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Holeb Township

Location Map for Holeb Township

Location Map for Holeb Township

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:30:48
W. Latitude 69:26:08
Maine House District 55
Maine Senate District 25
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 39.5
Area sq. mi.* (land) 38.9
Population/sq.mi. (land) 52.5
County: Somerset

Total=land+water; Land=land only

*Total area calculated from METWP24 GIS data layer at http://megis.maine.gov/catalog/catalog.asp; land area is estimated by subtracting from the total the area of the following ponds: Holeb (9/10); Barrett, Big Fish, and McKenney as indicated at http://www.pearl.maine.edu.

Sign Alerting Canoeists to a Site (2006)

Sign Alerting Canoeists to a Site (2006)

Holeb Falls (2006)

[HOLE-ub] is an unorganized township in Somerset County, also known as T6 R1 NBKP (North of Bingham’s Kennebec Purchase). It has never been an organized town or plantation.

As with its neighbor, Attean, Holeb Township’s history is one of logging and recreational fishing.

Holeb was and is a place for harvesting forest products. Amos A. Graffe had logging crews and camps here and in nearby Skinner Township in the 19th century.

In 2006, Orion Timberlands, LLC won the bid for stumpage rights to 19,000 acres in the township with the expectation of harvesting 45,000 cords of wood over the five-year contract period.

Holeb Pond and Attean Mountain (2006)

Holeb Pond and Attean Mountain (2006)

Moose River at the Junction with Holeb Stream (2006)

Moose River at the Junction with Holeb Stream (2006)

The sign at below reminds visitors to the State’s Holeb Management Unit of terms of use in the public lands. Most of the shores on Attean and Holeb Ponds, and a significant length of the Moose River including Holeb Falls, lie within the reserved land.

Area Use Rules Posted at Holeb Pond (2006)

Area Use Rules Posted at Holeb Pond (2006)

Primitive campsites, well-spaced, are available along the river. Signs appear alerting canoeists to the sites.

With 19,651 acres of public reserved land, Holeb has a recreational use dominated by the Moose River Bow Trip, long popular among canoeists and fishermen. (The “bow” is the imagined shape of the trip from Attean Pond, via a portage to Holeb Pond, then to the Moose River and back to Attean Pond.)

Camel Rips (2006)

Camel Rips (2006)

Camel Rips are the first, and least challenging, of several sets of rapids that are relatively friendly to amateurs. Portages are helpful at several points and, at Holeb Falls, essential.

Campers Starting the Bow River Trip at Holeb Pond (2006)

Starting the Bow River Trip at Holeb Pond (2006)

Campsite Near Camel Rips (2006)

Campsite Near Camel Rips (2006)

Additional resources

“Current Projects.” Maine Public Reserve Land (Holeb).  http://www.oriontimber.com/projects/mprl.php (accessed December 20, 2011)

Maine Geological Survey. “The Geology of the Moose River ‘Bow Trip’ – Northwestern Maine.”  http://www.maine.gov/doc/nrimc/mgs/explore/bedrock/sites/oct07.htm (accessed December 20, 2011)

Graffte, Amos A., 1871-1945. Amos and Octavia Moulton Graffte Papers, 1890-1974. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

The History of Moose River Valley: Jackman, Moose River, . . . Holeb, Skinner and Lowelltown. Jackman, Maine. Jackman Bicentennial Book Committee. 1976.

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