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Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary

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· Maine
113 acres
2 sites
2 Lodging
The Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary was generously bequeathed to the Kennebec Land Trust in November 2016 upon owner Kendra Wakefield Shaw’s passing. Its 108-acres feature historic cabins and 4000 feet of frontage on Cobbossee Stream in West Gardiner. The property’s coniferous and deciduous woods, vernal pools, and marshlands are important habitat for many species of birds, mammals, and plants. In 2018, the Maine Cabin Masters renovated two of the stream-side cabins, which now serve as rustic getaways for Hipcampers and the like.   A small dock and canoes are available for use on the wide and deep flatwater stream! If you're interested in staying a full week at the cabins, please message us directly for availability.   Due to upgrades to the solar panels and heating system and an increase in overall operating costs, we've needed to increase our nightly fee to cover our costs for summer 2022.  Kennebec Land Trust members receive a 10% discount on reservations. Not a member? Visit the KLT website to join and find more information about the Wakefield Wildlife  Sanctuary Cabin, including a full list of what is provided. Your membership confirmation email will include your discount code. Thank you! 
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Maine, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Kennebec Land Trust L.Joined in January 2020
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47 ratings · 30 reviews
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Kristina K.recommends
October 6, 2022
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2
Beautiful hidden little gem in the Maine woods. Lots of history behind theses cabins and a real treat that they are open to the public. It was like going back in time, back to basics. Hand pump was easy and compost toilet worked great with no issues. Spent lots of time on the screened porch and enjoying the peacefulness around. We were a little unlucky with the weather as it was a too windy for canoeing. Really cozy and atmospheric, would love to visit again.
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Tracy W.
October 4, 2022
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1
"The cabin and location are lovely. However, this time of year (early October), both are in deep shade for most of the day which made for a chilly stay."
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Cassandra P.recommends
September 6, 2022
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1
This was such a treat! The Kennebec Land Trust's cabins have everything you need for a cozy weekend - we cooked in the cabin (pots, pans, etc. all provided), spent the day paddling (canoe provided!), watched and listened to the busy birds on the river, and had an all-around wonderful time! Thanks for making this experience available to the public. We'll be back!
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Kurt G.recommends
September 5, 2022
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2
The beauty of the stream and forest
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Kelly B.recommends
September 3, 2022
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1
Adorable cabin! This is our 2nd year at the cabin. I only wish we could drive in a little further. Next year we rented cabin 2, only wish that one had a dock.
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Donna S.recommends
August 9, 2022
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1
Truly beautiful place! Because of the shade provided by the giant pines surrounding the cabin, we were able to enjoy our visit even during a major heat wave!
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Kathy H.recommends
August 4, 2022
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1
We had a great stay at the KLT cabin. The cabin is close to Gardener and Augusta if you need to get more ice or food but it is super quite and remote. It was a truly rustic experience, not for the faint of heart. This is what Maine camps were meant to be.
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Katie G.recommends
July 25, 2022
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1
This was a lovely spot to slow down and observe nature. We were entertained by a beaver, loons, flycatchers, a giant snapping turtle, a family of curious chickadees and millions of damselflies flitting over the water. Our kids loved swimming by the dock and canoeing around. This will be my summer memory to warm up when winter sets in! Thank you for sharing such a special place.
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Kristi W.recommends
July 17, 2022
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1
Amazing spot
The cabin was adorable and the view incredible! Perfect setup for our family of 5.
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Kevin K.recommends
July 4, 2022
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2
Beautiful and quiet place on the water. Nice for canoeing and walking. Rustic in a good way.
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Kellie F.recommends
June 29, 2022
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2
Beautiful and Peaceful
We stayed with our family of six in cabin 2 while our friends stayed in cabin 1. It was a wonderful 2 days. We spent so much time on the screened in porch, swimming and canoeing. The fire pit setting of cabin 2 on the slope is difficult and there is no easy access to the water. A dock for cabin two would be ideal. The cabin had not been cleaned very well by the prior renters. We worked to leave it nicer than we found it. They are beautiful, simple cabins where you are able to fully enjoy the peacefulness of nature.
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Sarat R.recommends
June 8, 2022
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1
Canoeing was awesome
The cabin had everything we needed and our family very much enjoyed the stay. Our kids loved canoeing and it was the highlight of our stay. Bug spray would be helpful to bring along.
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Reed D.recommends
May 31, 2022
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1
Fantastic Site
What a great place to relax for a couple days! Beautiful surroundings, almost complete quiet...
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Sarah A.recommends
October 12, 2021
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2
Beautiful in the fall too :)
This was our third stay here and we love it every time- it’s always very quiet and relaxing We’re very happy we came back for fall (mid October). The view was beautiful with the fall leaves and with enough layers we were warm enough on the porch.
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Courtney B.recommends
October 12, 2021
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1
The cabin was very peaceful and just what we were looking for. We will definitely return!
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Kimberly W.recommends
October 4, 2021
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2
Wonderful place to get away ! Not too remote but plenty of peace and quite ! Everything you need is there .
