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Canoe camping with small children is a great way to introduce them to the great outdoors. Guided by Maine guides Paul Domigan and Tammi Matula. Children thrive in the outdoor environment with so many hands on things to do. Fish, swim, help with camp chores, catch a frog, get dirty, cook a marshmellow and spend quality time with family. Choose the St. Croix River, 3-5 days for a great Maine family vacation with children. Canoe the Wild can assist you and your family and all you will need is your extra clothes and sleeping bags.

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

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

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.

Location: Danforth Maine Area

Description: Hosted by the East Grand Outdoor Education Program and sponsored in part by Ski Rack Sports of Bangor, the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust, and First Wind, the race is designed to get teens and adults outside for some good wholesome physical activity while travelling through rugged and remote eastern Maine wilderness. This 17+ mile race includes a 1.5+ mile off trail compass run, 9+ mile Mt. biking, 7+ miles of canoeing, an extra challenge or two along the way and a climbing wall challenge back at the school’s gym. Note: last year’s extra challenge  was the ‘Bog Challenge’. What started as a high school race eight years ago has grown to include a division for adults, Jr./Sr. and relay teams for those who want to enter but do not want to do the entire course. Divisions are as follows, 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 can compete in the open division.  All proceeds benefit the School’s outdoor education program.  Entry fee is $20.00 per person which includes trophies, t-shirts, lunch and over $1,000.00 in prizes for youth divisions. Advanced registration is required. This is our seventh adventure race with 63 competing  last year. Level of difficulty: While the race will be physically challenging. It is not beyond the reach of those who are in reasonably good physical condition. For more information and to download forms on line. Please visit the school’s website at http://www.eastgrandschool.org or call race coordinator Dave Conley at 551-8729

"East Grand Adventure Race"

"The bog Challenge"