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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!

Summary of Work Completed during the 2012 Summer Season: Upgraded eight camp sites on Baskahegan Lake including Long Island, Ant Island, Ship Island & Round Island (3), Norway and Abraquidassat Points. Work done includes completion of rebuilding rock fire pits, grading ground surfaces for picnic tables and tenting, installing heavy duty cedar picnic tables, fiberglass outboxes and signage. Kenneth Winiarski (age 16) did biweekly maintenance of lake camp sites, weekly cleaning of the landing in Brookton including cutting the grass, picking up trash and maintaining a trash can. A survey box was installed at the Brookton Landing and user’s feedback collected. High quality signs with a map of the lake showing campsite locations and trip distances by canoe or kayak were placed at the Brookton Landing and launch location on The White Farm Road in Kossuth. The project was made possible by grants awarded to Maine Wilderness Trips with Canoe the Wild Guide service  from the Stetson Mountain fund and a nature based tourism fund by the Washington County Unorganized Territory Tax increment fund (TIF) program that was established through a cooperative agreement between First Wind and the Washington County government. Sunrise County Economic Council is the administrator of the funds. Baskahegan Lake is a great spot to fish for white perch and small mouth bass. Camping is available on several island sites. Make this a multi day canoeing or kayak trip beginning in Kossuth near Topsfield off route 6 to Brookton-Danforth-Bancroft, 10 to 33 miles, 1 to 3 days and is best run in high water during the spring, early summer and in the fall. Our goal for 2013 (with landowner permission) is to build four sites along the stream sections of the 33 miles from Kossuth to Bancroft which will make longer paddle trips by canoe or kayak more desirable.

The Allagash Wilderness Canoe trip in northern Maine is a great place to vacation. Canoe the Wild provides fully outfitted and guided canoe trips from four to nine day trips for families and groups including adult, youth groups and scouts. Rest, relax, swim, fish, and spot wildlife. Learn new skills, cook over an open fire and photography. Choosing a Maine guide to head up your trip provides for a safe and enjoyable time. No previous skills are necessary.

Kenneth Winiarski and I have been busy working with the support of grants awarded to Canoe the Wild Guide service and Kenneth Winiarski from the Stetson Mountain fund grant and a nature based tourism grant provided by the Washington County  Unorganized Territory Tax increment fund (TIF) program that was established through a cooperative agreement between First Wind  and the Washington County government. Sunrise County Economic Council is the administrator of the funds. These past couple of weeks we have upgraded campsites on Baskahegan Lake. The sites have been cleaned, heavy duty cedar tables installed, fire pits rebuilt and fiberglass outboxes installed. This is a great spot to fish for white perch and small mouth bass. Camping is available on one of several island sites. Make this a multi day canoeing or kayak trip beginning near Topsfield off route 6 to Brookton-Danforth-Bancroft, 10 to 33 miles, 1 to 3 days and is best run in high water during the spring, early summer and in the fall.

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Webster Stream Canoe Trip

Above pictures where taken on June 18-22, 2012 Webster Stream Canoe Trip with East Grand School students. webster Brook/Stream is an excellent back country, dam controlled, whitewater canoeing adventure available all summer long for adult, scout and youth groups looking for exciting back country whitewater canoeing adventure in Maine. Being in reasonably good physical condition and having good basic canoeing and camping skills required. Ages 14 and up.

Starting in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway at the Chamberlain Thoroughfare or Telos Landing, we sneak out the ‘back door’ of the Allagash via the Telos Cut. This is the route that Henry David Thoreau traveled more than 150 years ago on his way to Bangor. Below Telos Lake, we paddle the mile long Telos Cut (class II-III) to Webster Lake. It is 3 miles across Webster Lake and 6.5 miles to Indian Carry, a class III drop that can be run or lined. The next 2 miles to Grand Pitch has several class III ledge drops that can be paddled or carried. Grand Pitch is a mandatory 1/2 mile carry. Shortly after is Grand Lake Matagamon. It is 8.25 miles down lake to the Dam or take out at a landing near the north entrance to Baxter State Park.

Distances and recommended days (including extended trips with Allagash and the East Branch of the Penobscot Rivers.)

Telos to Grand Lake Matagamon, 24 miles, 4 days

Telos to Whetstone Falls, 51 miles, 6-7 days

Johnson Pond to Whetstone Falls, 76 miles, 7-9 days