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Back in the late 90s I took part in a 2-week canoe trip on the Snake River in the Yukon. Due to logistics and cost, it was not feasible to fly in solo canoes, tandem canoes made more sense. The head trip guide matched up canoeing partners prior to the trip. At the start of the 200 mile canoe trip, my bow partner was not particularly excited about paddling tandem, he made it very clear he preferred to solo instead of tandem and stated his reasons. Firstly, he liked being in total control of the canoe. Ssecondly, he didn’t like dealing with people, and when he had to go tandem he much preferred the back of the canoe and yes I do remember these two points quite well although it was over 20 years ago! Due to his weight being much less than mine, it only made sense that I take the back. Later in the trip after we had entered the Peel River, my bow partner did manage to work out a deal to switch with the only solo canoe on the trip, which was being paddled by one of our guide’s, but when the headwinds picked up, he found his way back into my tandem boat rath

. In fact, we became good paddling friends and enjoyed many future canoe trips together including the Bonaventure and NE Mistissibi Rivers in Quebec.


While my Snake River canoeing partner might not have enjoyed paddling tandem, today’s solo paddlers probably enjoy solo paddling for different reasons such as going on shorter excursions on small bodies of waters & streams and ease of unloading and loading. Old Town’s Topwater Series line of kayaks have become very popular especially amongst fisherman. These sit on top kayaks come in varying lengths, with or without the hands free PDL Drive systems. Topwater kayaks are loaded with lots of accessories such as rod & accessory holders, cushy seat, foot braces, and nice layout for storing and accessing your fishing gear. Not only do they track well, you can stand up and cast from these stable boats. Old Town offers a Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman and the Next13’, both are easily propelled using a kayak paddle and with more carrying capacity then a kayak. Great for short fishing excursions or jump shooting waterfowl, these solo canoes have room to store a few decoys and are great for duck hunting small bodies of water, marshes and streams. When going it alone and weight is an issue, the Solo Sportsman at 56 lbs and Next 13’ at 59 lbs are ideal for handling including getting it on and off of your roof rack.



As I am writing this, I received a request from a family that is going to be in Bar Harbor this summer and requested a guided day trip for their young family. Another trend is more towards shorter excursions from an hour in front of the camp on the pond, sea kayaking for part of a day, and day long trips on a local river then it’s back to creature comforts in the evening. The trend seems to be towards wanting to take part in numerous experiences with the desire to not be removed from electronic gadgets and creature comforts for more than a few hours at a time. I remember in the 90s having no problem with filling multiple 10-day Allagash canoe trips and 10-day whitewater canoe trips here in Maine for teens that included paddling Webster Stream and the East Branch of the Penobscot Rivers. By the early 2000s it was almost impossible to fill a trip that was a week or longer in duration, reasons vary from teens needing to work summer jobs or didn’t want to be separated from their electronics for that long of a period.


This summer we have 13 guided canoe trips on the books through my Canoe the Wild guiding and outfitting business and while four of these guided canoe trips are eight days and longer, the most popular trip tends to be three & four days long. The classic Allagash Canoe trip (which is part of the Northern Forest Canoe) from Chamberlain Lake to Allagash Village requires a week or longer to complete and is over 90 miles. We offer a popular 4-day trip on the upper 3rd of the waterway skipping the larger headwater lakes. Awareness is growing for much needed breaks from screen time and the need to connect outdoors. We’ve had numerus families that have come to Maine for a 8-10-day vacation and part of their time was a 3 or 4-day canoe trip on the St. Croix, Allagash or Penobscot Rivers while the remaining time was spent on the Maine coast in places such as Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor or other mid coast destinations. The feedback I often receive is the canoe trip was the best part of their Maine summer vacation due to the fact the kids where engaged on so many levels including activities such as paddling, fishing, catching a frog, building a fire, watching a moose, gathering and sawing campfire wood, tenting out, etc. One family back for their third trip this summer and taking part on our 3-day West Branch of the Penobscot River canoe trip in July stated after their 1st three-day canoe trip with Canoe the Wild on the St. Croix, the kids were disappointed that the trip was over so quickly.



When paddling a tandem canoe solo, as long as it has web or cane seats and not molded seats, you’ll want to sit in the front seat backwards facing the stern. Place your gear forward of midship to help keep what is now your bow down. The goal is to achieve trim or as close to trim as possible. A couple of deer seasons ago, I know of a deer hunter that headed out across a pond during late October in a 16’ canoe solo but sat in the back seat placing his hunting pack behind him. His bow rode very high in the air which resulted in almost no control and on top of that it was a windy day. The end result was he swamped his canoe, with gun and gear going to the bottom. Fortunately, he was wearing a life jacket and someone spotted his upset canoe and came to his rescue. A diver later that week was able to retrieve his gear and gun.


