I am a beginner canoe camper and looking to go on a trip for a few days/nights this summer with my wife. We were thinking about tackling the Allagash but after doing some research I think we'd be better off with a trip closer to home (we're in southern maine), less expensive and more forgiving of beginner errors. We have all the gear we need, where might we go?
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Posted by: pgeorg on May-08-14 9:28 AM (EST)
Bow Loop on the Moose River. There is a thread on this forum now.
what canoe do you have?, tent/bags or|
Posted by: bigspencer on May-08-14 11:08 AM (EST)
Posted by: Waterbird on May-08-14 10:56 PM (EST)
Posted by: tdaniel on May-09-14 7:00 AM (EST)
is the ultimate weeny trip in my book- but a pretty place worth going to. I'm assuming you need North Maine Woods permits but since your in-state I believe the cost is less for you. Baxter has a number of campsites on GrandLake Matagamon. The boyscouts used to use those sites a lot but since Baxter designated them as no longer group suitable the sites are more vacant. I like Grand Lake Sebois for putting around. None of those suggestions are Southern Maine but are nice places to spend a weekend- make sure you remember fire permits as well
Posted by: bkmaine on May-09-14 7:21 AM (EST)
Thanks for the info. Moose River Loop sounds just about perfect, the only thing that makes me nervous are the portages, I just had ACL reconstruction in March and probably shouldn't carry canoes through the woods as early as this summer. The Saco is nearby but that just seems like fake canoe camping for USM frats...
Posted by: bushwacker on May-09-14 11:32 AM (EST)
a couple of nights on the sacco years ago, midweek we had it to ourselves, weekends can get crowded
Can't beat the Saco|
Posted by: jonsprag1 on May-09-14 11:00 PM (EST)
for a beginner trip---no signficant rapids and miles of sand beaches to camp on---only problem is the crowds on nice summer weekends
Posted by: Mattt on May-09-14 9:14 AM (EST)
if you are worried about the river, you don't necessarily have to do the river - you can stay on the chain of lakes, doing a loop back to your starting point, or one way to the dam
If you really want to impress the wife|
Posted by: tdaniel on May-09-14 8:18 PM (EST)
Ditto tdaniel's....& I'll add a few more|
Posted by: bigspencer on May-10-14 2:40 PM (EST)
2nd on the Allagash Lakes|
Posted by: sweeper on May-11-14 8:20 AM (EST)
We did them one year when the river was low.
I recommed that you take it slow|
Posted by: rpg51 on May-12-14 10:25 PM (EST)
at first and do something that involves little or no portaging and maybe spend a couple of nights in each site. Don't bite off too much at first. Make your first trip fun, not stressful. The Allagash lakes are wonderful but they can be stressful in bad weather.
3rd or 4th Machias Lakes|
Posted by: beavertail on May-14-14 12:57 PM (EST)
I have been to both 3rd and 4th Machias Lakes up in Washington County a few times and have never been disappointed.
How come no wind up there?|
Posted by: Waterbird on May-14-14 11:51 PM (EST)
Those two lakes look ideal for wind.
Smaller lakes and plenty of opportunitys|
Posted by: beavertail on May-15-14 9:11 PM (EST)
to avoid the winds that the larger lakes in the area are known for.
One of my favorite trips |
Posted by: kayamedic on May-16-14 8:00 PM (EST)
The West Branch of the Penobscot. Put in at Lobster and paddle to Lobster..spend a couple of days hiking and paddling ( its a reasonably large lake) and then go back to the Lobster Put in but continue on down the West Branch of the Penobscot to Chesuncook Village where there is now a take out.
I agree -|
Posted by: rpg51 on May-16-14 8:41 PM (EST)