Paddling by canoe in the Mid Coast region of Maine offers opportunities to explore the quiet backwaters of smaller rivers that are like streams, paddle on tidal rivers because they are near their exit into the Atlantic Ocean, or on many lakes and ponds.
If it is too windy to paddle along the coastline then it is often a great day to paddle on one of the rivers. One trip offers the sighting of beaver hutches and crossing broken and working beaver dams while going upstream to the headwaters of that river where you'll find water lilies. Another trip offers a 3 mile paddle up to a dam and back over some of the best small mouth bass fishing water in Maine.
If you would like to explore a unique water confluence area of the world, come here. Major rivers do not like to share the same delta area and yet Merrymeeting Bay has five rivers converging (Kennebec, Androscoggin, Cathance, Muddy River, and Abagadasset) and then going out to the ocean through Bath as the Kennebec River. This bay is home to turtles, sturgeon, eels, bass, pickerel, pickerel weed, arrowhead, cattails, wild rice, and migrating ducks and geese. Then there are the lakes and ponds to enjoy when you want a short trip and sometimes an overnight trip.
Alice's Awesome Adventures, LLC offers 3 hour, all day, and overnight trips on all of these waters with instruction in paddling, wildlife recognition, and historical information given freely. Smaller groups find that they can explore more to their own pleasure, while family groups and groups of friends always find the trips fun. Canoeing is offered whenever there is open water but usually between mid-April and late October. Those who like to take photographs often find canoes more stable than a sea kayak. If you would prefer to do these trips in a sea kayak, that can easily be arranged. Only the beaver hutch and dam trip is not recommended for kayaks.
If you need help like the capsized paddlers in the first picture below for capsizing your canoe, then you ought to have a guided tour.
Prices include the private services of a Master Maine Guide, a custom tour and snacks:
|Number of Paddlers||1-3.5 hour tour||4-6 hour tour||Equipment Rental if necessary|
|5 or 6||$300/group||$400/group||$25/person|
|Larger groups can be accomodated|