Kennebago River - Maine

A self-supported trip created by Valentine-Isgro-Desp

Trip Overview

Follow Kennebago River for 6km/3.72mi, following the current. Starting point: Off Route 16, go on "Boy Scout Rd" (Very bumpy - second road on the right, coming from Oquossoc). About 2mi down this road, you will find a canoe/kayak launch on the left side of the road. There are signs, and know that you you arrive at the check-point on the bridge, you have gone a little too far. Put your kayak/canoe in and park on the side of the road. The river: very easy to follow, just keep going with the current and if you go against it, know that you are heading in the wrong direction. The river offers lots of small sand beaches in the elbows, allowing you to take lots of breaks and snack times if you need to. Wildlife is pretty big bird-wise, you can see lots of different ducks, geese, and other birds (even eagles!). Be careful to nests on the side of the river during baby season. Overall, the river is very easy and would be perfect for beginners or first time of the season. End Point - Option one: If you feel like you have done enough, end your trip at the bridge of Route 16. You will have a path going to the road on the left side of the river. Total distance of the trip: 6km/3.72min End Point - Option two: If you feel like you can keep going, go straight ahead and enter Cupsuptic Lake, then head to the left (south) towards Indian point (teepees on your left). You will see an island in front of you, head to the right of this island, then head back to the left towards Haines Landing, in Oquossoc. Note: this option can be challenging, as Mooselookmeguntic is known to be a difficult lake with descent size waves when the wind is up. Make sure to always keep your eyes on your goal and to be regular - Consistency over speed. Total distance of the trip: 9.72km/6.03mi Recommendation: This paddling route is on the Northernforest Canoe Trail - Section 8. Having the map with you will be useful, especially if you decide to head to Cupsuptic Lake.

Safety Notes

No real difficulty, no white waters, just make sure to have your safety jacket, as always.

Gear Notes

Flat bottom Kayak/Canoe is necessary as the water can be very shallow sometimes.

Portage Notes


Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 6/3/2018
  • Trip Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, Open Water/Ocean

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