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Safety: Be a Safe and Respectful Paddler –
Paddling conditions will vary according to the weather and season, so always exercise caution and always wear a lifejacket. With good judgment and proper equipment, the risk associated with paddling can be minimized. Respect the natural world and the rights of landowners, and be considerate of other outdoor enthusiasts. Paddlers should seek to avoid causing erosion, trampling vegetation, disturbing wildlife, and harming water quality.
Roads: Logging Road Access –
Access to the trailhead/put-in is on gravel logging roads managed and maintained to transport timber. Be aware that logging trucks have the right of way and be prepared to pull to the side of the road when encountering logging trucks. Do not park in the travel portion of the road or block side roads. Yield to any equipment working on roads.
Roads: Remote Access –
This part of Maine has poor signage and GPS driving directions can be misleading. Mobile phone use may also be limited. First time visitors should carry a map and printed directions.


From Millinocket: Travel about 10 miles northwest on the Baxter Park Road and turn left at the junction marked "Allagash." This short connecting road quickly comes to the Golden Road; turn right here. After 8.9 miles on the Golden Road, cross Abol Bridge on the Golden Road and then immediately turn left onto Hurd Pond Road. Travel 3 miles south on this road following the river and then turn right onto Hurd Pond Road and drive northwest for just over 1 mile. A dirt parking area and a pit toilet will be on the right side of the road. The boat launch is down a short trail through the woods on the left side of the road.

Warning: the Golden Road is a private logging road, all visitors must yield to log trucks.


This beautiful paddling trip offers grand views and remote wilderness. Small islands and secluded coves on the south shore of the pond are excellent places to explore. A campsite on the west shore of Hurd Pond (accessible only by boat) provides the option of an easy overnight paddling experience. The campsite has both a small beach and a pit toilet.

Other Information

The Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area Preserve Guidelines:

  • Hunting and fishing are allowed according to state laws and regulations.
  • Vehicles are restricted to designated roads. ATVs are not permitted anywhere in the reserve.
  • Horses, pets, and other domestic animals are not permitted.
  • Fires are allowed by permit only in existing fire rings at designated locations. Use only dead and down wood.
  • Do not collect or remove plants or animals.
  • Camp only in designated campsites. First come first-served. No reservations or fees required.
  • Camping at any one site is limited to a two week maximum stay.
  • Please use the latrines installed at campsites.
  • Carry water for washing at least 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap.
  • Pack it in, pack it out! Remove all trash and leave your campsite looking better than when you arrived.

Trail Manager

For more information or a printable map please contact The Nature Conservancy:

The Nature Conservancy, Maine Field Office
14 Maine Street, Suite 401
Brunswick, ME 04011
Phone: (207) 729-5181


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