East Grand Adventure Race headed up annually by Canoe the Wild. Had another great race on May 11 here in the Danforth area with 71 taking part in the adventure race and 14 in the separate 34 mile Baskahegan Stream Canoe Race. Event includes a compass run, mountain biking and paddling (canoe or kayak). A great time for all ages and ability levels! The family division is a great way to connect people outdoors and includes all aspects of the race except the biking. Why not mark your calendar for May 9, 2020 and join us then? Here is a link to the adventure race webpage and full details. Missed the race but want to take part in a family canoeing adventure this summer? Check out our 2019 summer canoe trip schedule

Video of Our 2019 East Grand Adventure Race

 

Album of 2019 East Grand Adventure Race

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Canoe the Wild is offering a fully outfitted and guided canoe trip on the Bonaventure River, June 2019.

One of Eastern Canada’s finest rivers with lots and lots of lively and class I-II whitewater with no portages and only a few linings. There are several class III ledge drops that can be lined or paddled. The Bonaventure starts out as a swift moving mountain stream with many sharp turns growing in size as we descend through a valley of Black Spruce.

The Bonaventure is a great choice for groups & individuals with good paddling skills. The views of the surrounding hills are spectacular. Trip is 7 days and we paddle 80 miles. Typically not a physically demanding trip unless the water is on the high side. Note: In the case of very high water, we offer paddling the lower Bonaventure then shift over and paddle the Cascapedia River.

NOTE: Being our earlier trip in June , this more then likely will be an all adult canoe trip.

  • Day 1: We meet up in Houlton, Maine for the 6 hour drive to the town of Bonaventure, where we tent overnight in a local campground.
  • Day 2: We meet our shuttle drivers for breakfast, then head into the headwaters of the Bonaventure in the Chic Choc Mountains. On this day, we only paddle a short distance and set up camp.
  • Days 2-4: The Bonaventure starts out as a swift moving mountain stream with many sharp turns, growing in size as we descend through a valley of Black Spruce. The views of the surrounding hills are spectacular.
  • Day 5: We are in the gorge with several ledge drops and numerous class II rapids.
  • Days 6-7: The river is much wider, and we paddle over many beautiful salmon pools on our way to the Bay of Chaleur.
  • Day 8: We take out mid-morning, grab a quick shower, hit the road, arriving back in the Houlton area early evening.

Cost per person, $1695.00

Pictures of one of our June 2018 Bonaventure River Canoe Trips

Please contact Dave Conley of Canoe the Wild for more information about this trip.

Prime Rut Moose Hunt Available for Immediate Purchase!

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Dave Conley, full time guide, outfitter and owner of Canoe the Wild has a Maine moose hunting package available for immediate purchase! A new law recently passed by the Maine legislature allocates 50 moose permits to Maine sporting camps through a special lottery. We are working for a sporting camp that has a bull permit in Wildlife Management District 1 during the September season which is peak rut. In 2018, WMD 1 had the highest success rate of all the WMDs at 87% success rate on bulls! See report here.

Hunting package is $15,000.00 and includes:

  • 2 shooters, one moose (permittee and sub-permittee)
  • 6-day hunt
  • Private land owner access fees into the North Maine Woods
  • Meals
  • One on one guide
  • Quartering & removing your moose from the woods
  • Caping your moose for a shoulder or European mount
  • Game bags

Additional costs include:

  • Moose Permit ($1500.00)
  • Big game hunting license $115.00
  • For those that are flying to Maine verses driving, we recommend flying in and out of Presque Isle and staying overnight on both ends of your hunt at the Hampton Inn, transportation to and from camp is $200 each way (3 hour drive over tar and mostly good dirt roads)
  • If you choose to use a local butcher to cut up your meat, $500.00
  • Gratuity at hunter’s discretion

Visit our Website for fulls details

Maine Moose Hunting Map WMD

One really nice thing about canoe camping is the amount of space you have in a canoe for carrying food supplies, including a cooler. A 70-quart cooler fits nicely in the center of an Old Town 169 Discovery Canoe which is 35” wide at the beam. Canoe camping makes it easy to plan a menu that includes fresh fruits, vegetables, meats & dairy. When planning for an extended trip (five days or longer), plan your menu for your fresh meats, fish, salad ingredients to be consumed early on, and your frozen foods for later in the trip up to seven days (seven days only if you have perfected using your cooler and know firsthand how long your ice will last). Last summer, our ‘freezer’ cooler lasted 8 days on our NE Mistissibi Canoe Trip in Quebec and that was 2 days with temperatures reaching into the middle 80s!

