Our Plans and Rates

American plan?
Housekeeping plan?
Your own private island?
We have a plan to suit your group.

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Frequent Questions

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Our Calendar

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Our Plans

All of our cabins are private to your party and include: linens, sheets, pillows, and towels; ensuite bathrooms with pressurized hot and cold water; and propane heaters. At night, light is provided by either solar or propane lamps.


AMERICAN PLAN: $150 per night, per person

Picture yourself at a traditional Maine sporting camp: you come back after a long day of fishing to a hot, home-cooked meal waiting for you in the main lodge. You pass the supper hour swapping stories and spinning lies about the one that got away with old friends and friends you've just made. The dining room is boisterous and jovial, and the food just keeps coming, all the way through dessert. The next morning, the coffee is on before you wake with the sun, and breakfast is just as good this morning as dinner was last night. Your friends are eager to get out on the ponds and love not having to clean up your own breakfast dishes. Lunch is packed and waiting for you when you leave for another great day on the water. That, my friend, is the American plan. We provide a made-to-order breakfast, a packed lunch for you to take on the trail or on the water, and a family-style dinner. All of our food is homemade (right down to the vanilla extract we use in the cookies) using as many local ingredients as we can get.

Includes your cabin, breakfast made to order each day, a packed lunch, snacks, a homestyle dinner, and the first choice of our canoes, kayaks, pfds, and paddles.

Our American plan cabins:
Galilee sleeps 3 people;
Denny sleeps 3 people;
Pushineer sleeps 5 people;
The Little Cabins sleep 2 people each
Togue sleeps 8 people

We don't stick to a set dinner menu for our American plan guests. During your stay, you can expect to be treated to steak on the grill, fish (usually baked salmon or haddock), ham with brown sugar and pineapple, roast beef au jus, homemade pasta and meatballs, barbecued chicken, or similar. Some of our side dishes include "freckle bread" (a four-grain bread made with honest-to-goodness "Red River Cereal"), "camp rice," fresh asparagus roasted with herbs and garlic, roasted vegetables, caprese salad with maple-balsamic reduction, garlic mashed potatoes, and the list goes on. No dinner would be complete without dessert, of course, and we enjoy treating our guests to Boston cream pie, chocolate-peanut butter "doodle cake," pies of all sorts, raspberry-swirl cheesecake, and other goodies. If a guest leaves our dining room unsatisfied, we haven't done our job.



HOUSEKEEPING PLAN: $85 per night, per person

Don't want to be pampered or stick to scheduled morning and evening meals? With the housekeeping plan (also called self-cater or the European plan in some places), we provide you with a cabin that is equipped with its own kitchen (with an apartment-sized fridge, stove/oven, sink, cookware, dishes, etc). You can tailor your trip just the way you like it; if you want to be out on the pond at the crack of dawn with a granola bar in your pocket, or if you want to sleep until noon and feast at 3:30, you're welcome to.

Includes a kitchentte cabin with fridge, stove/oven, kitchen sink, propane grill, cookware, dishware, and utensils. Also includes the use of our canoes, kayaks, pfds, and paddles, but please note that, in the case of conflicts, our American plan guests have the first choice of canoes. We rarely have conflicts, but it does happen now and then.

Our housekeeping cabins:
Upper sleeps 3 people
Gardner sleeps 5 people
The Island sleeps 7-8 people


ISLAND CABIN: $100 per night, per person (housekeeping) or $160 per night, per person (American plan)

And what if you really want to get away from it all? How about your own private island, about a quarter of a mile from the mainland on the other side of Island Pond? Yeah, we can set you up with that, too. The island cabin is a full housekeeping cabin with a kitchen, bathroom, sleeping loft, master bedroom, and two-story fireplace.

Includes the amazing island cabin with a two-story fireplace, kitchen with fridge, stove/oven, kitchen sink, propane grill, cookware, dishware, and utensils, and the use of our canoes, kayaks, pfds, and paddles.