For short outings on calm water to fish and duck hunt, Old Town’s Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman canoe at 52 lbs may be a good fit when going it alone. Old Town’s Next canoe at 13’ or a canoe 15’-16’ would be a better fit for larger paddlers. For multi day canoe trips and when needing to carry the extra necessary gear. I recommend the Old Town Discovery 158 for an overnight tripping solo canoe. Although almost indestructible, it is heavy at 87 lbs. Old Town’s Discovery 169 may also be a good fit for a larger stronger paddler as a solo canoe on extended trips, weight is 91LBs.


When accessing remote ponds and deadwaters, the Old Town Pack canoe comes to mind. It’s a great boat to carry or drag into a remote area where weight is an issue. Maine has hundreds of small ponds for Brook Trout fishing with no road access and many of these remote trout ponds have canoes, typically old and almost worn out, stashed on the shore for hike-in fisherman. Many retired aluminum canoes have ended up in such a place. I can still hear the echo off a distant hill when something is dropped onto the floor of these very noisy aluminum canoes! Need a little more boat underneath you? Old Town’s Next canoe at 13’ is a step up from the Discovery 119, has a nice fabric seat for solo paddling, carrying capacity of 450 lbs and weights just 59 lbs.


When contemplating soloing down river on extended trips with gear and food, you’ll want a larger canoe with more freeboard and carrying capacity. Old Town produced a 16’ Camper canoe out of Royalex which made for an awesome extended solo tripping canoe, with slight rocker and plenty of room for your gear and only weighing in at 59 lbs. The Camper is no longer being produced as Royalex is out of business. One option in the Discovery Series made of a three-layer polyethylene. When solo canoeing, you’re seated (in the front seat backwards as stated earlier) with gear secured forward so the canoe will trim out easier. With a solo canoe, most of your strokes are happening closer to the center of the canoe while in a tandem canoe, paddling happens from the bow and stern which can be nice for quick maneuvering including side stepping and quick turns. One useful stroke used while solo paddling is the C stroke, which works well when you’re on your knees (use a kneeling pad) near the center yoke. The stroke begins with a draw to the canoe out in front of you just forward of midship, next part of the stroke is the forward then a pry away or what is the tail end of a J-stroke. This is often used to help get the canoe back on track. I find that in whitewater when most of the weight is closer to the center of the solo canoe, you tend to be much drier when paddling class III rapids verses a tandem canoe in the same, the bow does not plunge down as deep over drops. Now don’t get me wrong, tandem canoeing tends to be much easier for getting somewhere quicker as both are contributing to the effort (especially when paddling into a head wind), tandem paddling in an open loaded canoe in whitewater gives you great control when needing to make precise moves such as side stepping and making precise moves around rocks when the bow person utilizes draws and cross draws and the stern paddler uses draws and prys. When paddling through larger waves in a tandem canoe, I like to quarter the canoe somewhat so the wave breaks closer to midship and behind my bow partner. Your bow partner will be drier and thank you for it.



In conclusion, Old Town’s smaller solo canoes and kayaks are easy to handle, well built, comfortable and great on short paddling adventures while exploring smaller bodies of water, fishing or perhaps jump shooting ducks in a marsh at first light. The Topwater series of kayaks are packed with lots of extras to aid you on your fishing adventure. For the longer trips especially when you’re loading the boat with camping gear and more freeboard is needed, you’ll want something bigger such as the Discovery158 or 169 canoe.

Another Canoe the Wild St. Croix River canoe trip. this one five days with 2 families. This one meet in Vanceboro and ended at Kellyland. The check out our canoe trips for 2020 which include trips on the Allagash, West Penobscot, Bonaventure and East Penobscot Rivers. Photo credits: Andrew Gibbs, Peter Howorth and Dima Tylik

