Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Enter my avid sportsman grandfather, Arthur Christie, and Fish Lake sporting camp operator, Dana McNally, who bought the camps and kept them for their private use until grandfather sold them shortly after World War II to Herschel Currie, the Portage Lake man who had guided for him and was the caretaker for a set of camps he owned on Portage.
Herschel, and his wife, Ida, began operating the Red River Camps commercially, and my older brother, Mick, spent all four of his college summers guiding for the Curries and I envy him to this day.
Now owned by the Brophy family since they purchased the camps in 1980 from then-owners Pete and Chris Norris, it's a thriving operation surrounded by the vast tract of Public Reserved Lands known as the Deboullie Preserve. They even survived the loss by fire of the old main lodge a few years ago, and have replaced it with a replica log building right on the shore of idyllic Island Pond.
I'd suggest this might be the summer you should begin building your own sporting camp memories.
John Christrie is an author and year-round Maine explorer. He and his son Josh write in Outdoors about places to enjoy the beauty that only Maine has to offer. He can be contacted at: