Is one word for this trip... For more than a few reasons. First, it is the longest and wildest free-flowing river left in the eastern U.S. If you make the time you could be one of the very few that ever get to paddle it.
Second, you can only really paddle it in May as the river is dam free and the water levels after the spring thaw make it suitable at that time.
Third, who takes a week off in May to go paddling on an epic "one of a lifetime" kind of trip with a Maine Guide who cooks for you and packs all the equipment you will need for the trip? You do, that's who.
We hope you don't mind fishing...
We will spend our time camping, cooking, paddling and fishing; we'll pack plenty of coffee and tea!
Along this river you may catch trout, salmon, muskellunge, brook trout and a lot more. When we catch some, Glen will prepare them for lunch or dinner, they will not go to waste.
"Glen is an amazing guide and nature/ wildlife enthusiast, whoever gets to go on that trip is lucky!" Zach Manzo
"Good fishing in that river - brookies, rainbows, atlantic salmon, pike muskie, big perch, brown trout to name a few." Mark Crosby
"This is one of those bucket list trips that only a small group of people ever get to take." Robert Lee
"The Saint John is Awesome" John Preble
"Looks like a good run... I may be in for this" Charlie Francis
"You Should go on this trip" L. Fiske
Imagine what it will feel like to pull up in your vehicle at NEOC on the morning of or the day before the trip and know that everything is covered, you have a trip of a lifetime in front of you and 6 days later you will be an even better version of you...
We will sit around the fire in the evenings on the St. John River Trip
The St John River Trip – A 6-day adventure on one of the only rivers in State without a Dam.
Our Journey starts at NEOC on the morning of the trip and later that day we put in at 5th St John Lake in the Western part of the State. We end at Allagash Village, passing through some of the most remote parts of the north Maine woods.
A river and river banks and towns rich with logging history and artifacts on a 110-130 miles of class I-III rapids through Maine's most remote and beautiful wilderness. It is the longest and wildest free-flowing river left in the eastern U.S. This trip runs in May as that is when the river flows freely due to the absence of dams and lakes. The St John, St Croix, and Allagash are three primary rivers that paddlers love to paddle.
The Trip starts at NEOC on the 1st morning and is all-inclusive; just bring clothes, toiletries, and your sleeping bag. Some paddling experience is required for this trip as we will paddle class 1-3 rapids.
Your Maine Basecamp. Since 1982 we have been rafting, canoeing and kayaking on the rivers of Maine. Our story is a Maine Love Story. Matt Polstein, the owner, fell in love with the rivers and waters of Maine. Since Matt was 21 years old he has been doing everything he can to make sure people can enjoy these unique and hard to access places.
St. John River, the longest and wildest free-flowing river left in the eastern U.S. Paddle 110-130 miles of class I-III rapids through Maine's most remote and beautiful wilderness. May is when the river flows freely due to the absence of dams and lakes and that is the only time of the year you can run this trip. It is a unique and beautiful place.
Meet your Guide - Glen Horne is a Registered Maine Guide who works for NEOC and he loves to paddle and plan extensive overnight canoe trips, his favourite thing to do. It would be his great honor and pleasure if you decide to join us on this trip. Let us know by May 1st as beyond that point it may not be possible to add additional people.
Food is important--particularly when you are "in the middle of nowhere." Glen has you covered on this. We can and will cater to dietary restrictions and they will not limit the other participants. If you need vegetarian or gluten-free we can accommodate that, just reach out and contact Glen and we will work out the details for your trip.