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Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land,Sullivan Maine

The Donnell Pond Unit includes more than 14,000 acres of remote forested land with crystal clear lakes, secluded ponds, and mountains with panoramic views.

Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land,Sullivan Maine
FORDF250HDXLT, Aug 21, 2017
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      While it almost certain that Native Americans at least occasionally visited these lands, notable archaeological findings have not been discovered here.

      Recreation, comfort, and leisure play prominently in the history of the area. For nearly two hundred years before the advent of refrigeration, ice from Tunk Lake was harvested during the winter and stored in sawdust-filled icehouses for eventual sale and distribution. A lakeside fish hatchery on Tunk Lake supplied small "fry" fish for sport fishing until the 1970's. Wealthy vacationers established an estate on the south end of Tunk Lake in the 1920s. This estate would later end up in the hands of famed Antarctic explore Admiral Richard E. Byrd and was a recognized historic landmark until it was destroyed by fire in the 1980s.

      The land conserved at the Donnell Pond Public Lands was assembled in phases with the assistance of numerous conservation partners - particularly The Nature Conservancy, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the Land for Maine's Future Program (which helped to fund more than half the acreage acquired), the Frenchman Bay Conservancy, and private landowners deeply committed to conservation.

      Activities
      • Boating (motorized)
      • Camping
      • Canoeing
      • Cross-country skiing
      • Fishing
      • Hiking (trails)
      • Hunting
      • Snowshoeing
      • Swimming
      • Watchable wildlife
      Schoodic Mountain

      Schoodic Mt. can be climbed as a loop (2.8 miles) or an up and back (2.5 miles). Allow 2 hours. The mountain's summit is bare and flat with 360 degree views, including dramatic views over Frenchman Bay and Mount Desert Island. The most direct route up Schoodic Mountain leaves from the rear of the Schoodic Beach parking area. However, a popular route on a hot summer day combines an ascent from the parking area with a descent to Schoodic Beach for a refreshing swim before the half-mile walk back to the parking area. The western half of Schoodic Mountain's summit, including the communications tower, is private property. Please respect our neighbors and stay on marked trails.

      Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land - Maine.gov


      This was my second visit.I took this pic from the summit of Schoodic Mountain.It's very nice over here.Your likely to encounter 50 or so other folks during the summer on the weekends.The parking area is fairly small which can only hold about a dozen cars so, during the weekend,another half dozen need to park along the dirt road but there's plenty of room to pull over and park so cars can get by.It's a great place to hang out.Feels very much like Acadia National Park and this is a nice start to feel the "Downeast" part of Maine.If you can at least make your way over here,it's almost the same feel along the rest of the coast going east,though it continues to get even more remote than here in Sullivan.If you have already been to Acadia and you've made your way up to Baxter and or Katahdin Woods and Waters and your now looking to explore "Downeast Maine" a bit,then this is a great place to start,be it you only have enough time to travel this far over or a great stop while passing through to go over to West Quoddy Head Light.
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      I couldn't find an official tourism style video explaining the area like in my other articles but, here's a family posted video which accomplishes the same objective; explaining this section of vacationland.;)

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