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Beautiful Lakefront Private Family Compound and lodge

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 6-10 In 4 Waterfront Log Cabins. Setting and cabins out of a magazine!

This eco- friendly all season* compound sits on the scenic shore of Moosehead Lake in Maine overlooking Mt. Kineo. Whether you are looking to relax amongst the tall pines or looking for a bit more adventure such as fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, ATV, hiking, biking, watching moose or boating and ice fishing - Moosehead has it all!

Our compound consists of four cabins which were originally built for use as a boys camp in the early 1900's. They have been tastefully updated maintaining the charm of yesterday but included todays modern amenities such as internet. The landscaping and furnishings are magazine worthy. The cabins are far from rustic.

The property is 'off the grid' so it is important to note that the use of the solar and septic should be limited with large groups. This is the perfect setting for a family reunion, yoga retreat, small weddings or just a get together with friends.

The cabins are not rented separately so if you were to rent the entire compound would be included in your reservation. There is a main camp with a master bedroom and den that has a full futon, full kitchen and dining room. A second camp with two twin beds a futon and a small kitchen and bath and two other sleeping cabins. One with bunk beds and the other with a queen bed. In the winter months the main camp is not winterized so only the smaller 3 camps are for rent.

Many people ask me about hiking. There are so many mountains in the Moosehead Lake region, it is difficult to highlight them all. Among the most popular hikes of the Rockwood area are Mount Kineo A trip to Mt. Kineo is a must. When reaching the top a hiker can take in the astounding panoramic views of the distant ranges. There is a pebble beach at the base which offers the perfect setting for a picnic lunch.

For those of you looking to rent a boat there is a marina within 5 miles away where you can rent a boat. A boat can be rented and brought right up to our dock for your stay.

Although you feel you are away from it all the town of Greenville Maine is just 20 miles away where you will find a quaint general store, restaurants, tackle shops, boat rental marinas, ice cream shops and an old fashioned candy store and gift shop. There is also a convenience store and restaurant with great pizza and burgers etc.. just a couple miles away.

Ask us about coordinating a private guide for hunting and fishing, planning a 'foodie long-weekend' with one of Portland Maine's classically trained chefs or a private yoga retreat.

This is not a place to have a wild party. If you are looking for a mellow retreat this is perfect. There is an age limit on renters for this reason. This camp is a place for our family to get away as well and we are looking for responsible parties who will respect the property and neighbors.

*** Main camp is not for rent in the winter months. Side camp with kitchen and two bunk houses will be available all heated but call about availabilty.

More Details

Property Manager
kathryn townsend
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2017

About kathryn townsend

My husband and I grew up in Connecticut and moved to Maine in 2000. We live right outside of the city of Portland. Moosehead Lake was one of the first places we traveled to during our first summer here and we fell in love. What an amazing place to have only 3 hours away from home.

From our first trip to the lake we have always dreamed about buying a family compound on the water. Every year as we travel to different Lakes we always look at what is available to purchase. We have a lot of family so ultimately thought that finding a family compound would be ideal. We continued to look for over 10 years but we are very picky and wanted the right place and the perfect spot.

When we found this property we new it was rare. So private, on the lake and a perfect place to invite family where everyone could have their own sleeping quarters.

kathryn townsend purchased this lodge in 2013

Why kathryn townsend chose Rockwood

Moosehead is a very special place. The Lake is the perfect location for people looking for a unique outdoor experience. The region is often referred to as 'God's Country' by locals.

Moosehead is largest lake east of the Mississippi contained in one state. A home to nature lovers looking for a secluded getaway. There a so many activities to keep you busy year round ranging from fishing, hunting, camping, white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, exploring, skiing, snowmobiling, golfing, sailing, photography, viewing wildlife or just taking in the natural beauty of the region.

This camp is the perfect place for our two boys to spend their summer. During the day we fish, swim, take drives to go moose hunting or the camps are also within 20 miles of the quaint town of Greenville, Maine which has many restaurants, shops and a local hospital. The boys love the vintage candy store and getting ice-cream.

At night we love to cook so we bbq outside, sit on the dock and fish or read a good book by the fire.

What makes this lodge unique

Although, we are nature lovers we also love our modern amenities and Deer Lodge has the perfect balance between nature and convenience.

We offer internet and a flat screen tv to hook up to computer/netflix for those that need/want it.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We loved the camp. It was both quaint and comfortable. The setting was gorgeous, really stunning. Even tough there are camps adjacent, we felt completely secluded. Would definitely like return.
Aug 2015
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Rockwood Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • main camp bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    side camp bath - toilet , shower
    outhouse - toilet , outdoor toilet
    Bathroom 4 - shower , outdoor shower
  • House is on a septic system that is not built for more than 4-5 visitors. Should there be a large party please limit the use of the water. Septic only toilet paper is required and use of dish towels instead of paper towels are great!
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • main camp master - 1 king
    side camp bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Living room main camp - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen temperpedic sleep sofa
    side camp living room - 1 queen
    main camp bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , bunk bed
    back camp 1 - 2 twin/ single , bunk bed
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
This is ideal for a family or event. Ask us about coordinating a private guide for hunting and fishing, planning a 'foodie long-weekend' with one of Portland Maine's classically trained chefs or a private yoga retreat. In the winter months the main camp is not heated so there will be no access. Only the side camp with its own kitchen and heat and two other bunk houses will be available. Will rent to long term renters.


