Lock Dam Camp is a one-room cabin on the northern end of Chamberlain Lake, one of the largest and deepest lakes in the North Maine Woods. PHOTO COURTESY OF DACF

Applications open for visiting artist program



BAR HARBOR  Applications are now open for the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) 2021 Visiting Artist Program, which brings artists to the remote wilderness of Maine for two weeks of solitude.  

The program provides artists with the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature to interpret and share their experiences through their art. For summer 2021, one chosen artist and a guest will receive complimentary lodging at the AWW Lock Dam Camp for two weeks during August and orientation by AWW rangers. The application deadline is Feb. 28, and notification will be made by March 20. Interested artists are encouraged to apply now online at appengine.egov.com/apps/me/aww-artist-program. 

Lock Dam Camp is a one-room cabin on the northern end of Chamberlain Lake, one of the largest and deepest lakes in the North Maine Woods. For 28 summers, it was the home of Dorothy Boone Kidney and her husband Milfordwhere they provided information to canoeists and tended the dam. Dorothy wrote two books about their life at Lock Dam titled “Wilderness Journal: Life, Living, Contentment in the Allagash Woods of Maine” and Away From IAll. 

Lock Dam Camp is located approximately 10 miles from the boat launch at the southern end of Chamberlain Lake and 60 miles from Millinocket, the nearest town 

Amenities include hand-pumped running waterwood stove, gas appliances including a cookstove and refrigerator and solar-powered lights. 

Artists can learn more about the AWW and access the 2021 application on the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry websitemaine.gov/dacf/parks/water_activities/aww-river-conditions.shtml, or by contacting Matt LaRoche, AWW superintendent, at (207) 695– 2169 or [email protected]. 

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