The Forks Area, Maine Snowmobile Trail Report. February, 10th, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Plenty of snow everywhere. The trails are in great shape and the riding is pretty awesome right now! All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are open and being groomed regularly with our 2 Tucker Sno-Cats.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE  Great riding all the way. The ½ mile Power Line section near Lake Moxie is still just  a tad rough.  The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. Watch for trucks.
•    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Plenty of snow and smooth sailing.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Boise Road and Divide Road sections are flat and fast. There is an active logging operation on the Hangtown Road, where we are sharing the road for ½ mile. Watch for trucks.  Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Great ride all the way through, from ITS 87 to ITS 86.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL   Nice riding. This trail combined with the Bald Mt Trail and ITS 87 makes a beautiful, scenic loop around Moxie Mountain.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Good ride all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at NO.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

Amazing Time for Our Corporate Incentive Trip

Monday, February 10, 2014 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Thank you Northern Outdoors! Our snowmobiling trip this past weekend was PERFECT! As an event planner for our company, Combined Benefits United, I wanted to create a memorable adventure for our group of sales agents, and Northern Outdoors delivered!

Some members in our group came all the way from California just to experience snowmobiling in Maine. They were all more than impressed with the lodging, accommodations, service, food, and micro brews at Northern Outdoors.

The sleds we rented from Backcountry Excursions were all top notch and had plenty of power for our high energy sales team to enjoy. Everyone is already talking about our next incentive trip - whitewater rafting with Northern Outdoors on the Kennebec River this summer!

Thanks for making our snowmobile event a success (and my job easy)!

Stephanie
Hallowell, Maine

Rating: 5 *****

The Forks Area, Maine, Snowmobile Trail Report - Monday, December 30th, 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

We have plenty of snow on the ground, and the trails have groomed out great. We are on our regular grooming schedule on all 100 miles of The Forks Trail System. Riding is really good on all sections. Things are frozen up hard and we’ve been able to cover over most ditches, hazards, etc.  Even with the abundant snow, it is early season so ride carefully.

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE   Groomed on Monday night and in good shape.  The Power Line section near Lake Moxie has a couple rough spots, but not bad at all.  The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. There’s a good hard packed snow base on the road. Watch for trucks through there.
  • ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Groomed our section Monday night, to the Dyer Road. In good condition.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Groomed on Monday.  Great riding all the way.  There is a logging operation on the Hangtown Road, where we are sharing the road for ½ mile. Watch for trucks.  The 3 mile spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout has been groomed. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Groomed all the way through on Sunday with great riding.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  We have not groomed our 4 mile section yet.  Hope to get to it before the weekend.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Groomed on Sunday.  Good going all the way through.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  We have not groomed this yet.  Plan to get to it later this week.


Great start to the season!  

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will easily accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. 91 octane gas, trail maps, food are available at Northern Outdoors main lodge.

Jim Yearwood, Trailmaster
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

Wish We Had More Time To Spend With Northern Outdoors!!

Friday, November 22, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

All I can say is WOW!!! What a great time my family had at Northern Outdoors.

We spent a week exploring the beaches and mountains of Maine and wanted to go ATVing. We are avid snowmobilers but never ATV'd before in Maine and came across an advertisement for Northern Outdoors. We were able to secure a small cozy cabin (River Driver), reserve ATV rentals and have a fabulous dinner at the pub. I want to complement your staff - they are very personable welcoming and informative.

What a great experience and we will be back to go white water rafting. Thanks again!!!

Lawrence P
Madison, Connecticut

Rating: 5 *****

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America's Coolest Breweries: Travel + Leisure Magazine Features Kennebec River Pub & Brewery

Monday, November 18, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Kennebec River Brewery Rated One Of  "America's Coolest Breweries" by Travel & LeisureKennebec River Pub & Brewery - Northern Outdoors Resort, Maine

The quality and care that goes into the brewing of Kennebec River Brewery's beer is no local secret. We're pretty pleased that some others have discovered our special brewery as well. Travel + Leisure Magazine recently featured us as one of America's Coolest Breweries in their latest brewery roundup! Favorites like Let 'Er Drift Summer Ale, Bear Naked Black Lager, and Big Mama Blueberry Ale flow freely from the taps and are savored by the microbrew connoisseurs who frequent this pub & brewery located at Northern Outdoors' Adventure Resort in The Forks, Maine.

