Gold Panning and Prospecting: We rent gold panning equipment to people staying in our campground. Guests may pan for gold on campground property, we do not allow dredging. Coos Canyon Rock and Gift Shop, located on Swift River Road across from the picnic area, also rents pans and more sophisticated equipment and gives panning lessons. They also have some amazing gold nuggets on display and beautiful Maine made jewelry for sale in their shop. Please note that the East Branch Road is privately owned and land owned permission is required before prospecting in that area.
Activities and Points of Interest
Public and privately owned land: There is a public picnic area and outhouse located on the left hand side of Byron Village Road, across from the Byron Town Hall and Historical Society. All of the land on the right hand side of the Byron Village Road across from the picnic area, between the bridges is privately owned. While we give permission to the public to access the river through our property, we ask that people do not bring glass bottles, start fires, remove vegetation or leave trash. Camping is permitted in the designated campground only. Please help keep our village a safe place to visit, if you see something that is dangerous or destructive please tell someone at the campground office, thank you.
Coos Canyon: This geologically unique area is known by prospectors around New England as a place to pan or sluice for gold. However, what might be more interesting than gold, are the metamorphic rock formations that make up the canyon walls. Layers of quartzite and schist fold against each other making up this beautiful, ancient bedrock that is definitely worth a look.
Gold Panning and Prospecting: We rent gold panning equipment to people staying in our campground. Guests may pan for gold on campground property, we do not allow dredging. Coos Canyon Rock and Gift Shop, located on Swift River Road across from the picnic area, also rents pans and more sophisticated equipment and give panning lessons. They also have some amazing gold nuggets on display and beautiful Maine made jewelry for sale in their shop. Please note that the East Branch Road is privately owned and land owner permission is required before prospecting in that area.
Swimming: There is nothing like soaking in that cold mountain water to refresh your soul. There are many local area swimming holes a just few minutes walk from the campground.
Hiking: We are half way between Black and Blue, that is, Black Mountain of Maine and Mt. Blue State Park. There are many wonderful trail heads just a short drive from your campsite. Day Hikes we recommend at Angle Falls, Tumble Down Mountain Brook Trail and Loop Trail, Parker Ridge, White Cap, Old Speck, Step Falls, and Table Rock. Also, we are very close to the Appellation Trail and many hikers like to hike small portions of this national treasure. Be sure to stop into the campground store for directions.
ATV and Snowmobile Trails: Our Campground is just a few feet from the ATV Trail. Out local club The Roxbury Riders do a wonderful job of maintaining and expanding these trails. Trail maps are available at the campground store and trails can take you to Roxbury, Mexico, Rumford, Andover, Weld, and Rangeley. Don’t forget that we take a dollar off our weekend special at the Mother Lode to everyone who shows their club membership card. Our cabins are popular with snowmobilers during the winter months. The Slippery Sliders Snowmobile Club does an incredible job of grooming and maintaining winter trails.
Skiing and Snowshoeing: Being between Rumford and Rangeley puts us in the heart of ski country. We are 45 minutes from Sunday River and Saddleback Mountain ski areas, however, Black Mountain of Maine offers $15 lift tickets, over 30 groomed trails, and has a world class X-country trail system and it is only 15 minutes from our warm and cozy cabins. Snowshoeing and sledding are local favorites. Ask us about the best places to enjoy the snow.
Other Points of Interest: The Height of Land scenic overlook about ten minutes from the campground is one of Maine’s most breathtaking views. The Height of Land and the Rangeley overlook are a wonderful place to watch the sunset. Beware of Moose on your way back to your campsite!
Hunting and Fishing: Byron forests are home to many game and wildlife. During the Fall and Winter months our cabins host many bird, deer, bear, rabbit, and moose hunters. Ellis Pond (or Roxbury Pond) is known for ice fishing, while, Little Ellis (or Garland Pond) is known to be a summer hangout for trout and perch. Other small ponds in the area such as Swift River Pond, Beaver Pond, and Four Ponds are great fishing as well. For a big lake adventure, we are only 30 minutes from Mooslookmeguntic and Rangeley Lakes. The Swift River is teaming with brook trout and brown trout. Ask at the campground store about local area registered Maine guides. We also sell bait. For licenses and Maine fishing and hunting laws visit http://www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/fishing.htm