I live in New England and it is where I always wanted to live. I think I originally had a more northern destination in mind, but the requirements of work brought us originally to the Boston area and eventually, out to this valley.

When I dream of the glory of a New England autumn, I dream of Vermont, northern New Hampshire, and Maine. It is beautiful here, too, but up there … it’s breathtaking.

I’m sure the leaves are already changing there.

Up by Jackman, Maine, the weather is changing now and the leaves are turning. Someone asked me about the place and I dug up some information.

Attean View – Sunset – Jackman, Maine

This is one of the most undeveloped areas in New England. It is poor and while there are some “resorts” there, it never developed the other places have. Partly, it’s because it is so far from anything else. Jackman is a tiny town. Not much work. A bit down on its luck.

Any number of attempts have been made to make the place more desirable to tourists, but except for anglers, it’s just incredibly beautiful. And relatively inexpensive, if you don’t mind driving many hours up into the mountains. It doesn’t hurt to have a pretty sturdy little car with four-wheel drive, either.

And some good camera equipment. There are bear and moose are everywhere. There are a lot of signs along the road warning you to be very careful. Moose plus car in a collision will probably kill the moose AND all the people in the car. They are really huge animals and this is one of the places they like.

Moose like bitterly cold temperatures. Any time it gets much above freezing, as far as the moose are concerned, it is too warm. The colder it is, the happier they are.

October near Jackman, Maine

This is what the state of Maine says about the area:

Attean Twp., Somerset Co.
U.S.O.S. AUean (Auburn?), Me.

Attean Pond is one of four large bodies of water in the Moose River drainage to the west of Jackman. More than 40 islands are found in the pond. With 1 exception of a set of commercial C:1mps on some of these islands, the area remains undeveloped. Sally Mountain to the north, Attean Mountain to the west, and rolling hills to the east and southeast complete a scenic background to the pond environment.

The shoreline of Attean Pond varies greatly in composition, providing a diversity of habitat types. Some areas consist of rock and ledge, others are gravelly, some weedy. Among these, several fine sandy beaches are available.

There are a number of good campsites around the pond, which are often utilized by people making the popular Moose River “Bow Trip.” Attean Pond is the beginning and end of this 30-mile canoe trip. A one-mile carry trail connects the western end of Attean with Boleb (?) Ponds, which then provides access to the Moose River and the opportunity to return to Attean.

Wild populations of brook trout and salmon are present in Attean Pond. However, large areas of shallow water are marginal habitat for these cold water game fish during the summer months. Of the total area, only about 600 acres have water deeper than 20 feet. In addition, large populations of yellow perch, suckers, and minnows compete for the available food supply. This further limits the potential for brook trout production.

The best spawning and nursery areas for the salmon and trout are found in tributaries to the Moose River several miles upstream from Attean Pond. The Moose River, both as a tributary and the outlet:

Maximum depth – 55 feet
Principal Fishery: Salmon, Brook trout
Physical Characteristics
Surface – 70°F.
50 feet – 48°F.
Surveyed – August. 1956 – Revised 1977  (** They could probably use a newer version!)
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Published under Appropriation No. 4550
A Contribution of Dingell-Johnson Federal Aid Project F-28-P,

Maine and other small brooks that flow directly into the pond offer few areas that are suitable for spawning. or that could recall large numbers of small salmon or trout.

Lake trout are occasionally caught in Attean Pond. These have moved upstream from Big Wood Pond, where they are stocked. and dwell in a small area of deep water al the western end of the pond. Because of the competition from non-game species, especially yellow perch, brook trout management through stocking is now impractical.

Under existing conditions, wild trout should continue to provide a small fishery. Lake trout can utilize the non-game fish as forage, but it is unlikely that a sizeable lake trout population could be maintained. Management for this species is precluded by the small amount of deep, cold, well-oxygenated water available in the western end of the pond.

Thus, at present, Attean Pond is best suited for salmon. A smelt population provides the forage necessary to sustain this species and salmon are perhaps more inclined than brook trout to travel long distances up the Moose River to the 10 spawning areas in its tributaries.

