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Canoe-camping can be fun and safe for all ages. Pictured here is the Sanders family of Miami Florida on a four day and three night guided and outfitted St. Croix River canoe trip. When going it alone, you’ll want to have good basic canoeing and camping skills, be comfortable in class I-II rapids. know the J, pry, draw and cross draw strokes. You’ll want to keep the bow between the rocks therefore avoiding broaching rocks. It is helpful to have knowledge of the river, know the current water levels and being prepared for an unexpected high water release. Come properly prepared for all weather conditions (rain, wind, heat, cold) with the right equipment and clothing. Do you have a good waterproofing system for your clothes, gear and food? A backup plan in case of an emergency? I carry Delorme’s In Reach Sat communicator in case of an emergancy. Do you know the closest routes out? Make it fun for kids by letting them explore, discover nature, learn new skills such as knots, fire building and collecting fire wood. Provide good food, warm shelter and take several preventative steps including staying hydrated and shielding yourself from the sun. Always wear a proper fitting type III life jacket while paddling. Wearing shoes while canoeing, wading, swimming and in camp will help protect your feet. Use caution around the fire and hot water. If you are not experienced  at canoe camping, you may want to consider hiring a guide. For more info on the St. Croix River and guided trips with Dave Conley visit www.canoethewild.com

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Paddling by canoe & kayak is a great way to explore Maine with opportunities to view eagles, loons, Great Blue Herons, ducks, geese, Canadian Jay, Hooded Mergansers, Chickadee, common tern and more. Here are some river trip options for soft adventure with comfortable campsites, awesome meals, and leisurely pace. Choose a 3 day Maine vacation package and getaway on the St. Croix River and a 4 day Maine vacation package on the Allagash for great bird viewing trips and tours.

The Allagash, 4+ days, Our number one wildlife photography trip for viewing moose and bald eagles. Birders will love the Allagash with plenty of opportunities for viewing birds in an unspoiled environment. You’ll want to keep an eye out underneath as the forest floor offers a wide variety of plant life for macro photography.

West Branch of the Penobscot River, 3-5 days Our last trip into Lobster Lake we spotted the Great Blue Heron and American Bittern (pictured on this page). Choose a canoe trip into Lobster Lake on the West Branch of the Penobscot River for great campsites, sandy beaches and mountain vistas. We can set up base camp, explore islands and hike up Lobster Mountain. It’s a great trip for viewing moose and bird life. The Lobster Lake trip can be extended by traveling down the West Branch of the Penobscot River to Chesuncook Village and beyond.

The St. Croix River,  1-5 days with 3-4 days are most popular, Combines great wilderness travel with easy whitewater, maintained campsites and a healthy population of Bald eagles. It’s fun for all ages and youth always enjoy up close views of turtles and frogs during the warm summer months. Whos knows, you might even spot a pair of Great Horned Owls!

More about Maine Guide Dave Conley and guided Maine bird watching tours at Canoe the Wild website.

“Hi Dave, We are still basking in our Allagash bliss!! Thanks for a fantastic trip – it was just awesome in every way! The boys were nonstop about it in the car ride home…” Carolyn Cote

Allagash canoe trip with families from NH, NY City and Southern CA enjoying a four day trip on the Allagash River. Allagash canoe trips are well suited for those with little on no expereince with canoeing and camping in Maine. Maine Guide and Outfitter Dave Conley can guide your Allagash canoe trip and provide instruction, equipment and meals.

 

“Dave, thanks again for a fabulous trip. Every member of our party thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Your preparation and your execution in the field were impeccable in every respect. Everything met or exceeded our expectations. We are already talking about our next trip, hopefully the St. Croix with you next summer”. John Aromando, Poland, Maine

Another guided Maine canoe trip with Dave Conley and Canoe the Wild. This was a four day and three night canoe trip. A guided trip on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is a great place to view wildlife and brush up on your canoeing and camping skills. Other trips that offer great scenery and easy whitewater include the St. Croix River near Vanceboro Maine. Choose the Bonaventure River in Quebec for more adventuresome whitewater and great wilderness scenery.