Baskahegan Stream Leisure Canoeing & Bass Fishing Trip
May 22-24, 2021, 3 days and 2 nights
The Baskahegan Stream in northern Washington County: A lesser-known canoe trip, offering excellent opportunities for small mouth bass fishing, moose watching and viewing beaver, otter, eagles, and waterfowl. Mostly a flat-water trip, this remote soft adventure and is dependent upon water levels. Typically, the trip can be paddled from early May to early June and in the fall when the water level is sufficient. A great 1-4 day canoe trip with several put-in and takeout options.
Our Three-Day Itinerary: Meet at 8AM in the town of Danforth at the Crooked Brook Flowage Landing and parking lot, we’ll load up into our vehicles, transport you to our launch location in Brookton, about a 20-minute drive. The Crooked Brook Flowage is 1/4 south of the town of Danforth on Route 169. Look for the large sign, can’t miss it. Our canoe trip begins in Brookton at the landing on Baskahegan Lake, ending in Danforth on the flowage about 12 noon on day 3. This is a leisurely canoe trip (only 15 miles) with a focus on small mouth bass fishing.
We Provide: all necessary camping equipment including river bags to keep your clothing dry, sleeping pads, durable Old Town canoes, comfortable type III life jackets, paddles, tents, group tarp, cooking & eating utensils, meals while on the river, well stocked First Aid kit. Note: If you have some of your own equipment you prefer to bring, be sure to check off on the online application.
Meals: Breakfasts include the best organic coffee, assortment of regular & herbal teas, & hot chocolate, buttermilk pancakes served with real Maine blueberries & syrup, and the traditional Maine guide breakfast of local farm fresh eggs, meat and potatoes. Lunches are on the fly and may include make your own wraps with assorted breads, variety of meats and cheeses, lettuce, pickles and tomatoes. Snack foods including trail mix, beef jerky, carrots, peanut butter, bars, cookies, fruit. Suppers include the best cuts of locally raised rib-eye steaks and Spaghetti with a homemade sauce. Desserts including strawberry shortcake and smore for the little one.
What is Not Included: All meals prior and after the river portion of your trip, Fishing license, nonresidents ages 16 and older 3-day fishing license is $43.00 for a 7-day nonresident fishing license, ages 15 & under can fish for free. Licenses can be purchased on line. Gratuities, although not required, it is customary to tip your guide, suggested amount 10-15% for exceptional service, trip insurance including, medical, evacuation, and trip cancellation. To view multiple providers and policies, Visit: Squaremouth.com
You Provide: Fishing poles and tackle, personal clothing and sleeping bag. (See packing list below)
Cost: $695.00 per person, ages 17 & under $650, a $200 deposit per person secures the trip with the balance due 30 days prior to the start of the trip.
There are no hidden costs.
Staying the Night Prior? One option is the First Settler’s Lodge in Weston, a five minute drive to our meeting location on day one.
Canoe the Wild reserves the right to cancel a trip due to safety, forces in nature that are beyond our control such as low & high-water levels. In these cases, your payments are fully refundable.
Three Day Personal Gear List (3 season)
- *Dry Bag for your personal clothing and sleeping bag (Sealine size 115 liter)
- *Dry Bag to use as a day bag (Sealine size 30 liter)
- *Sleeping Pad (self inflating thermrest)
- *Biodegradable soap
- *Camp chairs
- Bug Spray
- Head Net and or bug jacket (buggy time of the season!)
- Sleeping Bag (I recommend a Zero degree or 20 degree F. bag, compact and packable)
- Quality rain coat and Rain Pants
- 2 Warm synthetic/fleece tops for cool/cold weather.
- Knit or felt hat in case of cold or rainy weather
- Heavy duty crocks or hiking boots or sneakers for around the campsite (This pair you will never want to wear on the river so as to prevent having both pairs of shoes wet!)
- 1 pair of river shoes for canoeing and wading WITH GOOD TRACTION AND PROPER FITTING (Old sneakers with smart wool socks or similar, NO open toe sandals or Teva’s as they provide little protection for your feet)
- 2 quick drying pants (light cotton and at least one is synthetic material, no jeans as they don’t dry well when wet)
- 3 pair wool socks
- 1 pair cotton socks
- 2-3 pair underwear (at least one pair is synthetic)
- 2-3 undershirts (at least one shirt is synthetic)
- 1 long sleeve shirt light in color (bugs and sun). Avoid navy blue, brown and black colors…these colors attract bugs. Note: bugs will not be bad in late July
- 1 towel (packable)
- 1 pair shorts
- Hat with visor (sun)
- 1 bandanna
- Small flashlight or headlamp (extra batteries)
- Personal toiletries: toothpaste & brush, deodorant.
- Several gallon size Ziploc bags to organize stuff in
- Pocket knife or one that you wear in a sheath on your belt (cut your steak with!)
- 2 Personal WIDE MOUTH water bottles (1 quart or liter per person, no glass and no skinny mouth plastic bottles…hard to refill)
Optional Gear List
- Lip balm
- Spare eye glasses
- Paddling gloves
- Alcohol only at campsite and not while paddling
- Swim suit
Note on Packing: I like to organize my personal gear and clothing in 3 or more 13-gallon size trash bags prior to placing in my waterproof river bag. If this is already done when we meet up, it will save us time. Trying to stuff your pack or duffel bag into my river bag size 70 or 115 liter, robs room and makes it harder to fold and roll the river bag shut. Items you may want throughout the day can be placed into a smaller dry bag size 30L. Don’t forget to pack your fishing license!
Register For This Trip: Online Trip Application
Baskahegan Stream is a less traveled stream near East Grand Lake that features wildlife viewing.
(Updated 5-2-20) All stream campsites maintained this past week. Stream levels are perfect for your May canoe trip. For experienced paddlers (proficient in paddling and camping skills) that want to go it alone, contact Dave for more information about your DIY or guided paddle trip.
Duration: 1-4 days
The Baskahegan Stream in northern Washington County is a lesser known canoe trip, offering excellent opportunities for small mouth bass fishing, moose watching and viewing beaver, otter, eagles, and waterfowl.
Mostly a flat water trip, this remote soft adventure and is dependent upon water levels. Typically the trip can be paddled from early May to early June and in the fall when the water level is sufficient. A great 1-4 day canoe trip with several put-in 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 were 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 for wildlife viewing. Our takeout location is in Bancroft above the confluence with the Mattawamkeag River.
Day trips on the Baskahegan Stream
Inquire about half day and full day trips. Half day trips generally run from 8 – Noon, while full day trips run from 8 – 4. However, arrangements can be made to begin your trip at first light for what can be a breathtaking 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 as water levels permit.
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
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 waterproof river bags the night prior to the trip so you can pack, then joins you for breakfast the day of your trip. After breakfast, you and your guides will travel together to the put-in location on the river.
CLICK ON MAPS TO ENLARGE. One map shows the Baskahegan Lake campsites, the other map shows Baskahegan Stream campsites. Fire permits are required and can be obtained by calling the Maine Forest Service in Old Town at 207-827-1800
Baskahegan Stream Pictures