Name:  Susan and Tom DeBolt
State/Province: Virginia

My husband and I visited 5 Lakes Lodge in July of 2008.  We wanted something convenient to Mt. Katahdin.  We found a natural wonderland. 

Rick and Debbie went out of their way to help us in whatever activity we wanted.  We kayaked, watched the loons, had campfires in the evening, saw moose, found local attractions, ate wonderful meals (especially Debbie's breakfasts), and Tom made it up Mt. Katahdin and back--a lifetime goal.  There are no more helpful or welcoming hosts!

I think any time of year would be great at 5 Lakes.  Thank you Rick and Debbie!

Susan and Tom DeBolt

Date: 4/7/2009  

Name:  Michael Williams
State/Province: Maine

I just wanted to let you know that we loved our stay at your bed & breakfast!! Being from New York and now Portland, Maine it was a great experience to get away from it all. Your home and the views are fabulous!! Even though I stayed at your bed & breakfast for business purposes I will definitely be back this summer for vacation purposes. Your hospitality, warmth and overall genuine kindness will make everyone feel welcome.

Date: 3/27/2009  

Name: Stuart and Sharon Spigel
State/Province: TN

We recently decided to forsake our usual fall "color trip" to coastal Maine and come to the North Woods instead...and we are so glad we did! Much of the enjoyment of our vacation was due to our accommodation at 5 Lakes Lodge. The Maine lodge atmosphere is complimented by pristine cleanliness and an elegant bath...two things which we deem essential. All rooms feature an incredible view across the Twin Lakes to Mt. Katahdin. Our innkeepers, Rick and Debbie, really made us feel like old friends. Strange, but they really seem to enjoy having guests in their home! Deb creates incredible breakfasts every morning, and Rick knows just about all there is to know about this beautiful region. There truly is nothing in the world like Maine in peak color season. Can't wait to return for a snowmobiling vacation. We greatly enjoyed our stay, and know that you will too. What's not to like?

Date: 10/30/2008  

Name:  Malcolm & Mary Todd
State/Province: Scotland

Many thanks, Rick and Debbie, for a wonderful stay. Your home is luxury in the wilderness.  We couldn't have asked for a better welcome, a more comfortable room or tastier breakfasts!  The local knowledge was invaluable, guiding us to the bests sites both in Baxter Park and the surrounding areas, as well as local dining suggestions.  A highlight was our flightseeing trip with Tony over Mount Katahdin, the glorious fall foliage and we even saw two moose.

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend 5Lakes Lodge to anyone and we'll be trying to make a return trip soon.

Date: 10/21/2008  

Name:  Mark Kelley
State/Province: ME

My wife and I received a gift from a family member of a weekend at 5 Lakes Lodge. We had never been there before and arrived frazzled from the work-a-day world and not expecting much more than a motel stay. What we found was an excellent bed-and-breakfast, with the absolute best view of Mount Katahdin we had ever seen, from the window of our room, in an establishment run by two of the nicest, most thoughtful, most capable "hoteliers" we have ever encountered, Rick and Debbie Levasseur. (And we've had the privilege of staying in some very nice places, including a top ten rated B-&-B :-) We hadn't been out of the car five minutes when they invited us to head out on the lake with them. And that kind of personal attention continued throughout the weekend. The lodge itself is a thing of beauty, positioned exactly right, and lovingly crafted by Rick and Debbie. 5 Lakes Lodge isn't all that far from our home, near Bangor, but our time there,  in that incredibly beautiful and peaceful place, left us feeling recharged and refreshed as we headed back to everyday life. Our deep thanks to Rick and Debbie for making this wonderful experience available to all of us. (In the interests of full disclosure, I should inform anyone tempted to think Rick and Debbie put me up to this glowing review, that I am a long-time professional journalist, not given to blowing smoke. Our visit to 5 Lakes Lodge was every bit as fine as I've described it here.) 

Date: 9/27/2008  

Name: gail and jim plotts
State/Province: maine

We had a great time at your Lodge.  You were both terrific hosts with your advice on dining choices AND where we could see our FIRST Moose.  The views from our room across the lake to Mt. Katahdin were spectacular.

