Attean Lake Lodge is an amazing sporting camp

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           The website of Attean Lake Lodge describes it as a “unique” place, and it is, but it’s much more than that. It’s an island paradise which draws visitors back year after year.

          The land surrounding this large lake in Jackman is protected by a conservation easement managed by the Forest Society of Maine, so you won’t see a shoreline dotted with other camps. You park at a nearby landing, visit with Karl, a very entertaining gentleman who lives in a cabin there and manages arrivals, and then you are boated out to the island, where you will immediately relax and settle in for a very special experience.

          The 15 log cabins have been refurbished recently, combining history with comfort and accommodating from two to six guests. You will spend a lot of time in the stunning lodge, built in 1991 after the old lodge burned, where a large gathering room features a fireplace, library, piano, lots of games, and beautiful wooden furniture.

          But it’s in the dining room where you may enjoy your favorite experiences, at least if you love food as much as I do. The lodge has a very creative chef and provides all meals, with breakfast and dinner in our outside the beautiful dining room overlooking the lake, and lunches provided for guests to enjoy in their cabins or elsewhere.

          My dinner entree of stuffed flounder with lobster stuffing and sauce was extraordinary. And my generous bowl of French Onion Soup was very tasty. We both had Crème Brule’ for dessert, and before I could say thing, Linda exclaimed, “Holy cow, that’s good!” Our very friendly server Angelica was from Poland, enjoying her second summer here in our country.  

          Seventy-year-old Brad Holden has been at Attean Lake Lodge every year of his life. Lucky him! Brad’s grandfather took over this sporting camp in the 1905, and Brad and his wife Andrea recently added their son Barrett and his wife Josie to the management team.

          There’s no way I can convey to you the specialness of this place. But perhaps the words of a grandmother who we visited with on the beach will help. She first visited the lodge 40 years ago with her husband, and since he died, she’s returned with her children and grandchildren, who call this place “Grandaddy’s Island.”

          “This is a place where you can find yourself and who you are supposed to be,” she told me. Profound and true. Many guests are 4th and 5th generation visitors. Two weeks after we left, a lady was scheduled to celebrate her 80th birthday here with 30 family members!


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