The St. John and Big Black Rivers
Northern Hideaway Camps are located on the Big Black River, a major tributary of the St. John River. The St. John is the longest free flowing river east of the Mississippi River. The river runs through what use to be the most remote area of Maine. Today the area is still undeveloped. Dirt logging roads have replaced the rivers as the main source of transportation in and out of the area. The camps are located 85 miles from the end of the pavement. The road is gravel but it is maintained. Only during the deer and winter seasons do we recommend you have four-wheel drive to assure access.
Northern Hideaway operates inside of the North Maine Woods Gate System. This is a 3.5 million-acre working commercial forest with limited services available to visitors. There are gates in place and fees are charged for road use and camping. Visitors to Northern Hideaway receive gate information that entitles them to greatly reduced gate fees.
The St. John and Big Black rivers as well as the nearby Allagash Wilderness Waterway are rich in history, fish, and wildlife. Logging camps still operate in the area. Many times loggers are the only traffic one will encounter while visiting the area.
Northern Hideaway is located in The State of Maine Biological Region G. Richard Hoppe, the Regional Biologist describes, "Region G, a northern coniferous forest, offers two very unique geographical areas in Aroostook County to hunt, the first being the area west of Route 11, known as the “Big Woods,” consisting of industrial timberlands and the second being the area east of Route 11 consisting of agricultural lands. These two major land use patterns have created a very diverse region with some of the most remote areas in Maine adjacent to some of the most highly developed agricultural areas. The far eastern third of Region G where the majority of the people live, is mostly tilled fields with varying size woodlots. The Western two thirds of northern Maine is a large parcel of relatively undeveloped land managed for forest products. Gravel roads cross this area providing access for timber management and recreation. Hunting any of the game species within the “Big Woods,” the hunter can choose from full service lodges and primitive campsites or stay around the quaint towns east of Route 11 at rental camps or Bed and Breakfasts. All amenities including gas, food, and water should be purchased prior to entering the “Big Woods,” where a nominal fee is charged to those that enter, but once in, the sports person has over 3.5 million acres of non-posted land to use with minimal regulations."
Northern Hideaway is located in the “Big Woods” area described above. It is approximately 85 miles once you leave pavement to the door of the camps. We are one of the more remote camps in northern Maine.
All species of wildlife abound here. Moose are very common and often seen from the porch of the camps. While not known as one of the better deer areas in Maine we have a large population of deer and some of these reach huge weights. Grouse are often plentiful. Our worst grouse production years equal what some areas consider their good years. Lynx while considered an endangered specie are found throughout our area. Beaver, otter, marten, fisher, and coyote are often spotted by guests during their stay.