We would recommend your Lodge to anyone.

Date: 9/23/2008  

Name: Kirill and Jen

We loved 5 Lakes Lodge. Deb and Rick were great hosts (wonderful breakfasts!) but most important to us, they were very knowledgeable about Baxter state park and all of the amazing things there are to do in the area around the lodge. The rooms were beautiful with an amazing view of Mt. Katahdin. I highly recommend it!

Date: 9/15/2008  

Name:  Elaine Hyman

This lodge seems perfect for a couple---for privacy---comfort---relaxation.  The lodge has only five units---so it's quiet and exclusive.  Each room/unit has a jacuzzi, so it's deluxe.  Each room has a tiled floor, so it's absolutely clean. The kingsize beds have cotton quilts, so it's confortable.  Each room faces the lake and the mountains, so the view from your bed is as if you are on a ship---peaceful view.  Debbie makes breakfast and Rick talks about the area, so you are well fed and know where you are in the world.  Such attention to detail---Deb uses loon-patterned china in the summer and cardinal china in the winter. They are so friendly.  The public rooms are beautiful---high, looking out at the lake, and binoculars on the table.  The loons are swimming and trilling.  Rick and Deb let you use their kyaks---and it is so comfortable to paddle on the lake which is a mild temperature, and you can swim.  This is all located at the end of the Appalacian Trail---so you can go hiking in the woods and look for moose and eat wild blueberries.  We saw four moose;  lots of frogs, a fox, loons, marvelous clouds shifting and moving over the mountain and lake, the lake changing from green to deep magenta.  Did you know Thoreau climbed Mt. Katahdin?  You can't do it unless you are an equipped hiker/climber.We stayed four nights.  We liked this area much better than the coastal area of Maine.  We would have liked better weather---it turned rainy---and summer does that in Maine---but it always seemed as if it cleared up quickly or when we went out to hike---maybe 20 miles away---the sun was shining, there.  We wish we had a house like this, ourselves.

Date: 8/24/2008  

Name:  Steve and Chrys Alam
State/Province: MA, USA

Dear Debbie and Rick, We want to tell you that we had just the very best time this past week when we stayed at 5 Lakes Lodge! We haven't stopped talking about it and showing photos to the family. Debbie, you are a Martha Stewart special! I wish I could cook and decorate like you do. I'm going to try making that Strawberry Cheese Coffee Cake recipe you gave me for the holidays. You were also so very accommodating with my special dietary needs. Can't thank you enough! .... And Rick, you are just the most helpful and kind person! We got our tire fixed at Stanley's and had a great trip home, thanks to you! We're hoping to get snowmobiling lessons from you this winter! We had so much fun kayaking, that we bought 2 Ocean kayak Scramblers on our way home in Kittery. We pick them up this wknd as we had Steve's little convertible with us last week. We're going to practice up on our skills for next time! Again, the Lodge is so beautiful and you made us feel like old friends with your graciousness, humor, and relaxed way of "being." It all felt so good. Our only regret is that we hadn't found you sooner! We'd have pushed hard coming down from Cape Breton and spent the better part of the week with you! Much love and wishes for all good things. We will definitely see you again. Chrys and Steve Alam

Date: 8/21/2008  

Name:  Kim and Scott
State/Province: New York

We had never stayed at a B&B before and had our reservations thinking we might feel like we were intruding into someone else's life by staying at their house. From the moment we arrived until we left we were made to feel more like family than guest. Thank you Rick and Debbie, you couldn't have been more perfect host. I keep thinking of the sticky bread you made our last day there, delicious! We will also always remember PP Island! We will make it a point to tell everyone about your place and hope we will return this winter or next summer. Thanks again for a great stay.

Date: 8/13/2008  

Name: Anita Renton
State/Province: MA

What a find!  Five Lakes is a gem.  Beautifully designed and impeccably maintained, the lodge offers breathtaking views of Mount Katahdin by day and a skyful of stars at night.  Our two-night stay here was very comfortable and wonderfully relaxing.  Debbie and Rick served a generous breakfast each morning, and they were generous as well with their knowledge of the region, offering us good advice about dining and hiking options. We also enjoyed the canoes and kayaks available to guests for use on the lake.  We'll definitely be back, and we'll recommend 5 Lakes to family and friends.  Thanks, Debbie and Rick!     

