Outdoor Recreation

Enjoy this wild and unspoiled region of Maine. Kayak, canoe, or hike through the wilderness. It’s all at your fingertips at Buckhorn Camps.


Guided Recreational Boating

3 hour guided boating tour on Lower Jo Mary lake – depart Buckhorn Camps and venture onto this protected class A body of water.  There is no road access making your experience a quiet journey. May include visiting a secluded sand beach, short trek in the woods to search for wildlife and, if time permits, a short hike on the famed Appalachian Trail. You will have views of Maine’s tallest mountain, Katahdin, throughout the trip. Three persons maximum. 

4 hour guided kayak or canoe tour around Jo Mary Island – departs Buckhorn Camps. Paddle down the sluiceway over gentle rapids. You may see a beaver or two before the sluice empties out into Lower Jo Mary lake. Views of the entire Katahdin mountain range will take your breath away. Hug the northern shore of Jo Mary Island while paddling on the lake until you enter Cooper Brook. Enjoy the stillness of the Brook while you search for birds and wildlife while paddling back to the camps. 

Guided Fishing Trips

Half and whole day guided fishing on Lower Jo Mary lake. Depending upon the time of year, you may catch bass, trout, salmon, chain pickerel, white perch, or togue. Our guide will prepare you for an unforgettable experience. The fish are plentiful in the big lake as there is no road access. Gear and snacks provided. 

Remote heritage pond fishing is a whole day or multi day experience*. Our guide will transport you to one of our favorite remote ponds. Depending upon your needs the trip may include fly fishing from a float tube or canoe. There are some sizable and feisty trout in these ponds! 

*ask about our overnight remote pond experiences.

Guided Hiking & Wildlife Viewing

Half and whole day trips. Join our wildlife expert, Bud Utecht, for a real woods experience. These trips are custom tailored to your needs. For avid sports enthusiasts, Bud can lead you on a day trip to Jo Mary Mountains peak. Along the way you may bump into a moose or two. For less experienced hikers, trek out on an old logging road or hike along the Appalachian Trail. Wherever the trail may lead, Bud will make this trip an experience to remember!  

Trail Camera Enthusiast

Join Bud, journalist for North Maine Sporting Journal, and well known trail camera expert on an adventure worth remembering. Bud will share tips and tricks on how to capture wildlife through the lens of a trail camera. During the trip you will learn about natural habitats for many of Maine’s creatures such as moose, whitetail deer, pine marten, Fischer, beaver, otter, and more. Be prepared to venture deep in the woods with Bud as he shares his passion for trail cameras and wildlife. 

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