and many of those are not the traditional in-the-woods sporting camps, but new camps on lakes and on the coast.
Linda and I own a camp at Camp Phoenix on Sourdnahunk Lake north of Millinocket. It was a sporting camp for 100 years. About 20 years ago it was turned into a condominium, where we own the camps individually and the property in common. It’s a magical place, with an abundant supply of wild trout, and on the edge of Baxter Park. Paradise.
The book will include a history of our state’s sporting camps, an inventory of the camps available today, and stories from and about my favorite camps. At least three dozen camps will be profiled in the book.
Linda and I plan to visit some camps (and yes, what a great excuse to do that!), and will write about them in our weekly travel column, which you can access at www.georgesmithmaine.com. I also hope to drag along a few hunting and fishing buddies to engage in those activities at sporting camps during the spring, summer, and fall. Fun!
If you have a favorite sporting camp, let me know! And please tell me why. Your own stories about time spent at your favorite sporting camp are also welcomed. You can reach me by email at email@example.com or by mail at 34 Blake Hill Road, Mount Vernon, Me 04352. Thanks!