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Commanding the southern portion of Chesuncook Lake and much of Caribou Lake and Ripogenus, the township is accessed by the Golden Road from Greenville or Millinocket.

Sign: Allagash Gateway Campsite

Sign: Allagash Gateway Campsite (2012)

Chesuncook Lake from the Golden Road (2012)

Chesuncook from the Golden Road

Chesuncook Lake from the Golden Road (2012)

Chesuncook from the Golden Road (2012)

Allagash Gateway Campground offers tenting, a store, LG gas supply, swimming, fishing, and boating. Situated on the shore of Ripogenus Lake, a Maine Forest Ranger Station is located nearby.

Verrillville, on the Golden Road, is a very small village on a tiny piece of land on Caribou Lake.  Phyllis Austen described its condition in 2000:

On the shore of remote Caribou Lake, new waterfront homes are evidence of expensive development that’s spreading in the north woods. The simple camps that once dotted the stretch called Verrillville have been pushed aside, in some cases, to make room for three-story structures. Their back doors are a stone’s throw from Great Northern Paper’s Golden Road, but the front windows have a view of Katahdin in the distance.

These upscale homes confirm the growing lure of Maine’s distant lake-and-forest territory to people who, not long ago, might have preferred the coast. But with the seashore congested and overpriced, the vast unorganized territory, or “wildlands,” is the 21st century’s development frontier. The potential environmental repercussions are so big that hundreds of millions of public and private dollars are now being spent to protect it by one means or another.

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