Date: 8/8/2008  

Name:  Peter & Tracy Dobie
State/Province: ON

We had such a great time!! Thank you Rick and Debbie for such a wonderful place to kick back and relax! Amazing spot you have! You made us feel right at home, however we certainly slept much better there without all the noises of our own busy home. The rooms were beautiful and breakfast to 'die for'! We were happy to be able to summit Katahdin. What a mean mountain! We are missing you already and hope to return someday again! It was a pleasure and thank you so very much!

Date: 7/18/2008  

Name:  Avner Butnaru
State/Province: MA

5 Lakes Lodge is an amateur astonomer's dream. My wife did the reservation for the week of July 4, 2008, with the intention of doing some hiking far away from the crowds. When I looked it up on the map, I realized the place is literally in the middle of 'nowhere'. A quick check on the light pollution map,, showed that this place must be really dark. So I packed my 15" Dobs together with my hiking gear. We got to 5 Lakes Lodge after a long drive from Boston. It was worth the effort: this B&B and its premises are spectacular. The whole premise is on South Twin Lake, on a small peninsula. The rooms are rustic style and luxurious. From every room you can see the lake and mount Katahdin. The lodge is big, spacious, new construction. It is 10 miles away from the closest town, Millinocket. We had two nights of great observing. I set up the Dobs on the premise. The lawn is large enough so that the lodge does not obstruct the sky at low elevations. This darkness is what you dream about: perfect sky from horizon to horizon, with stars visible easily at magnitude 7 and beyond. Imagine the glory of the Milky Way....seeing the Andromeda Galaxy and M13 with bare eye.......... Our hosts, Debbie and Rick graciously turned off the lodge's outside lights once they undestood my dark sky addiction. We also had a great time during the day: the area is notorious for its outdoor activities (that's the main reason we got to this place). We did a lot of hiking in Baxter Park, boating and wild life watching. For the amateur astonomer hungry for dark skies I can say that this is the place you want to be: watch the stars at night and the moose during the day.

Date: 7/9/2008  

Name: Gail & Bill Strietmann
State/Province: Ohio

Debbie and Rick,

Thanks for your wonderful hospitality. Your lodge is beautiful, and you made us feel part of your family. We are telling everybody here in Cincinnati that staying at the 5 Lakes Lodge is a must do!

We dropped Abby at Baxter State Park, where she will work on the "trail crew" this summer. Needless to say we were concerned about dropping her in unfamiliar territory. But, after getting to know you, we feel that we have friends in Millinocket, and that if need be, she can ask for your help. As parents, that's huge.

See you in August. (I'm bringing my fly rod for sure this time!) And maybe this winter, too. Snowmobiling sounds great.

Missing the "starters",  

Gail & Bill Strietmann


Date: 6/7/2008  

Name:  Michele and Don McGuire
State/Province: PA

My husband and I just wanted to say our brief visit to the lodge was wonderful! We arrived later than expected after a very long trail ride from Fort Kent, but Rick & Debbie made us feel right at home, fed us dinner unexpectedly and provided us with a bottle of wine to help start a relaxing evening. It took us all winter to get to you but now that we know where you are we are anxiously planning another visit, hopefully this season!

Thank you for your warm and gracious hospitality.


Date: 2/25/2008  

Name: John Redding & Sherry Larracey
State/Province: New Brunswick

We stayed at 5 Lakes Lodge between Dec/07 to Jan/08.

Couldn't of asked for a better place! Rick and Debbie truely know their business! Great food each and every day. Love the room,the jucuzzi tub.. and the fireplace how romantic!The bed was so comfortable it was hard to get out each day especially when you have the view of the mountain from there.

They are very friendly felt like we were visiting family!

We wish them all the best in 2008 and hope to visit again.

Thank you

John & Sherry

Date: 1/13/2008  

Name:  Linda & Bryan DeRemer
State/Province: SC

We stayed at the 5 Lakes Lodge for our 10th anniversary get-away in June 2007. 

