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    Default Touring the golden road

    Im headed up to the golden road to see some maine sugaring,,any suggestions on people with info,,places to see and stay would be great, also might be going thru the jackman moosehead area,,all suggestions would be great, Parker
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    That sounds like fun! Lots of big operations up there

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    There is at least 4 or 5 Sugaring Opperations on the St. A Auirele rd which run parallel to the Golden rd just a little more North 30 miles maybe, I think the best way to get up there is via the 490rd then the Braliey Brook rd, I would avoid the Ragamuff rd unless it is still frozen up in good shape. Most of the sugar houses tend to be closer to the Maine Canadian border.

    As far as where to stay if you go via Jackman I would probably say Bishops motel is your best bet, or maybe long pond camps if you don't mind something more rustic.

    If you want to spend more than 1 day in the North Maine Woods I Guess Pittston Farms, Chesuncook lake house, or Loon Lodge would be nice, I would think Pittston Farms would be closer to the Sugaring Opperations. I generally make a spring Fishing trip and a fall hunting trips every year I love the "Big Woods" of Maine.

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    If you head to the western end of the Golden Road check out Dole Pond Maple he does have a sign out . Heckofa nice guy. Make sure to give logging trucks the right of way !
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    If you stop at Maine Maple Products in Madison, Eric might be able to set you up with the Larivierres (sp?) That own Maine Maple. I've talked to them and they were open to letting me tour if I was up that way.
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    The best way to see the Lariviere's (Maine Maple Products) is to go across the border past Jackman, and then to St. Zacharie, then go in through the St. Aurelie gate. Talk to Eric Ellis at Maine Maple Products on the way up just past Skowhegan on 201. He can contact them. There are a lot of really nice ones up there. Check out Claude Rodrique's right before the border on the left. It has a really cool cemetery right behind it. It's a really scenic sugarhouse for a big operation. There are a lot of them up there.

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    Someone wants to be paid not to log his sugarbush:

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    Talk about subsidizing maple production!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eustis22 View Post
    Someone wants to be paid not to log his sugarbush:

    http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%...PsHiUwVF5pNPhA
    The story is not quite right. The new land owner of Big Six township does not make syrup but there are something like 420,000 taps on it that are leased to 6-8 sugarmakers. The sugarbushes are mostly old growth that have been tapped maybe 100 years. The land owner has been threatening to cut all the maples to make payments on the land. He is a very shrewed businessman. He owns about 25% of taps in Maine on this property. There is a lot more to the real story.
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    Good luck making the payments with pulp wood.....

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