MEAL IDEAS FOR CANOE TRIPS

Dinners consist of locally raised rib-eye steaks, wild caught salmon, pork loin, spaghetti with homemade sauce, taco soup, chicken, rice, vegetables & dumplings. Served with dinner are fresh salads/slaws, vegetables, rice pilaf, fresh baked biscuits and baked desserts including brownies & strawberry shortcake. Breakfasts include organic coffee, assortment of regular & herbal teas & hot chocolate, rolled oats, fruit, buttermilk pancakes served with real Maine blueberries & syrup, french toast, ploys, and the traditional Maine guide breakfast of local farm fresh eggs, meat and organic potatoes. Lunches are on the fly and may include make your own wraps with assorted breads, variety of meats and cheeses, tuna, lettuce, pickles & tomatoes. Snack foods including trail mix, beef jerky, carrots, peanut butter, bars, cookies, fruit. For trips that require food beyond the life of your ice, plan on meals such as taco soup, lentil chili or spaghetti with meat sauce using dehydrated hamburger. Chicken and rice with dumplings using canned chicken and mac and cheese with canned ham. For lunch, use canned meats which may include ham, chicken, salmon and tuna along with peanut butter and jelly. For breakfast, canned meats can be served along with pancakes, hot cereal and buckwheat ployes.

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PACKING A COOLER FOR CANOE TRIPS

Depending on your climate and how well you maintain your coolers, it is not uncommon to plan frozen foods for up to a week. We choose inexpensive, well insulated coolers over the pricy, heavier thick-walled, bulky coolers as these don’t fit well and take up valuable space in the canoe. With larger canoe groups, use two coolers and place in separate canoes, one for your fresh foods including cheeses, cold cuts, butter, milk, eggs, cool whip and meats you’ll use up over the first three days and a second cooler as your freezer for extended trip foods including frozen meats such as steaks, fish, pork loins, bacon, sausage & burger, and liquid eggs in a carton. Use frozen gallon sized water jugs over block ice. This keeps your cooler drier as block ice makes for a mess in the bottom of the cooler as it melts. During pre-trip food preparations, be sure to remove food items from their original packaging and place is a doubled-up Ziploc bag, especially with meats to prevent juices pooling up in the bottom of your cooler. Cut out cooking directions from original packaging and include with the packed food items or use a sharpie with portions and basic directions on how to prepare and cook. Assign one person (preferably the one who planned the menu and packed the cooler) for retrieving items from the cooler so as to prevent the cooler from being opened too many times. Be organized, pack you cooler with items you will use near the start of your trip at the top and items you’ll use later in the trip near the bottom. Always be sure lids are securely shut to prevent ice from melting too quickly. You’ll be surprised how quickly ice melts when something is caught in the lid preventing the cooler from being sealed shut.

When arriving at your campsite, be sure to place cooler is a shaded location out of the direct sun. Another way to keep your ice longer, is to drape a wet white towel over your cooler. As the towel dries it creates a convection effect cooling your cooler. Re soak the towel as needed. While on whitewater canoe trips secure your cooler using a strap made of rubber, much like a large rubber band that goes around the girth of the cooler. This keeps the lid firmly shut even if the canoe and cooler end upside down in the river! To make a rubber cooler strap, secure a spent inner tube from a large farm tractor. Here in Maine, an inner tube from a logging skidder tire will work well for this. To make the strap, simply cut a cross section out about 2” wide out of the inner tube. On calmer trips, instead of an inner tube strap, we often use river straps with a cam buckle around the cooler that can be attached to your gunwale or thwart.