When you take a look at everything our Maine brewery has to offer, we think we've created an atmosphere that is not only conducive to enjoying a high quality beer, but to really kick back, relax, and escape in beautiful western Maine. Kennebec River Brewery is particularly unique in that its the only brewery we know of that's located onsite at a year-round adventure resort. This means pub-goers can take part in some of the best recreational activities on the East Coast in addition to sampling our ales. There is nothing better than spending a day whitewater rafting, snowmobiling Maine's famous wilderness trails, hiking through the Bigelow mountains, chasing wild rainbow trout, or hunting trophy white tail deer, only to return to the restaurant and brewery. Having worked up a healthy appetite, our guests can indulge in sirloin steak, Atlantic salmon, and of course, the lobster in the pub! The best part though, we have an outstanding beer to match every season or beer drinking mood you may be in.  Kennebec River Brewery is featured on the Maine Beer Trail.

You can find a guide to some of our favorite brews below:

Sledhead Red - An incredible smooth red ale with moderate bitterness up dront, which gives way to a delightful malty finish. Brewed using five European malts and three varieties of domestic Northwest hops. 

Let 'Er Drift Summer Ale - A classic American pale ale crafted with domestic malted barley and fresh Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest. An excellent choice for those new to microbrews, it's as refreshing as a ride down the Kennebec "Rivah"!

Magic Hole IPA - Our flagship ale, this was our first brew ever made in 1997. This copper colored, American style India Pale Ale is crafted with abundant amounts of North American malted barley for a full malt flavor. The aggressive bitter bite comes from a generous infusion of Magnum hops, with late additions of Columbus and Summit adding abundant hop flavor and aroma. Dry hopping with Summit adds to the big hop aroma on this brew. Learn more here.

Sustainable Business Practices and Our Brewery

Kennebec River Pub & Brewery - Northern Outdoors Resort, MaineWe work hard to incorporate sustainable business practices into our brewing process. Reducing consumption, reusing and recycling raw materials are core components of our operations. Here's some of the things we do:

  • Office paper, cardboard, plastic wrap, glass and pallets are just some of the many components recycled at the brewery. All are diverted from the landfill. 

  • All our spent grains are delivered to a local deer farm for feed. 

  • Hot water produced during the process of cooling down the wort during the transfer to fermenters, is saved and reused for future brews as well as for cleaning. 

  • We do not use electrically run chillers and compressors to keep our beers cool while fermenting. Chilling is done geothermally, by circulating the cool waters from our 300' deep well.

  • Spent vegetable oil used in fryolaters at the Kennebec River Pub and Brewery is donated to one of our long time river guides Peter Brown. Peter converts the spent oil into fuel on his homemade biodiesel plant in his garage in Portland. 

Stop by and enjoy a beer at the Kennebec River Pub & Brewery, one of America's Coolest Breweries! 
 

 

 

Great time on the river!

Monday, June 10, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

We have been coming here during the winter months to celebrate New Years & snowmobile for a few years. This was my first time during the spring/summer and it was everything I expected and more!

As always the cabins were spacious & clean! The rafting was amazing as well! We had a great day out on the river and our guide Toby was awesome! He made out trip and was lots of fun when we hit the rapids!

As always great beer & food up at the Brew pub! Mudslides in the hot tub was a perfect way to relax after rafting & awesome lunch cooked and served by our guides!

I think we will have a new tradition of visiting in the winter and the summer from now on!

Thanks for a great weekend!!!