So you want to see a moose? While moose are most active at night during  the summer months and bed down in cool shaded areas during the day. The best time to see moose is early in the morning and evenings. Below is a moose that showed up at our recent (end of July 2019) St. Croix River canoe trip campsite about 5AM. While the St. Croix is low on the list of where to see a moose, we do come across them from time to time. Late September during rutting season is a great time to call them into view! Our very best canoe trip to see moose is on the Allagash. Early mornings and evenings are best but they can be spotted throughout the day as they leave  their beds to venture into the river to feed on aquatic vegetation. We choose campsites that are known for moose viewing. While it is not a guarantee that we’ll always see moose, I would place the chances at 95% and often we’ll see numerous moose and up close! Our last scheduled canoe trip of the season is a 6 day Allagash canoe trip from Churchill Lake to Allagash Village. We have 5 adults signed up with room for 5 more. This is a great first timers canoe trip, we provide all the equipment, meals, give instruction as needed, and take care of all the pre trip planning, transportation to our launch location and back to your vehicles at trip’s end. All you’ll need is a sleeping bag and whats on your personal gear (clothing) list. To learn more about this trip, you can start by visiting our 2019 schedule webpage. Call, email or text with any questions you may have. We can send detailed trip information and a packing list to preview.

(below) a moose spotted on recent St. Croix River Canoe Trip


(below) an early morning paddle stalking this nice bull moose on the st. Croix River


(Below) a mom and her calf spotted while canoeing on the Allagash last summer.DSC_3282

Another guided and outfitted canoe trip with  Canoe the Wild on the St. Croix River, three days and two nights. Up next, is our five & three day (back to back) St. Croix River canoe trips followed by four Allagash canoe trips….we’ve still got room for five on our six day Allagash canoe trip, August 16-21. check out our 2019 summer schedule click here

Canoe the Wild guided canoe trips.  Here are a few pictures from four canoe trips this summer on the Bonaventure, NE Mistissibi and West Branch of the Penobscot Rivers. Here is a link to our August 2019 Canoe trip schedule with openings on the St. Croix and Allagash Rivers, 3,4 & 6 day in duration. We hope you can join us!

Here is my latest blog entry for Old Town Canoe.  Visit Canoe the Wild for our 2019 summer canoe trip schedule

December 20, 2018


As I am writing this blog entry, the power went out due to a wind storm so I grabbed a book, a lantern and landed on the couch and was half way through a good read when the power snapped back on. It was while the power was out, I realized just how dependent I have become on electronic devices and the internet. Having put in over 80 tech free days this past season on rivers and in the woods. I was reminded why people are looking for these same meaningful experiences. Experiences that are back to the basics, free of distractions and include meaningful time with friends and family and when I say friends, I mean friends in person, not the electronic kind of friend via social media. Most people are looking for an authentic wilderness experience that is not over the top when it comes to being physically demanding and canoe camping can be a great fit. Over the past few summers, I have seen a good increase in those taking part in canoe camping trips, many for the first time! I often have young families that take part in our 3 or 4 day canoe trips on the St. Croix River and Allagash as part of their overall summer vacation while in the northeast. The feedback I receive overwhelmingly is the kids enjoyed the canoe camping part of their vacation the most and the reason being, they were engaged every step of the way, engaged with family members and friends, engaged hands on with paddling, setting up camp, building a fire, swimming, catching a frog, fishing for the first time and the list goes on. It’s like people are rediscovering the outdoors again after a decade or two of too much screen time. What makes canoe camping so appealing, is anyone can do it. While there are some physically demanding canoe trips that require a high level of skill, there are many canoe trips well suited for the novice and first timer. You don’t need to be an athlete in order to take part. I had a grandmother from Texas in her 70s in the bow of my canoe during my last Allagash canoe trip, it was her first canoe trip and she loved it! When planning for a canoe camping trip, here are a few things that you’ll want to consider.


When taking part in a guided canoe trip, the guide takes care of all the logistics which usually includes all necessary camping gear, canoes, meals, transportation to and from the river and knowledge of the canoe route and how much time to build in to the daily schedule to get to the next campsite with extra time built in if necessary. First timers are put at ease knowing all the details are taken careful and critical decision making is handled by the guides. But not all can afford a guided canoe trip and others prefer to go on their own. Having good camping and canoeing skills, knowledge of your intended trip, and good judgement are important.

When planning your own canoe camping trip, the internet has a wealth of information to help you with the planning and trip preparation process. Things to consider include your group/families’ skill level and physical abilities? Level of difficulty of the desired trip. Is it a flat-water trip on lakes or an easy flowing river? A trip with some whitewater canoeing with lively water and perhaps a few class II rapids or a solid class II-III whitewater canoeing adventure with lots of lively rapids that require solid paddling skills in moving water?

