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Reviewed 18 July 2016

Found the rustic experience to be soooo relaxing without road noise, the hustle and bustle of the city and other annoyances. The most notable sounds will be the wildlife, most notably the loons and hummingbirds feasting upon the natural nectar of the surrounding flowers and from the feeders strategically placed on the front porch, in view of the many porch rockers. The food was generous and incredible which is only outdone by the hospitality of Maureen, Whit and the charming staff. You probably would not be here, but for the fishing and the fishing is wonderful with the Middle Dam, a short walking distance away. Lower Richardson Lake water quality is crystal clear.

Room Tip: All cabins have great views but some are closer to the water than others.
  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled solo
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Thank 959clintonh
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Reviewed 3 August 2015

Just start with the basics...this is a fishing camp....very 1950's in spirit, and it has been around forever. Very simple, very rustic. The electricity goes off at 9:30pm and starts up again at 6:30am when the generator goes on. The cabins are very simple and very rustic. They are creaky and old and uninsulated, but have hot water and flush toilets. This is Maine, so even in the summer you might want to fire up the wood stove in your cabin to stay warm. It is BYOB. Breakfast is served at 7:30am, lunch at 12:30, and dinner at 6:30pm. The food is good (and gets better if you have had a hard day) but nothing special...a choice of eggs, oatmeal, etc. at breakfast, sandwiches or salads at lunch, and meat or fish at dinner. Not gourmet, but you won't starve and you will leave the table happy. The only way to get there is by boat from a Lakewood Camp parking area at the bottom of Richardson Lake. Cell phone service is very spotty, if it exists at all. This is not the Four Seasons. No massage, no room service, no Pilates, and no Yoga. So if you need that kind of stuff, forget this place. If you want to fish or boat or bike or walk or hike, this may be your kind of place.

OK. The basics are done. Now on to the real stuff. This is a spectacularly located, quite wonderful, old time place. Sitting in a chair on the lawn watching the sun rise or set, watching the moon, etc., is an experience you will remember forever. Maureen and Whit, owners/hosts, are wonderful. The staff, mostly European/Asian students, are friendly and interesting kids. If you want to fish, boat, swim, bike, hike, raft, watch eagles, loons and moose, etc., or just sit in a chair and read, and are happy in a rustic environment, it is hard to imagine a place better than this. It is an old place with all the virtues of that, and the lake is large (18 miles long?) and almost completely unspoiled. Do yourself a favor and go here. June and September are big fishing months, but July and August are unexpectedly uncrowded (almost no people).

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
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3  Thank PrinceConsort
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Reviewed 24 July 2015

Here's a Camp in a stunningly beautiful location looking out over Lower Richardson Lake in Andover, Maine. You drive to the South Arm boat dock and are picked up and taken to the Camp. No cars! There is a beautifully-done main camp lobby/sitting area/game room/fly shop that leads into the dining room. All your meals are served here, unless you've arranged for a brown-bag lunch or a later dinner served in your room (in case you're going to be on the river fishing at dinner time). The food is great, as is the service. Lakewood is owned by Whit and Maureen Carter, and you won't find two nicer hosts in your travels. They're eager to accommodate your needs and interests, and will provide great advice if you're fishing the Rapid River, located just 300 yards down a well-traveled path. The lodging buildings are old-time Maine. Each has a working Franklin stove for cool evenings! We go for the brook trout and landlocked salmon fishing in June and July. It is first-rate on the Rapid River, with chances for real trophy fish caught by fly fishing only. It is catch-and-release in order to keep the trophy fish in the river for next time! You will not find a nicer location, better hosts, more delectable home-cooked food, or better fishing in the Northeast. Yes, it's rustic. Yes, expect a Camp, not a Hotel. Yes, the camp runs on a generator and it's lights-out at 9:30 pm (but they give you a battery-powered lantern.) But you will be well-rewarded for the few areas where you'll be "roughing it". It's best suited for those who love the outdoors, and are independent in their activities (though guides are available for a fee for fishing). We love this place!

  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled with friends
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Thank flyfisher933
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Reviewed 15 October 2014

My wife and I have been going to Lakewood Camps since 2007 mostly fly fishing but also just to get away and, recently, partridge hunting. I cannot say enough about the Camp and it's owners. The Rapid River is the premier brook trout and landlocked salmon fly fishery in the Northeast. Over the years I have caught brookies between 2 to 5 pounds and landlocked salmon in the 24 inch range. My wife, our labrador and I also spent a couple of days in early October 2014 partridge hunting. In our two days of light hunting, we had between 25-30 flushes (without a guide) and we mostly walked the roads! The owners, Maureen and Whit are great people who are always available with helpful advice to make your stay superb no matter what activity you plan. The food is home style and excellent. Swimming is great. Wildlife is abundant (deer, otter, loons, ducks, geese, and tons of hummingbirds in summer). There is nothing better than sitting in a rocking chair on the porch of your log cabin with spectacular views of Lower Richardson Lake and the Western Mountains. A stay in this unique environment isn't free but there are no hidden costs (the prices are clearly set forth on the Camp's website and at the lodge). Regardless of the purpose of your stay, get ready for a relaxing time.

  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank jbunnyBoston
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Took my husband there for his 60th birthday..he is a fly fisherman. Cabins so old the two August nights we were there we had to spent the night keeping the fire going, to stay warm, beds horrible, generator out at 9:30. Decided to take our lunch with us on a hike and we were charged $10.00. No bottled water for hiking... Charges for EVERYTHING! Food ok, nothing exciting for the price you spend a night. Couldn't wait to get out of there. Cost over $400.00 a night for the two of us, been to Hawaii and Alaska and never paid that a night. Would never recommend or return to Lakewood Camps. Innkeeper was not very helpful when we asked information regarding hiking..always just handed us a map. We were pretty much on our own. She was not very pleasant or helpful.

Room Tip: Old, old, old! Certainly no insulation, and I hope you know how to maintain a fire all night.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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6  Thank Lynne3855
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