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Lead Mountain Lodge’s Oakum Lodge “Compound”

 

The Oakum Lodge Compound is located on a 3.5 acre peninsula, surrounded by approximately 1000 feet of shore frontage on Upper Lead Mountain Pond. Upper Lead Mountain Pond takes its name from Lead Mountain, which stands 1100 feet above the lake, North by North East from the lodge. Middle and Lower Lead Mountain Ponds are nearby to the South and West of Upper Lead Mountain Pond.

Upper Lead Mountain Pond is over 1030 acres, with a maximum depth of 56 feet. Typical of glacially formed lakes, the shores and bottom of the pond consists of rocks (some quite large), gravel and sand. The pond is home to some of the best game fishing in the area with stocked Brown Trout and Salmon, brook trout and large white perch. Middle and Lower Lead Mountain Ponds are known to have some of the largest white perch (up to 15 in.) in the State of Maine.

 

 

One of the unique and beautiful features of the Oakum Lodge peninsula is “the point”. This is a thin strip of wooded land which juts out into the lake for over 100 feet. On the south shore of this point are several small sand and gravel beaches.

Oakum Lodge itself is a 1200 sq-ft log cabin originally built in the 1960’s (history). Through the years, the lodge has been well maintained and updated including the installation of electric power (generated on site) and a propane lighting system. The lodge has hot and cold running water and has been outfitted with an indoor lavatory.

The Lodge has two ground floor bedrooms each with full sized beds, and two large lofts on either end of the cabin, one with a full sized bed and the other with two twin sized beds. The lofts over look the open living area under a cathedral ceiling (with sky lights), consisting of;

  • Well equipped kitchen including propane refrigerator, stove, a huge diner-style griddle cook top and breakfast bar,
  • The dining room with rustic full-wall book case shelves,
  • A living room with generous open hearth fireplace, surrounded by comfortable gliders and couch, and a glass fronted woodstove for more serious heating.

Oakum Lodge features an enclosed front porch 75 feet from the water’s edge. The porch furniture includes a ten foot long hand hewn table set, perfect for meals when it rains and playing games on warm summer nights.

The bunkhouse has four comfortable beds as well as a small loft and is fitted with propane lights. It is also just feet from the shower room and wash room.

The garage building houses the generator and the separate shower room / wash room under one roof. In the shower room are also located the water tank and propane fired hot water heater.

The boathouse is across the compound from the main lodge. This building “straddles” the shore and pond to allow the boat to be motored right into the house. These drive-in boathouses are no longer built as they violate State set-back statutes; Lead Mountain Lodge enjoys a grandfather provision on this particular structure. The boat in the boathouse is not included as part of the Oakum Lodge lease, but may be borrowed if a liability waiver is signed.

Note: Since late 2008, the outlet dam has been out. Since then, the lake level will often not allow the boat to be motored in and out of the boathouse.

Other facility features include:

·        A raised stone cooking area consisting of a large wood or charcoal fired hearth with grate cooking surfaces as well as a long picnic table.

·        Horse shoe pits can be found down near the aluminum dock.

·        A wood shed stocked with plenty of wood for the fireplace.

·        Newly installed woodstove allows use of the lodge as it cools in the fall.

·        A fully functional outdoor privy for extra toilet facilities.

·        An impressive steel tube gate will prevent driving on to the peninsula should you choose to utilize it.

·        Four recreational kayaks and a Canoe (along with life jackets) are available for use.

·        State of Maine hiking trails on Lead mountain are just minutes away, or if your feeling adventurous, head out through the forest trails from the lodge and climb the mountain!