How many days are needed including travel to and from the canoe/camping trip? How much and what types of gear will I need? How to keep gear and clothing dry and secure within the canoes? What are the best times to go, spring, summer or fall? How to plan and pack for the right season? I have awakened to snow on the ground and ice in the water pail while guiding Allagash canoe trips in late May and paddled in Snow Squalls in early June on the St. John River.


When planning your trip, you’ll want to know what is available for campsites? Are picnic tables and a fire pit provided? Are campfires allowed and is a fire permit required or will you need to bring a cooking stove? Are advanced reservations necessary? Is there a fee charged for camping and accessing the river or is it on a first come first serve basis? Are outhouses available or is it just pristine camping where you’ll have to dig a cat hole?

Getting There

Can you drive to the launch location or will you need to hire a transport or shuttle service to bring you in? When taking your own vehicle, do you have the right vehicle for the type of road system to get to and from? For example, Maine’s Allagash River trip can involve driving over 100 miles on dirt roads and 10 ply rated tires with 2 good spares and tools to change are recommended. Travel over freshly grated roads and your chances of a flat tire just increased. Many hire a transport service to take them into their launch location, while others pay to have their vehicle moved to trip’s end.  More remote canoe trips may involve flying into the head waters with a float plane which can add significant cost to the trip.  We do trips in northern Quebec that require taking along extra cans of fuel so we can make it back out at trip’s end.

Here is a list of popular river trips of varying degrees of difficulty and duration.

  • The Buffalo National River, Arkansas
  • Green River, Utah
  • Northern Forest Canoe Trail in New England
  • The Everglades National Park
  • Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Maine

Let’s take a closer look.

Floating the Buffalo National River, Arkansas

The Buffalo River flows freely for 151 miles offering floats of varying degrees of difficulty and varies from month to month depending upon rainfall. March through June is the typical time for floating the upper Buffalo River.  One of the most popular sections of river is a day float from Steel Creek to Kyles Landing, a distance of 8 miles and can be done in 4-5 hours. This float meanders through the heart of the Ponca Wilderness past towering bluffs, side canyons, and remnants of early settlers. Popular one night and two day trips begin in Woolum and end in Gilbert, 29 miles downstream, two night and three day trips from Grinder’s Ferry to Dillard’s Ferry , 25.7 miles. Campgrounds are available Near Steel Creek and Lyles Landing.   More information here:


The Green River, Utah

The Green River offers a great back country flat water canoeing adventure, with great scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities. It is a fantastic trip for families with younger children and no rapids to worry about.  Less busy than the Colorado, with numerous put in and takeout locations, the trip can be 3 days up to two weeks.

With two main sections; Labyrinth Canyon, the upper section is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Stillwater Canyon is the lower section in Canyonlands National Park.

Labyrinth Canyon is more popular with groups desiring shorter trips and those on a tighter budget. You can launch at Green River State Park and spot a shuttle car at Ruby Ranch or Mineral Bottom for the take-out. The BLM permit is free, but Green River and Ruby Ranch charge nominal fees to use their boat ramps.

Stillwater Canyon is more remote with the only take-out option of hiring a jet boat shuttle from the Confluence to bring you back upstream to Moab on the Colorado River. The NPS also charges permit fees of $30/permit + $30/person. This section is most popular with experienced canoers and those who want to see Canyonlands from the river. A permit is required for all overnight flat-water trips in Canyonlands. More information here:


The Northern Forest Canoe Trail 

For the canoe camper looking for an extended canoe trip experience, the NFCT is a 740-mile canoeing trail in the northeastern United States and Canada. The trip begins at Old Forge in the Adirondacks of New York and ends in Fort Kent, northern Maine. The trail also passes through the states and provinces of VermontQuebec, and New Hampshire.

Liken to the Appalachian Trail, both are long-distance trails that people will use for day trips or short overnight trips. Many of those who paddle the entire trail will do so in sections. Many sections of the trail are physically demanding with lengthy portages and require a high level of skill to complete.

The trail follows traditional travel routes used by Native American, settlers and guides. It is the longest inland water trail in the nation. It consists of the following:

23 rivers and streams

59 lakes and ponds

45 communities

65 portages (70-plus miles)

For more information about the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, visit:


Everglades National Park, Florida

The Everglades National Park offers many paddling opportunities to explore the natural beauty of this park through freshwater marsh, mangrove forests, and the open waters of Florida Bay!

Canoe and kayak trips range from a few hours to several days depending on length and complexity of the trail. You can bring your own canoe or kayak and launch from several locations around the park or rentals are available at the Flamingo Marina or Gulf Coast Visitor Center. Alternatively, you could hire a permitted guide who will outfit your trip and lead your adventure.