After searching hours on end for the perfect spot, I knew the moment that I saw this lodge online, that it was just what we were looking for. When we arrived, we knew we had chosen correctly!

Not only are the inn-keepers, Rick & Debbie, personable and LOTS of fun to be around; but the inn is meticulously clean and comfortable. The views from every room are breath taking with Mt Katahdin in the distance, and the lake comes right up to the property. There are kayaks and canoes to take out on the water, which we enjoyed for a nice spot to have a wonderful conversation!!

This is a superb lodge and area of Maine to "get away" from it all, put on some jeans and just relax! There are a couple of restaurants in the area, and our favorite was the Big Moose Inn on the Golden Road. The food and atmosphere were top notch and we could not believe that we were basically sitting in the middle of nowhere, having such a wonderful meal!! The breakfasts at the inn are also delicious (dont be late!!!!) and Rick and Debbie are both great in the kitchen.

The Golden Road (a few miles down the road from the inn) is also known for moose sightings and we were glad we did not pay for a sightseeing tour. We saw moose every time we went up the road! You just have to watch in the ponds... and Rick will tell you which ponds to head to. Being from the area really allows Rick and Debbie to offer suggestions on what to do and where to go. Both Rick and Debbie have a keen sense of which visitors want privacy and when!! They are the perfect hosts!

Rick also recommended for us to take a sight-seeing flight around the mountain area. This was a highlight of our trip (one of many!)! Tony from West Branch Aviation took us up in a 4 seater plane and we saw the whole area from the sky! It was just UNBELIEVABLE... we saw snow on the mountain, moose in the ponds, white water rafters, hidden beaches, etc!!! We could have never seen all of that from the ground. The mountains go as far as you can see.....

We didnt allow enough time to stay in this fantastic area of Maine. For being so remote - there is so much to do and we can't wait to visit again. June was cool -- fall would be beautiful with the leaves, and we hear the winter is a wonderland! Anytime would be a good time to visit!

Linda & Bryan

Date: 10/22/2007  

Name:  Marc and Sharon Frigon
State/Province: MA

Rick and Debbie, Marc and I truly enjoyed celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary at your beautiful place. Needless to say, it was everything we expected and more. You made us feel like welcome guests and the scenery was amazing. We didn't see a moose but that's ok because we're looking forward to going back and trying again. Thanks for making our experience so special!

Date: 10/17/2007  

Name:  ann & david caswell
State/Province: me

Thanks, Rick and Debby --


Although our stay was short, we feel like we were away for days.  We enjoyed exploring our new home state and plan to return to 5 lakes soon, maybe in the snow!


Because David is now disabled, our usual hiking and biking and paddling activities have limited his access to the beautiful Maine wilderness.  It was wonderful to be right ON THE LAKE right in our own room and hear the water lapping the beach and listen to the loons.  We feel we've found a home away from home in the North Woods.

Ann Caswell




Ann Caswell

Date: 9/27/2007  

Name: Jane and Tony Hilfer
State/Province: Texas

My husband is an English professor at the University of Texas and was writing a book on nature writing. He wanted to visit Mt. Katahdin where Thoreau wrote. We found 5 Lakes Lodge on the web and all our expectations were exceeded by the wonderful experience there. Rick and Debbie Le Vasseur are the consummate hosts - warm, exhilirating and interesting company because they both grew up in the woods of Maine. Their lodge is beautiful and intimate yet it offers complete privacy. The rooms are spacious and appointed with king beds and good reading lights, spectacular views of the lake and Mt. Katahdin in the background and every amenity the heart could desire. The breakfasts are more like brunch and give you the needed energy to hike in Baxter State Park - where we saw moose - or to participate in the many water sports. We traveled all over Maine and stayed in B & Bs but 5 Lakes Lodge was the highlight of our trip and we would definitely return. Bravo! and 5 Stars for 5 Lakes Lodge!

Date: 6/25/2007  

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5 Lakes Lodge
46 Marina Drive
South Twin Lake
Millinocket, Maine 04462
GPS Coordinates: 45°36.174' North 68°49.295' West