For trips with lengthy portages such as Webster Stream, the East Branch of the Penobscot and when taking part in shorter sections of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, you’ll want to skip the bulky cooler and go with a soft pack with shoulder carry or back pack style straps. I just purchased 2 deluxe food packs from Cooke Custom Sewing, these durable soft packs are made for canoe camping, have nice shoulder carrying straps and are lined with closed cell foam. We’ll use these packs as produce packs for fruits and vegetables and on shorter canoe trips with long portages as a cooler. While most produce does not need refrigeration, we often place a 2-quart frozen jug a water wrapped in newspaper so as to prevent direct contact with certain fruits & vegetables which can ruin them. On shorter trips with lengthy portaging, I’ll use a smaller soft pack to include steaks, breakfast meats, meat for sauces, cold cuts & sliced cheese. It sure is nice on a guided canoe trip to use these types of foods verses canned, freeze dried or dehydrated options.

Old Town canoe trip meal planning camp stove picnic paddle portage

STORING NON-COOLER FOODS ON CANOE TRIPS

While there are many options for storing and transporting foods on canoe trips, I like to use 30-liter blue recreation barrels, not only are they water and bear proof, these smaller containers can be distributed amongst the canoes easier (verses large heavy bulky boxes), strapped or tied in with little worry about losing you food in the event a canoe upset.

COOKING FOOD ON CANOE TRIPS

Here in the Northeast, we do almost all of our cooking over an open fire. You’ll want to research your planned river trip to find out what the regulations are when it comes to open fire and cooking. For example, while the Green River Float Trip in Utah’s Ashley National Forest provides campsites that include picnic tables, benches, tent pads and a fire ring for campfires, the Grand Canyon River Trip in the Grand Canyon National Park requires bringing a stove for cooking and has strict guidelines on fires for warming and aesthetics.

BAKING DESSERTS AND BISCUITS

Reflector ovens are quite common but can be bulky to transport unless they are of the collapsible kind. We use food grade aluminum Dutch oven style rectangle baking dishes. This style nestles and stores much easier than the traditional Dutch oven pot which is also quite heavy. First, we preheat the top and bottom over the open fire and remove some coals and place them on a level area. Next, place the bottom section on the coals (no flame to prevent burning), add oil (to prevent sticking) and ingredients. Next place the lid over the top and build a twig fire on the lid. Depending on what you are cooking, biscuits often take about ten minutes while brownies 20 minutes or longer. These baked dishes can be extremely hard to find and we do have a contact in New Brunswick, Canada for these bake style dishes (contact Dave for more info).

While there are certainly many great food options for canoe camping that do not require the use of a cooler and cooking over a campfire, it sure is nice to take advantage when possible by expending your options while on a canoe camping trip.

Testimonial of a Canoe the Wild Guest

“The food was carefully prepared and was delicious! It is amazing what Tammi made for main course and Andrew taught us how to bake on an open fire. Madeline and I baked chocolate cake with chocolate frosting!” -Carrie West, Seattle Washington, 2018 Allagash Canoe Trip

Dave Conley Master Maine Guide and owner of Canoe the Wild, has been paddling the rivers of Maine and Canada since 1985. During the school year, Dave teaches an outdoor education program at East Grand High School in Danforth, ME, host to the annual East Grand Adventure Race. In the fall, guided moose hunts are offered in northern Maine. Contact Dave for More information

 

Here is my latest blog entry for Old Town Canoe.  Visit Canoe the Wild for our 2019 summer canoe trip schedule

December 20, 2018
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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO CANOE CAMPING

