Driving Directions to Nahmakanta

    Our mailing address is in Millinocket, but you don’t drive through Millinocket to reach us. GPS is not 100% reliable in our area. Follow the directions below.

Directions for the“Jo-Mary” Route

Exit I-95 at Newport  (exit #157)  Take Rt 7 north 30 miles to “Dover-Foxcroft”; then Rt. 6/16 east 13 miles to “Milo”; then Rt 11 north 24 miles and look for large sign on left “Jo Mary Lake Campground”. Turn left onto gravel road, set your trip meter here.

The following mileage figures are measured from Rt 11, not added to previous figure. Take note of “NLC” signs at all turns.

0.1m stop at checkpoint, register, pay road fee ($16/adult for non residents of Maine; $11 for residents; under 18 and over 70, free); 5.5m keep straight (entrance to Jo Mary Campground on right); 6.1m bear right at fork; 11.6m cross bridge across Cooper Brook, keep straight; 14.4m pass through checkpoint gate, keep straight; 20.1m go straight, past signpost on left; bear left at fork; 21.0m go straight, ignore right turn; cross bridge, turn right; 27.6m arrive at NLC. 

Watch for and yield to logging trucks!


Driving Distances for the “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 the “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 26.0 miles on gravel roads to Nahmakanta.

Mileage figures are measured from Kokadjo store (not added to previous figure)

(Don’t expect “NLC” signs at all turns. You need to navigate by the mileage figures below.)

Starting at the general store/restaurant in Kokadjo, zero out your trip meter. Mileage figures below are measured from Kokadjo, not added to the previous figure. 0.0m Kokadjo / 200 yds from store, bear left at fork / 1.5m go straight, ignore left fork /1.8m bear right at “Medawisla” sign / 3.9m go straight, ignore right fork / 6.6m turn left / 10.7m go straight, ignore right fork / 12.2m go straight, ignore left fork / 14.1m turn left at fork / 17.1m bear left / 18.5m cross bridge, then turn left at fork / go straight, ignore right fork/ 24.9m cross bridge, then turn right / 26.0m arrive at camp

Distances “Kokadjo” Route
Newport – Greenville 54 miles
Greenville – Kokadjo 20 miles
Kokadjo – Nahmakanta Lake – 26.0 miles (gravel) 100 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:

From Ambajejus Lake (8 miles west of Millinocket)
“Katahdin Air Service”
Jim Strang (207) 723-8378
Katahdin Air base – Nahmakanta Camps
(12 minute flight)