Maine Northwoods Canoeing Trip

For Grades 8-10

No-cost grant funded option for qualified Maine Families! Learn more…

Beautiful lakes, free flowing whitewater and bountiful wildlife make for an incredible 2-week experience on waterways that have been used for millennia by the Indigenous Wabanaki and are now protected as  the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Our Northwoods Canoe Expedition builds a foundation of skills for canoeing in the backcountry. Paddling in tandem canoes, participants will learn paddling technique, basics of reading moving water, strategies for crossing windy lakes, and will end their trip effortlessly maneuvering their boat. In addition to the paddling experience, the group will become proficient in outdoor living skills such as cooking over a fire, knots, wood processing and more!

Let's go explore the northern rivers of Maine!

Maine Families! Thanks to generous funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act, the Maine Department of Education, and the Maine Outdoor Learning Initiative, we are able to provide this amazing two-week summer program at no cost to qualified Maine families. To learn if your family qualifies for this grant please visit this page.

Dates and Rates:

Program Dates: 

  • Group A: June 23, July 6
  • Group B: July 10 – July 23
  • Group C: July 28 – August 10

Length: 2 Weeks
Eligible Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th
Group Size: 8 campers and 2 trip leaders
Starting Location: Wiscasset Maine
Cost: $3,920

Our Itinerary:

This adventure begins in the middle of the North Maine Woods on Allagash Lake and works its way north on the Allagash River through lakes, rapids and trails that have been traveled for a countless number of years. The group will paddle the length of the Allagash River to where it connects with the St John River near the Canadian Border. Highlights include paddling Chase Rapids, incredible campsites, exploring the old tramway, and sunsets on the many lakes of the waterway.

Are you applying for the grant-funded option for Maine Families? Please fill out this qualification form first!​

So many things to see and do!

It’s hard to pack all the excitement of a Chewonki experience into a short webpage, so we encourage you to reach out to our team for a phone call, or to schedule a tour in the off season. 

We hope to see you at camp next summer!

Countdown to Camp Chewonki!

Questions? Please Contact Us!

  • Camp Office: (207) 656-1170
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Essential Eligibility Information

Providing safe, equitable, and inclusive education programs is our purpose and mission. While we do not specialize in programming for people with disabilities, we welcome a diverse community of participants and we will seek safe, reasonable accommodations whenever possible.

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