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50 Miler: Lobster Lake, Penobscot, Chesuncook

Discussion in 'Places to Paddle' started by head4obx, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. head4obx

    head4obx Curious about Wooden Canoes

    This past summer in August I completed a Boy Scout 50 miler trip around Lobster Lake, then using the Penobscot to go into the Chesuncook Lake. The trip was very nice, and not too crowded. We did get on the water early each morning so we found a new site by noon, and found we were well ahead of the other parties that way. Saw a few moose on the river, didn't spend enough time on Lobster Lake, and found Chesuncook to be less remote than the other two areas.

    We met the Penobscot River Watchers and tried their Explorer canoes. One 25 foot cedar strip and one 27 foot fiberglass, which were a joy to try out. They are a joy to talk to and great company.

    My son and I paddled a 17 foot Old Town, though not nice as the ones on this site. But I am working on it. :)

    For shuttle service, we paid "Bill" at the campground in Chesuncook to shuttle us back to the Lobster Lake put in. It was inexpensive and well worth it.

    Lastly, I have to say sharing the experience with my son, other leaders, and several other teenagers age 14 to 17 was the best part. Knowing that some of them will never take this kind of trip without some willing adults to take them, made it all the more enjoyable. I hope it will not be the last extended trip with my own son, and best of all, feel confident it won't be. Now if I could get my daughters to paddle 50 miles, we could all go!
  2. robin

    robin LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Nice report, and getting to paddle with your son in a wood canvas canoe is special. I have alot of free time and would love to bring a kid on a trip again (mine are busy raising families) but don't know who to contact or where to look.

    If anyone knows a source in the northeast, well I'd work on it.
  3. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    There are many wooden canoe builders who also guide trips so you can start with the list at here. The Maine Professional Guides Association web site at and the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization at have more information. Let us know if you find one you like,


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