For multi-day trips in Florida Bay and the 10,000 Islands or along the 99 mile wilderness waterway require careful planning, but are well worth the experience. Day Canoe & Kayak Trips include Flamingo’s Canoe TrailsThese trails (located 38 miles south of the main park entrance in homestead) range from beginner to advanced and can be accessed from launch areas in the Flamingo Marina or along the main park road as you approach Flamingo. Nine Mile Pond: This is a favorite canoe/kayak location easily accessible off the main park road just before you enter the Flamingo district of the park. Hell’s Bay – This is a favorite of those wanting to paddle through the mangroves – a bit buggy during the summer season – otherwise a challenging trail but quite popular. Also accessible off the main park road south of the Homestead Entrance. Gulf Coast Paddling Guide – This area of the park is on Florida’s west coast, accessible through Everglades City.

Best Times to Camp in the Everglades National Park

Winter is the best season to go. Summers are hot, muggy, and mosquitoes are plentiful.

Feeding wildlife anywhere in the park is prohibited. Use caution around campsites where alligators or other wildlife may have been fed or gained access to human food. If wildlife associate humans with food, they may exhibit more assertive behaviors.

For more information and to plan your Everglades canoe or Kayak trip:


The Allagash Wilderness Waterway

The upper most section of the Northern Forest Canoe Trip, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is a state park and Maine’s only designated wild and Scenic River.  The Allagash is Maine’s best-known canoe trip and has attracted paddler’s for more than a century. Henry David Thoreau ventured into this region more than 150 years ago by traveling into the Allagash via the Mud Pond Carry from the West Penobscot watershed. Allagash canoe trips are popular with families, scouts, teens, summer camps, as well as adult and youth groups. With its easy flowing river sections and its moderate whitewater on Chase Stream Rapids. It’s one of the few eastern rivers that can be paddled for a week or longer without coming into contact with modern civilization.

Wildlife Viewing opportunities, if you’re hoping to encounter wildlife, the Allagash is where you want to be. It has consistently been Maine’s best canoe trip for spotting wildlife, including moose and eagles. With numerous put in and take out locations, outings can be planned from four to ten days or longer.

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is not a place for the inexperienced person. Lack of experience and poor judgment can lead to considerable discomfort and being submerged in cold water especially early and late in the season can be fatal in a matter of minutes. There are numerous Maine guides and outfitters (Canoe the Wild) that can make your experience safe and memorable. More information here about the Allagash Wilderness Waterway:


It is important to know what types of camping gear and clothing you will need for your desired trip and dates. While an early or late trip on the Northern Forest Canoe Trial may involve freezing temperatures, during the summer months temperatures may reach into the upper 90s.  What makes canoe camping so attractive is the room you’ll have for gear and food. When guiding canoe trips on the Allagash and St. Croix river, I bring two large coolers along, the size that fits long ways between the gunnels. One cooler is for frozen foods including breakfast, lunch and dinner meats and fish while the other cooler contains mostly fresh produce and dairy. The larger the group, the more canoes that you can spread around community gear to. It is important to bring your gear in waterproof bags, barrels or trip boxes and properly securing them in your canoe in the event of an upset. Soft packs of various sizes are a great choice as they waterproof your gear and are easy to stow. You’ll want a detailed camping checklist of personal clothing including base and insulating layers of wool and synthetics for warmth, and outer layers for shielding yourself from the sun, wind and rain. Foot ware should provide protection for your feet, have good tread to avoid slipping and falling on rocks. Other items needed include Nestling pots, cooking and eating utensils, camp stove with extra fuel, free standing compact sleeping tents, a group tarp with nylon cords, and a well-stocked first aid kit are necessary items on your trip.  A type III life jacket is recommended and Old Town canoe offers numerous style type III life jackets .

Here is a sample list I provide my canoe guests when packing for a typical week-long canoe trip. Personal gear lists will vary based on seasons, location, type of trip (flat or whitewater) and duration.

