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Katahdin Woods And Waters National Monument

Katahdin Woods And Waters National Monument: A Pretty Magical Place

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Information – excerpt from a great piece from nationalparkstraveler.com by Kurt Repanshek on November 30th, 2016

“Perhaps I most fully realized that this was primeval, untamed, and forever untamable Nature, or whatever else men call it, while coming down this part of the mountain.” — Henry David Thoreau.

Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine
The country’s newest national monument, Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine, offers a rich variety of winter activities, such as hiking or skiing along the Katahdin Loop Road/Ray Pasnen

Thoreau’s impression of the Maine North Woods, penned during one of his three trips to the region in the 1840s and 1850s, more than likely would have been different had he visited in winter today.

Though the woods still appear primeval in some spots, the hand of man is evident since Thoreau’s days. This winter, the first visitors will explore Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument by snowshoe, snowmobile, and skis. They’ll find an inviting landscape of thousands of acres of backcountry.

Lucas St. Clair, whose family donated 87,500 acres through its Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., nonprofit to the federal government in late August to create the monument, recalls: “Some of the more memorable experiences for me over the years have been going in the winter to really remote sections of the monument on skis. You just see so much stuff that you typically don’t see. Moose at really short range. You can see all the tracks so much more clearly.

“It’s really cool to be skiing along and see all these lynx tracks and drops of blood in the snow where a lynx had eaten a rabbit. You don’t see that stuff in any other season,” he adds.

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine offers miles of winter trails to explore
With nearly 90,000 acres, the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine offers miles of winter trails to explore/Ray Pasnen

Elliotsville Plantation, has cut roughly 20 kilometers of crosscountry ski trails near the northern tip of the monument, and 32 miles of snowmobile trails over the years. Those trails, with their connections to Baxter State Park and other snowmobile routes, offer nearly 100 miles of trail to explore.

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Winter visitors can choose from a number of other lodging options:

  • Mount Chase Lodge is just 16 miles from the monument, on Shin Pond, operated by the same family for past 40 years. They have private cabins, main lodge rooms, with fare such as pan-seared salmon with blueberry chutney and grilled marinated Portobello mushrooms.
  •   The New England Outdoor Center cabins can accommodate from six to 14 guests, and are just 8 miles from Millinocket. St. Clair says, “They have snowmobile rentals, ski rentals, and there’s skiing trails right there at the lodge, and you can easily access the monument for snowmobiling from the lodge.”
  •   The Matagamon Wilderness Lodge’s cabins can handle up to a dozen, and it’s right at the entrance of the monument’s cross-country ski trails.

“From a national park perspective, people think of Acadia National Park and the summer on the coast,” says St. Clair. “But the winter inland is really a pretty magical place.”

New Winter Photos of Mt Katahdin

A big thank you to some friends of Mt-Katahdin.com for these recent photos of the mountain from various sites.   Joey Austin and Keith Dionne snapped these photos in the last week and we have reprinted them here with their permission.  Thanks again, guys!

Picture of Mount Katahdin from a frozen lake.
Photograph of Mount Katahdin from Quakish Lake below North Twin Dam by Joey Austin of East Millinocket, Maine. Thanks, Joey!

Looks like some good ice fishing weather in Millinocket!

Photo from Abol Bridge of Mount Katahdin.
Photograph of Mt. Katahdin by Keith Dionne from East Millinocket, Maine. This is shot from Abol Bridge on the Golden Road north of Millinocket.

If you have some photos of Mount Katahdin that you would like to share with the world, please email them to us info@mt-katahdin.com or post them to our twitter feed at @MtKatahdin or our Facebook page.  Thanks!

Sasquatch Sightings | Bigfoot / Pomoola | Mt Katahdin Maine

Sasquatch / Pomoola Sightings in Maine

Photo of pomoola or injun devil in Maine. Is this a squatch?
Photo of a Maine Bigfoot from summer of 2013 – Grant Brook Road. photo: copyright TPasanen 2013

The local Native Americans (the Abenaki) called Bigfoot, Pomoola, long before the white man came to mid-Maine. It is often described as a “large, manlike creature with red fur.”

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Summer/Autumn 2013: My brother lives in Medway, Maine and spends a great deal of time in the north Maine woods. Hunting, fishing and working; he spends a majority of his time in the broad wilderness area around Mount Katahdin. He was driving along the Grant Brook Road (map below) and saw this… Bigfoot or Pomoola or Sasquatch or… Whatever it is. Unfortunately, he didn’t have his camera so this was only taken with his phone.

He said, “It ran off.  I’m sure it wasn’t a stump but, not exactly sure what it was.  All I know is it looked like bigfoot to me.”