Kaitie
Norwood, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

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Northern Outdoors Launches New Mobile-Friendly Maine Deer Hunting & Fishing Site

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Maine Deer Hunting & Fishing - Northern OutdoorsNorthern Outdoors recently launched an all new, mobile-friendly website showcasing our expanded Maine hunting and fishing trip offerings. The first website was - well, the very first website ever for our hunting trips. It stayed that way for a few more years than we care to admit! So, you can imagine how nice it is to have a brand spanking new, mobile-friendly website that works on any device you care to use, from smart phones to tablets to laptops, notebooks, and desktops! Ok, on to the real info - about the kinds of hunting and fishing trips Northern Outdoors offers.

Hunting is a time-honored tradition in Maine's North Woods, and Northern Outdoors has become Maine's #1 Hunting Outfitter & Lodge over the four decades of our operations. Beginning in 1976, Northern offered fall deer hunts for Maine's renowned trophy whitetail deer, and expanded into fishing soon thereafter. In fact, the inventor of the famous Banjo Minnow is none other than Wayne Hockmeyer, co-founder of Northern Outdoors.  

In fact, not many of our rafting and snowmobiling guests may actually know that Northern Outdoors is one of the top ten trophy whitetail deer hunting outfitters in all of North America. With traditions like these,we are indeed pleased to showcase an expanded commitment to hunting and fishing through our newly launched, mobile-friendly website at Mainedeerhunting.com. In addition to Trophy Buck Hunting, are also excited to introduce custom bird & small game hunts and moose hunting in 2013. The new website features information on all Maine’s hunting seasons: Whitetail Deer, Moose, Bird and Small Game, as well as information on Bass, Trout, & Landlocked Salmon fishing seasons. All-inclusive professional Guided Deer Hunting packages start at $1050 for a week, $600 for 3 day Deer Hunts. Upland Bird Hunts start at $400 for a full day for 1-2 hunters.

"Northern Outdoors has a tradition of serving serious trophy whitetail deer hunters for almost 40 years. Our Maine Master Guides, full-service hunting lodge, and tremendous location in western Maine, home to Maine’s famous trophy bucks, cause hunters to return year after year to hunt with us." - says Russell Walters, President, Northern Outdoors. 

We have also expanded our offerings for both serious and novice anglers by partnering with local guide service Kennebec River Anglers to offer first class bass fishing and fly fishing trips. These trips include Professional Registered Maine Guides, all gear, transportation, and more. They start at $179pp for half day trips and $350-$400 for full day trips. Anglers choose between fishing for Maine’s famous fighter - the smallmouth bass, or spectacular fly fishing for trout and landlocked salmon in western Maine’s rugged Kennebec and Dead Rivers. 

Read the full press release here, about our new website and expanded hunting and fishing trips. 

Also, visit our new website at MaineDeerHunting.com to see for yourself what kinds of hunting and fishing you can do in western Maine. 

 

2012 Maine Whitetail Deer Harvest Up 13% - Means Good Hunting For 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

The MDIWF (State of Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife) reports that the 2012 Maine whitetail deer season ended with a total harvest of 21,365 deer, representing an increase of 13% over the 2011 harvest of 18,839. Increases in the harvest were seen in all wildlife management districts. The highlight of the 2012 season, and testament to the recovering deer numbers, was the jump in the overall harvest of bucks between 2011 and 2012. A total of 15,271 adult bucks were harvested in Maine this past season, representing an increase of 2,473 deer over the 2011 season (i.e., 19% increase). Indeed, the overall buck harvest increased within all 29 Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs).

The health of the deer herd is good news for Maine’s hunting community, and it's good for hunting outfitters too. At Northern outdoors, we are pround of our 40 year tradition of Trophy Whitetail Deer Hunting and are pleased to showcase our expanded commitment to hunting and fishing through a newly launched, mobile-friendly website, at www.Mainedeerhunting.com. In addition to Trophy Buck Hunting, we are also excited to introduce this year custom bird & small game hunts and, moose hunting.   The new website features information on all Maine’s hunting seasons, Whitetail Deer, Moose, Bird, and Small Game, as well as information on bass, trout, & landlocked salmon fishing seasons. All inclusive professionally guided deer hunt packages start at $1050 for a week, $600 for 3 day hunts.

