Take Google with a grain of salt and DO NOT use it to get onto the woods road; it takes you north past Portage to a road that doesn't exist! And once you're on the woods road, be sure to follow our signs.
FROM THE SOUTH:
Take Interstate 95 North to Exit 264 (Sherman/Patten).
Follow Route 11 north approximately 70 miles to Portage.
Turn left onto West Road at Dean's Motel and Coffin's General Store.
After approximately one mile, turn left onto the woods road (look for signs). From here on out, it's important to watch for logging trucks. They drive fast, and they won't pull over for you; you MUST pull over for them. (When you do, though, be aware of any shale on the side of the road that can slash your tires.)
Stay straight through the mill yard. Do NOT take the left-hand turn.
After approximately 4 miles, check-in at North Maine Woods Gate. You will be required to pay a gate fee to the North Maine Woods.
From here on in, you'll see signs for Red River at each major turn, but it never hurts to print out the directions below, as well.
Two miles after the gate, take your first right onto the Hewes Brook Road. From here, start watching for mile markers in the trees on the right-hand side of the road.
After Mile 6, bear right.
Just before Mile 8, bear left.
After Mile 12, you’ll cross Red River and take the Red River Road to the left. (Do NOT take the Three-Mile Brook Road before Red River.)
Bear left at the next two intersections.
After about six miles, you’ll cross Red River again, then take a right at the tee.
Don’t take any more turns. (There’ll be a left and then a right; ignore them.)
Drive up the big hill, and you’re there! The total distance from town is 27 miles.
FROM THE NORTH:
Follow Route 161 (St. John Road) west from Fort Kent approximately 23 miles, then turn left onto the woods road at Chamberlain's Store. From here on out, it's important to watch for logging trucks. They drive fast, and they won't pull over for you; you MUST pull over for them. (When you do, though, be aware of any shale on the side of the road that can slash your tires.)
After approximately 1/2 mile, check-in at the North Maine Woods Gate. You will be required to pay a gate fee to the North Maine Woods.
Just after Mile 8, take a left into the Deboullie Township. (You'll see a red RRC sign.)
They're doing quite a bit of cutting in the northern end of the township and have added several new logging roads. Just stay on the oldest, most well-worn road, and don't take any major turns for about nine miles. (After 6 or 7 miles, you'll start to pass ponds and campsites.)
When you come to the tee near Perch Pond, follow our sign to the left.
After another mile or so, take a left at the tee at the bottom of the big hill.
Stay straight at the next intersection (rather than taking the right down to Pushineer and Deboullie) and drive up the big hill, and you're there! The total distance from pavement is about 18 miles.
WRITE TO US: Correspondence and deposits may be sent to our address in Portage:
Red River Camps
P.O. Box 320
Portage, ME 04768
CALL US: (207) 435-6000
E-MAIL US: firstname.lastname@example.org
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PRINT ARTICLES: Take a look at a few articles that have featured Deboullie and Red River over the years.
"Out of my Mind," Prop Talk, 2009
"Red River Country," Outdoors in Maine, 2009
"Red River Camps," Our Maine Street, 2011
"Worth the Trip," Portland Press Herald, 2011
"Red River Camps: An Outdoorsman's Paradise," The Rabid Outdoorsman Blog, 2014
"Red River Camps Owner Jen Brophy, Interview," The Rabid Outdoorsman Blog, 2014
"Bluebacks, New England's Rarest Trout," Burlington Free Press, 2015
VIDEO: We don't have much for video yet, but we're hoping to change that soon.