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Thank you again for enabling us to have one of the best vacations
we’ve ever had, this past summer. Tim Pond Camps is the perfect place
for someone seeking peace, tranquility, Nature at it’s best, while
being pampered with hearty meals, attentive staff that always makes
like “part of the family,” while living in cabins that perfectly
capture the right combination of rusticity and homey comfort really
added frosting to the cake.
The fact that we had blueberries growing at our front door, no other
camps on the lake, we were 9 miles from the nearest paved road and the
cookie jar was always full didn’t hurt either…
Tim Pond Camps is just on the Earth side of paradise. We look forward
to the day we can return!
Alan & Susan MacMillan
42 Mt. Pleasant Street
Rockport, MA 01966-1713
Dear Betty & Harvey:
This is a fan letter! In our three-day stay at Tim Pond, we concluded
that yours is a class operation. We only wanted to have a “good time”.
But we had more—much more. And I think it all has to do with a kind of
feeling of home away from home that you and your staff makes real. I
confess to a sort of “homesickness” upon
Perhaps the most complimentary thing I could say is that Tim Pond
Camps is unique—exuding a refreshing warmth in an age of cynical
I want to speak of the amenities: the cookie jar on the organ (piano);
always—the wood; a waitress, who even in marital distress, seems
awfully interested in making people feel welcome; your brother
Carroll, (and his brother—whose name I’m embarrassed to forget), who
didn’t walk, but ran, to greet and service we incoming fishermen. And
the absolute cleanliness of the cabins. And “Brutus”, who, upon
invitation, joined us for a walk to the New Dam. He isn’t a dog; he’s
a human being in a dog suit.
The fishing: very impressive. There are the experts who catch more-and
one season is always better than
the last—but for Kim and me, we caught quite enough. And, as we had
hoped, the moose were there to be seen and photographed.
Harvey is the complete gentleman—a quiet, but ingratiating man—whose
success in business is easy to understand. You, Betty have marvelous
talents for the business you operate so efficiently. Please guard your
health. And hold to the discipline, which is so admirable.
We shall return next year—probably in September. I like the foliage.
27 Champlain Avenue
Lewiston, Maine 04240
We "discovered" Tim
Pond through our good friend, who is also Bill's fishing buddy.
Gerard had helped us finish the interior of our house so we could be
married in it on 11/29/85. He wouldn't take money for his time, so
Bill asked him to pick a place to go fishing, expenses paid. After
some research, he selected Tim Pond.
Gerard and Bill made
that first trip during September 1986. It was typical Tim Pond
weather, 60 one day and 20 the next. Windy one day and very windy the
next. They caught less than 10 fish between them but still had a
great time between the relaxation, food, and cribbage games.
The following year,
we spent our first full week together at Tim Pond and we have been
going every year since, sometimes twice a year. We have covered all
the seasons, from late May to late September. All of our children,
grandchildren, and some of our friends have been at Tim Pond with us
over the years and our oldest daughter and family are fast becoming
During our working
years (1987-2000) it was difficult to determine whether we were going
to Tim Pond to escape or to fish. The escape was probably more
important - no TV, no radio, no newspapers, and strict orders left at
work that we were unavailable unless the world was about to end. We
needed the time to unwind and our visits stretched to 10 days for the
initial visit and 4-7 days later if we needed more! Whether walking
or driving the logging roads and not seeing another human or sitting
on the porch reading or snoozing, we did relax!
The most impressive
thing about Tim Pond as Bill enters his 20th consecutive year and
Carol enters her 19th is the consistency of the total operation. We
started with Betty and Harvey and have spent the last years with Bill,
Darcie, and Candy and nothing has substantially changed. The small
changes have been for the better, both in the operation of the camp
and the fishery. Bill actually caught his largest Tim Pond trout ever
For $145 a day, which
includes lodging (they make the beds), great meals, boat, motor, gas,
etc., it's still a bargain. The personal service is important to us.
We feel that the staff appreciates our consistency as much as we
appreciate theirs! We hope our relationship will continue for many
more years and that the Calden family will continue to be stewards of
the Maine wilderness.
Regards to All, Bill
Reflections on Tim Pond
I first came to Tim Pond
Camps in 1995. My deer hunting partners and I had been hunting in the
western region of Maine for the previous nine years and enjoyed the
area very much. The camp we were staying at was sold, we were not
satisfied with the new owner’s philosophy on camp management and we
all decided that it was time for a change. My partners put me in
charge of finding a new camp that would meet our standards.
We contacted a number of
the camps in the area via mail asking for information on the camp and
the hunting in the general area. Betty called back on New Year’s Day
of 1995. From the first time I spoke with her I knew that she and
Harvey ran a first class operation at Tim Pond and that the camp met
our standards. The decision was made to call Tim Pond Camps home
during the third week in November and we have never been disappointed
in that decision.
I arrived at camp for the
first time on a Sunday morning, called the camp from the Pines Market
and was given a list of items to pick up for Betty and the camp. When
I arrived in camp there was the normal hustle as once crew of hunters
were leaving at a leisurely pace and Betty and her staff were busy
making the cabins ready for the next group of hunters. The cabin that
I was staying in was spotless.
