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Washburn, ME 04786
Munsungan Painting by Tom Hennessy
For years I have admired the paintings and written word of Tom Hennessey. A couple of years ago he became a regular guest for spring fishing. Well this led to a conversation of a painting of the Camp Pool in mid to late May- my favorite time to fish it. At the Eastern Maine Sportsman’s Show Tom delivered this painting. The picture really doesn’t do the painting justice. It’s certainly a keeper and something I will cherish for years to come.
Munsungan Hunting & Fishing Club is located on the headwaters of the Aroostook River in T 8, R 9 at the outlet of Little Munsungan Lake. It's in the North Maine Woods approximately 30 miles North of the peak of Mount Katahdin (Baxter State Park) and just East of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. The area is surrounded by streams, high ridges, and many ponds including Big Reed Pond Preserve, the largest area of old growth forest East of the Mississippi and a Nature Conservancy Preserve.
This area has been famous in the sporting world since the last part of the nineteen-century when it was opened by Will Akins. Prior to this the camp area was a favorite camping area for those early sportsman that were traveling though the area following streams. Both Thomas Steele and Teddy Roosevelt wrote of camping there in the 1870’s. Teddy Roosevelt in his late teens, wrote an early account of traveling up Munsungan Stream in a dug out canoe to fish for Atlantic Salmon in what’s now the Camp Pool. Munsungan Lake has long been famous as one of the top lakes in the State of Maine for fishing. It produces Landlocked Salmon, Brook Trout and Lake Trout (Togue). The area surrounding Munsungan Hunting & Fishing Club has long been a great hunting area for Whitetail Deer, Moose & upland game birds (Grouse and Woodcock).
My father and six of his friends started Munsungan Hunting & Fishing Club in 1938. They had hunted together for many years in the area down river from the camp. Over the years they kept finding great hunting around the outlet and the ridges that surround it; thus the club was formed. After WWII spring and summer trips were made into the area both for fishing and just relaxing. It has been said that the camp's location is one of the best in the State; it sits under two ridges, at a lake outlet by the mouth of a brook. One can rise in the morning and cast a fly in a great pool, while enjoying watching wildlife at a natural crossing. And the best part of it is that you haven't left the camp yard.
Munsungan Hunting & Fishing Club is now being operated as a small sporting camp where the guest "call the shots". The meal times and daily activities are determined by you the guest, like having your own camp with the benefits of the American Plan.
The camps are of all log construction, made with hand cut spruce and fur logs. The sleeping camps have full bath (well showers) great beds and are light and airy. They are heated by wood stoves and propane lights provide light. All bedding and towels etc. are furnished; you just bring your personal items.
Meals are served family style in the main camp with pies and other items made daily. I also maintain a small orchard and garden for fresh produce in season, and I have started a fairly large asparagus bed (nothing like fresh asparagus and brook trout for lunch). This is added to the rhubarb patch, fresh native berries and orchard, the source of many pies.