Sunrise Canoe and Kayak

Maine canoe trips, kayak tours, rentals and river guides since 1996.

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Machias River Half Day

**Half Day Canoe Trip Info for 2019**

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The lower Machias river is a beautiful area to canoe with a little excitement thrown in as well! Low water levels and warm water temperatures in summer and fall make this stretch of the Machias a pleasant day trip for family and friends to share.

In 1973 the last dam was removed from the Machias making the river and it's tributaries one of the largest naturally flowing river systems in the eastern United States. Today, nearly the entire Machias watershed has been preserved through conservation efforts ensuring the river's natural beauty, pristine wildlife habitat and recreational access for generations to come.

Trip Overview

Length:4 hours
Where:Trip meets at Sunrise Canoe and Kayak, 168 Main Street, Machias Maine
Included:All canoeing gear (canoes, PFD's, paddles, dry bags), guide services, basic canoe instruction, transportation arrangements to and from the river
Reservations:Sunrise Canoe and Kayak

Experienced Guides

Our canoe trips are led by Master Maine Guides who have worked as professional river guides for over 20 years. All of our guides share an emphasis for safety and education as well as a passion for river trips.

The Day of Your Trip

The day of your trip our staff will meet you at our location in Machias, Maine and outfit you with PFD's and dry bags. After arriving at the river, our guide(s) will provide your party with basic canoe instruction and conduct a safety briefing before heading down river.

What to Expect

The half day Machias trip is basically flat water with a few short sections of whitewater. The trip stops half way at a scenic spot on the river where we can enjoy a short walk up the river trial and relax with time for a snack or lunch. There is time for a refreshing swim along the way as well. Generally, the trip takes about 5 hours from the time we meet until you leave our shop on your way to your next adventure.

What to Bring/Wear

Dry bags are provided for you to pack items in.

Wear something on your feet that you don't mind getting wet and that won't float away while you swim, shorts or light pants (it's best to have long pants with you even if the weather is warm enough for shorts), a seasonable top with an extra layer (fleece, jacket, etc.), and a hat that provides sun protection.

It's a good idea to bring a sanck (or lunch depending on the timing of your trip) and plenty of water, a day on the river can make you very hungry and of course proper hydration is always important.

Other items you may want are sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars, camera, and snacks.


Our Machias river half day canoe trips run daily from May to October except on very windy or stormy days.

Scheduling, Group Size, and Pricing

Your activities can be planned according to the time you have to spend in Downeast Maine. We recommend that you plan your trip early in your vacation in case weather forces rescheduling. A typical tour averages 4-6 participants although private parties can have almost as many participants as they want provided the trip is scheduled in advance. Tours are $65/person and meet at our shop at 168 Main Street, Machias Maine.

Large Groups

The Machias river half day trip is an excellent trip for large groups. If your organization is interested by all means let's talk it over and make it happen!


Contact Sunrise Canoe and Kayak, Rob Scribner

Located At:Sunrise Canoe and Kayak
168 Main Street, Machias Maine
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Postal Address:68 Hoyttown Road, Machias ME 04654