That year my partners were
not able to join me for various reasons. I was the “new” guy at camp
in an area that was not familiar to me. Harvey made sure that I was
able to navigate the area; the “regulars” in camp accepted me and made
sure that I have a good idea of the lay of the land. The area was
being actively logged then and it was a challenge to avoid the logging
trucks. I saw a lot of moose (30) and deer (6) that year and had a
My partners (Cliff Libby
and John Rust) and I have been back every year since then, sometimes
not all of us, and sometimes not for the full week as business
pressures always seem to increase and not decrease during the third
week of November. Every trip has been enjoyable.
Service is always at a top
priority with the staff, food is excellent and plentiful and the
accommodations in excellent order. The original character of the
peeled cedar log cabins is preserved from year to year and this adds
an additional level of charm to the whole experience. The transition
in management from Harvey and Betty to Bill and Darcie has been
seamless. The quality of the food under Candy’s vigilant eye and
culinary skill is constant year to year and excellent.
I hope to find time to
visit the camp in the fall and get some hiking in. The area offers
some excellent trails near the camp and the Appalachian Trail can be
accessed in Stratton if you are so inclined.
Dottie and I have been
coming to Tim Pond since 1987, usually two or three times a year.
I first came to Tim Pond
Camps, in 1985 or 1986, when a trout-fishing friend, with whom I had
fished many of the ponds of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, wanted to
hunt at Tim. Since I grew up in southern Maine, he thought I would be
able to help him find his way around in the woods. Anxious to rekindle
my interest in deer hunting, I agreed to give it a shot.
At first we were both a
little overwhelmed by the size of the Tim Pond lease, but over the
years we gained our bearings and I haven’t missed a deer season at Tim
In the spring of 1987,
Dottie and I decided to try the fishing at Tim Pond. Since the pond
was all booked up for the early season, the only way we could get
reservations was to enroll in the Fly-Fishing School that they run
each year, early in May. It was great! The school is effective and
well-run by a very capable young lady—Bonnie Holding, registered Maine
guide—and her staff. The course moves right along and, most important,
the students get to fish the pond...before the Memorial Day crowd.
After that episode, Dottie
and I, with our son, Ed, fished Tim Pond each spring and fall. As Ed
completed his schooling and started working, he stopped making the
trip. Then along the way, one of the lady guests reminded Dottie that
she didn’t really have to go out in the boat and fish, if she didn’t
Nowadays I relish fishing
alone in the early morning, when I can usually manage to catch a
couple of sassy, colorful brookies for breakfast. That’s when there
are just a few boats on the pond and I may be privileged to see some
wonderful things happening in the dim light. It might be moose or deer
at the water’s edge or it might be Buffleheads or Loons tracing lines
across the pond. And if I ease the boat in to stand off a little way
from Alder Inlet, and just sit still for awhile, it’s about as quiet a
spot as you will ever find. Add to that a blazing sunrise brightening
the foliage on a fall morning and it just doesn’t get much better than
We hope you’ll try it,
Dot and Will Barnes.
and Bob Fini came with their sons to Tim Pond the year Harvey and
Betty bought the camps.
Tommy and Mikey were 7 years old. A year later Sal Miceli and his
sons, Santo DiNaro, and others began coming up in the spring. Most
of them have been coming up the weekend after Memorial Day since
then (over 30 years). Tom and our daughters, Tracy and Joanne, are
all married now and have 7 children among them. The entire family
has been coming in early September for the last 8 years - one
grandchild was only six weeks old for her first trip, another was 9
months. Our oldest grandchild, Carly, has been to Tim Pond 7
times. This year in late August, the entire Miceli clan joined us.
a picture of everyone in the Goodchild family, and almost everyone
in the Miceli family with their 2 grandchildren (Paul Miceli was
taking a shower). We always have a great time with wonderful meals,
lots of hiking and relaxing, not as much fishing as the spring
trip. We especially enjoyed the new fireplace after dark, the kids
cooking marshmallows and running around with flashlights, the adults
having a few beers and laughing and talking for hours.
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The school is offered each spring. Tim Pond is a scenic two hour drive
from either Portland or Bangor and is perfectly suited to a weekend
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Tim Pond Camps, Maine’s best fly-fishing for native brook trout.
American Plan. Rustic log cabins. Home cooked meals. Relaxing
atmosphere. Also offering mountain biking, wildlife sightseeing,
hiking and canoeing. Private, gated access. Grouse, deer, and moose
hunting. Dinner reservations available July thru September.
Nestled in the breathtaking beauty of the Western Mountains of Maine,
Tim Pond Camps is the oldest set of sporting camps in New England,
hosting registered guests since the mid-1800. It is located near
Rangeley Lakes Region and Sugarloaf Mt. Ski Resort. Campers can enjoy
hunting, fly fishing, moose watching, mountain bike riding, hiking,
bird watching, exploring, scenic plane rides, and photography