As I am writing this blog entry, the power went out due to a wind storm so I grabbed a book, a lantern and landed on the couch and was half way through a good read when the power snapped back on. It was while the power was out, I realized just how dependent I have become on electronic devices and the internet. Having put in over 80 tech free days this past season on rivers and in the woods. I was reminded why people are looking for these same meaningful experiences. Experiences that are back to the basics, free of distractions and include meaningful time with friends and family and when I say friends, I mean friends in person, not the electronic kind of friend via social media. Most people are looking for an authentic wilderness experience that is not over the top when it comes to being physically demanding and canoe camping can be a great fit. Over the past few summers, I have seen a good increase in those taking part in canoe camping trips, many for the first time! I often have young families that take part in our 3 or 4 day canoe trips on the St. Croix River and Allagash as part of their overall summer vacation while in the northeast. The feedback I receive overwhelmingly is the kids enjoyed the canoe camping part of their vacation the most and the reason being, they were engaged every step of the way, engaged with family members and friends, engaged hands on with paddling, setting up camp, building a fire, swimming, catching a frog, fishing for the first time and the list goes on. It’s like people are rediscovering the outdoors again after a decade or two of too much screen time. What makes canoe camping so appealing, is anyone can do it. While there are some physically demanding canoe trips that require a high level of skill, there are many canoe trips well suited for the novice and first timer. You don’t need to be an athlete in order to take part. I had a grandmother from Texas in her 70s in the bow of my canoe during my last Allagash canoe trip, it was her first canoe trip and she loved it! When planning for a canoe camping trip, here are a few things that you’ll want to consider.

KNOW THYSELF: WHAT IS YOUR CANOE SKILL LEVEL AND ADVENTURE?

When taking part in a guided canoe trip, the guide takes care of all the logistics which usually includes all necessary camping gear, canoes, meals, transportation to and from the river and knowledge of the canoe route and how much time to build in to the daily schedule to get to the next campsite with extra time built in if necessary. First timers are put at ease knowing all the details are taken careful and critical decision making is handled by the guides. But not all can afford a guided canoe trip and others prefer to go on their own. Having good camping and canoeing skills, knowledge of your intended trip, and good judgement are important.

When planning your own canoe camping trip, the internet has a wealth of information to help you with the planning and trip preparation process. Things to consider include your group/families’ skill level and physical abilities? Level of difficulty of the desired trip. Is it a flat-water trip on lakes or an easy flowing river? A trip with some whitewater canoeing with lively water and perhaps a few class II rapids or a solid class II-III whitewater canoeing adventure with lots of lively rapids that require solid paddling skills in moving water?

How many days are needed including travel to and from the canoe/camping trip? How much and what types of gear will I need? How to keep gear and clothing dry and secure within the canoes? What are the best times to go, spring, summer or fall? How to plan and pack for the right season? I have awakened to snow on the ground and ice in the water pail while guiding Allagash canoe trips in late May and paddled in Snow Squalls in early June on the St. John River.

CANOE CAMPING TRIPS

When planning your trip, you’ll want to know what is available for campsites? Are picnic tables and a fire pit provided? Are campfires allowed and is a fire permit required or will you need to bring a cooking stove? Are advanced reservations necessary? Is there a fee charged for camping and accessing the river or is it on a first come first serve basis? Are outhouses available or is it just pristine camping where you’ll have to dig a cat hole?

Getting There

Can you drive to the launch location or will you need to hire a transport or shuttle service to bring you in? When taking your own vehicle, do you have the right vehicle for the type of road system to get to and from? For example, Maine’s Allagash River trip can involve driving over 100 miles on dirt roads and 10 ply rated tires with 2 good spares and tools to change are recommended. Travel over freshly grated roads and your chances of a flat tire just increased. Many hire a transport service to take them into their launch location, while others pay to have their vehicle moved to trip’s end.  More remote canoe trips may involve flying into the head waters with a float plane which can add significant cost to the trip.  We do trips in northern Quebec that require taking along extra cans of fuel so we can make it back out at trip’s end.

Here is a list of popular river trips of varying degrees of difficulty and duration.

  • The Buffalo National River, Arkansas
  • Green River, Utah
  • Northern Forest Canoe Trail in New England
  • The Everglades National Park
  • Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Maine

Let’s take a closer look.

