Islands in Maine are neat, no two ways about it.
Along the Maine rugged, rock bound coast, islands make the landscape interesting, unique offering little remote places of solitude, a feeling of a country, a small nation surrounded by water all by itself. I’m not an expert on Maine islands and when you live in interior Maine, islands become less plentiful than the way they carpet the coast line like different size lint particles. But lakes have them, large rivers can contain islands. The difference is no lighthouses, no salt water, sea gulls or boats to protect from being ship wrecked on all those rocks and deep rough water when the wind picks up. Or in the middle of a Maine “Nor’ Easter.
In Drews Lake, also known as Meduxnekeag Lake there are four islands that my four kids enjoyed exploring. Naming them with all the pomp and circumstance of Christopher Columbus or any other foreign explorer of years gone past as they discovered the New World real estate. In this case, that “New World” all contained a short boat ride loaded with other kid “explorers” in a little over a thousand acre lake roughly 9 miles from Houlton Maine. Names proudly exclaimed for all in the boat to hear, recite for the islands based like the early explorers on what was found on those islands to make each rare, unique, memorable to a child with everyone in that boat way under six feet tall. Some never getting to that height later in life.
Blueberry Island, Toad Island, Midway Island, The Rock names created based on highly scientific exploration done in a well planned boat expedition when the weather was right, the lawn mowed and every kid’s chores done. Summer living on a Maine lake, making memories, experiences to play back in the childhood memory of each child around Drews Lake.
Today as I blog, two my four children, the youngest are exploring for an island. With new friends to explore, sample this new island in their explorer sights. Pine Island in the Aroostook River is where they hoped to camp, tent, document.
Both college kids and and their counterparts heading north, deeper in to Aroostook County on a Saturday afternoon looking for an island.
Leaving one vehicle of two in Oxbow, parked at a property I just listed for sale owned by a family that used it for fall deer, moose, bird hunting trips. The other vehicle with two canoes heading north to Masardis to park, put in to the Aroostook River at an easy public boat launch site. Short weekend trip, hopefully to find, explore Pine Island that shows up on the Maine Gazateer. Nothing more to know about the small undocumented island. Pine and Junkin Island are mentioned briefly in a search anything about these Aroostook River Islands.
How did the boys zero in on camping in this area, looking for these islands? Maybe it’s my fault, after seeing Moose Island in Masardis Maine last weekend. Watch the Maine river video for a unique location, hand made log lodge, cabin property we listed to sell.
Who owns most islands in lakes usually boils down to the state of Maine. If you go back thru the Maine legislation, it usually revolves around was their ownership, taxes being paid, use of an island between these years or not. The legislature in Maine made laws, reversed itself and there is a Sherlock Holmes list of questions to determine ownership of an island. Have sold a few in Northern Maine over the years and found islands, like my kids, to be unique, surrounded by water and like a “country within a country” feeling. How do you react if someone says living on a Maine island like one Isle au Haut couple did? Or Maine kids explore other ME islands here on Vinalhaven and North Haven Islands.