Jim Yearwood, Vice President noted “This past winter did not stress the deer population significantly, we believe this only supports the continued growth of Maine’s deer population in 2013. It's great news for sportsmen planning to hunt in Maine.”

About Northern Outdoors:

Established in 1976, Northern Outdoors has a 40-year tradition of Trophy Whitetail Deer Hunting from its lodge in The Forks. Northern Outdoors is a four-season adventure resort and winner of Yankee Magazine's 2011 Best New England Adventures Award. In addition to hunting and fishing, Northern Outdoors offers whitewater rafting, hiking, and ATV rentals in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. The resort includes private cabins, riverside camping, and the Kennebec River Brewery, featured on the Maine Beer Trail. Northern Outdoors is located 2.5 hours from Portland Maine, 2.5 hours from Quebec City, Canada, and 4 hours from Boston, on Route 201, The Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway.

Maine Snowmobile Trip

Sunday, March 3, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Everything you need to enjoy a couple days of sledding it right there! Our machines were first rate, lodging was nice, restaurant fare was good and pricing was fair. You really can't ask for more. We didn't feel crowded, the staff was more than helpful.

Honestly a good well run business. I look forward to returning.

Phil P
Worton, Maryland

Rating: 5 *****

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The Forks Area, Maine, Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report

Friday, March 1, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Northern Outdoors Groomer at work near Moxie MountainPlenty of snow everywhere and the riding is sublime right now! Check our Northern Outdoors Facebook page  for daily grooming reports.

  • ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Intown section has good snow, but can get beat up quickly because of heavy traffic. Once just a mile out of town, things improve. Boise Road is great. Power Line section near Moxie Pond is flat (you know things are good when the Power Line is flat). There is a 2 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond, due to logging. Good snow cover over 95% of it . . . . only about 100 yards at the dam where you will be scratching some dirt. Rest of the way toward Greenville on ITS 86 and toward Rockwood on ITS 88 are in fine shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road section is in great shape. Short woods sections around Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog have plenty of snow and are good going. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Great views of the Kennebec River Valley, Sugarloaf/USA and the Bigelow Range.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Great ride with plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Great ride and plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL HEADING TOWARD BLANCHARD  Great riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  Good ride all the way through. A little rough the last 1 mile into town.

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail from the parking lot directly accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail.  Gas (91 oct), food and trail maps are available at NO.  Look for the large PARK AND RIDE sign on Route 201, just before Northern Outdoors main lodge

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks, Maine, Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Over a foot of snow has fallen in The Forks area in the past week. More coming Wednesday / Thursday. Plenty of snow everywhere and the riding is great right now! Check our Northern Outdoors Facebook page for daily grooming updates.

  • ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Because of very heavy traffic, intown section is rough and can always use more snow. Once just a mile out of town, things improve greatly. Boise Road is great. Short ½ mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is not bad at all . . . . just a couple minor rough spots. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond, due to logging. Good snow cover over 95% of it . . . . only about 100 yards or so at the dam where you will be scratching dirt. Rest of the way toward Greenville on ITS 86 and toward Rockwood on ITS 88 are in fine shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road section is in great shape. Still a little thin on the very short woods sections around Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog. There is a 1/2 mile section around the south side of Moxie Mountain, that is severely windblown. Recent snows have really helped, but you can still scratch a rock or two through there. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Great views of the Kennebec River Valley, Sugarloaf and the Bigelow Range.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Great ride with plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Great ride and plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL HEADING TOWARD BLANCHARD  Great riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  Good ride all the way through. A little rough the last 1 mile into town.

 For day riders, there is a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail from the parking lot directly accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail.  Gas (91 oct), food and trail maps are available at NO.  Look for the large PARK AND RIDE sign on Route 201, just before Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks, Maine - Snowmobile Trail Report

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

We received around 6” of snow in The Forks area last night. More in some spots . . . a little less in town and along the Kennebec River. This will add to the good conditions we already had and make things even better! Lots of people out there enjoying the trails this week. For the rest of the week, both Tuckers are scheduled to groom Wed, Thurs, Friday and Saturday nights.
 

  • ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Because of heavy traffic, intown section is rough and can always use more snow. Once just a mile out of town, things improve greatly. Boise Road is great. Short ½ mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is not bad at all . . . . just a couple minor rough spots. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond, due to logging. Good snow cover over 95% of it . . . . only about 100 yards or so at the dam where you will be scratching dirt. Rest of the way toward Greenville on ITS 86 and toward Rockwood on ITS 88 are in fine shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road section is in great shape. Still a little thin on the very short woods sections around Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog. There is a 1/2 mile section around the south side of Moxie Mountain, that is severely windblown. Last nights snow helped, but it’s still a little scratchy through there. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Great views of the Kennebec River Valley, Sugarloaf and the Bigelow Range.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Great ride with plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Great ride and plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL HEADING TOWARD BLANCHARD  Great riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  A little thin in spots and snirt here and there, but not bad at all. Worst of it is the last 1 mile into town.


For day riders, there is a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail from the parking lot directly accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail.  Gas (91 oct), food and trail maps are available at NO.  Look for the large PARK AND RIDE sign on Route 201, just before Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks, Maine, Snowmobile Trail Report

Friday, February 15, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

We are on our regular grooming schedule on all 100 miles of our trail system and the trails are in very good shape, for the most part. It was windy during last weeks storm, so there are a few windblown spots here and there where the snow didn’t accumulate much. Also have to be careful for icy corners as the snow gets ridden out of the turns. All in all, the riding is really enjoyable! Looks like the potential for more snow coming on Saturday.
 

  • ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Because of heavy traffic, intown section is rough and can always use more snow. Once just a mile out of town, things improve. Boise Road is great. Short ½ mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is not bad at all. A little windblown in spots, so the tops of a few rocks are showing. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond, due to logging. Good snow cover over 90% of it . . . . only about 200 yards at the dam where you will be scratching dirt, and a couple sunburned patches elsewhere that are easy to avoid. Rest of the way toward Greenville on ITS 86 and toward Rockwood on ITS 88 are in fine shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road section is in great shape. Still a little thin on the very short woods sections around Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog. Also a few small sunburned patches here and there. There is a 1/2 mile section around the south side of Moxie Mountain, that is severely windblown. Pretty scratchy through there, but you can stay on snow with some “bobbing and weaving”. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Great views of the Kennebec River Valley, Sugarloaf/USA and the Bigelow Range.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Great ride with plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Great ride and plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL HEADING TOWARD BLANCHARD  Good riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  A little thin in spots and snirt here and there, but not bad at all. Worst of it is the last 1 mile into town.


For day riders, there is a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail from the parking lot directly accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail.  Gas (91 oct), food and trail maps are available at NO.  Look for the large PARK AND RIDE sign on Route 201, just before Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

Snowmobiling at it's best!!

Friday, February 15, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Just got home from spending 3 days up at Northern Outdoors and already trying to figure out how to do it again before the season ends!!

Just like always we had an awesome time and were treated like gold by the great staff at the lodge.Managed to put on 400 miles on the sleds in two days,the trails were outstanding!

Thank you... Great job..

Mark R
Walpole, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

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The Forks, Maine, Snowmobile Trail Report

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

The 8” of snow we received on Saturday was just what the doctor ordered. Snowing hard again right now . . . . supposed to get 2” – 4” more tonight. We are on our regular grooming schedule on all 100 miles of our trail system and the trails are back in very good shape, for the most part. It was windy during the storm, so there are a few windblown spots here and there where the snow didn’t accumulate and ice is prevalent. Also have to be careful for icy corners as the snow gets ridden out of the turns.
 

  • ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Because of heavy traffic, intown is rough and can always use more snow. Once just a mile out of town, things improve. Boise Road is great. Short ½ mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is not bad at all. A little windblown in spots, so the tops of a few rocks are showing. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond, due to logging. Go slow through there. Rest of the way toward Greenville on ITS 86 and toward Rockwood on ITS 88 are in fine shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road section is in great shape. Still a little thin on the very short woods sections around Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog. There is a one mile section around the south side of Moxie Mountain, that is severely windblown. A lot of gravel and ice through there. You can avoid this section by using the Bald Mountain Trail and the Pleasant Pond Trail.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Great ride all the way through. We recommend this route going to and from Bingham area, to avoid the windblown section mentioned in the first bullet point.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Great ride all the way through.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL HEADING TOWARD BLANCHARD  Good riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  Still a little thin in spots, but not bad at all. Worst of it is the last 1 mile into town. The big hill off the Flood Road is very icy . . . . use caution.


For day riders, there is a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail from the parking lot directly accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail.  Gas (91 oct), food and trail maps are available at the main lodge.  Look for the large PARK AND RIDE sign on Route 201, just before Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club


 

Guided Snowmobile Touring in The Forks Maine (Never Get Lost Again!)

Friday, February 8, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

So what are the advantages of having an expert, professional snowmobile guide to show you all the best places to ride in The Forks Maine?

A LOT, it turns out!  Great trails, great terrain, best scenic views (picture opps!), best lunch spots, and you will never get lost - guaranteed. In a terrain set called a "Snowmobilers' Paradise" by SuperTrax International, covering 150 miles locally with access to Maine's renowned 13,00+ miles of ITS trail system, we know that expert guides make a lot of sense.

Here's our latest winter video about guided snowmobile touring in The Forks Maine with Northern Outdoors and Backcountry Expeditions.

Have fun - and come on up! We're getting a wicked nor'easter now and the 2013 snowmobile season is on Reset and Go!

Visit Northern Outdoors Guided Tours here.
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The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report with Important Trail Access Note

Friday, February 1, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

IMPORTANT TRAIL ACCESS NOTICE: To ride into or out of Northern Outdoors, we strongly recommend using the marked and groomed detour on the Kennebec River Trail and the Divide Road. The regular access trail behind the lodge has very severe ice on the hills and is not recommended. An experienced rider with picks could do it, but we recommend the detour. To leave Northern Outdoors, follow the Kennebec River Trail for 1 mile. At the one mile mark you will see a sign that directs you across Route 201 and up the Divide Road to ITS 87

The heavy rain put a severe hurt on our trails. Things are still draining out and freezing back up. Hazards are everywhere . . . . ice, water channels across trail, standing water, stumps/rocks poking through. Trails are very hard and very icy in spots. Good news is that there is still riding if you want to get out there. We don't recommended you cruise along at 60 mph, but if you want to get out and ride and enjoy the scenery, you can. Just pick your spots.

·        ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Intown trail is very poor. Water holes that need to freeze up and lack of snow. Trail is also poor for a couple miles heading out of town. Once on the Boise Road, things improve. Short ½ mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is very poor. There are 2 miles of plowed road around Moxie Pond due to logging. One and one half miles of this is glare ice. The other ½ mile is down to gravel (around the dam at Moxie). Rest of the way after the plowed section still has decent snow. To go to and from the Greenville area we recommend using ITS 87, the Pleasant Pond Trail and the Bald Mountain Trail. This is longer, but will generally keep you on decent snow and avoid the Power Line and plowed road.

·        ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road section has decent snow. Thin with rocks and stumps poking through on the short woods sections near Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog. Bare ground for almost a mile section on the south side of Moxie Mountain. ITS 87 is not recommended south of the Pleasant Pond Trail intersection.

·        PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Decent snow all the way through. As mentioned in first bullet point, we recommend this route to travel to and from the Greenville area.

·        BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Decent snow most of the way.  

·        BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Not sure how this has held up on the Blanchard end. Check with Guilford club (4 Winds).

·        KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  Not recommended. Lack of snow and one very steep hill with severe ice (Flood Road Hill).

 Bottom line is that we've got what we've got for now, and have to make do with marginal conditions until we see more snow. But, if you want to get out and ride you can. Just pick your places to ride and be careful.