Floating the Buffalo National River, Arkansas

The Buffalo River flows freely for 151 miles offering floats of varying degrees of difficulty and varies from month to month depending upon rainfall. March through June is the typical time for floating the upper Buffalo River.  One of the most popular sections of river is a day float from Steel Creek to Kyles Landing, a distance of 8 miles and can be done in 4-5 hours. This float meanders through the heart of the Ponca Wilderness past towering bluffs, side canyons, and remnants of early settlers. Popular one night and two day trips begin in Woolum and end in Gilbert, 29 miles downstream, two night and three day trips from Grinder’s Ferry to Dillard’s Ferry , 25.7 miles. Campgrounds are available Near Steel Creek and Lyles Landing.   More information here: https://www.nps.gov/buff/index.htm

 

The Green River, Utah

The Green River offers a great back country flat water canoeing adventure, with great scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities. It is a fantastic trip for families with younger children and no rapids to worry about.  Less busy than the Colorado, with numerous put in and takeout locations, the trip can be 3 days up to two weeks.

With two main sections; Labyrinth Canyon, the upper section is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Stillwater Canyon is the lower section in Canyonlands National Park.

Labyrinth Canyon is more popular with groups desiring shorter trips and those on a tighter budget. You can launch at Green River State Park and spot a shuttle car at Ruby Ranch or Mineral Bottom for the take-out. The BLM permit is free, but Green River and Ruby Ranch charge nominal fees to use their boat ramps.

Stillwater Canyon is more remote with the only take-out option of hiring a jet boat shuttle from the Confluence to bring you back upstream to Moab on the Colorado River. The NPS also charges permit fees of $30/permit + $30/person. This section is most popular with experienced canoers and those who want to see Canyonlands from the river. A permit is required for all overnight flat-water trips in Canyonlands. More information here: https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/flatwater.htm

 

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail 

For the canoe camper looking for an extended canoe trip experience, the NFCT is a 740-mile canoeing trail in the northeastern United States and Canada. The trip begins at Old Forge in the Adirondacks of New York and ends in Fort Kent, northern Maine. The trail also passes through the states and provinces of VermontQuebec, and New Hampshire.

Liken to the Appalachian Trail, both are long-distance trails that people will use for day trips or short overnight trips. Many of those who paddle the entire trail will do so in sections. Many sections of the trail are physically demanding with lengthy portages and require a high level of skill to complete.

The trail follows traditional travel routes used by Native American, settlers and guides. It is the longest inland water trail in the nation. It consists of the following:

23 rivers and streams

59 lakes and ponds

45 communities

65 portages (70-plus miles)

For more information about the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, visit:  https://www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/

 

Everglades National Park, Florida

The Everglades National Park offers many paddling opportunities to explore the natural beauty of this park through freshwater marsh, mangrove forests, and the open waters of Florida Bay!

Canoe and kayak trips range from a few hours to several days depending on length and complexity of the trail. You can bring your own canoe or kayak and launch from several locations around the park or rentals are available at the Flamingo Marina or Gulf Coast Visitor Center. Alternatively, you could hire a permitted guide who will outfit your trip and lead your adventure.

For multi-day trips in Florida Bay and the 10,000 Islands or along the 99 mile wilderness waterway require careful planning, but are well worth the experience. Day Canoe & Kayak Trips include Flamingo’s Canoe TrailsThese trails (located 38 miles south of the main park entrance in homestead) range from beginner to advanced and can be accessed from launch areas in the Flamingo Marina or along the main park road as you approach Flamingo. Nine Mile Pond: This is a favorite canoe/kayak location easily accessible off the main park road just before you enter the Flamingo district of the park. Hell’s Bay – This is a favorite of those wanting to paddle through the mangroves – a bit buggy during the summer season – otherwise a challenging trail but quite popular. Also accessible off the main park road south of the Homestead Entrance. Gulf Coast Paddling Guide – This area of the park is on Florida’s west coast, accessible through Everglades City.

Best Times to Camp in the Everglades National Park

Winter is the best season to go. Summers are hot, muggy, and mosquitoes are plentiful.

Feeding wildlife anywhere in the park is prohibited. Use caution around campsites where alligators or other wildlife may have been fed or gained access to human food. If wildlife associate humans with food, they may exhibit more assertive behaviors.