Canoe Trip Personal Gear List (7 days, Spring, summer and fall)

  • Dry Bag for your personal clothing and sleeping bag (115 liter)
  • Dry Bag to use as a day bag (20 or 30 liter)
  • Sleeping Pad (closed cell or self-inflating)
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Sleeping Bag (20 degree F.  bag or warmer, compact and packable)
  • Quality rain coat & rain pants
  • 2 Warm synthetic or wool tops for cool weather.
  • Long underwear (top & bottom lightweight, synthetic or polypropylene are best)
  • Knit or felt hat in case of cold or rainy weather
  • Heavy duty Crocks for around the campsite
  • Hiking boots for around the campsite and short hikes (This pair you will never want to wear on the river so as to prevent having both pairs of shoes getting wet!)
  • 1 pair of river shoes for canoeing and wading WITH GOOD TRACTION AND PROPER FITTING (Old sneakers with smart wool socks or similar)
  • 2 quick drying pants (synthetic is best, no jeans as they don’t dry well when wet)
  • 3-4 pair wool socks (synthetic or wool is best…smart wool)
  • 2 pair cotton socks
  • 3-4 pair underwear (at least 2 are synthetic)
  • 4 undershirts (at least two are synthetic)
  • 1 quick drying long sleeve shirt light in color (bugs and sun). Avoid navy blue, brown and black colors…these colors attract bugs. Note: bugs should not be bad during July and August unless it has been rainy followed by warm weather.
  • 1 compact towel
  • 1 pair shorts
  • Swim suit
  • Hat with visor (sun)
  • Sunblock
  • 1 bandanna
  • Small flashlight or headlamp (extra batteries)
  • Personal toiletries: toothpaste & brush, deodorant.
  • Several gallon size ziploc bags to organize stuff in
  • Pocket knife or one that you wear in a sheath on your belt
  • 2-Wide mouth personal water bottles (quart size or similar, stainless steel, plastic or Lexan…no glass)


  • ( ) Fishing gear ( ) camera ( ) lip balm ( ) lotion ( ) Medications ( ) spare eye glasses ( ) bug net ( ) Paddling gloves ( ) extra set of base layer with heavy wool socks and knit hat for sleeping in

Sample Master Gear Check List

  • Canoes
  • Paddles
  • Rescue Throw Bag
  • Z Drag kit (all trips beyond fat water trips)
  • Kitchen Box (with separate list)
  • Food Boxes or barrels
  • Tents
  • Tarp
  • Folding Chairs
  • Dish Wash Kit
  • Fry Pan
  • Drinking water
  • Roll up table
  • Grate
  • Grill
  • Axe
  • Saw
  • Camp Shovel
  • Toilet Paper
  • Life-jackets
  • Tool Repair kit and spare parts
  • Bailers
  • Lashing Straps/cords
  • Water Filtration & Spare filter
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Large River Bags
  • Day Bag
  • Paperwork (Maps & permits)
  • Camera in hard case
  • Cooler
  • Frozen water jugs or block ice
  • In Reach Sat. Communicator
  • Meals (separate list)

Note: Bringing fresh foods in a cooler allows you to eat quite well. Our Canoe the Wild trip meals include fresh fruits, vegetables, slaw mixes, fish and meats. For trips with lengthy portages, lighten the load by leaving the bulky hard sided cooler at home and plan a menu with more dried and dehydrated foods. Another option is to bring a soft pack cooler with shoulder carrying straps for the portage trail. Freeze all steaks, fish, meats for sauces, breakfast and sandwich meats and you’ll eat quite well. Depending on the time of year and temperatures, don’t plan on more than 2 or 3 days with the soft pack as your ice will melt much quicker than a hard-sided cooler.

Here is a look back at our 2018 canoeing season. We had a record season with 141 people of all ages on 15 outings on the St. Croix, Allagash, Spednic Lake, Bonaventure and NE Mistissibi Rivers!  All trips are fully outfitted and guided and with most trips, no previous experience is necessary.  Meals are fantastic and our gear and canoes are new or like new. We hope to see you on a future canoe trip!  So when planning your Maine 2019 summer vacation, why not check out our 2019 schedule and join us on a canoe trip? All you will need is what is on your personal gear list and sleeping bag and we’ll take care of the rest including basic canoeing instruction as necessary.

Day canoe trip on the St. Croix River with East Grand school students. Check out our 2019 schedule for St. Croix, Allagash and Bonaventure River canoe trips!  Trips are fully outfitted and guided.

Let a Maine guide show you the way. Here is another custom group canoe trip here in Maine on the St. Croix River with Canoe the Wild. 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.

A guided Maine canoe trip with Canoe the Wild on Spednic Lake offering great small mouth bass fishing and beautiful scenery. Spednic Lake is located above the St. Croix River and below East Grand Lake. Another Maine canoe trip that makes for a great Maine summer vacation include 4 days or longer on the Allagash River.