St John River Canoe Trip
St. John River: One of Maine’s finest remote canoe trips, the Saint John River flows 128 miles from its headwaters (Saint John Ponds) and meets up with the Allagash River just below the town of Dickey. If flows through a forest of balsam fir and spruce.
Below Baker Lake, the Saint John has an unusually even gradient, and there are no portages. The river itself is now less a center of activity then it used to be when logs were driven down in the spring and farms along the way helped supply the logging operations. We’ll explore historical logging artifacts near Seven Islands and Nine Mile Bridge. The trip from Baker Lake to the Town of Dickey is 105 miles and can be done in six days. Our trip begins at the outlet of Baker Lake.
Later in the trip, we’ll take on the mile-long Big Black Rapids. 24 miles downstream from the Big Black Rapids and near trip’s end, we’ll take on Big Rapids, which are 2 miles long. We’ll be sure to brush up on canoeing skills and commands on the calmer parts of the trip to get you ready for these rapids. Depending on water, skill and comfort levels, we may choose to line a few questionable spots.
We Provide: friendly, skillful, and knowelable guides, all necessary camping equipment, canoes, meals, well stocked First Aid kit and for a little added peace of mind, a Garmin InReach two-way satellite communicator.
Note: if you have some of your own gear you prefer to bring, be sure to indicate that on the online application. Bringing your own boat? Call Dave to discuss.
Fishing: For those who like to fish, The St. John River has an abundance of Muskie. These can be very large so bring appropriate tackle. Lighter tackle can be brought and tried on tributaries for brook trout.
New to canoeing? Be sure to view our instructional videos made in collaboration with Old Town Canoe. This short 3-part series covers: Basic Canoe Strokes, Canoe Paddling Maneuvers, Running Rapids. You can view them here.
Register For This Trip: Online Trip Application
Contributing photos by Shauna Stuber