Welcome to Chandler Lake Camps
T9 R8, Aroostook County, North Maine Woods
Chandler Lake Camps is one of the oldest traditional Maine sporting camps in the Aroostook and Allagash watersheds.
Our heritage stems from the nineteenth century and has become a tradition to many sportsmen looking for a quality fishing and hunting experience.
Our staff is committed to providing you with fine home cooking, exceptional service and quality, comfortable accommodations that will make your experience not just a trip but a memory that you will pass along for generations. Chandler Lake Camps and Lodge is not a destination you will be able to soon forget. In fact most of our guests become like family and return year after year to enjoy all that we have to offer.
We are a traditional Maine sporting camp, updated with a few modern conveniences. Our fishing and hunting resources are first class. Come step back in time and explore the beauty of the North Maine woods where Native brook trout, landlocked salmon, trophy moose and whitetail deer, ruffed grouse and woodcock abound!
We are the only camps on the 418 acre Chandler Lake landscaped with old growth pine and spruce forest overlooking Chandler Mountain. The rocky shores of the lake harbor our resident bald eagles and numerous pairs of loons. Your stay here will be a step back in time in North Maine Woods tradition.
History of Chandler Lake Camps
Located in the shadow of the Chandler Mountain range in T9 R8 of Aroostook County, a vast landscape of more than 4 million acres of working forestland known as The North Maine Woods. Chandler Lake Camps and Lodge was founded in 1902 by legendary hunter and trapper V. E. Lynch. in the heart of the big game and big fish country a favorite hunting and fishing ground for sportsmen. For over one hundred years now the camps on Chandler Lake have been providing a quality traditional Maine Sporting Camp experience to many an adventurous sportsman and families. The cabins are nestled among a rugged rocky shoreline in a forest of pine and spruce from a by-gone era.
The lake empties into the Aroostook River through Mooseleuk Stream, and is but 4 miles from the South Branch of the Machias River,whose valley affords some of the finest moose and deer hunting to be found in the North Maine Woods, all within a short canoe ride and buckboard to the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Station in Marsardis.
While maintaining its claim of an area of great hunting and fishing, the experienced guides had successful seasons that followed. In 1904, Roach Adams, now being of Ashland, Maine had become the sole proprietor, buying out his partners interest. He continued running the camps, adding more cabins, a root cellar, ice house and horse travel. Records show his involvement with the camps ended in 1908 followed by Mr. Adams draft into World War I. Records show ownership changed to F.Carlton and Alice Dole until 1924 and then to Judge William Priest of Boston and V.E.Lynch until 1946.
In the spring of 1947 the family of Franklin Palmer Hart of Redhook, New York purchased the 9 cabins and 1.17 percent of the common undivided interest in Township 9 Range8 Aroostook County from the estate of Judge William Prest.
Mr. Hart, a prominent business man and outdoorsman purchased the camps to be used as a private family estate. The family enjoyed many years in Northern Maine, building new cabins, employing local guides, caretakers and pilots to care for the property. No road access was available at the time so travel was by river or floatplane from the village of Portage Lake. With the family spending months each year at Chandler Lake, the Hart ownership spanned more than 50 years. In 1997, Jason Bouchard, a Northern Maine native was searching the North Maine Woods for a remote cabin. Upon traveling the area by float plane he noticed cabins on the shore of Chandler Lake. After contacting the widow of Mr. Hart, the camps and property were purchased.
After 21 years of laborious work and meticulous attention to detail a road has been built, a few modern conveniences added and The long history and charm of a traditional Maine Sporting Camp exists here on Chandler Lake.
Chandler Lake Camps is operated as an American Plan Sporting Camp by the Bouchard family, providing delicious home cooked meals in our Lodge Dining Room with fresh vegetables from our large garden. Offering Northern Maine adventures in bird watching, nature tours, boating, fishing, hunting and shooting.
Our passion is Fly Fishing for Native Brook Trout and upland hunting for Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock while walking and paddling the same rivers and trails Roach Adams and Almond Currier traveled more than 100 years ago.
The Lodge Chandler Lake Camps
Our lodge, consisting of eleven hand peeled, spruce log cabins, four available for guest lodging. All situated on the shore of Chandler Lake. Keeping our strong tradition in mind we have updated our camps with modern facilities. Full baths, power by generator when needed and a supplemental inverter with solar panels for night and quieter times. You will have electricity available in your cabin 24 hours a day.
We take great pride in continuing our Maine tradition. Our dedicated and professional staff are here to ensure a quality service and experience to our customers.
After a day of experiencing the North Maine Woods, sit by the fire and absorb the nostalgia of our historic lodge. Read your favorite book or enjoy the peace and quiet from the porch. Here you can relax in comfort while recalling the memories you made in the North Maine Woods that day.
Chandler Lake Camps