Date(s) Price(s)
June 21-23, 2024 $400
July 19-21, 2024 $400

Learn to Canoe in Whitewater from Experienced Guides

This course is designed for people with little or no whitewater canoeing experience. It is also highly recommended for anyone who has no formal training in whitewater technique. Price includes lodging but not meals (you will have access to a full kitchen for your meal prep), and paddling equipment. Participants are asked to arrive by 7 p.m. the night before your course. The course will cover the following topics: canoe design and handling properties, whitewater strokes, white water canoe equipment, safety, self-rescue, group management, throw bag use, river hazards, river reading and scouting, paddle signals, and maneuvers, including eddy turns, peel outs, ferries, side slips, and surfing.


  1. Lodging (access to a full kitchen for your meal prep) and paddling equipment
  2. One instructor
  3. Student to instructor ratio is 4:1


  1. Meals, however you will have access to a kitchen for meal prep in our lodge

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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!


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