Alternate Activities

August Camp 2021 “other activities” will be quieter this year to minimize carpooling, mingling with others and potential exposure to Covid 19. August Campers have a wealth of knowledge and hobbies. It’s a good opportunity to bring your sketch pad or camera, your field glasses, a musical instrument, the things you might not pack for a plane trip but might want for a week in the woods.  We will offer a few group activities and may add to the list in camp if conditions prove safe:

>>Complete hike list and resources can be found here.

Trail work

There will also be the opportunity to do trail work each week on the AMC-maintained trails near camp with an AMC trail maintenance volunteer and an August camp leader. Bring work gloves and eye protection (your regular glasses will suffice) if you are planning to participate. 

Canoeing and Kayaking

There are several quiet water paddling opportunities within reasonable travel distance from camp, some just minutes away. People interested in paddling should bring their own boat, paddles, life jacket, rope, bailer and dry bag. We may offer paddling trips as a group on 2-3 of the days of camp if there is enough interest. There are a few boats at a few of the ponds near camp available on a first-come-first-serve basis. There are some loaner life jackets and paddles for these AMC boats, but if you have your own PFD, best to bring it.

The ponds and lakes in this area of Maine are free of invasive plants and zebra mussels. Please take the time to wash your boat before coming. This can be done at a boat wash station or at home.

Those who would like to brush up on canoe and kayak safety can take a free boating safety class online. It’s a good review, even for those with experience, and takes about 90 minutes. LEARN MORE


Katahdin Iron Works

There will be trips weekly to visit the Katahdin Iron works, to visit the remains of a historic iron blast furnace. This trip will be scheduled during camp and all who are interested may participate.

Forestry offered one day per week (TBD) in the morning

Since 2003 AMC has been actively using forestry to restore the 75,000-acre former industrial timberlands of the Maine Woods Initiative to a more natural state.  Come on a tour of an active logging operation to learn how AMC is transitioning from the industrial forests of the past to an ecology-first form of forest management.  AMC’s Director of Maine Conservation and Land Management and forester, Steve Tatko, will take the group to 3 sites in the region near Gorman Chairback and Little Lyford to see how, by rethinking forest management, AMC is working to develop an older, more diverse forest, increasing carbon sequestration and improving species resilience.  We’ll stop at an active logging operation to see how these practices are put into use and then visit a site harvested 15 years ago by AMC to examine the results of the work and visit a beautiful flood plain forest full of old-growth trees.

Fish Passage offered one day per week (TBD) in the afternoon

The Hundred-Mile Wilderness Region of Maine is home to one of the last remaining native brook trout populations left anywhere in the US.  This, coupled with the return of sea-run Atlantic salmon to the region for the first time in 180 years, has elevated the need for a progressive fish passage and habitat restoration program on AMC’s 75,000-acre ownership.  Since 2011 AMC has been busy restoring previously blocked traditional spawning habitat and to date has restored 64 miles of habitat.  Come with Steve Tatko, AMC’s Director of Maine Conservation and Land Management, on a tour of some of the fish passage projects that are making it possible to reconnect sea-run Atlantic salmon with native brook trout in their traditional habitat. We will visit three sites where brook trout and salmon spawn and see two fish passage projects where AMC removed perched culverts and replaced them with climate-resilient bridges.  AMC’s watershed restoration work is one of the largest projects of its kind in the country.

Gravel grinding / Biking

The roads near Little Lyford are gravel and there are miles of them. Gravel grinding bikes are somewhat unique; road bikes, mountain bikes, and even hybrid bikes that do well on dirt roads don’t work well on gravel. There are some bikes made for this and if you have one, here is a great opportunity to use it. If you don’t, there really isn’t an option to rent one. Other biking opportunities are minimal, as biking on active logging roads is not permitted.

Lyford is in a great dark sky area, so views of the night sky are awesome.  You might want to bring binoculars or a telescope if the stars fascinate you.

If you have questions about any of the non-hiking activities feel free to email Cindy Campbell, [email protected]

Night Sky

Lyford is in a great dark sky area, so views of the night sky are awesome.  You might want to bring binoculars or a telescope if the stars fascinate you.

If you have questions about any of the non-hiking activities feel free to email Cindy Campbell, [email protected]