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Machias River

Discussion in 'Places to Paddle' started by paddler123, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. paddler123

    paddler123 Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    My brother and I took a five-day trip down the Machias this May in our 17' Headwaters Prospector. We portaged into Fourth Machias Lake and went downstream from there all the way to the town of Machias where it meets the ocean. Our water was still pretty high, so the rapids were generally large and splashy. We portaged most of the rapids that had trails, but we still got to run quite a lot. All in all a wonderful trip to start the summer.

    Interestingly, the high-water mark from earlier in the spring was four to six feet above what we had, so it must have been really rocking in April. In some parts we could see scars on the trees from ice floes.

    Moose on Third Machias Lake:

    Someone else's (non-wooden) canoe:


    Dinner our last night:
  2. MackyM

    MackyM LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Good report. Nice looking reflector oven. Did you camp in a tent?
  3. OP

    paddler123 Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Yes - 4-person Eureka Timberline
  4. kayamedic

    kayamedic Kim Gass

    The Machias where it goes under Rt 9 now looks like a rockpile. May is the only time to go

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