For me, tripping (overnight paddles) is the heart of canoeing in Maine.
Signing up for an overnight trip means that I've got us covered! I provide everything we need for paddling, safety, eating, dry bags, vehicle shuttle and North Maine Woods fees. You provide personal gear, sleeping bag and pad, a sense of adventure and curiosity, and a willingness to participate and pitch in!
2- 4 days, No experience required
Excellent family or group destination, we put boats in adjacent to the West Branch of the Penobscot River, paddling through meandering river to reach the lake. This lake boasts numerous beach-front campsites, excellent for groups and families. Potential day excursions include hiking Lobster Mountain, paddling around Big Island, visiting the wetlands at sunrise/sunset for moose sightings, fishing, sunbathing, blueberry picking. A relaxing, low-key trip.
2-4 days, no experience required
This lake trip is designed for the hiker. Paddle each day to a different trailhead, hike a section of the Appalachian trail, Debsconeag Backcountry Trail, visiting many backcountry ponds and small rock bluffs and miles of trails along small ponds, all accessible from the Lake.
3-6 days, no experience required
Progress from Debsconeag Deadwater, the 1st Debsconeag, Second, and Third, this chain of lakes provides a quiet and wild backcountry experience with camping available at each lake. Excellent fishing lakes, with opportunity to hike to remote trout pond. Optional day or overnight portage to Second and Third Debsconeag, each lake becoming more remote.
5-10 days, Class I - II, camping experience required, runnable from May - October
5-9 days, Class II - III, white water experience required, runnable only in May
West Branch Penobscot
4-6 days, Class I - II, camping experience required, runnable May - September
Seboeis, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
3-5 days, Class I - II, camping experience required, runnable May - June
4 days, Class I - II, camping experience required, runnable May - August