This 7-week expedition through the North Maine Woods will introduce you to the excitement of canoeing and wilderness travel while retracing many of the steps of American author, naturalist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau on his famous 1840 adventures through Maine.
This trip begins at Rockwood on the northwestern shore of Moosehead Lake. We paddle the expansive waters of Moosehead, passing Kineo Mountain and continuing on to Northeast Carry where the group reaches the West Branch of the Penobscot. We then spend three days canoeing down the West Branch of the Penobscot River before portaging into the Allagash Wilderness Waterway via the notorious Mud Pond Carry. We travel east from there, exit the Allagash at Telos Dam, and then paddle through the northern most region of Baxter State Park on Webster Brook, which Thoreau referred to as somewhat like ”navigating a thunder spout.” After Webster Brook, we voyage down the East Branch of the Penobscot River to Whetstone Falls, paddling through the magnificent Katahdin Woods and Waters Recreation Area, a proposed national park.
This beautiful area offers challenging whitewater paddling for participants to enjoy as they hone their camping and whitewater canoeing skills. To learn more about the route of the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail, go to thoreauwabanakitrail.org. As with all Chewonki trips, “Leave No Trace” ethics underlie our approach to the places we visit. As a result, participants learn to live and travel responsibly in the outdoors.