The North Woods Feature
North Woods Outfitters
Allagash Canoe Trips. This tour operator provides guided canoe trips on the Allagash Waterway, plus the Moose, Penobscot, and St. John rivers. It also guides white-water rafting trips on the Kennebec and Dead rivers. 8 Bigelow, Carrabassett Valley, ME, 04947. 207/237–3077. www.allagashcanoetrips.com.
Beaver Cove Marina. At this marina, you can rent power and pontoon boats, sailboats, fishing skiffs, and canoes and kayaks. 16 Coveside Rd., Beaver Cove, ME, 04441. 207/695–3526. www.beavercovemarina.com.
Katahdin Outfitters. Katahdin Outfitters outfits canoe and kayak expeditions on the St. John River, the West Branch of the Penobscot River, and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Baxter State Park Road, 1/8 mi from Millinocket town line, Millinocket, ME, 04462. 207/723–5700. www.katahdinoutfitters.com.
If requested, most canoe-rental operations will also arrange transportation, help plan your route, and provide a guide. Transportation to wilderness lakes can be handled through various regional flying services.
North Woods Ways. Run by two Registered Maine Guides who've authored books on outdoor adventure skills, North Woods Ways offers wilderness workshops that attract visitors from as far away as Japan and Scandinavia. On day and overnight trips, you can learn canoe and backcountry travel and camping skills (winter and summer). Paddle-making workshops are also offered. 2293 Elliottsville Rd., Willimantic, ME, 04443. 207/997–3723. www.northwoodsways.com.
North Country Rivers. From spring through fall, North Country Rivers runs white-water rafting trips on the Dead and Kennebec rivers in The Forks in western Maine, and on the West Branch of Penobscot River outside Millinocket in the North Woods. North Country's 55-acre resort south of The Forks in Bingham has cabin and cottage rentals, tent and RV campgrounds, and a lodge with a restaurant, pub, and store. Its Millinocket base is at Big Moose Inn, Cabins & Campground. The outfitter also offers moose and wildlife safaris; rents ATVs, snowmobiles, bikes, and kayaks; and guides trips for many outdoor activities. Gadabout Gaddis Airport, 36 Main St., Bingham, ME, 04920. 207/672–4814 or 800/348–8871. www.northcountryrivers.com.
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