 For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail from the parking lot directly accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail. Gas (91 octane), food and trail maps are available at the main lodge.  Look for the big PARK AND RIDE sign on Route 201, just before Northern Outdoors.

 Jim Yearwood

Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

Great Customer Relations!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

My husband and I stayed at Northern Outdoors for the snowmobiling reciprocal weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff is unbelievable and they went our of their way to make our stay wonderful!! We chatted with several staff and found they all have been working at the Lodge for a long time and love their jobs. We will definitely become return customers.
Thank You!

Carol S
Monson, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Snowmobiling Getaway

 

The Forks Area Snowmobile Trail Report

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

ITS 87 at the base of Moxie MountianHappy snowmobilers over MLK weekend. Plenty of snow and good trail conditions prevail. All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are open and being groomed on a regular basis.

•    ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD  Intown trail is getting pounded out and is a bit rough, however it is all very passable. Once just 1 mile out of town, things improve greatly. Boise Road is flat and fast!  Short ½ mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is somewhat rough, with a few rocks poking through and a couple wet spots to watch for.  There are 2 miles of plowed road around Moxie Pond due to a logging operation. There is a solid hard snow/ice surface on all but about 50 yards of the road by the dam, so you’ll be grinding a little dirt on that short stretch. Great riding the rest of the way.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road is flat and very fast. A few rocks poking through on the short woods trail sections at Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog. Some small thin patches on a short windblown section around the south side of Moxie Mountain. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail up to the Moxie Mt Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf Mt and the Bigelow Range.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 TO ITS 87  Good snow and great riding all the way through.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Good ride through to Blanchard.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Plenty of snow and a super ride all the way. This trail combined with the Bald Mountain Trail and ITS 87, makes a nice scenic loop ride around Moxie Mountain.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  A little thin on the inside of some corners, but not bad. A little rough the last 1 mile into town.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors main lodge on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail directly from the parking lot accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail. Gas, food and trail maps are available at NO. Look for the big PARK & RIDE sign just before Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

Polaris Snowmobiles Tests Newest Sleds At Northern Outdoors

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Polaris Snowmobiles Terrain Domination Challenge -Northern OutdoorsLast weekend we were delighted to host the Polaris Snowmobiles Terrain Domination Challenge held over two consecutive days, January 12th & 13th, at Northern Outdoors snowmobile resort in The Forks, Maine. Polaris invited two groups of handpicked riders from Canada and U.S. to come to Northern Outdoors to ride a series of 60-mile loops on some of Polaris’s latest sleds, and then sit down with reps to give them feedback. Event participants represented owners of various snowmobile brands, and included folks from HardcoreSledder.com and Sledhead 24/7 TV.  Sledhead 24/7 TV documented the event and is producing a show on it,  scheduled to air later this season.

 

The sleds were amazing. Riders got to select from several top Polaris trail and crossover models, and were encouraged to switch models so they could experience different sleds out on the trail.

Polaris Terrain Domination Challenge was hosted by Four Times Winter X Games Gold Medallist Levi LaVallee and retired Canadian hockey star Patrice Brisebois who rode along each day and added a great celebrity feel to the event. They were incredibly nice fellows to hang out with during the event. 

Polaris selected Northern Outdoors as the host resort because we offer an all-inclusive experience for snowmobilers that includes ample private cabin, lodge room, and logdominum lodging, a private meeting room space, a casual & classic Maine sports lodge anchored by a floor to ceiling stone fireplace, and our onsite Kennebec River Pub & Brewery that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The resort is located on ITS 87 with direct access to over 150 miles of The Forks Area Networks terrain, covering a wide variety of riding from wide open cruising, to wooded trails and spectacular views from Maine’s highest groomed snowmobile trail atop Coburn Mountain. The local trail network directly accesses Maine's over 13,000 miles of ITS trails statewide (all the way to Canada, in fact!).

See Sledhead 24/7 photos from the Polaris event here on Facebook. 

See Polaris photos from Terrain Domination Challenge here on Facebook.

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