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.

Drift boating

Fish the Big Eddy from the bow of a classic Penobscot drift boat. These historic boats are ideal for fishing holes that can’t be reached by wading. To rent a drift boat or to learn more, check out Maine River Guides.

Whitewater rafting, duckies, and kayaking

The stretch of river around Big Eddy is enormously popular with boaters. We are happy to make recommendations for companies that provide rafting, duck boating, or whitewater kayaking lessons.

To find local rental companies visit the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce

Ambajejus Boom House

Located on nearby Ambajejus Lake, not far from Big Eddy, the Boom House served as the final collection point for lumber that was locally harvested and floated down the West Branch. This historic building houses scores of logging artifacts and provides many insights into the old river drives. The boom house is surrounded by water most of the year, and must be accesses by boat. It is well worth a visit.

Learn more about the Ambajejus Boom House

Patten Lumbermen’s Museum

This historic and culturally rich museum in Patten was established to record the history of Maine’s fascinating lumber heritage, including the sacrifices and accomplishments of the state’s early inhabitants. The museum includes historical artifacts, documents, and other related cultural objects. It’s about a two-hour drive from Big Eddy.