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June 7-11, 2024 $1,500

Loon Lodge Wildlife Watching Canoe Trip

Perfect Blend of Comfort and Adventure in Lodge Based Wildlife Watching At Loon Lodge In Maine

Embark on an unforgettable experience with Mahoosuc Guide Service’s Loon Lodge Wildlife Watching Canoe Trip, which offers relaxation and exploration. This unique adventure combines the comfort of a traditional Maine sporting lodge with exciting day trips into remote, seldom-visited areas rich with wildlife such as moose, deer, otters, ospreys, and eagles. Each night return to the cozy Loon Lodge for a delicious home-cooked meal, warm hospitality, and a comfortable stay. This trip is perfect for seniors who still enjoy immersing themselves in wild country and observing wildlife but prefer the comforts of a lodge to camp. 
Ray and Leslie Cooley, who run Loon Pond Lodge, are old and dear friends of Kevin and Polly, ensuring a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. During this trip, you will explore the stunning Main wilderness, paddling on Round Pond, Poland Pond, and Daggett Pond, each offering its unique charms.

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  1. All food and gear (including sleeping bags, pads, dry bags).
  2. Transportation to and from Orono.
  3. One or two guides.


  1. Transportation to Orono.
  2. Overnight stays in motels or bed and breakfasts in Orono.

Thrilling Wildlife Watching Adventures in Maine’s Wilderness

Discover the abundance of wildlife that calls Maine’s remote and wild areas home on our Loon Lodge Wildlife Watching Canoe Trip. With expert guidance from our Mahoosuc Guide Service team, you’ll venture into some of the region’s most secluded and pristine corners, offering unparalleled opportunities to observe and appreciate the area’s diverse fauna.

Canoeing Through Untouched Habitats

We’ll embark on exhilarating canoe excursions each day, navigating tranquil lakes and winding rivers that meander through dense forests and vibrant wetlands. These untamed landscapes provide the ideal habitats for various wildlife species, including moose, deer, otters, ospreys, and eagles. As we glide silently through the water, we’ll get the chance to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural environments, unspoiled by human intervention.

Expert Guidance and Local Knowledge

Our experienced Mahoosuc Guide Service team deeply understands the region’s ecosystems and wildlife behaviors. Drawing upon their extensive local knowledge, our guides will lead you to the best wildlife-watching spots, maximizing your chances of encountering these awe-inspiring animals. In addition, our guides will share fascinating insights into the ecology, habits, and conservation status of the various species you’ll encounter, enhancing your appreciation of Maine’s natural wonders.

Capture the Moment

As we explore the captivating wilderness, bring your camera or binoculars to fully immerse yourself in the experience. Whether you’re an amateur nature photographer or a seasoned wildlife enthusiast, our Wildlife Watching Canoe Trip offers countless opportunities to capture stunning images of the animals and landscapes that make Maine a truly unique destination. 

Join Mahoosuc Guide Service on our Loon Lodge Wildlife Watching Canoe Trip and immerse yourself in Maine’s untamed wilderness’s breathtaking beauty and diverse wildlife. This unforgettable adventure perfectly blends excitement, tranquility, and connection with nature.

Ideal Trip for Seniors: Comfortable Adventure with Wildlife Watching at Loon Lodge in Maine

Our Loon Lodge Wildlife Watching Canoe Trip is designed to cater to seniors who appreciate nature’s beauty but prefer a more comfortable and accessible adventure. Combining the cozy accommodations of a traditional Maine sporting lodge with thrilling canoe day trips, this experience perfectly balances relaxation and exploration for seniors who may have outgrown the camping experience.

Tailored to Accommodate All Abilities

Understanding that seniors have varying levels of physical ability, our expert guides at Mahoosuc Guide Service ensure that each canoe excursion is tailored to the needs and preferences of our guests. We aim to create an inclusive and enjoyable experience for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level.

Friendly and Attentive Hosts

Loon Lodge in Maine is owned and operated by Ray and Leslie Cooley, who have experienced hosts and old and dear friends of Kevin and Polly from Mahoosuc Guide Service. Their warm hospitality and genuine care for their guests ensure you feel right at home during your stay. With their local knowledge and passion for the region, Ray and Leslie are always eager to share stories, answer questions, and offer insights to help you make the most of your wildlife-watching adventure.

Delicious Home-Cooked Meals

One of the highlights of your stay at Loon Lodge in Maine is the mouthwatering home-cooked meals prepared by your hosts. Each evening, you’ll be treated to a delicious dinner featuring local ingredients and traditional Maine recipes, giving you a taste of the region’s culinary heritage. These wholesome and hearty meals satisfy your hunger and provide an opportunity to gather around the table, share stories, and forge new friendships with your fellow adventurers.

Cozy Accommodations

Loon Lodge in Maine offers comfortable accommodations that reflect the rustic charm of a traditional Maine sporting lodge. Each room is thoughtfully designed with your comfort in mind, ensuring a restful night’s sleep after a day of wildlife watching and exploration. The welcoming atmosphere of the lodge invites you to unwind, relax, and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the surrounding wilderness.

Book Your Loon Lodge Wildlife Watching Canoe Trip Today

Experience the magic of Maine’s wilderness and wildlife without compromising comfort and accessibility on the Loon Lodge Wildlife Watching Canoe Trip. This unforgettable journey is designed with seniors in mind and offers the perfect combination of adventure, relaxation, and genuine hospitality.

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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

Day 1

Meet at Black Bear Inn in Orono at 7:30 a.m. after breakfast.

Load into van, drive to Loon Lodge.

Intro to paddling on Round Pond.

Supper at Loon Lodge.

Day 2 & 3

After breakfast, day paddle to Poland Pond.

Poland, chain of ponds, has extensive areas of bog and muskeag. Certain boreal bird species can be found here such as the black backed woodpecker, boreal chickadee and the rusty winged black bird.

Look for wildlife such as moose, deer, beaver, fox, eagles, osprey, etc.

Lunch on the trail.

Supper at Loon Lodge.

Day 4

After breakfast, day paddle to Cias Stream to Caucomgomoc Landing.

Ciss Stream is known for it’s abundance and diversity of waterfowl.

Numerous species of ducks, bittern and snipe can be found here.

Lunch on the trail.

Supper at Loon Lodge.

Day 5

After breakfast morning paddle on Round Pond to mouth of Dagget Pond.

Lunch at Loon Lodge.

Depart for Orono at 1 p.m.

Arrive at Black Bear Inn at 5 p.m.