I did St John last spring, third week of May. It was a great trip, a few
cold nights below freezing, otherwise mild and a mixture of sun - mostly
- and some rain. We put in a Baker Lake and paddled all the way to St
The river has many riffs and shorter rapids that generally are easy and
fun. there are two more challenging rapids, the first is Big Black, not
too difficult if you scout beforehand and locate a good opening. The
second is tougher, the Big Rapids. It's longer and the route depends on
the water level. higfh water , you portage or stay river left, medium
water you find a way down the middle, low water go with the deeper but
more turbulent right channel.
Our tandem boat had a spray deck, so we ran dry. Without it we would
have taken on some water.
> Would be most interested in anyones opinions and thoughts on the St. John river
> in Maine canoe/camping trip.
> Both in general, and if perhaps anyone has done it with the Elderhostle folks.
> Interested in how the weather was, since the trips are run in mid May
> due to water levels, and that's pretty early in the season for up there.
> I realize it's a ***shoot, but how was the day and evening temp's, etc. ?
> Any snow ?
> Have done the Allagash twice, and am thinking of the St. johns.
> Other opinions on, etc. ?
> Did you enjoy, even if so early in season ?
> Much thanks,