I bought land in the Winter of 2018 in Rangeley near a beautiful brook trout pond. My hope is to use this camp as both a family camp for years to come and a spot to host anglers who come fish the mighty Rangeley rivers with me for a couple of days. I bought the lot, which had been mostly cleared, and decided on a build site. I cut down several hardwood trees and now it's time for ground work.
A typical fishing trip for anglers would include coming up the evening before your first day on the water, and potentially popping the row boat into the pond to hit an evening hatch and dust off the casting shoulder. We'd fish all day the following day and clients would have the choice of bringing their own food to cook for dinner or hitting one of the great restaurants in Rangeley or Oquossoc. On the second full day, we'd fish all day and then head for home. I have many clients who spend $300+ on two nights lodging to fish for one full day to bring their total to $700 plus dinner expenses. For that same amount, stay for free and spend your hard earned money on a second day with a guide fishing for beautiful brook trout and landlocked salmon. It's a different style of accommodation, but we're thinking folks are really going to enjoy it!!
We're building a 24' x 28' cabin that will have a bedroom on the first floor that holds a full sized bunkbed, which could sleep 4 people comfortably. There will a kitchen with normal appliances and a bathroom with sink, shower and toilet. The loft will be above these three rooms I just mentioned and will have two full sized beds up there, bringing our sleeping total to a comfortable number of 8. When your wife has 8 siblings, you plan for these things!
The living room area will hold a full sized table for dining, a recliner chair and a love seat, as well as a wood stove for the shoulder months. The porch will be screened in and will hopefully serve as a nightly cribbage area while sharing stories from our day in the woods. There will be a fire pit beside the cabin, and I'm hopeful that down the road we'll build a small bunkhouse with sleeping accommodations for 4 that will not have any systems in it.
We'll be starting the groundwork in July and hope to have the shell up by snowfall (famous last words) Stay tuned for pictures and updates this summer!
Aaron Broaddus is a passionate fly fisherman and a Maine guide.