I am unfamiliar with that area of the country, so can't really offer a suggestion as to where to go.
But as for your canoe...don't worry about it. Although it is heavy, it is a great canoe-camping canoe. So long as you aren't going for huge mileage on your trip (not recommended anyway for a first experience) and if you keep any portages short and manageable, the OT will be able to handle anything you throw at it.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
Classic Freestanding Rack
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