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“All boys (and their parents) should be lucky enough to have an experience such as this. The boys grew an inch or two learning to canoe the St. Croix’s rapids. The scenery and wildlife was fantastic. Maine, and its wilds, is lucky to have ambassadors like Dave and Philip. We hope to be back soon.” Michael Bell, Manhattan, NY

Maine family canoe trip on the St Croix River with Maine guide Dave Conley of Canoe the Wild. Trips can be for all ages from one day, weekend or longer. No experience necessary

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!

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.

Late summer Salmon Fishing in Maine on the West Banch of the Penobscot River. Guided fishing trips are available by the day or overnight when taking part in a canoeing trip.

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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The St. Croix River is Maine’s best canoe trip for families and groups with little or no experience! Book a trip this summer from 1-4 days for your family or group Maine adventure!

The St. Croix River is dam controlled which means it is runnable all summer long. With miles of quick water and numerous class I-II rapids, it’s easy to see why the St. Croix is one of Maine’s best canoe trips. The Fall foliage season is a great time to canoe the St Croix and often we have the river to ourselves.

Well suited for families and groups of all ages with little or no experience, the St. Croix is a great river to learn basic paddling and camping skills. The more advanced paddler will appreciate the quick water, numerous rapids and may even want to try their skill at solo paddling or canoe poling.

Paddling from Vanceboro to Little Falls makes for a relaxing day trip. Little Falls is a great spot to swim, fish, rump bump and have lunch with the opportunity to paddle or pole a class II rapid.

Campsites located on the river’s edge are rustic with picnic tables, fire pit and an outbox. We camp in tents and cooking is done over an open fire. A more relaxed schedule allows time to swim fish read a book and enjoy quality time with friends and family.

With numerous starting and ending points, choose a trip 1-5 days in duration. Dave and his team can take care of all your trip logistics including outfitting, shuttling of vehicles to the take out point, meals, instruction when needed and safely guide your family or group up to 25 in number.

Saint Croix River Map

Day & overnight trips:

Vanceboro to Little Falls 9.5 miles, 1 or 2 days

Vanceboro to Loon Bay 19.5 miles, 1, 2 or 3 days

Vanceboro to Kellyland 33 miles, 4 or 5 days

Pricing per person fully outfitted and guided

Day trips $75.00

Overnight $195.00

Additional days $95.00

Teens come for 1/3 off, ages 12 and under 1/2 price when at least four pay full price on overnight trips, minimum group size of six required. Inquire for pricing for smaller groups. Discounts for groups 10-24 in size. Day trip prices are for a minimum group size of 8.