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West Branch Penobscot River Canoe Trip

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Join our experts on an amazing multiday canoeing adventure on the historic Penobscot River.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 12 (17 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Accommodation: Backcountry camping (tent camping with sleeping pads; privies)

Course Description

Whether you're looking for an unplugged adventure, a chance to sharpen your canoe and camping skills or simply want to experience the great outdoors with family and friends, our inspiring four-day guided canoe adventure is the best way to get started.

Perfect for novice canoe enthusiasts, this small-group trip features approximately 25 miles of relaxing, calm-water paddling down the beautiful, remote West Branch of the Penobscot River, a stretch famous for its quiet waters, amazing scenery, incredible wildlife sightings and logging history.

Led by Registered Maine Guides, guests will learn all the skills and techniques needed to navigate the river and focus on enjoying the journey. After each day of paddling, we'll enjoy dinners by the campfire, and camp in tents under the starry skies.

Don't miss this chance to get away from it all while following the paddling route of author Henry David Thoreau and viewing moose, eagles and osprey along the way. We'll bring the gear and expertise, so you can focus on the outdoor fun.

- Guidance and instruction by Registered Maine Guides
- One night tent camping at the L.L.Bean Paddling Center
- Three nights tent camping at West Branch campsites
- 25 miles of canoeing
- Camp meals, from breakfast on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4
- Round-trip transportation from the L.L.Bean Paddling Center to Penobscot River put-in.

This trip begins and ends at the L.L.Bean Paddling Center in Freeport, Maine. There is a pre-trip meeting at the Paddling Center at 4 p.m. the evening before we head to Penobscot River; after the meeting, guests will have time to go out and grab dinner before returning to the Paddling Center for the night.

Please note This trip may not run if enrollment is low. Please contact us prior to purchasing airfare. For more details, including information on trip insurance, please contact an Adventure Consultant.

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*Synthetic clothing dries quickly and is the best choice for outdoor pursuits. Please do not wear cotton clothing. When wet, cotton rapidly robs the heat from your body and takes a long time to dry. We also recommend you dress in multiple layers, allowing you more flexibility to comfortably respond to the weather conditions and your level of exertion.

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What to Bring
  • Weather- and activity-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Fleece hat
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Extra pair of shoes for around camp
  • Water shoes or closed-toed shoes you don't mind getting wet
  • Head bug net
  • Swimsuit
  • Sleepwear
  • Casual clothing, including warm layers for evening
  • Hat with visor, and sunglasses with lanyard
  • One-quart water bottle or hydration system
  • Pillow and towel
  • Personal toiletries (travel size), including lip balm with sunscreen
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler

  • Waterproof camera
  • Canoe seat pad/backrest
  • Your own camping equipment: tents, sleeping bags, etc.
  • Alcoholic beverages for the evening

What We Provide
  • Use of all necessary camping equipment: tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps, camp chairs, etc.
  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: canoes, paddles, PFDs, throw bags, etc.
  • All meals
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • First-aid kit & safety gear
  • Dry bags for packing
Average Ratings
5 / 5
October 8, 2019
Great Trip
Still savoring the trip I had with great friends and amazing guides Mathew and Bob. Hadn't been camping in several life times, the area we traveled... more
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
September 26, 2019
Stellar trip
This was a terrific trip in every respect. The route and logistics were well thought through. The gear was just right for our needs. The weather, scenery... more
Newport, RI
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2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
September 11, 2019
Wonderful family canoe trip down the West Branch of the Penobscot. Bob and Matt took excellent care of the ten of us; the weather cooperated; the surroundings... more
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
September 1, 2019
A great time for our entire family!
Our extended family of ten – ranging in age from 12 to 88 years old – thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. Guides Bob and Matt were extremely attentive and... more
Boston, MA
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2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
August 9, 2019
West Branch of Penobscot River Canoe Trip Aug2019
This L.L.Bean Outdoor Adventure was well planned and executed with the participants in mind at all times. Sara and Jon were so capable and knowledgeable,... more
Brunswick, ME & Westminster, MD
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