Designated as a Canadian Heritage River, the St. Croix flows along the eastern Maine border with New Brunswick, offers great wilderness scenery, moderate whitewater, maintained wilderness campsites, fishing for small mouth bass and the opportunity to spot bald eagles.
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.
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.
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.
Dave and a sharp outdoor education student or two from his outdoor program at East Grand High School will be happy to put their outdoor education skills to work teaching map and compass, fire building, wilderness baking, plant and tree ID, fly casting, knots and their uses and other skills.
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 canoe rentals, vehicle shuttle, meals, instruction when needed and safely guide your family or corporate group up to 25 in number.
Day trips on the St. Croix River
A great trip for families and groups of all ages looking for a wilderness experience without having to camp out overnight. Swim, fish, view wildlife including bald eagles and relax around a campfire as you enjoy a shore lunch. Day trips meet and end in Vanceboro. 8am to 5pm or an agreed upon time.
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
Spednic Lake option to Kellyland, 6-7 days
Pricing per person fully outfitted and guided $150.00 per person per day, Teens and Kids 1/3 off when there is at least four in the group (your party or combined parties) paying full price.
Maine Vacation Package: Add the night prior to your trip by staying in the region's finest accommodations, the First Settler's Lodge in Weston with panoramic views of Mt. Katahdin and East Grand Lakes area. $100.00 per person double occupancy includes supper and breakfast. With this option, your guide drops off your river bags the night prior to the trip so you can pack then joins you for breakfast the day of your trip, and travel together to the river to the putin location.
Day trips $75.00 per person with a minimum of 8 people. Inquire for pricing for smaller groups.
Baskahegan Stream Canoe Trips
The Baskahegan Stream in northern Washington County is a less known canoe trip, offering great fishing for small mouth bass and opportunities to view wildlife including beaver, otter, moose, birds, eagles, and waterfowl.
Mostly a flat water trip, available May to mid June and in the fall when the water is up. A great 1-4 day canoe trip with several putin and takeout options. Beginning off route 6 near Topsfield, you'll paddle 7.75 miles down a remote scenic stream and deadwater on your way to Baskahegan Lake. As you enter the lake, keep an eye for eagles on Pine Island.
After crossing the Lake, we pass over the remains of an old dam left over from the days when logs where floated down river to mills and a train depot in Danforth. We continue down the stream (9 miles) with the lower 4 miles offering good moving water. After crossing Crooked Brook Flowage (3.5 miles), we portage around the dam in Danforth and continue downstream for 8 miles with mostly flat water, another great stretch of river to view waterfowl, beaver and moose. Our takeout location is in Bancroft above the confluence with the Mattawamkeag River.
Day trips on the Baskahegan Stream
Inquire about half day 8-noon and full day 8-4 or an agreed upon time. Arrangements can be made to begin our trip at first light for what can be a breath taking experience as the sun greets a new day on the Baskahegan. Wildlife tends to be more active during these early hours and this can be a great time to spot moose. Available May to mid June and in the fall (water levels permitting).
Day & overnight trips
Route 6 in Topsfield to Brookton Landing 10 miles
Route 6 to Danforth landing 25 miles
Route 6 to South Brancroft 33.5 miles
Pricing per person fully outfitted and guided $150.00 per person per day, Teens and kids 1/3 off when there is at least four in the group (your party or combined parties) paying full price.
Add the night prior to your trip by staying in the region's finest accommodations, the First Settler's Lodge in Weston with panoramic views of Mt. Katahdin and East Grand Lakes area. $100.00 per person double occupancy includes supper and breakfast. With this option, your guide drops off your river bags the night prior to the trip so you can pack then joins you for breakfast the day of your trip, and travel together to the river to the putin location.
Guided Canoe Trips, Nature Photography, Moose Watching,
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