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Machias River Canoe Trip, Maine

The Machias river trip is a renowned Maine canoe trip. The Machias river is a wilderness canoe trip in Maine 85 miles in length runnable from headwaters to sea by canoeing from 5th Machias lake to the coastal town of Machias, Maine.

Canoe trips on the Machias river are runnable from late April to mid June. After the spring run-off, water levels on the Machias river are dependent on the amount of precipitation received in eastern Maine. Canoe trips including the Machias rivers headwater lakes are best run early in the Machias river season. Canoe trips of shorter length are possible due to a number of canoe access points along the Machias river.

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Suggested Maine canoe trips on the Machias river:

  • 3rd Lake to Holmes Falls, 3 day canoe trip
  • 3rd Lake to Smith Landing, 4 day canoe trip
  • 5th Lake to Holmes Falls, 4 day canoe trip
  • 3rd Lake to Whitneyville, 5 day canoe trip
  • 5th Lake to Smith Landing, 5 day canoe trip
  • 5th Lake to Machias, 6-7 day canoe trip

Notable Qualities: The Machias river trip is an extended Maine canoe trip with class II and III rapids.

Insider Tips: Plan for early May to canoe the headwater lakes as the water levels in their connecting streams drop first. Generally, the Machias river sustains canoeable water levels through early June below 2nd Lake. After the first week of June, water levels depend the amount of precipitation received in eastern Maine. Canoe trips putting in on any of the Machias rivers tributaries are best run early in the Maine canoeing season.

Camping: Primitive wilderness river campsites available on a first-come first served basis, many accessible only by boat or canoe.

Fishing: Maine fishing license required.

Wildlife: Bald eagles, moose, white-tailed deer, various birds and waterfowl are common sightings on Machias river canoe trips.

Scenery: Tall pines rule the upper river while hardwoods become prevalent in areas below the West Branch of the Machias river. Sandy campsites on the upper lakes are among the most beautiful sites in Maine. Canoe trips on any of the Machias rivers tributaries are best run early in the Maine canoeing season.

Drinking Water: Filtration system or bring your own.


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