Date(s) Price(s)
July 10-14, 2023 $1,400

Loon Lodge Wildlife Watching Canoe Trip

This trip combines the comfort of staying in a traditional Maine sporting lodge with canoeing day trips into areas rich with wildlife. We will explore some seldom visited areas by canoe, looking for moose, deer, otters, ospreys, and eagles. Each night, we return to the lodge for a delicious home-cooked meal. This is an ideal trip for seniors who have outgrown the camping experience but still enjoy being in remote and wild country looking for wildlife. Ray and Leslie Cooley, who run Loon Lodge, are old and dear friends of Kevin and Polly and you will feel right at home due to their warm hospitality. To view the trip itinerary, click here.

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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.

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

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.