DEPOSITS: In order to hold your cabin, we require a deposit at the time of booking. Deposits ($100 per person for American Plan stays and $50 per person for housekeepig stays) can be paid via check or credit card. Checks can be sent to our Portage address. For credit card payments, we'll send you an electronic invoice that can be paid securely online.

Deposits are non-refundable; however, in the event that you need to cancel your stay for any reason, we're happy to apply your deposit to another stay later in the same season or the next season.

CANOES: We keep a dozen (plus or minus) canoes and five kayaks here on Island Pond, and with permission from the Bureau of Parks and Lands, we keep one or two canoes at most of the other ponds in the township for our guests to use. There are a couple of ponds that we don't keep canoes on, but we're more than happy to take a canoe or two to any pond that our guests want to fish at for the day.

CHECK IN/CHECK OUT: We love to see our guests, but we need time to change over the cabins between groups and make sure everything is ready for your visit! Please plan to check in any time after 2:00 PM on your day of arrival, and plan to check out prior to 11:00 AM on your day of departure.

PET POLICY: Your whole family is welcome at Red River, and that includes your furry, four-legged children. Your well-behaved pets are welcome at Red River at no extra charge. However, if your dog sleeps on the bed like a person, we'll have to charge him like a person because it's impossible to get dog hair out of our wool blankets. If you know that your dog enjoys sleeping on the bed, please let us know so we can give you an appropriate cover for the bedspread. Dogs, and even some cats, love spending time in the woods at Camp.

READY TO BOOK? Online booking is so impersonal! If you'd like to stay at Red River, please give us a call or send us an e-mail. (We prefer e-mail; our phone isn't always reliable.) We'll need to know what dates you'd like to reserve, how many people will be in the party, and whether you'd like the American plan or housekeeping plan. Our American plan guests should also let us know about any dietary restrictions.

Frequent Questions

We know that our guests might have questions about going to a sporting camp in the woods, especially the first time. We'll try to answer the most common ones here.

STUFF TO BRING

- What is included in my cabin rental?
All of our cabins include your linens, blankets, pillows, towels, and washcloths. The cabins have propane fireplaces, solar or propane lights, hot and cold running water, toilets, and showers. Housekeeping cabins also have a refrigerator/freezer, stove/oven, kitchen sink, dishware, cookware, dish soap and cleaning utensils.

- Do the American plan cabins have a fridge and coffee maker?
No. We do typically have some room in the lodge refrigerator to keep a few drinks cold, though, and the coffee is always on well before breakfast.

- What should I bring?
Everybody should bring their personal fishing gear, clothing, bathing suit, etc. Our weather is typical of northern Maine; shorts and long hiking pants are both a good idea, as is a sweatshirt or flannel for evenings. Sturdy hiking shoes are a must, and hiking poles can help keep your balance on our uneven terrain.

We love our dark, starry sky, so guests will find a flashlight and/or headlamp useful. We love our oceans, so please bring a refillable water bottle or thermos rather than bottled water. We don't love our mosquitoes and blackflies, so we also recommend bug spray or a bug net from the beginning of the season until August.

Housekeeping guests should also bring all of their food, condiments, spices, drinks, and paper towels or napkins. Each housekeeping cabin has a percolator, so you'll want to bring coarse-ground coffee. Each housekeeping cabin also has a small propane grill; you'll need to bring a couple of 1-lb propane bottles, which you can find at most sporting goods stores, department stores, or hardware stores.

- What flies do you recommend bringing?
We recommend these.

- Can I bring my dog?
Yes! Your whole family is welcome at Red River, and that includes your furry, four-legged children. Your well-behaved pets are welcome at Red River at no extra charge. If you know that your dog enjoys sleeping on the bed, please let us know so we can give you an appropriate cover for the bedspread. Please also plan to bring bags and a scoop to dispose of waste and keep the yard clean for everyone to enjoy

- Can I bring my own canoe or boat?
Sure! We keep canoes on all of the local ponds, but if you have your own that you particularly like, you're certainly welcome to bring it.

- Can I drink the water at Red River, or should I bring some?
Yes! The water in our lodge and all of our cabins is potable. We recommend bringing a thermos or water bottle to refill instead of bottled water.


