10th Anniversary July 24-25 2010 - Northern Forest Canoe Trail

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10th Anniversary July 24-25 2010


JOIN US for the 2010 Paddlers Rendezvous & Logging Festival
Celebrating the Northern Forest Canoe Trail 10th Anniversary
& the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum 30th Anniversary

 Northern Forest Canoe Trail logo                 Rangeley Lakes Logging Museum logo

WHEN:  July 23-25, 2010

WHERE:  Rangeley, Maine

WHAT:  See below for a preliminary schedule of events.  All daytime events are free and open to the public.  The Saturday evening dinner and program at Saddleback will have a family-friendly cost.  We are still nailing down the details, so thanks for your patience.  Registration information coming very soon!  If you are dying to let us know that you will be joining us, please send an e-mail to Kate Williams.

LODGING:  If you are planning to attend, please visit the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce for information about accommodations and other services in the area. 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

FRIDAY JULY 23: We encourage you to come early so you can explore this amazing area in western Maine

Discover a wealth of Outdoor Activities at www.RangeleyMaine.com

Kayaking and Canoeing: Self-guided day trips on NFCT Sections 8 & 9

Hiking: The Appalachian Trail or18 other trails

Birding: Hunter Cove Wildlife Sanctuary

Fishing: Brook trout and landlocked salmon fishing in sparkling lakes, ponds, streams,

Mountain Biking: Railroad Bike Loop Trail or Rangeley Lakes Trails Center

 

Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum Festival Days

11 am - 5 pm: Rangeley Lakes Logging Museum, RT 16

Visit the Museum, Preparation and burying of beans for Saturday's famous beanhole supper, music by Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys  

Biscuit bake: free biscuits (4:30 pm)

7 pm:  Church of the Good Shepherd, Main St., Rangeley.

Little Miss and Mister Wood Chip contest

Loggers Hall of Fame awards

Musical entertainment Door prizes

7:30 -8:30 Banjo Dan will be back at it - enjoy more music to close out the day!


SATURDAY JULY 24: Plan on a day full of fun activities, capped off by a celebratory dinner at the Saddleback Base Lodge

Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum Festival Days

10 am: Parade on Main St

Post Parade: Rangeley Lakes Logging Museum, RT 16 - enjoy an afternoon filled with music (Banjo Dan continues!), museum displays, crafts tent, forest displays, equipment displays
 

11:30 am Bean hole bean dinner at Logging Museum field

12:00 Woodsmen's Competition

Afternoon: Chain saw carving demonstration by The Mad Whittler

 

NFCT Paddler's Rendezvous

When: 10 am - 4 pm

What: Equipment Sales and Demos, Canoe displays, Wildlife, Paddling Destinations and Safety Exhibits

Includes Raffle for Old Town Cayuga 130 Kayak!  or Buy Your Ticket(s) Online Today! (Drawing will be on July 24 in evening)

Where: Ecopelagicon Nature Store and Haley Pond Park

 

  • Old Town Canoe & Kayak
  • Thule
  • DeLorme
  • Vermont Canoe
  • Birchbark, Wood Strip and Wood Canvas canoe displays
  • Birds of Prey/Chewonki's Traveling Natural History Program
  • Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
  • Maine Department of Conservation
  • Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge
  • American Canoe Association
  • U.S. Coast Guard-Maine Birding Trail
  • Maine Huts and Trail
  • Maine Wilderness Guides Organization
  • Nick Leadley Nature Photography
  • And more!

 

When: 10 am - 4 pm

What: Regional and Paddling-Related Presentations

Where: Ecopelagicon Nature Store and Haley Pond Park

  • Great Places to paddle on the NFCT
  • Birds of Prey -- New England's Majestic Raptors
  • Birchbark Canoe construction
  • Kayak fishing, Safety Considerations when Paddling,
  • Canoe Camping with Kids
  • Teaching your children to fish
  • The Maine Birding Trail
  • Wildlife Photography by Boat
  • And more!

                                               

When: 11am - 4 pm

What: Rangeley Lakes Historical Society Open House

Where: Rangeley Lakes Historical Society on Main Street in Rangeley

Extensive collection of artifacts, records and photographs pertaining to the resort & sporting camp era, railroads, logging, fishing and hunting. The collection is housed in a Classical Revival style building (circa 1905) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

When: Noon - 4 pm

What: Help Us Paddle "740 Miles in a One Day"

Where: City Cove Realty Haley Pond Access

Bring your boat to Haley Pond and be part of NFCT History. You will join paddlers across the Trail who are canoeing and kayaking distances of their choosing and will virtually send their miles to Rangeley to collectively reach "740 miles in a day" by 5 pm. 

