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October 2-4 with a private school group canoe trip here in Maine on the St. Croix River with Canoe the Wild. It’s not too early to start planning now for the 2019 summer canoeing season.  Canoe the Wild can assist you with your  custom family, private, corporate, scouts, youth group outings from 3 to 5 days in duration on the St. Croix and other Maine Rivers. Canoe trips and river tours make for great affordable Maine summer vacations. Canoe trips are fully outfitted and guided.

 

Our 5th canoe trip this month! this one guided by Tammi Matula. and Andrew Gibbs. The Allagash is our number one trip for spotting moose and other wildlife. Makes for a great Maine family vacation, choose 4 to 8 days, part or the entire wilderness waterway. Pictures taken by Tammi Matula. click here for Canoe the Wild’s 2019 schedule.

Another Allagash canoe trip with Canoe the Wild, this one from Umsaskis Lake to Michaud Farms, four days and three nights, just right for those looking for a short Maine summer vacation. A great trip for first timers and seasoned paddlers alike with lots of wildlife viewing opportunities. We spotted 7 moose, lots of eagles and loons. A guided Maine canoe trip provides a safe and enjoyable time. It’s not too early to start planning your Maine summer vacation for 2019 to include an Allagash canoeing adventure from 4 days and longer, visit our 2019 schedule here.

June 9-16, 2018, A week long whitewater canoe trip on the Bonaventure River of Quebec!  Good water level, awesome weather, great people and virtually no bugs! 16 people, all ages. Great fun for the whole family and makes for a great Maine summer vacation. Please visit our summer 2018 schedule to join us on a Maine adventure, 3 to 6 days in duration on the St. Croix and Allagash Rivers. Contact Dave Conley of Canoe the Wild for more information.

 

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.

MEET DAVE

I grew up in the mid coast Maine town of Boothbay Harbor with my parents, Ervin and Jane Conley, and three siblings, Tari, Jan, and Mark.  I have fond memories in the fall at the age of 11 getting up hours before sunrise to travel to Pemaquid Stream with my father to go duck hunting. We would launch our wood canvas canoe well before first light, paddle up the Pemaquid Stream, setting out decoys and wait for first light. I think it was here that I fell in love with being outdoors on the water, and I am so thankful for a father that introduced me to hunting at a young age.

As a teenager, my passion for the water continued when my father loaned me $2,500 to buy a used 14’ wooden flat-bottom lobstering skiff, new 25 HP Evinrude outboard motor, and 25 lobster traps to get started. I was able to pay him back in just two seasons. This passion of being on the water continued through my high school years, spending summers on the Sheepscot River pulling traps by hand.

During my college years I worked summers in the family business but longed for a place less crowded than the mid coast region. I found what I was looking for in northern Maine. It was here I developed and oversaw a canoe tripping program in the East Grand Lake area for a summer camp. I enjoyed 21 summers paddling the rivers of Maine and Canada in my Old Town canoe, introducing others to the great outdoors while assisting with developing outdoor living and paddling skills.

Obtaining my Maine Guide license in the early 90’s was a prerequisite to starting my Canoe The Wild guiding business. The tripping season here runs from late May to mid-September, leaving time for other ventures such as guiding moose hunts in the fall from remote camps, overseeing an outdoor education program for students at the East Grand School since the mid-90’s, and selling Christmas trees and wreaths in Central Virginia for the past 27 years.

What I’ve discovered with the guiding business is that there are plenty of people looking for the exact same feeling I experienced at a young age on Pemaquid Stream, a desire to experience the outdoors with a break from daily routines. People of all ages and experience levels take part in our guided canoe trips. Many will take part in canoe camping for the first time this summer. Trip highlights include young people (freed of electronics) flourishing on the river and around the campsite, taking in a simpler way of life such as collecting fire wood, learning to use a saw and ax, building a campfire, catching a fish, hanging around the campfire, star gazing after dark, spotting and identifying wildlife such as moose, and experiencing the song of the loons.

I see a lot of recent growth within the guiding industry for a few simple reasons. Guided trips provide people with a quality, safe, and well-organized experience. Families, private groups and individuals choose guided trips to leave the pre-trip planning, logistics, gear and meals for the guide to take care of.

Each season, we offer about 12-15 trips with 3-5 day trips being the most popular for first timers, and the more adventuresome choosing a week or longer on a whitewater canoeing trip in Quebec.(see 2018 summer schedule).

For more information about Canoe The Wild, Dave’s guiding company, visit their website for at www.canoethewild.comBe sure to check back in May for Dave’s first educational article!

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Six day Allagash Canoe Trip from Churchill Lake to Allagash Village, 62 miles. Great trip for spotting wildlife, fishing and just getting away from it all! No previous canoeing or camping experience is necessary. Seasoned Registered Maine Guides take care of all the logistics, meals, and provide instruction as needed.  All gear is provided, all you will need is a sleeping bag and a few changes of clothing. Contact Canoe the Wild to plan your 2017 Allagash canoe trip from four days.

Maine fall canoe trip on the St. Croix River with East Grand High Schools Outdoor Education Program. Fall is a great time for canoe trips with no bugs and you probably will have the river to yourself. Paddle trips and river tours in Maine are fully guided and outfitted by Maine guide Dave Conley of Canoe the Wild. Dave teaches an outdoor education program at East Grand High School in Danforth Maine  and guides canoe trips on numerous Maine rivers including the Allagash, Machias and Penobscot Rivers.