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Rick C.recommends
September 28, 2021
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1
Eden like paradise.
When we parked our car and walked down the road to cabin , it was like shedding the the 21st century. The woods were filled with majestic Pine and the sounds of birds. Cabin 1 is three steps from the water and a dozen a dock. The stream is an old friend, the location a place I have been coming to for decades. It turns out the cabin 2 is a place that I have said to my wife repeatedly if that house ever comes up for sale...you get the idea. We loved staying in the cabin. It is made for visiting, but still has enough amenities to feel homey. We like the low impact philosophy in practice. Solar powered lights, composting toilet, gas stove and hand pump are part of the low carbon footprint. If you like loons calling, canoe rides, hiking and swimming, playing cards and reading a book this is the place to visit.
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Shirley A.recommends
September 6, 2021
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1
Magnificent experience
Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1 was exactly what we were hoping for -- rusticly comfortable, remote, serene, and magical. The composting toilet was convenient and easy to use. The kitchen handpump was quaint, nostalgic, and helpful. The campfire space was inviting. The sturdy dock was a great fishing spot (my son caught a fish on his first cast). The first morning two loons paddled through the quickly sliding mist over the stream. When the young loon fished too far away mom hauntingly called him back. Just overhead air rushed through the wings of honking geese before they splash landed on the stream. Saturday morning on the stream was full of waterfowl excitement! We took the canoe for a lengthy paddle down the stream. We were astonished to watch an eagle attack a juvenile loon: the young loon dove deeply and mom did the penguin stance on water to defend him from the carnivorous eagle. Happily the eagle was disappointed and the teenage loon surfaced after an extended dive. We loved every minute of this much-needed respite on the water!
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Lisa M.recommends
August 30, 2021
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2
We had a quiet, peaceful, and beautiful stay at Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2. We loved listening to the loons in the evening and paddling along the beautiful river in the afternoons. It was a very rustic cabin and that is exactly what we were looking for! Thank you!
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Reed D.recommends
August 30, 2021
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2
The simple life is all you need.
Amazing, peaceful spot! We had a wonderful time relaxing in nature.
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Lisa O.recommends
August 17, 2021
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2
Magical stay!
This place is so magical, we rented out both cabins for a family get together and are already planning next year.
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Jacob B.recommends
August 15, 2021
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2
10/10
Awesome off the grid cabin in a beautiful setting. Very low key with just the bare essentials. The included kayaks were a great touch and the fishing was fantastic!
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Rita C.recommends
August 9, 2021
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1
Quiet Old Style Maine Camp
We had a great stay. The camp is not luxurious but it has a composting toilet, and a basic kitchen along with lighting. It's right on the water in a quiet location. It's on a stream that looks more like a river. We were in a cove where a loon family fought battles with an eagle that was determined to get their chick. One time it went right in the water after the chick. Great canoeing up and down the stream, not much of a current
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Christina G.recommends
August 2, 2021
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2
The camp was perfect— beautiful, peaceful and right on the water! There was a family of loons singing in the cove all night long. We even saw a bald eagle a few times. The canoe was easy to get in the water, and there was no shortage of places to explore. Wonderful little getaway!
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Carrie H.recommends
July 19, 2021
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2
The siting of cabin #2, with a screened porch looking onto the water, was absolutely breathtakingly serene. Our family appreciated the local wildlife: the calling of the loons, fish jumping to catch flies, and the beaver taking a dip.
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Rheane D.recommends
June 20, 2021
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2
Amazing
One of a kind beautiful cabin with an even better location. Can’t get much closer to nature than this! All the sights and sounds of wildlife is incredible at this sanctuary. The screened in porch on the lake gets you right in nature without the pesky bugs. Bringing our own water really wasn’t bad at all and the composting toilet was surprisingly very clean and easy to use!
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Jennifer M.recommends
June 14, 2021
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2
We had a wonderful weekend. Peaceful, everything we needed. We so appreciate the Kennebec Land Trust! Thanks for making this opportunity available to people!
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Cheryl R.recommends
May 31, 2021
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1
Go for it!
Beautiful location. Very comfortable accommodations. A really fun adventure.
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Andrew T.recommends
October 23, 2020
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 1
The Wakefield Eco-Cabins are an absolute dream. Beautiful and secluded property, on the magical Cobbosseecontee stream, it provides the best of the Maine outdoors while also being centrally located and ideal for day trips. Our group enjoyed the canoes, paddling alongside beavers and Kingfishers, while listening to the loons at night. We would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for an escape to nature.
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Sarah A.recommends
August 15, 2020
WakefieldWildlife Sanctuary Cabin 2
We really enjoyed this cabin. We especially loved the screened in porch - so much so that we slept there. We spent most of our time on the porch reading or out in the canoe. We weren't quite sure what to expect without any reviews. We were really happy with how cute and tidy it was, and how private it was. Everything listed as being provided was available, and the composting toilets weren't stinky :). Only downside was the stream had a lot of milfoil so we didn't swim. Would stay again!
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