For more information and to plan your Everglades canoe or Kayak trip: https://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/canoe-and-kayak-trails.htm

 

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway

The upper most section of the Northern Forest Canoe Trip, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is a state park and Maine’s only designated wild and Scenic River.  The Allagash is Maine’s best-known canoe trip and has attracted paddler’s for more than a century. Henry David Thoreau ventured into this region more than 150 years ago by traveling into the Allagash via the Mud Pond Carry from the West Penobscot watershed. Allagash canoe trips are popular with families, scouts, teens, summer camps, as well as adult and youth groups. With its easy flowing river sections and its moderate whitewater on Chase Stream Rapids. It’s one of the few eastern rivers that can be paddled for a week or longer without coming into contact with modern civilization.

Wildlife Viewing opportunities, if you’re hoping to encounter wildlife, the Allagash is where you want to be. It has consistently been Maine’s best canoe trip for spotting wildlife, including moose and eagles. With numerous put in and take out locations, outings can be planned from four to ten days or longer.

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is not a place for the inexperienced person. Lack of experience and poor judgment can lead to considerable discomfort and being submerged in cold water especially early and late in the season can be fatal in a matter of minutes. There are numerous Maine guides and outfitters (Canoe the Wild) that can make your experience safe and memorable. More information here about the Allagash Wilderness Waterway: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/parks/water_activities/aww-river-conditions.shtml

CANOE CAMPING GEAR YOU’LL WANT TO PACK

It is important to know what types of camping gear and clothing you will need for your desired trip and dates. While an early or late trip on the Northern Forest Canoe Trial may involve freezing temperatures, during the summer months temperatures may reach into the upper 90s.  What makes canoe camping so attractive is the room you’ll have for gear and food. When guiding canoe trips on the Allagash and St. Croix river, I bring two large coolers along, the size that fits long ways between the gunnels. One cooler is for frozen foods including breakfast, lunch and dinner meats and fish while the other cooler contains mostly fresh produce and dairy. The larger the group, the more canoes that you can spread around community gear to. It is important to bring your gear in waterproof bags, barrels or trip boxes and properly securing them in your canoe in the event of an upset. Soft packs of various sizes are a great choice as they waterproof your gear and are easy to stow. You’ll want a detailed camping checklist of personal clothing including base and insulating layers of wool and synthetics for warmth, and outer layers for shielding yourself from the sun, wind and rain. Foot ware should provide protection for your feet, have good tread to avoid slipping and falling on rocks. Other items needed include Nestling pots, cooking and eating utensils, camp stove with extra fuel, free standing compact sleeping tents, a group tarp with nylon cords, and a well-stocked first aid kit are necessary items on your trip.  A type III life jacket is recommended and Old Town canoe offers numerous style type III life jackets .

Here is a sample list I provide my canoe guests when packing for a typical week-long canoe trip. Personal gear lists will vary based on seasons, location, type of trip (flat or whitewater) and duration.

Canoe Trip Personal Gear List (7 days, Spring, summer and fall)

  • Dry Bag for your personal clothing and sleeping bag (115 liter)
  • Dry Bag to use as a day bag (20 or 30 liter)
  • Sleeping Pad (closed cell or self-inflating)
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Sleeping Bag (20 degree F.  bag or warmer, compact and packable)
  • Quality rain coat & rain pants
  • 2 Warm synthetic or wool tops for cool weather.
  • Long underwear (top & bottom lightweight, synthetic or polypropylene are best)
  • Knit or felt hat in case of cold or rainy weather
  • Heavy duty Crocks for around the campsite
  • Hiking boots for around the campsite and short hikes (This pair you will never want to wear on the river so as to prevent having both pairs of shoes getting wet!)
  • 1 pair of river shoes for canoeing and wading WITH GOOD TRACTION AND PROPER FITTING (Old sneakers with smart wool socks or similar)
  • 2 quick drying pants (synthetic is best, no jeans as they don’t dry well when wet)
  • 3-4 pair wool socks (synthetic or wool is best…smart wool)
  • 2 pair cotton socks
  • 3-4 pair underwear (at least 2 are synthetic)
  • 4 undershirts (at least two are synthetic)
  • 1 quick drying long sleeve shirt light in color (bugs and sun). Avoid navy blue, brown and black colors…these colors attract bugs. Note: bugs should not be bad during July and August unless it has been rainy followed by warm weather.
  • 1 compact towel
  • 1 pair shorts
  • Swim suit
  • Hat with visor (sun)
  • Sunblock
  • 1 bandanna
  • Small flashlight or headlamp (extra batteries)
  • Personal toiletries: toothpaste & brush, deodorant.
  • Several gallon size ziploc bags to organize stuff in
  • Pocket knife or one that you wear in a sheath on your belt
  • 2-Wide mouth personal water bottles (quart size or similar, stainless steel, plastic or Lexan…no glass)