WHAT WE OFFER

- Do you have wi-fi available?
No, and that's part of the beauty of being so far out in the woods! Plan to put your phone in airplane mode and forget about the online world during your stay.

- Do you have phone service available?
We don't have phone service in general, but if you need to make a call to check-in on family, make arrangements, or take care of an emergency, we can certainly accommodate your request. If you want to leave an emergency number for people to reach you at, please give them our business number, 207-435-6000, and we'll be able to get a message to you.

- Do you offer guiding services?
Because we are a small facility and all of our ponds are small and friendly as well, we don't keep guides on staff. We're more than happy to recommend a few who know our area well, though! Just drop us a note, and we'll send you a list.

- Do you rent canoes?
Not typically. Our guests are our top priority, and our canoes (especially those on the small ponds) are reserved for their use.

- Do you sell or serve alcohol at Red River?
No. We are strictly a BYOB facility, but we welcome you to bring your beverage of choice!

- Do you sell ice?
Only sometimes. We don't have an ice maker, but we do sometimes bring ice from town and can sell it if we have it available. We recommend stopping at Coffin's General Store for ice on your way in, just in case.

- Do you manage the campsites in Deboullie?
No. All of the campsites are managed by the Bureau of Parks and Lands; they're available on a first-come, first-served basis.

- Can I pitch my tent or park my RV at Red River?
We're not set up to offer camping. We welcome you to choose one of the thirty great campsites in Deboullie, though!


GENERAL QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR TRIP

- How do I book?
If you'd like to book a stay, please give us a call or send us an e-mail. (We prefer e-mail; our phone isn't always reliable, and e-mail gives us a paper trail of your reservation.) We'll need to know what dates you'd like to reserve, how many people will be in the party, and whether you'd like the American plan or housekeeping plan. Our American plan guests should also let us know about any dietary restrictions.

- What time is check-in?
We love to see our guests, but we need time to change over the cabins between groups and make sure everything is ready for your visit! Please plan to check in any time after 2:00 PM on your day of arrival, and plan to check out prior to 11:00 AM on your day of departure.

- Do you accept credit cards?
Yes! Thanks to the wonders of technology, we can accept all major credit cards for deposits and balances upon arrival.

- Is there a number people can reach me at in case of emergency?
Certainly! If you want to leave an emergency number for family or co-workers to reach you at, please give them our business number, 207-435-6000, and we'll be able to get a message to you.

- Do I have to pay the North Maine Woods? How much?
Yes. Because we're inside the North Maine Woods gates, we're subject to their fees. Please see the NMW website for a current breakdown of fees, and note that guests staying three days or longer are subject to a flat rate instead of the daily rate.

- Can I choose which cabin I want?
Typically. If you prefer a specific cabin, and it's available, we'll make every effort to reserve it for you.

- You don't have a housekeeping cabin availabile when I want to come. Can I just stay in an American plan cabin instead?
No. We're required to provide proper refrigeration and cooking facilities for our housekeeping guests, and our American plan cabins don't pass muster in that regard. The safety of our guests is our highest priority.

- Can I use my boat and motor on all of the ponds?
Only a few of our local ponds are large enough for the use of a motor. If you want to troll with a motor, we welcome you to do so on Pushineer, Deboullie, Gardner, Black, Togue, or Perch.


Have another question we haven't answered here? Drop us an e-mail and ask away!

Our Calendar

OUR 2021 SEASON: runs from Thursday, May 27, until Sunday, October 24.

This calendar is a good guideline for our availability, but please keep in mind that we're a very small operation. We try to keep the calendar up-to-date, but we won't guarantee that it always is! Your best bet is always to e-mail us or give us a call. A few things to note:

- Each day is split into morning and afternoon blocks to accommodate arrivals and departures;
- If a time frame for any given cabin is red, it's booked;
- Don't worry too much about which cabin is which; please trust us to put you in the one we think will be most appropriate; and
- We reserve the right to move reservations from one cabin to another at our discretion.