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Trip Highlights from 2015. River trips including the Allagash canoe trip, St. Croix River, Cascapedia, NE Mistassibi river trip, Liard River Trip, Yukon Canada and Penobscot Rivers. also a few pictures from a moose photography outing and moose hunting wall tent base camps in the North Maine Woods. My 2016 schedule Maine canoe trips includes 3 day, 4 day and longer trips on Maine  and Canadian rivers. Most canoe trips are for the beginner, and no extreme workouts or conditioning required before you trip. An active life style including walking and stretching for a few weeks prior to the trip is helpful. Canoe trips are fully outfitted and guided. More information is available at Canoe the Wild.com

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The Nature Conservancy recently paddled the Baskahegan Stream to see the work first hand East Grand students along with outdoor instructor Dave Conley of Canoe the Wild have done with constructing low impact campsites. TNC is exploring potential stream based recreational day trip opportunities with the Butler initiative in the tributaries of the East Branch of the Penobscot River.

 

 

EAST GRAND ADVENTURE RACE was held May 10 in Danforth, Maine as part of East Grand High School’s Outdoor Education program. Over 80 took part in the triathalon or Baskahegan canoe race that day. Twenty mile race included a 1.6 mile off trail compass run, 10 miles of mountain biking, 8 miles of paddling. Extra challenges in the field included a mud crawl, two person cross cut saw competition, tomahawk throwing and log rolling. Challenges earned minutes off your overall course time! Divisions: race in pairs in the high school boys, girls, mixed; Adult men, women, mix; Jr./Sr. The open division can by solo, teams of any size, relay, kayak or canoe. In short, anything that doesn’t fit into the other divisions competed in the open division. Entering a relay team is a great way to participate without having to complete the entire course. Next race is May 9, 2015. Entry fee is $20.00 per person which includes trophies, t-shirt, lunch and over $1,000.00 in prizes for youth divisions. Proceeds benefit East Grand School’s outdoor education program. Sponsored in part by First Wind, Woodie Wheaton Land Trust and Ski Rack Sports. For more info contact Dave Conley of Canoe the Wild at email dave@canoethewild.com or call 207-551-8729, School’s website is www.eastgrandschool.org/adventure-race

 

 

Fall Overnight Trip with East Grand School Outdoor Program on the Baskahegan Stream. Students mountain biked to the stream, paddled, poled and utilized a new campsite which some of them help build over the summer. Students cooked over an open fire, tented out, and some tried their hand at moose calling.  Students learned to leave the campsite better then they found it. Guided canoe trips are offered on Maine’s best rivers including the Allagash and St. Croix Rivers for families, school and youth groups by Dave Conley and Canoe the Wild

Four new campsites have been completed along 33 miles of stream between the White Farm Road in Kossuth to Bancroft. Ten East Grand students and three adults volunteered their time to build these new campsites. This is the third season of work being done on the waterway. During the fall of 2011, boat loads of trash were removed from eight Baskahegan Lake campsites. During the summer of 2012, eight lake campsites were upgraded with new picnic tables, signs, outboxes and improved fire pits. Summer long maintenance was done on these sites and at the landing in Brookton. This summer (2013) four new campsites where completed on the Baskahegan Stream. These campsites are on private property owned by the Baskahegan Company of Brookton, open to the public providing fire permits are obtained prior to building camp fires and users leave the campsite cleaner then they found them. Local East Grand students have gained an appreciation for the waters and lands in their ‘back yard’ and learned the importance of taking proper care of these campsites as they have take ownership in this project. These new campsites and maintenance were made possible by  grants from First Wind and funding allocated through the Washington County Unorganized Territories Grant Fund for economic development which was set up by the Washington County Government, First Wind and the State of Maine. For more information about these campsites, contact project coordinator Dave Conley of www.canoethewild.com at 207-551-8729, email dave@canoethewild.com

Bonaventure River Canoe trip on the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec Canada, a day’s drive from Maine. This was our 13 trip on the Bonaventure River. Students from East Grand & Topsfield school took part. Students gain numerous camping and canoeing skills as they canoe camp for seven days and six nights. Trip involves 80 miles with lots of lively water, class II and a few class III rapids. A great river to canoe pole.  Trips can be for adults and families and can be shortened to five days. Contact Dave Conley of Wilderness Canoe Trip with Canoe the Wild to plan a trip on one of Canada’s favorite rivers!

East Grand Students enjoy a day trip on the St. Croix River from Vanceboro to Little Falls, 9.5 miles. High water made for a great trip with easy class I-II rapids. Trips can be from 1-5 days on the St. Croix, fully outfitted and guided with Maine Guide Dave Conley. Visit Maine Wilderness Trips with Canoe the Wild for more details on planning your next trip in Maine. Best time to go, May-October. No experience necessary.