There is always something happening
at Claybrook Mountain Lodge!
Watch for upcoming events as the
seasons change, and please contact us for details on any of these activities or if you have a favorite activity of your own you would like to try here, we might be able to organize it and make it happen.
|"Birding by Ear" Weekend
||May 20-22, 2016
Ron Joseph and Greg Drummond bring decades of experience to this very special "birding" weekend. Catch the warbler migration in the Western Mountains of Maine. Ron is a retired U. S. Fish and Wildlife biologist with extensive experience leading birding trips. Greg has been a Master Maine Guide for 35 years. Greg will take us in the lodge van to three different habitat types including field/lowlands, mixed wood forests and boreal forest on the “Height of Land” area near Flagstaff Lake. Learn to identify the species by their calls as they arrive on nesting grounds. Of course there is always a chance for boreal species such as Gray Jay, Spruce Grouse or Black-backed Woodpecker, plus all kinds of Maine wildlife. This is great moose country! Watch the courtship rituals of Woodcock and call owls in the evening. All meals prepared by Pat Drummond from “scratch” in the famous Claybrook Lodge kitchen.
Cost of $350.00 per person includes all meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch, transportation, guiding and sales taxes.
|Birding by Ear Three-day Weekend
||May 27-30, 2016
This is an extended version of the earlier weekend. (See above for a more detailed description.)
The third day will be an opportunity to go back to areas of interest or free time to explore on your own.
Total cost per person is $470.00.
||June, 2016 (Tailor your times)
This is a great month for viewing moose, turtles on nesting sites, birding and catching wild Brook Trout from local streams and lakes. We have no organized trips planned but if you are interested in any of this, contact us for details.
|Flagstaff Lake Canoe Tour
Take a laid back 2-day canoe tour of spectacular Flagstaff Lake. With a length of 23 miles it is the largest man-made lake in Maine. Greg Drummond will lead this tour from the boat launch in Stratton to the take-out near Long Falls Dam Road in the southeast corner of the lake. Flagstaff has miles and miles of undeveloped shoreline and unobstructed views of the Bigelow Range that towers over the entire length of the lake. Travel by van to the launch site on Saturday morning. Our canoes will be waiting. Paddle the first half of the trip to a take-out point where the van will be waiting. We leave the canoes stashed and ride back to the lodge for Pat’s great dinner and a comfortable bed. Return Sunday morning and complete the paddle to the waiting shuttle again. This is a great way to experience the lake without sleeping in a tent.
This trip is weather dependent. In case of unsafe conditions on the lake we will hike in the Bigelow and Pierce Pond areas with a cost adjustment removing canoe rental.
Cost is $395.00 per person, including all meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch, canoe rental(assuming 2 people per canoe), guiding and sales taxes. ($360.00 per person if you provide your own boat.)
|Hike and Bike Weekend
||September 16-18, 2016
This is our traditional “Hike and Bike” weekend that we have enjoyed for more than 25 years! Originally we biked a day and hiked a day. In recent years, it is mostly a "choose your own" route hiking weekend using sections of the Appalachian Trail and "Huts and Trails." There are many great possibilities and Huts and Trails has some new bike trails we haven’t tried. The van is available as a shuttle at no cost.
Cost is room and board plus tax. $238.70 per person.
|Claybrook Mountain Lodge Moose Rut Weekend
||October 7-9, 2016
Ron Joseph and Greg Drummond will take everyone in the van to prime moose areas to call a bull into camera range. Both Ron and Greg are expert moose callers using mouth calls, can calls, birch bark megaphones, rattling and yes, even electronic calls. We will give a small demonstration of calling techniques after dinner Friday evening followed by actual calling at night somewhere near the lodge. On Saturday morning we will have coffee in the dark and be calling, again, somewhere near the lodge. We will return for Pat’s delicious breakfast at 8AM. Next we grab lunch and jump in the van to call at likely places along Long Falls Dam Road. We take a break at 3PM until dinner at 6. After dinner another night time calling spree. Sunday is more of the same until we return to the lodge for lunch. This is sometimes frustrating and difficult, but there is nothing like the excitement of listening to the sounds from a big bull as he gets closer and closer until he emerges from the cover of beautiful fall foliage and takes everyone’s breath away. This is our favorite of all fall activities.
Cost is $350.00 per person for all meals, transportation, guiding and sales taxes.