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This site offers outhouses and parking for paddlers entering Lobster Lake or navigating down the Penobscot River to Chesuncook Lake. Camping and road use fees are charged at checkpoints en route to this launch site; contact North Maine Woods for more information. Lobster Lake is one of the most beautiful camping spots in Maine. After paddling south about 2 miles on Lobster Stream one enters Lobster Lake. BE CAREFUL -- do not cross the Basin to Ogden Cove directly, no matter what the lake looks like! What appears from Lobster Stream to be calm water on the lake can rapidly become 2-foot waves! Travel west along the shore of Lobster Lake, taking the long but safe way, no matter how calm the lake looks from Lobster Stream! Campsites begin at Ogden Cove and continue down Little Claw. Some of the best include Ogden Cove, Ogden North, Ogden Point and Little Cove. Campsites on the river and the lake are maintained by North Maine Woods and are first-come, first-served. All have picnic table, fire ring and outhouse. Fire permits are not required but fires must be confined to the rings provided. This is an outstanding trip for families as the Penobscot River between Roll Dams (upstream from Lobster Stream) to Chesuncook is basically just quickwater, with one class I rapid. It is, however, a long way from the interstate and very remote! Campers should be comfortable in the wilderness and prepared for every eventuality. Those with young families might consider a trip on the Saco or St. Croix rivers before attempting the wilderness of Lobster Lake and the Penobscot.