Penobscot River, Maine Canoe Expedition
October 2018 spaces available.
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This part of the world is something special indeed. Seeing the stunning colours of the landscape in autumn is a once in a lifetime must.
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Travel from London Heathrow to one of the hubs in America either New York Boston or Philadelphia then catch the onward flight to Bangor, Maine. The first night is spent in a hotel (two sharing per room) ready for a good night’s sleep.
After breakfast we meet up with our friends who provide us with the canoes and take us all to the drop off point, which is roughly a three-hour drive of which two hours are spent purely driving through the north Maine woods.
There is also chance on the way to stop at Millinocket to pick up some food supplies for the week.
Once we have said goodbye to our friends it’s time to fit the boats out and get onto the river just down from Old Roll Dam.
Although the Penobscot River is world famous for its white water grade five rapids this section of the Penobscot River has no rapids or white water on it…. Phew, just a gentle constant flow so there is no previous experience needed.
We only travel a few kilometres before we find our first campsite… Unlike our trips to Sweden in the summer where we have near constant daylight and the freedom to stop wherever we wish… The Penobscot River is different, as we have to stay at designated campsites… It’s federal law but rest easy these are remote sites and just have a toilet and a picnic bench and a fire pit as standard.
Daylight runs out around six in the evening and as we are five hours behind the UK time it’s normally an early night for most people.
After breakfast and a briefing of the day ahead we head off to Lobster Lake which again with Lobster Mountain in the background is stunning…. It’s a 17 km paddle and it is certainly worth every paddle stroke as the campsite is a sandy beach and woodland.
We head out of Lobster Lake and rejoin the Penobscot river gently flowing towards the evening’s campsite and if we are quiet enough there is sometimes the opportunity to spot eagles, moose, beaver and chipmunks to name a few.
We paddle for a few hours and the scenery and landscape of the river changes slightly at this part of the river and after a lunch stop we come to the mouth of the Penobscot River and head into Chesuncook Lake.
We cross the lake and spend the night on Gero Island… This place has a very special feel to it.
Unfortunately we have to leave the island and head down the lake and stay at another site for the evening and if the wind is heading in our favor we can raft up and put up a makeshift sail and sail our way down the lake.
After breakfast it is a short paddle for the morning and finally meet our friends at the extraction point to take us back to our hotel.
Once back in Bangor and after a soak in the bath we head across the road for a drink and evening meal.
Head back to the UK and if the flights are later on in the day then we can get taxis into Bangor which is a ten minute journey to go shopping in Bangor mall.
Hotel and breakfast at the hotel.
Canoe (one between two).
Public liability insurance
Additional meals and drinks
Difficulty easy no experience or serious fitness required.
Great for photography occasional wildlife peace and tranquility.
Please note there is no phone signal whatsoever with north Maine woods… Our communications back up is either a satellite phone or a location devise, which can send and receive messages to the outside world.