Calm lakes, rushing rivers, and meandering streams – whether you’re in search of family time in the wilderness, solitary relaxation, or serious whitewater, the Maine Woods offers paddling opportunities for every kind of outdoor adventurer! Here you can learn to paddle for the first time on quiet, pristine lakes, spend a warm summer day on a leisurely float trip, or set out on a kayak expedition that follows ancient Wabanaki trade routes. Whether you want to explore for an afternoon, a week, or longer, there is a Maine Woods Discovery outfitter that can meet your needs.

Almost half of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile paddling trail that spans the Northern Forest, is located in Maine. MWD outfitters can provide you with lodging and resources while you explore sections of the Trail. Or, if you’re seeking flatwater day excursions, use a canoe or kayak provided by one of our participating lodges to access new territory.

Flagstaff, Moosehead, and Millinocket Lakes provide myriad opportunities to experience breathtaking mountain views, take in local

history, or quietly watch a moose as it feeds. In the Maine Woods, the paddling opportunities are truly legendary.

Providers offering access to Paddling:

These Maine Woods Discovery providers are paddling experts. We encourage you to contact them directly for more information on lodging availability, different kinds of waters they service, packages and current conditions.

Appalachian Mountain Club
Canoe the Wild
Chewonki Fourth Debsconeag Campground
Mahoosuc Guide Service
Maine Huts & Trails
New England Outdoor Center
Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Northern Outdoors
Red River Camps
Allagash Canoe Trips
Attean Lake Lodge