A visit to Baxter State Park

This 209,501-acre wilderness area was a gift to the people of Maine from former governor Percival P. Baxter. The park is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, with an abundance of hiking, swimming, fishing, and wildlife viewing opportunities. It’s a short drive from Big Eddy Campground.

Visit the Baxter State Park site for more information on hiking Mt. Katahdin.


Hiking options in this area are unlimited. Whether it’s for a day hike to a favorite swimming hole, a morning blueberry-picking expedition, or a full-blown trek to the summit of Katahdin, we can equip you with the maps, directions, and local knowledge you’ll need.

Guided fishing trips

While the West Branch is known for its world-class fishing and great catch rate, it never hurts to hire a guide for a day. Float the river in a drift boat or be guided to the hot spots on foot—it’s your choice. Rates start at $400/day.

To inquire, check out Maine River Guides for a great source.

Fly-fishing and fly-tying clinics

Chewonki offers half- or full-day clinics taught by a Maine Guide. These experts will cover everything from the anatomy of the fly rod to four-part lawn casting, reading water, fish behavior, and selecting the right fly. Clinics are designed for newcomers to fly-fishing as well as experienced anglers who seek the satisfaction of landing fish on their own flies.

For more information on fly-fishing and fly-tying clinics, please email bigeddy@chewonki.org


The West Branch is surrounded with lakes, ponds, and streams that are perfect for exploring, fishing, and swimming. Please bring your own canoes, life jackets, paddles, and other gear.

For a local source of canoe rentals, click here.