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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 at 207-551-8729, email

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.


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.