REQUEST: eastern Maine canoe routes

REQUEST: eastern Maine canoe routes

Post by Stephanie A. Richar » Mon, 11 Apr 1994 08:38:29


[repeat of a post from early March - apologies where applicable]

I am hoping to lead a group of two or three tandem open canoes (with
paddlers, I hope!) on a four or five day trip in southeastern Maine this
July.  For a variety of reasons, the region and dates are pretty firm, but
the itinerary is not.  I'd appreciate feedback from anyone who has *first
hand* paddling experience in this area.  The group will consist entirely
of people with a lot of backcountry experience, but paddling skills will
range from nil to solid teamwork on true Class II water.  We are not
afraid of carries.

Here are the criteria, in rough order of priority:

1) No crowds (by which I mean seeing more than a couple of other parties in
one day)

2) A variety of lake and river paddling

3) Some nice class II riffs here and there, runnable even in July

I know this is a tall order, but give me your best!  Quite a few people
have already recommended the St. Croix from Vanceboro, but *so* many have
mentioned it to the exclusion of other routes, that I begin to get the
feeling it must be the Allagash of Washington County, which is precisely
what I *don't* want.

Thanks for all your help,
Tony

--
Tony Scilipoti and/or Stephanie Richards
Underhill, Vermont

 
 
 

REQUEST: eastern Maine canoe routes

Post by Edward Joseph Meye » Wed, 13 Apr 1994 07:24:47

Quote:

> [repeat of a post from early March - apologies where applicable]

> I am hoping to lead a group of two or three tandem open canoes (with
> paddlers, I hope!) on a four or five day trip in southeastern Maine this
> July.  For a variety of reasons, the region and dates are pretty firm, but

Not the best time of year to find adequate water. Depends on
the weather.

Quote:

> Here are the criteria, in rough order of priority:

> 1) No crowds (by which I mean seeing more than a couple of other parties in
> one day)

> 2) A variety of lake and river paddling

> 3) Some nice class II riffs here and there, runnable even in July

> I know this is a tall order, but give me your best!  Quite a few people
> have already recommended the St. Croix from Vanceboro, but *so* many have
> mentioned it to the exclusion of other routes, that I begin to get the
> feeling it must be the Allagash of Washington County, which is precisely
> what I *don't* want.

The St. Croix is a beautiful trip although I've done it in May,
few people and plenty of water. A killer lake paddle at the end
if the wind is wrong. You might want to look at the Machias
River. It is fairly remote but again water may be a problem. I
would guess anything with enough water will be the destination
for paddlers. Have you thought of getting on the ocean?
Cobbscook Bay is suppose to be nice and the tides make it
challenging.

Quote:

> Thanks for all your help,
> Tony

> --
> Tony Scilipoti and/or Stephanie Richards
> Underhill, Vermont


Have fun wish I was going with you. Unfortunately my wife has
talked me into a sea kayaking trip in British Columbia.
Oh the sacrifices one makes to keep marital harmony! :-)
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