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Beautiful Lakefront Private Family Compound and lodge
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Fantastic week with family at Deer Lodge

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a wonderful 6-day stay at Deer Lodge and loved every bit of it. The cabins were comfortable for all - from an 8 month old baby to my 65 year old mother. The property strikes the perfect balance between rustic / off-the-grid and just enough modern comforts (i.e. comfy beds and wifi). The view of the lake is spectacular and as Christian recommended, the sunrise is breathtaking! Kathy and Christian were incredibly responsive to all of our questions and provided great info about the area. Thanks to Christian, we did end up spotting a moose where he told us to look! We truly hope to return again one day.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful guests! Very friendly and respectful and took amazing care of our property. Thanks so much for staying and we are so glad you got to see a moose. Come back any time!
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  • 5 of 5

Family vacay at the marvelous Deer Lodge, courtesy of the generous and accommodating Townsend family, who took great care to ensure we had an unforgettable time on Moosehead Lake! The views can't be beat and we loved coming together for meals in the main camp at the end of each day. Some of the special touches/decor/books they've picked out specifically for the camp make it a very special place and it is stocked with sporting/play equipment---a huge bonus for our active extended family. We spent all week outside! Close enough to Greenville to grocery shop, etc., but far enough away to be away from it all. Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Inner-Boy Scout

  • 5 of 5

If you are anything like me and have an inner-Boy Scout, Rockwood Lodge will not disappoint. Think Next Gen Boy Scout though. Our 'cabin' was retro-fitted to make you feel like you are playing the part, only it also comes with things like a fireplace, full bath, fridge, and a fire pit right out the back door. And that was only one of the camps. So dreamy. The main camp is open and welcoming with views all around you. It is the perfect balance of spacious and cozy. The owners were incredibly cool and resourceful with loads of information about the property, the sights and the local fun. Truly special spot that is not to be missed.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are welcome back anytime! Such a great guest:)
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Amazing, relaxing trip. Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

This property is phenomenal. The cabins are well maintained and very comfortable. It's a unique property with several cabins so everyone has their own space if you go with more than one family. The lake is pristine and incredibly beautiful. We had a fantastic week here.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Once in a lifetime vacation

  • 5 of 5

We gather from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston for a week-long 80th birthday celebration for my father in-law. The dirt road is long, so you know the property is private. Each turn you leave your busy life behind and begin to exhale and take in the clean air. You have now entered Deer Lodge land and see a most welcoming meandering pathway of rocks and plants marking off the 5 separate buildings on this truly one of a kind property.

Kathryn and Christian have turned the original boys camp from the 1900s into a home compound worthy of the set "On Golden Pond" or "Northern Exposure". The kitchen is stocked for any type of chef - gourmet to grill master. We claimed "kid land" as the building with a large flat tv (no cable) and a bookcase full of games and DVDs which they could occupy as the adults had wine in the main lodge. Deer Lodge is a place where everyone has their own experiences. A grandfather reading his book, a son creating lego space ships, and a niece on her laptop updating her virtual world game. Yes, there is wifi.

Here are a few things we did during the week: Rent a boat from The Birches and drive 10 minutes across the lake from Deer Lodge to Mount Kineo for a hike. Pack a picnic and walk 20 minutes into the forest to see Moxie Falls. Contact Moxie Outdoor and take a 1/2 day duckie (kayak) down the lower Kennebec River. It was perfect for our entire family as we floated for 2 hours with a gentle current. Adventure seekers don't miss doing a full day of white water rafting. Visit the cute town of Greenville and don't miss The Moosehead Historical Society. The docents dressed in period costume and explain the rich history of Greenville along with the gossip. It's a small home, so would suggest leaving the kids behind. It received distinction as one of the finest small town museums in the country.

Communication was top-notch before, during, and after our stay, as both owners helped to create a magical week in Moosehead. They were so generous with their time and knowledge. I never felt rushed when I kept asking just one more question from Los Angeles. This is more than a rental, this is their special family place and we feel honored to be able to spend time in this wonderful home. If I could rate this with 10 stars I would! Thank you Kathryn and Christian for making this a week my family will never ever forget.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you and your family had such a great time. You left the camps spotless and really respected the camps! We could not even tell someone was here. You are welcome back anytime! We also really appreciate you sharing your local experiences with other future renters - so helpful!!!
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Nearest Airport
82.73 Miles
Bangor Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Birches
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Kineo Ferry
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Kineo Golf
Nearest Train
130 Miles
Brunswick Downeaster
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
The Birches
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Squaw Mountain
Car: necessary

Property is approximately 20-25 minute drive to Greenville Maine where there is a village with many restaurants, inns, ice-cream shops, antique stores, bank etc...

Marina for boat rentals 4-5 miles away, golf range, sea-plane rides, moose cruise, ATVing, hiking, hunting and much more all within 4-30 miles.

Great for watching fall Foliage, snow mobiling and ice fishing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $250
Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $250
Tax Rate 9.0%

Call about winter availability. Winter rates only sleep 6. The main camp is not winterized. The side waterfront camp with bedroom, kitchen, living room and bath and two other heated sleeping camps are all included in rent.

Once you pay for the property you are confirming that you have read our lease terms and conditions and will abide by all property rules.Call for event rates such as weddings etc...

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund