One of Maine's true gems, the Saint Croix River is a classic Maine canoe trip, rising in an extensive chain of wilderness lakes, and flowing through exceptionally beautiful woodlands and vast natural meadows along the Maine-Canadian border. This trademark guided Maine river trip features an abundance of easy whitewater (class I-II), scenic secluded campsites, an easy pace, and excellent cuisine. Lively but not intimidating; the Saint Croix can be enjoyed by a wide range of canoeists, from beginner to expert. Our veteran Master Maine Guides have been engaged in canoe instruction for over 30 years. This Maine river is ideal for learning open canoe technique - especially solo paddling and poling, our specialty. It is also perfect for family vacations, or for those simply seeking a relaxed and tranquil river sojourn. There are both four day and six day options available.
used for driving logs - through the remote forested reaches of
easternmost Maine and the Canadian province of New Brunswick,
the outstanding natural values of the Saint Croix Waterway, has
led to its protected status as a "Canadian Heritage
River”. Noted as one of the few principal
nesting areas for the American Bald Eagle, it also has a significant
moose population, and boasts superb smallmouth bass and
The Saint Croix is perhaps Maine’s best, if not only, choice for an extended canoe trip, with whitewater, in the middle of the summer season and into the fall.
FAMILY VACATIONS, CORPORATE OUTINGS
& CUSTOM PRIVATE TRIPS
Throughout the summer, we assemble small parties of 4-8 people, (scheduled trips generally run Wednesday through Sunday.) However, private groups, family parties, and corporate outings can schedule custom dates, (3-7 days) which are priced accordingly. Although individual rates are based on $175 - $225 per day per adult, there are pricing considerations for children accompanying their families (1/2 -2/3 of adult rate) and family groups in general.
Prices are all-inclusive; all guides are professional Master Maine Guides, the cuisine is superb, and prices include all equipment, plus land transportation to and from river. Camping is at primitive sites along the river - many of which were established by Brown and the Sunrise guides over the past 30 years; (in fact, maps of the region bear the names we bestowed on these river features.) We pride ourselves on our meals. Dinner is accompanied by fresh baked goods, salads, and wine. Special dietary needs can be accommodated. All each individual need bring is their own clothing and sleeping bag. Packing lists are provided
Although scheduled trips generally meet in Bangor, Maine the evening prior, private parties also have the option of meeting at our historic Eastern Maine Base Camp on Cathance Lake in the interior of Washington County. Dinners and breakfasts can also be arranged as part of a package.
Inquire for specific details regarding
itinerary options, extras, scheduling and pricing.
Call 800-RIVER-30 (207.942.9300)
LATE MAY - MID OCTOBER
DAYS - RIVER ONLY: Wednesday to Saturday; (arr. on Tuesday
eve.) A relaxed river trip incl. instruction, 4 days wilderness
river travel, ending the trip with the traditional “early
Runnable May-October, the river is at its finest in the autumn
when its lush and varied forestation gives rise to spectacular fall foliage.
6 DAY - RIVER AND LAKES: Monday -Saturday; Our classic
combination, whereby the four day river itinerary above is preceded
by two days lake travel and dramatic island camping on the headwaters
lakes - East Grand and Spednick.
Based on approx. $185 - $235/day per adult
*Inquire for Family Rates or Customized, Private Trip Options & Pricing.
Machias offers what is probably Maine's, if not the entire northeast's
finest combination of technical whitewater with an extended and
diverse wilderness canoe trip. Dropping and winding through
the remote interior of eastern Maine - the Machias watershed is
characterized by glacial formations, white pine stands, and Arctic-like
Machias' (Anglicization of the Indian word “bad run of water”)
has a variety of (Class II-III+) - ideal for
spring whitewater clinics. The singularly beautiful Machias Lakes
provide superb isolated beach campsites, and the river and it's
many tributaries are known for excellent trout and salmon fishing.
Itineraries of varying length and difficulty can be arranged utilizing
the numerous streams and lakes of the watershed.
Weekends - 2019
(4 Days: Thursday - Sunday )
from April 25 - 28 thru May 2 - June 1
Inquire for Pricing
River (from headwater lakes) - 2019
May 8 - 13 • May 23 - 28
Inquire for Pricing
Custom Scheduling Upon Request
trips meet at our Cathance Lake Base or Bangor
Bateaux Circa 1920
considered the "granddaddy" of all Maine canoe trips,
a Saint John River is the classic spring river trip in Maine's
great northwoods. Rising in a series of remote ponds,
the Saint John starts as a narrow stream, flows deep through dense
coniferous forests of northwestern Maine, eventually evolving
into a river of majestic proportions. The river is quite suitable
for novices; the whitewater increases gradually in difficulty
from the riffles of the upper stretches to the heavier water of
the renowned Big Rapids - it's also the perfect river for learning
the art of canoe poling. (Class I-II+)
May 3 - 25
Custom dates can be arranged in late May
$1850 (incl. Fly-In)
Custom Scheduling Upon Request
Saint John trips meet evening prior in Bangor
Can be utilizeded
for private and custom parties, including those
focused on fishing, ornithology, natural interpretation, hunting,
etc.. Possibilities include the Penobscot watershed and the
Grand lakes Chain, and numerous other smaller streams and rivers
throughout eastern and northern Maine.
Our Pricing reflects an unmatched commitment to service and safety and to providing a Maine trip experience that will meet everyone's highest expectations.
We offer generations of guiding experience, superb cuisine, and the highest calibre of technical instruction.
Package trip pricing includes: the services of professional Registered Maine Guides at a ratio of 1:4 participants, all canoes and equipment including personal packing gear and tents, excellent provisioning (including all dietary preferences and restrictions), plus ALL transportation from Bangor, ME and/or our Eastern Maine Base Camp to and from the river. All each individual need bring is his/her own clothing and a sleeping bag. Packing lists are provided.
Private parties also have the options of arranging for additional services, such as special provisioning, additional transport services and charters, and a welcome dinner and accommodations at our Eastern Maine Base at Cathance Lake.