Outfitted and Guided Canoe Trips
Day and Overnight Trips
- Vanceboro to Little Falls 9.5 miles, 1 day
- Vanceboro to Loon Bay 20 miles, 3 days
- Vanceboro to Kellyland 33 miles, 4 or 5 days
- Spednic Lake option to Kellyland, 6-7 days
The St Croix: 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 easy class I rapids, it’s easy to see why the St. Croix is one of Maine’s best canoe trips.
No Experience Necessary: Our guided trips are 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. 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. Note: Paddling Little Falls Rapid (class II) is optional, trip guides can make another run with your canoe if you are not comfortable with paddling it.
What is Provided:
Guided & Outfitted: Friendly, knowledgeable and skilled registered Maine guides will instruct you and lead your canoe trip making for a safe and enjoyable time. With numerous starting and ending points, choose a trip 1-5 days in duration.
Logistics: We take care of all pre-trip planning, packing of group gear, menu, shopping for food and packing meals. We’ll arrange to have your vehicle moved to trip’s end. With years of experience and many outings on Maine and Canadian rivers, we’ve become quite efficient with the whole process including best place to start and end your trip, where to camp, what rapids to scout, river distances and time needed to travel, points of interest, camp setup & takedown, providing quick shelter, proper fire wood selection and building the campfire, the knowledge & experience of your canoe route so you can have a safe and enjoyable time.
Gear We Provide: We provide all necessary camping equipment including river bags to keep your clothing dry, compact sleeping pad, quality and spacious outfitter tents, type III life jacket, paddle, spare paddle, durable Old Town canoes, compact camp chairs to relax around the campsite, group tarp, cooking & eating utensils, well stocked First Aid kit and for a little added peace of mind, a satellite phone and Garmin InReach two-way satellite communicator.
Meals served on the Trip: Breakfasts include the best organic coffee, assortment of regular & herbal teas, & hot chocolate, oatmeal with fruit, buttermilk pancakes, served with real Maine blueberries & syrup, and the traditional Maine guide breakfast of local farm fresh eggs, meat, potatoes. Lunches are on the fly and may include make your own wraps with assorted breads, variety of meats and cheeses, tuna, lettuce, pickles and tomatoes. Snack foods may include trail mix, bars, fruit. Suppers may include the best cuts of locally raised ribeye steaks, salmon, vegetables & rice, fresh cooked biscuits, spaghetti with homemade sauce and Garlic bread, Chicken, rice, vegetables & dumplings, fresh salads and freshly baked desserts including brownies & strawberry shortcake. We can accommodate vegetarian diets. Note for the gluten free folks, please contact us to discuss what you can bring to substitute as needed. Vegan diets require bringing substitutes that require no extra cooking as space over the fire and pots are limited.
What is Not Included: All meals prior and after the river portion of your trip, transportation from the Bangor airport (if needed), gratuities, although not required, it is customary to tip your guide, suggested amount 10-15% for exceptional service, fishing license, trip insurance including, medical, evacuation, and trip cancellation. To view multiple providers and policies, Visit: Squaremouth.com
You Provide: Personal clothing & sleeping bag (see packing list below)
3 Day Personal Gear List
- *Dry Bag for your personal clothing and sleeping bag (Sealine size 70 kids 115 liter adults)
- *Dry Bag to use as a day bag (Sealine size 20 or 30 liter)
- *Sleeping Pad (self-inflating thermarest)
- *Biodegradable soap
- *Camp chairs
- Sleeping Bag (we recommend a 20 degree F. bag, compact and packable)
- Quality rain coat
- 1-2 Warm synthetic or wool tops for cool weather.
- Knit or felt hat in case of cold or rainy weather
- 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).
- 2 quick drying pants (light cotton or synthetic, no jeans as they don’t dry well when wet)
- 3 pair wool socks (synthetic or wool is best)
- 2 pair cotton socks
- 2-3 pair underwear (at least two pair are synthetic)
- 2 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.
- 1 towel (packable)
- 1 pair shorts
- Swim suit
- 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 WIDE MOUTH personal water bottles FILLED IN ADVANCE (quart size or similar, stainless steel, plastic or Lexan with a secure sealing top…no glass. NO NARROW MOUTH RECYLE PLASTIC BOTTLES, impossible to refill without spilling water!)
OPTIONAL GEAR LIST
- Fishing gear
- Lip balm
- Spare eye glasses
- Paddling gloves
- Rain pants
- Boxed wine for around the campsite at day’s end
- Bug headnet
- Heavy duty crocks
Note on Packing: organize personal gear and clothing in 3 or more 13 gallon size trash bags prior to placing in waterproof river bag. If this is already done when we meet at the river, it will save us time that morning. Trying to stuff your pack or duffel bag into our river bag size 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 if you plan on fishing!
Register for the Trip: Online Trip Application
The Night Prior: 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. 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.
Highlights of our St. Croix River Canoe Trips!
St. Croix River Trip Testimonial
A True Maine Adventure!
“The staff from Canoe the Wild were all knowledgeable, polite, and fun to be with. My family of four attended and one item of special note is how patient and kind they were with my children (ages 7 & 9) even at sunrise when those little minds were full of questions and excitement. The food was excellent and was locally sourced when possible. The equipment was all in good shape and obviously well cared for. The locations we stopped at were nice and offered the opportunity to swim, fish, or just enjoy the sounds of nature. I already found myself looking ahead to what next’s years schedule had to offer.” Drew Kellner, NH
St. Croix River Pictures
Pictures of Past St. Croix River Trips
- July 29-31, 2020
- July 25-27, 2020
- August 5 day trip, 2019
- July, 2019, three day family canoe trip
- October 2018 , Private School Group Trip
- July 2018. St. Croix Youth Canoe Trip
- July 2018 Spednic Lake canoe trip
- July 2018, family canoe trip
- Aug. 2017 Family Canoe Trip #3
- Aug. 2017 St. Croix River day trip
- Aug. 2017 Family Canoe Trip #1
- Aug. 2017 Family St. Croix Trip #2
- Aug. 2017, Corporate St Croix River Trip
- July, 2017 Middle Schoolers, St. Croix River Trip
- May, 2017 St. Croix River Trip, blog
- Sept. 2016 St Croix River, Family Trip
- Sept. 2016, St Croix River, School Trip
- Sept. 2016. St. Croix River, Couple’s Trip
- August 2016, Croix Day Trip
- August 2016, Ladies St. Croix Trip
- August 2016, St Croix River, Boy Scout Canoe Trip
- June 2016, Family Croix Trip
- May 2016, St Croix River, Mezin & Cohen Family Trip