Sunrise Canoe and Kayak

River guides since 1996.

Go canoeing or kayaking in Maine, it's good for the soul!

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Multi-day Canoe Trips

Guided, fully outfitted trips exploring Maine's classic rivers

St. Croix River- eastern Maine
Maine's outstanding summer/fall canoe trip is lively yet not intimidating with rapids perfect for learning canoe skills. This gem is a Maine classic!
3 days $760pp
4 days $980pp
Can be scheduled July-Sep, meets in Princeton
Machias River- eastern Maine
Name means "where the guides play" (jk). Truly wild from headwaters to the sea, one of the few completely natural flowing rivers in the eastern US.
4 days $980pp
Can be scheduled for May, meets in Machias
St. John River- northern Maine
The traditional name, Wolastoq, imparts positive reviews since the beginning of memory including "beautiful river", "bountiful river", and "river of the good wave".
7 days $1580pp
Can be scheduled for May, meets in Bangor
Allagash River- northern Maine
Maine's famous river features primarily a flatwater trip flowing through classic Maine scenery with just enough rapids to make it interesting.
5 days $1260pp
Can be scheduled June-Sep, meets in Presque Isle


Information is free, good information is free with rentals!

St. Croix River Self-guided
Water levels in the St. Croix are regulated by a paper company owned dam giving the river reliable water levels throughout the May-October season.
Machias River Self-guided
Canoeists in the northeastern U.S. looking for a true spring wilderness trip will be happy to discover this remote, untamed river nearly impossible to run the same way twice is within a days drive.
Outfitting services also available for:
  •  St. Croix River
  •  Machias River
  •  Downeast Lakes Water Trail
  •  East Machias River
  •  Dennys River
  •  Narraguagus River
  •  Pleasant River
  •  Union River
Shuttles available for:
  •  Machias River
  •  East Machias River
  •  St. Croix River
  •  Downeast Lakes Water Trail
  •  Bangor Intl. Airport (BGR)

Shuttles include transportation of passengers AS WELL AS rented or personal equipment


Weekly rates with Saturday delivery available right to your vacation rental

Rental Rates
Old Town Vapor 10' single kayak $30/day $150/wk
Old Town Twin Heron 14' double kayak $50/day $250/wk
Old Town Discovery 16'9" canoe $40/day $200/wk
SUP 10'4" or 11'4" paddleboard $35/day $175/wk
paddles and PFD's included
or call
to reserve your equipment today!

Weekly rates do not apply to self-guided trips.

Rented equipment may be picked up and dropped off in Machias.

Delivery service available on Saturdays for weekly rentals from Gouldsboro to Lubec and points in between for a one time fee of $35-$65.

Deliveries include transportation of rented equipment only, NO passengers or personal equipment.

Day Trips

The best of the best in eastern Maine

Machias Bay Half-day- kayaking
Abundant wildlife and rich tangible history- possibly the finest half-day sea kayak tour in all of Maine! Great family trip!
*Scheduled Jul-Aug, meets in Machias
St. Croix River- canoeing
A summer river adventure canoeing playful whitewater winding through forrested scenery along a premier Maine river!
*Scheduled Jul-Aug, meets in Princeton
Great Wass Archipelago- kayaking
Island hop through one of estern Maine's beautiful archipelagos searching for wildlife, exploring pocket beaches, and maybe even hike to a lighthouse.
*Scheduled Jul-Aug, meets in Jonesport
* Day trip schedules are finalized 2-4 weeks out.

Private Trips

From family and friends to camps and schools

Single party guided trips

Your family vacation doesn't line up with our advertised trips? If you have a party of 4 or more we may be able to accommodate your schedule even during July and August.

Planning for you club or youth organization? Large groups are welcome too.

or call , and we will do everything we can to accommodate your party's dates and itinerary.

Some organizations Sunrise has provided custom services for in the past:

Maine Department of Conservation, Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission, Downeast Rivers Land Trust, University of Maine Machias, Greenland Point Center, University of Texas Tyler, Downeast Salmon Federation, Brown University, Lubec Alternative Education, Eagles Nest Hante Adventures, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, United States Geological Survey, Boy Scouts of America, Hannaford Supermarkets, Husson College, The Nature Conservancy, Lake Champlain Waldorf School, North Maine Woods Inc, Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing Organization, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Rose M Gaffney Elementary School, Lubec Consolidated School, Mt Jefferson Junior High, Camp Hawthorne, Hyde School, Camp Runoia, Camp Cedar, Birch Rock Camps, Putney School, Camp Hazen YMCA, St Croix International Waterway Commission, Great Auk Land Trust, Quoddy Regional Land Trust, Yankee Magazine, Fat Cat Deli and Pizzeria, CIANBRO Constructors, Downeast Sunrise Trail, Machias Harvest Festival, Girl Scouts of America, Downeast Coastal Conservancy, Bangor YMCA, Mt. Ararat High School, Maine Office of Tourism, BikeMaine, Downeast Sea and Sky Festival, Erins Gift Mission, Algonquin College Outdoor Adventure

About Sunrise

Our Guides

With our guides you are not only travelling with seasoned veterans, you are part of an eastern Maine tradition. Our guides are Master Maine Guides with over 20 years of experience leading commercial trips but they also share a common background as pupils trained in the Recreation Management program at UM Machias.

For 30+ years this program steadily produced qaulity outdoor professionals steeped in the traditions of the Maine outdoors including National Park Rangers, US Forest Service Rangers, Search and Rescue Professionals, Maine Game Wardens, and Registered Maine Guides.

Rob Scribner

Rob Scribner is a third generation Maine guide and graduate of the legendary Outdoor Recreation Management program in his home town of Machias. Some of his earliest memories are of being in a canoe but Rob is equally at home navigating thick ocean fog on an ebb tide as poling up a swift rapid.

"Most river guides are not interested in leading trips on the ocean but every rapid I run is in such a rush to find the sea it just seems natural I'd end up there too from time to time."

Our Philosophy

Rejuvenated is the soul set free on a wilderness trip! We all need time away from our every day lives and we all crave a break from civilization at least once in a while.

But there is more to a wilderness trip than simply being away from it all. Wilderness trips are about the challenge of learning and using skills that most of us do not rely on in our every day lives and the reward of having those skills take us to amazing places few will ever see while creating bonds with fellow adventurers that are otherwise unimaginable.

Simply put, the longer the wilderness trip the more reluctant the participant is to re-enter civilization. Of course the lure of a hot shower and a comfy bed helps ease the transition but doesn't that state of mind sound a lot more rewarding than being ready for your vacation to be over?

Eastern Maine, Washington County, & "the Sunrise County" in a Nutshell

Washington county, roughly the size of Rhode Island and Delaware put together with a population that would not fill Fenway park, contains all the territory extending east of the main body of the state and so being the easternmost county in the United States it's official nickname is "the Sunrise county". Washington county is largely undeveloped featuring the states only expansive combination of rivers, lakes, and coastline providing hundreds of miles of canoeing and kayaking amidst unbroken natural scenery.

The Sunrise county lies just beyond Maine's mainstream tourist destinations. If you want room to breathe, stretch, and explore while enjoying pristine waters then canoe the Machias and St. Croix rivers, sea kayak the Bold Coast, paddle the Downeast Lakes Water Trail, or explore the regions many intimate lakes and do not have to be an expert to enjoy these wilderness waters and you will return with a story worth telling about!

Contact Info

Postal Address:Sunrise Canoe and Kayak
68 Hoyttown Road
Machias ME 04654
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