OPTIONAL GEAR LIST

  • ( ) Fishing gear ( ) camera ( ) lip balm ( ) lotion ( ) Medications ( ) spare eye glasses ( ) bug net ( ) Paddling gloves ( ) extra set of base layer with heavy wool socks and knit hat for sleeping in

Sample Master Gear Check List

  • Canoes
  • Paddles
  • Rescue Throw Bag
  • Z Drag kit (all trips beyond fat water trips)
  • Kitchen Box (with separate list)
  • Food Boxes or barrels
  • Tents
  • Tarp
  • Folding Chairs
  • Dish Wash Kit
  • Fry Pan
  • Drinking water
  • Roll up table
  • Grate
  • Grill
  • Axe
  • Saw
  • Camp Shovel
  • Toilet Paper
  • Life-jackets
  • Tool Repair kit and spare parts
  • Bailers
  • Lashing Straps/cords
  • Water Filtration & Spare filter
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Large River Bags
  • Day Bag
  • Paperwork (Maps & permits)
  • Camera in hard case
  • Cooler
  • Frozen water jugs or block ice
  • In Reach Sat. Communicator
  • Meals (separate list)

Note: Bringing fresh foods in a cooler allows you to eat quite well. Our Canoe the Wild trip meals include fresh fruits, vegetables, slaw mixes, fish and meats. For trips with lengthy portages, lighten the load by leaving the bulky hard sided cooler at home and plan a menu with more dried and dehydrated foods. Another option is to bring a soft pack cooler with shoulder carrying straps for the portage trail. Freeze all steaks, fish, meats for sauces, breakfast and sandwich meats and you’ll eat quite well. Depending on the time of year and temperatures, don’t plan on more than 2 or 3 days with the soft pack as your ice will melt much quicker than a hard-sided cooler.

Here is a look back at our 2018 canoeing season. We had a record season with 141 people of all ages on 15 outings on the St. Croix, Allagash, Spednic Lake, Bonaventure and NE Mistissibi Rivers!  All trips are fully outfitted and guided and with most trips, no previous experience is necessary.  Meals are fantastic and our gear and canoes are new or like new. We hope to see you on a future canoe trip!  So when planning your Maine 2019 summer vacation, why not check out our 2019 schedule and join us on a canoe trip? All you will need is what is on your personal gear list and sleeping bag and we’ll take care of the rest including basic canoeing instruction as necessary.

Central Virginia Christmas Tree Lot, Lynchburg VA

While Dave keeps busy throughout the year guiding canoe trips and moose hunts and teaching outdoor education, during the Christmas season you can find him busy selling trees and wreaths to the fine folks in Central Virginia. Our display looks like a Lynchburg Christmas tree farm with two convenient locations in Lynchburg! Dave’s Balsam fir and Fraser fir Christmas trees are grown on Christmas tree farms in Quebec & Nova Scotia and transported to Lynchburg just in time for the Christmas tree selling season. Our first day for the 2018 season will be Friday, November 23rd. We’re open 7 days a week 9AM to 9PM except Sundays 11AM-8PM. This is Dave’s 29th season of bringing fresh Christmas trees and wreaths to the  fine folks of central Virginia. To place a special order, Contact Dave (more).