Small numbers of marked hatchery salmon will be stocked to supplement the wild population. Their growth and contribution to sport fishing will be followed via information from anglers.

Area – 2,745 acres

Yellow perch have become established in the drainage. They have adversely affected the Quality of fishing in Attean Pond in recent years. There should be no introductions of new fish species that could adversely affect the existing trout and salmon populations in Attean Pond, or the management of other waters in the drainage. Minnows, Lake chub, Fall fish (chub), Creek Chub, Common shiner, Cusk, Salmon, Brook trout (squaretail), Lake trout (togue), yellow perch, Smelt, White sucker, Longnose sucker


This is a fabulous place for a photo vacation. Rough and undeveloped land — with plenty of wildlife and an autumn to die for.

I wish we were going, but it’s too much driving for us these days.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

27 thoughts on “ATTEAN WAY: MAINE, WILD AND WONDERFUL – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. I think I remember that you found the drive there the last time you went quite tiring. Fun fact: after reading about the salmon and trout I looked up the latitude of both Jackman and Uxbridge. Your latitude of 42.07 N is almost opposite to Hobart 42.88 S.

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  2. OH MY GOOOOOSH…. What stunning, beautiful, surprising and awe-inspiring beauty! My heart finds it hard to decide between beating overtime and just stop beating at all, it’s so overwhelmed by all of this.
    ME stands for Maine?
    The bit I loved best during my shortish stay in Canada were the incredible autumns/falls….. Those leaves, those brilliant colours! I also adored the very dry winters although I was less impressed with the withering cold that turned my flower bunch for a visit within 20″ to a frosty statue and later (very quickly) to a slimey sad affair…. The summers were difficult for me, too ‘damp’ with the ‘faux leather’ sofa in our rented and furnished appartment stick painfully to our bare backs and legs ;(
    Your mention of the moose made me grin, because our first encounter with them was in early March, when, out of nowhere, there was a bunch of 5+ moose coming out of the woods and we were so utterly under the spell of their tremendous size, the loosely hanging ‘tapistery’ on their huge bodies and the feeling of threat …. We travelled in an old VW bus and I think we were so terrified and awed by their appearance that we just stood there, in our sardine tin and stared for the longest time. We waited until they moved on before we put the engine back on and continued with shaking legs our journey. We also encountered – at different places – grizzley bears and brown bears, washbears, jackals, many, many tremendous birds of pray, jumping fish in the purest water one can imagine. Many wonderful memories crowd back in my brain and I now just have to wait to have a normal heartbeat again 🙂
    Many thanks for this incredibly wonderful post.

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    1. You were smart. Because there are a LOT of fatal accidents between humans and moose with both of them the loser. Suffice to say in the spring when they are rutting, drive slowly and keep out of their way. Then again, in the fall, when they have calves, be very careful. When a car hits a moose, both the people and the moose generally die. It’s ugly.

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        1. AND, Missy, Your Jays hung on to beat the Yanquis, 3-2, despite the Yank broadcasters’ protestations of bad umpiring. Suck it up, Yanks! Thanks Gibby and Jays!

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            1. Leslie, you have to have patience. Problem is some (younger) fans only know their teams’ successful years. You have to endure all the pain when players get old and the team rebuilds. You appreciate the next “good” team even more. This come from all the up and down years with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Casey Stengel’s “Amnazin’ Mets” and the pre 20o0 Red Sox. Ditto pre 2000 Patriots. Lots of lowlights and losses to absorb as a fan.

              I’m not being cavalier here. I “suffer” internally when any of my teams lose.

              Any rumors on who’ll replace Gibbons?

              Still gray and constant downpour here. I know — wer’re not in the Carolinas — so I should curb the whining.

              Stay safe and dry.

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                1. Good luck with those tickets, Leslie.

                  The Jays have lots of promising young players. They could blossom next yeat. That seems to be the trend with numerous teams. I’m surprised Jays let Josh Donaldson go via waivers. I know he was hurt a lot but he was a darn good player when healthy. Wish we had nabbed him. I think, if healthy, he’ll be a nice addition for Cleveland.

                  Getting anxious for Boston to clinch the division. They’ve played poorly the past week.

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