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CANOE TRIPS

With hundreds and perhaps thousands of river miles traveled from Maine to Alaska some of our favorites reside right here in Maine - Maine Guide Company offers a large variety of overnight trips and options for canoeing in Maine. With 25 years of collective outdoor experience (including several native canoe routes), Maine Guide Company shares a love for the outdoors and connecting people to the flow of the river. If you don't see the trip for you on our website we can build one (anywhere any length) for any skill level beginner to elite we can cater to what fits your needs. Please Contact us for custom Itineraries or any questions you have.

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St. Croix River
3-4 Days

The St. Croix is a designated Canadian heritage river located in Eastern Maine along the border of Maine and Canada. This river is dam controlled so it offers water all summer long. Class I-II rapids frequent the way offering an opportunity for learning basic whitewater canoeing techniques. This is a 3-5-day trip that offers breathtaking scenery along its 33 mile section from Vanceboro to Kelly Landing. Maintained campsites along the way also make this trip a great opportunity for learning wilderness skills. 

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Moose River Bow Trip
3-4 Days

The Moose River Bow is classic Maine multi-day paddling. This trip can start and end in the same place. It’s a short trip that begins in historical Jackman Maine at Attean Pond before It wanders 42 miles through wildlife habitat disrupted by several short ledge drops and rapids that can be portaged if necessary. One portage is required around Holeb Falls. This trip sheds extraordinary appearing and reappearing scenery as it meanders all the way back to Attean Pond. This is an excellent multi 3-4-day trip for all skill levels and it offers a nearby hike up sally mountain. You will find greatness in the history and wildlife of the upper moose river valley while also learning and practicing low impact principals and ethics.

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West Branch Penobscot River
3-4 Days

The West Branch of the Penobscot River is great for family and group-oriented experience to be enjoyed by beginners and experienced paddlers. Known for its solitude, scenery, and fishing this is a 4 or 5 day trip that covers roughly 35 miles from Lobster lake to Umzooscus stream. You will put in at lobster lake before entering the west branch of the Penobscot river and making your way north to cross Chesuncook lake then end at Umbsooskuss stream. This trip will either take out at or visit Chesuncook village where only a handful of year-round residents reside. One resident; Jack murphy runs Chesuncooks only store.

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East Branch Penobscot River
4-5 Days

Maine's most kept paddling secret. Starting at Grand Lake Matagamon the East Branch of the Penobscot flows downstream with several Class I-II rapids. However there are opportunity for fishing, swimming, and floating downstream. You will experience rapids every day on this trip, starting with  Stair Falls and then Grindstone Falls, the largest rapid on the entire section of river (more than a mile and a half long) from start to finish. Many Class I-II will excite even the most seasoned  paddler. 

The East Branch of the Penobscot offers some of the most impressive scenery for canoe trips in Maine. Leaving the outlet at Grand Lake Matagamon, experience immediate breath taking vistas of the Traveler Mountain range located in the heart of Baxter State Park. The Traveler Range name derived in the rich history of Maine's log drivers on the East Branch of the Penobscot River and these Mountains appeared to move downstream, a phenomenon experienced on the river.

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Allagash Wilderness

Waterway

4-10 Days

5-8 day trip through Maine's Allagash wilderness waterway. The trip works its way north for nearly 100 miles before it meets and contributes to the St. John River.

 

The Allagash is inspired by amazing environmental diversity while it travels lakes, and pristine waters of the the designated ALLAGASH WILDERNESS WATERWAY. Chase rapids, are a great fun introduction to reading and running whitewater in a canoe. The greatest highlights during a wilderness experience like are the opportunity for personal growth, learning about history, wildlife and ecosystems. The physical and mental challenges can be tiring but we find plenty of time in our schedule, for sites such as Allagash falls, for some relaxing, swimming, and exploring. 

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EMCT
10-14 Days (Advanced)

This 130-mile route crosses the Gassabias Portage as a bridge between the St. Croix River watershed and the Penobscot River watershed. Not for the “light hearted” adventurer, this native american canoe rte begins in Vanceboro, Maine on the popular St. Croix River.

 

Most canoe trips finish the St. Croix River trip at Kellyland where the EMCT continues westward into the amazing Grand Falls flowage, and across Big Lake to the first of several portages. 

Fourth Machias Lake presents the historical  3-mile Gassabius Portage through old growth forest, bogs, muck and myer crossing us into the Penobscot Watershed. This is a crux but also the last major portage of the trip.

 

Now the portaging is done on to Nicatous Lake, and a class I-II whitewater section down Nicatous Stream into the Passadumkeag River, Soponic pond, and finally the mighty Penobscot River where we end our trip in the town of Passadukeag. Contact us for more information about your trip.

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