Three close-ups of the shot:                 The Finding Bigfoot Shop

Mid-Maine Sasquatch or Injun Devil. Photo of a squatch in Maine.
Close up of the Maine Bigfoot or Pomoola on Grant Brook Road. photo: Tim Pasanen

Pomoola zoomed photograph.  Do you think it is a squatch?
Depixelated close up of Sasquatch in Maine – pic from Grant Brook Road – 2013

Maine Injun Devil or Pomoola is the local Sasquatch.  On the hunt for a squatch!
Picasa “Heatmap” version of the Maine Bigfoot photographed by Tim Pasanen.

This was shot northwest of Millinocket, Maine in the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness area. Just a bit south of Baxter State Park.

Is this bigfoot in Maine?
Zoomed in version of Tim Pasanen’s photograph of Bigfoot in Maine. Can it be a squatch, tho?

It sure looks like, something. And, I did a bit of research with the links, below and found that the “wild men” of Maine were very often described as having red hair, which this one obviously does.

My brother’s boss and avid Maine outdoorsman , Jim Stanley, says, “I know it was a squatch.  I’ve see two together within a mile from where this pic was taken.   We are currently working with game cams.”

Here are some other photos from the area taken by Stanley.

Location of recent Maine Bigfoot sighting:

Pomoola or Injun Devil - Maine's Sasquatch.
Sasquatch sightings in Maine. Historic bigfoot or Pomoola encounters.

If you have photos, videos, stories about the Maine Bigfoot or “Pomoola” please email info@mt-katahdin.com.

Pomoola sounds slightly reminiscent of the word Pamola which is known to have been a legendary bird spirit that appeared in local Abenaki mythology. This spirit causes cold weather and was believed to be the local “God of Thunder.”  The word, Pamola, is still quite prevalent in the area of Millinocket and Katahdin.  The next peak along the knife’s edge from Mount Katahdin’s summit is “Pamola Peak.”  There is the Pamola Motor Lodge in town.  And let’s not forget Pamola Xtra Pale Ale from the Baxter Brewing Co. in Lewiston, Maine.  Obviously, quite a powerful word from the native tongue to have survived with such common usage to this day.

We, also, came across this great article online at the Bigfoot Encounters website.  We didn’t know there were so many documented cases!  The Native Americans called Bigfoot, Pomoola, long before the white man came to mid-Maine. Read from the website…

“The first sightings of the 1800’s that were reported and documented in the State of Maine occurred in and around the Mt. Katahdin area, what is now Piscataquis County, Maine and is located north-northwest nearby communities of Millinocket and Moosehead Lake region. The famous Appalachian Trail ends in beautiful Baxter Park at the highest elevation of just over 5200 ft., atop of Mount Katahdin.
The source of these reports came from a book titled “Camping Out” The book was published in 1873 and was authored by C.A. Stevens, published by The John C. Winston Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The original copy of this ancient book is owned by Chris and Amy Julian who have graciously shared the information in their book.

There are at least 6 stories of encounters with large man-like creatures, which the Indians called “Pomoola.”  It was also known as “Injun Devil.”

The book mentions the death of a trapper years before. He had been ripped apart and at the time it was thought to be a mountain lion. Who knows? The point that got the Julian’s attention was the fact that the body had been beaten against a tree trunk. Chris Julian went on to say, “I have heard mention that the book was fiction. I am not sure I agree considering the detail and the year it was written. I have checked many facts and to me these are factual accounts, -it’s a diary.””

Here is the complete Maine Sasquatch Sightings list!

Maine Bigfoot Society on Facebook

Walking to Katahdin – Appalachian Trail video

Video – Walking to Katahdin

Experience Mount Katahdin and the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. 2181 miles, 14 states. Great video!

More about Mount Katahdin and the Appalachian Trail

Mount Katahdin (pronounced: kah-Tah-din) is the tallest mountain in Maine at 5,269 feet (1,606 m or just shy of a mile). The mountain was named ‘Katahdin’ by the Penobscot Indians.  The term means “The Greatest Mountain” in their language. Katahdin is the centerpiece of Baxter State Park: a steep, tall mountain formed from a granite intrusion weathered to the surface above the treeline. The flora and fauna on the mountain are those typically found in other regions in northern New England. Katahdin has been known since time immemorial to the Native Americans in the region, and has been known to Europeans since, at least, 1689. Or, possibly, long before.  It has inspired hikers, climbers, journal narratives, paintings, local hit songs and a piano sonata. The area around the peak was protected by Governor Percival Baxter starting in the 1930s and is now known as Baxter State Park. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and is located near a stretch known as the Hundred-Mile Wilderness.

Video of Millinocket Lake and Mount Katahdin

Excellent video of Millinocket Lake & Mt Katahdin

A great video shot across Millinocket Lake in Maine during evening and sunset.  The video starts looking at Mount Katahdin, the crown jewel of Baxter State Park and shows the viewer many views of the lake and Lake Road, leading to the lake.  The video ends with Mount Katahdin in late evening with a great sunset shot.  Thanks to user satajet883 at youtube for uploading the video.

Sunset video of Millinocket Lake & Mt Katahdin.
Millinocket Lake and Mount Katahdin, Maine Video from Youtube.