Driving Directions to Nahmakanta
(Accessible by vehicle from May 1st -Nov 30)
From points south of Bangor, Maine …
Our mailing address is in Millinocket, but you don’t drive through Millinocket to reach us.
GPS is not reliable in our area. WE SUGGEST YOU FOLLOW OUR DIRECTIONS.
Starting at Newport, the “Jo-Mary” route is 95 miles to camp, and has a road-use fee. (Maine residents $9 per person ; Non-residents $14 per person, each way. No charge for under 15 and over 70). The “Kokadjo” route is 102 miles to camp, but it’s toll-free.
Directions for “Jo-Mary” Route
Exit I-95 at Newport (exit #157) Take Rt 7 north 30 miles to “Dover-Foxcroft”; thenRt. 6/16 east 13 miles to “Milo”; then take Rt 11 north 24 miles and look for large sign on left “Jo Mary Lake Campground”. Turn left onto gravel road, drive 1/4 mile, stop at checkpoint, register, and pay private road fee ($14 per adult for non residents of Maine; $9 for residents; under 15 and over 70, free) Follow “NLC” signs 27 miles to camp. Watch for and yield to logging trucks.
Driving Distances “Jo Mary” route
Newport – Dover Foxcroft 30 miles
Dover Foxcroft – Milo 13 miles
Milo – Jo Mary turnoff 25 miles
Jo Mary – Nahmakanta Camps 27 miles (gravel) 95 miles total
Directions for “Kokadjo” Route
Exit I-95 at Newport (exit #157) take Rt 7 north to Dexter, Rt 23 to Guilford, then Rts 6/15 to Greenville, at the south end of Moosehead Lake. In Greenville, there is gas, groceries, outdoor gear and supplies, fly and tackle shops. From Greenville, drive 20 miles north along the east side of Moosehead Lake to the tiny village of “Kokadjo”. From Kokadjo Store on left, it is 28.2 miles on gravel roads to Nahmakanta. WE HAVE A NEW ROUTE TO CAMP, which avoids the roughest section of the old route. Look for “NLC” signs at all turns. “Zero-out” your trip meter at the store.
The following mileage figures are measured from Kokadjo store (not to be added to previous figure)….. 0.0 at store…..1.8m go straight, ignoring turn to right (that’s the old route into camp)….. 4.3m go straight, ignoring fork to left….. 6.2m turn right….. 8.4m bear left….. 12.1m turn right….. 18.8m turn left…..20.7 go straight….. Follow “NLC” signs from here another 7.5 miles to camp. 28.2 miles total from Kokadjo.
Distances “Kokadjo” Route
Newport – Greenville 54 miles
Greenville – Kokadjo 20 miles
Kokadjo – Nahmakanta Lake – 28.2 miles (gravel) 102 miles total
From Mid-Coast Maine and the Greater Bangor area…
(Camden, Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, Acadia Nat’l Park, etc) to reach Bangor, then take I-95 northbound approx 15 miles to exit 199. Turn left (north) onto Rt 16. After 25 miles, arrive in downtown Milo. Turn right (north) onto Rt 11. Continue north on Rt 11 for 25 miles, turn left onto gravel road at “Jo-Mary Lake Campground” sign. After 1/4 mile, stop at checkpoint to register and pay road use fee. Maine residents, $9 per adult….Non-residents, $14 per adult (under 15 and over 70, free) Beyond gate, follow “NLC” signs 27 miles to camp.
By Float Plane: May 10 – Oct 15
From Ambajejus Lake (8 miles west of Millinocket)
“Katahdin Air Service”
Jim Strang (207) 723-8378
Katahdin Air base – Nahmakanta Camps
(12 minute flight)