There are two designated distances on the pond with the shorter course being .65 miles and takes about 10-15 minutes to paddle while the longer course is 1.75 miles and takes about 25 minutes. The number of laps you paddle is up to you.

For those that don't have boats Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust is making available (4) Old Town Otter kayaks and (4) Old Town Discovery 169 canoes, pfds and paddles. Suggested Donation: $10 w/$5 to RLHT & $5 to NFCT

Please register today for this one of a kind paddling event!

 

When: Noon - 4 pm

What:  Stewardship Event - Go to work with the NFCT Trail Crew and enjoy NFCT Trail Development Displays

Where: Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum

Featuring:  Bog bridging construction process: stations will demonstrate traditional tools like the cross cut saw and adze to shape locally harvested lumber.  NFCT Stewardship Intern Crew will be fabricating the bog bridging and volunteers will be welcome to participate.

You can try the "Highline Challenge"!  Test skills at lifting and stacking three wooden blocks with pin-point accuracy using a Griphoist and highline system.

 

When: 5 pm - 10 pm

What:  10th Anniversary Party  

Saddleback Resort - Base Lodge

"Summer in Maine" themed dinner, Live Music, "All Things Maine" Silent Auction, Bonfire and S'mores. $30/person; $10/Children (12 & younger); $15 cover for everything except dinner. Reservations requested. Contact Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

Register Online or Download Program and Registration Form.

 

SUNDAY JULY 25: Enjoy the area in any number of ways!

 

Canoe and Kayak Outings Coordinated by NFCT:

Sign-ups for Sunday Trips can be made at the Northern Forest Canoe Trail booth at Haley Pond Park on Saturday, July 24. Trip capacities are limited so first come first served.

TRIP #1: Suited for families - Town Cove to Hatchery Brook. FREE
TIME: 8:00 - 11:00 am
20 minute paddle each way, 35 minute nature trail
Breakfast: blueberry pancakes, maple syrup, coffee

FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION: Contact Shelby Rousseau, Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust (207) 864-7311 ext. 4 (TEL); srousseau@rlht.org (EMAIL)

LOCATION: Lakeside Park Main Street Rangeley
LEADER: Shelby Rousseau, Registered Maine Guide
TRIP CAPACITY: 10 people.
EQUIPMENT: Bring your own boat, PFD, paddle, dry bag (for spare clothes) and drinking water.
DESCRIPTION:
Meet and Greet: 8:00
Launch: 8:15 AM
Paddle Information: Paddle West from Town Park, across City Cove. Dock at RLHT picnic site "Loon".
Hiking Information: This 30-40 minute hike is primarily level, making an excellent opportunity for young families.
What to Bring for Hike: Sturdy shoes, water bottle, rain gear, bug repellent and rain gear.
Property Information: Hatchery Brook Preserve is a 50 acre parcel with a looped hiking trail, easily accessible by land or water. The preserve is lightly forested and the land is predominately level with gentle slopes. A network of forested wetlands nurtures critical habitat significant to the Rangeley Lakes region. Throughout the trail system, a series of bog walkways provides easier access over the wetlands and minimizes impact to sensitive plants and soils. Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust acquired Hatchery Brook Preserve in 1997 through a generous donation from the Morton Family, multiple grants, RLHT members, and in-kind support. The Morton's bought the property in 1991 in an effort to protect it from an approved 50 lot subdivision. A true community interest project, many volunteers, including school children, parents and trail leaders, planned and developed the Hatchery Brook Trail. Together, with borrowed hand tools and hard work, they established an easily accessible trail which is perfect for all ages.  Map of Hatchery Brook.

 

TRIP #2: Suited for paddlers of any ability: Hunter Cove and Hunter Cove Wildlife Sanctuary. FREE
TIME: 9:00 - 11:00 am
Approx 3 mile paddle, 35 minute nature trail

FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION: Contact Shelby Rousseau, Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust (207) 864-7311 ext. 4 (TEL); srousseau@rlht.org (EMAIL)

