About Bill, Jack Sr. And Jack "Upta Camp"

Bill, Jack Sr. and Jack 'Upta Camp'

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OQUOSSOC – The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust is proud to name the recently acquired property on the Magalloway River, the “John J. McDevitt Woods,” after a very special person.

Far off in the western corner of Maine, speckled by Aziscohos and Parmacheene Lakes and defined by the Magalloway River, Aziscohos Mountain and the Diamond Peaks, lies the tiny Village of Wilsons Mills. Certainly not a metropolis for outlying, smaller communities, but rather the pivotal connection to some of Western Maine’s mosaic natural features, sportsman’s tales, and homage of traditional New England family values.

Thanks to the vision and generosity of the John J. McDevitt Family, the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust is honored to support these traditions through the acquisition of 230 acres on the Magalloway River.

Influenced by an Allagash Fire Warden as a child, “Jack” McDevitt spent his adolescence years navigating the remote forests and waters of Downeast and Northern Maine. In his early adulthood, Jack enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in the European theatre in World War II throughout the Mediterranean. Shortly after his tour, Jack returned to Maine, rekindling his love of the mountains and waters that eventually bonded his family for the generations to come…

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