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Summer Staycation Ideas: Canoe Trip

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

Beach days, trips to the mountains, and sun-soaked river floats - the dog days of summer have arrived! With COVID-19 keeping us closer to home these days, it's the perfect time to explore the Pine Tree State.

At over 100 miles long, the Penobscot River Paddling Trail is the perfect way to explore many of the wild, scenic, and rural reaches of Maine (bonus: it's really easy to practice social distancing on the river).

The paddling trail starts near the headwaters of the river in Medway and winds through the wilderness down to Penobscot Bay in Bucksport. Campsites along the river offer paddlers an overnight respite under the stars (campsites are first come, first served).

Got a free weekend? Launch your canoe in Orono and paddle 7 miles to the campsite at the Penobscot Salmon Club. At the end of a long day of paddling, there's nothing better than a campfire and some s'mores! After breakfast the next morning, hit the river and finish your journey 13 miles down river at the South Orrington boat launch. Visit the Penobscot River Paddling Trail website for more trip options.

Do you have a favorite Penobscot River paddling trip? Let us know!


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