LOCATION: From Rangeley - Drive towards Oquossoc Village, Rangeley, approximately 2 miles on ME Route 4 North from the intersection of ME Routes 4 and 16 in downtown Rangeley. Look for Mingo Loop Road on left. Follow road to bridge and put-in sign and parking.
LEADER: Rob Center
TRIP CAPACITY: 10 people.
EQUIPMENT: Bring your own boat, PFD, paddle, dry bag (for spare clothes) and drinking water.
DESCRIPTION:
Meet and Greet: 8:00
Launch: 8:15 AM
Paddle Information: Paddle to Hunter Cove Wildlife Sanctuary where we will get out and take a short hike. We then will continue to paddle north down east shore and return by west shore to put-in at Mingo Loop Road.
Hiking Information: This 30-40 minute hike is primarily level, making an excellent opportunity for young families.
What to Bring for Hike: Sturdy shoes, water bottle, rain gear, bug repellent and rain gear.
Property Information: The Hunter Cove Wildlife Sanctuary trail system is on 100 acres of forested lands bordering on Rangeley Lake. The trails lead out to a beautiful section of Hunter Cove on Rangeley Lake with a few benches for picnic opportunities. The property hosts an abundance of habitats for song birds, wading birds, amphibians; there is also a deer wintering area. This is a popular place for bird watching, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing. There are several wet areas with bog bridging, but prepare to possibly get your feet wet.  The property was acquired by the Maine Audubon Society in 1974. Because of the challenge of maintaining the property from their headquarters in Falmouth, Audubon donated the property to Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust in 2004 as part of an effort to ensure local stewardship and proper management.  Map of Hunter Cove.

TRIP #3: RANGELEY LAKE - Oquossoc Cove to Lakeside Park. Fee Charged.
TIME: 8:00 am - 12:00 Noon (approximate duration, time may vary)
LEVEL OF SKILL: This is a long paddle, approximately 7 miles. Paddlers should have some experience and be able to paddle consistently for a long stretch. Not recommended for young children.

FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION: Contact Ecopelagicon (207) 864-2771 or ecostore@ime.net

LOCATION: Oquossoc Cove put in on ME Route 4. To Oquossoc Cove from Rangeley - Drive towards Oquossoc Village, Rangeley, approximately 3.0 miles on ME Route 4 North from the intersection of ME Routes 4 and 16 in downtown Rangeley. Look for sign and parking area on left.
LEADER: Peter Christensen, Registered Maine Guide
TRIP CAPACITY: 10 people.
TRIP FEE: $25.00/person bringing their own kayak, paddle, and pfd. $45/person for kayak, paddle and pfd rental. Mookwa Guided Tours will transport equipment at no charge. Light snacks provided.

TRIP DESCRIPTION:
Meet and Greet: 8:00
Launch: 8:15 AM
Paddle Information: Paddle east from Oquossoc Cove along the north shore of Rangeley Lake taking out at Lakeside Park. Length of Trip is approximately 7 miles.

WHAT TO WEAR: Water shoes, quick dry pants or shorts & shirt, hat & sunglasses.
WHAT TO BRING: Water, rain gear, hat, sunglasses, croakies for glasses and hats, sun block, dry bag.
 

Themed Outings:

Photography from the Water with Nick Leadley

TIME: TBA (3 hours)

LOCATION: TBA

Seeing wildlife from the water can be exciting and so can photographing wildlife from a canoe or kayak. Two outings on Sunday planned, one early morning, one later in the day. Limited to 3 people. $50 per person including boat rental. If bringing own boat: $35. Please bring your own camera and a drybag of adequate size. Zoom or small telephoto lenses are recommended. Reservations encouraged. Contact Ecopelagicon at (207)864-2771.

 

Morning Bird Walk with Maine Birding Trail founder, Bob Duchesne

8-10 am Rangeley Lake State Park

Birding in late July is a challenge, as most birds have stopped singing and are spending much of their time being chased around by hungry youngsters. But with a keen ear and a lot of luck, it's possible to tease them into view. Bring binoculars and we'll see what we can find. Limited to 15 people. State Park Day Use Fee: Adult Maine residents: $3.00/person.  Children 5-12: $1.00 each.  Non-resident adults: $4.50 person.  Non-resident senior citizens age 65 or over: $1.50/person.  Children under 5 and Maine resident senior citizens over the age of 64: Free.   Reservations required. Contact Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

 

History Buffs

10 am -12:30 pm and 12:30pm - 3pm

Stratton, ME

Join a "Valley Below Tour" on Flagstaff Lake, just north of Rangeley (Fee) Enjoy scenic vistas of the magnificent Bigelow Mountains, the history of Flagstaff Lake, tales of the lost village of Flagstaff, exceptional birding, eagles, loons, waterfowl. 4 to12 adults.  $40/person. Reservations required.  Contact Flagstaff Scenic Boat Tours 207-246-2277