Date(s) Price(s)
July 24-28, 2023 $1050

Women's Native Plant Study Canoe Trip

Jennifer has much knowledge of the native plants and their medicinal uses as people of her culture have been using them for 10,000 years. She’s a teacher about Penobscot culture, history and preservation, a master basket maker, and talented beader. She’s also a registered Maine guide.

Some of the lakes we explore include Sysladobsis, Pocumcus, West Grand, Bottle and Junior. We learn about the edible and medicinal uses of plants that grow in this area. Sandy beaches, interconnecting lakes, and the surrounding mountains make this area unique. Another added attraction after the canoe trip is a stay at Weatherby’s sporting camp and the Grand Lake Stream Festival with crafts and music all weekend. To view the trip itinerary, click here.




  1. Two guides
  2. All the food and gear on the lakes trip.
  3. Shuttle to put in and take out spots from Grand Lake Stream.
  4. Transport to and from Orono.



  1. Accommodations in Orono.
  2. Meals in town.

For trip itinerary, click here

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Custom trips

Mahoosuc Guide Service can design custom Maine canoe trips for families, youth groups, clubs, or organizations from one to 10 days in length. We can also design trips to retrace any part of Henry David Thoreau’s route, including Webster Brook and East Branch of the Penobscot River. Contact us today to discuss your group’s interests, abilities, goals, and available dates.

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Safety and Basic Information for Canoe Trips

All our Maine canoe trips are fully outfitted and guided by Mahoosuc Guide Service’s owners Polly or Kevin. We provide all the food, camping, paddling, and cooking equipment, as well as a detailed clothing list to help you in packing for your trip. Most of our trips meet in Orono, Maine (just north of Bangor). We provide transportation to and from the river. Many of our canoe trips require no special physical conditioning. If you have any concerns about the physical requirements of a trip, please contact us.

On the Trip:

We are experienced teachers and will help you master the art of canoeing by teaching paddle strokes and poling techniques. You will learn how to set up a warm dry camp, and if you want, how to cook and bake over an open fire. All our food is natural or organic, and we source much of our food locally. Natural history, wildlife viewing, and fishing will be covered as your interests warrant.


You are in safe hands with Mahoosuc Guide Service. With more than 40 years guiding experience from Maine and Quebec to the Yukon Territory and Alaska, we have an excellent safety record. We are certified in Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responders. We carry a satellite phone for emergency communication!

Trip Itinerary

The itinerary is always subject to change because of weather.

Day 1

Meet at Black Bear Inn in Orono at 7:30 a.m. Finalize packing. Depart for our put in on Sysaladobsis Lake. Paddle instruction and load boats. Paddle approximately 3 miles to Cranberry Cove and set up camp for the night.

Day 2

Paddle approximately 6 miles to camp site on south end of Big Island. Set up camp.

Day 3

Paddle approximately 7 miles to south end of Junior stream below Junior Lake. Set up camp.

Day 4

Paddle approximately 4.5 miles to McKinney Point on the north east side of Junior Lake. Set up camp.

Day 5

Break camp and paddle approximately 4.5 miles to landing at west end of Bottle Lake. Lunch at take out. Drive to Black Bear Inn in Orono.