Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Canoe Trip

A Legendary Route Through the Heart of Maine

Explore the historically important canoe routes that Henry David Thoreau and the Wabanaki guides traveled during their treks to Maine in 1857. The native Wabanaki, or “people of the dawn land,” have traveled these waters by canoe for thousands of years. On our expedition, we do as the ancient Wabanaki and Thoreau did, using canoes and our own curiosity to explore this place of legends.

on the water

Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Canoe Trip

Ages: 14, 15, 16
Program Type: Canoeing
Grades: 9-11
Length: 3 Weeks
Tuition: $6,000


Session 1: June 25 – July 17
Session 2: July 21 – August 12

Rivers, Lakes, and Portages

This trip begins at Rockwood on the northwestern shore of Moosehead Lake. We paddle the expansive waters of Moosehead, passing Kineo Mountain, and continue on to Northeast Carry where the group reaches the West Branch of the Penobscot. We spend three days canoeing down the West Branch of the Penobscot River before portaging into the Allagash Wilderness Waterway via the notorious Mud Pond Carry. We travel east from there, exit the Allagash at Telos Dam, and then paddle through the northernmost region of Baxter State Park on Webster Brook, which Thoreau referred to as somewhat like ”navigating a thunder spout.”

A Classic Exploration by Canoe

After Webster Brook, we voyage down the East Branch of the Penobscot River to Whetstone Falls, paddling through the magnificent Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This beautiful area offers challenging whitewater paddling for participants to enjoy as they hone their camping and whitewater canoeing skills. To learn more about the complete route of the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail, go to


Meet the Director

Jen Adams

Director of Outdoor Programs
1 (207) 656-5836

Deposit Information:

A fully completed registration form, director approval, and a deposit is required to hold a program space. Deposits are non-refundable.

  • $950 per child – Full Session and Leadership Expeditions 
  • $600 per child – Puffin Program 
  • $100 per child for families applying for financial aid 


We reserve the right to cancel, delay, substitute, or revise any program itinerary due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If we are forced to cancel camp programming due to COVID-19, families will be given a full refund, including their deposit.

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