Paddling opportunities abound! Your choice may be a sunrise paddle on Stratton Brook Pond at the base of the Bigelow Preserve, a day paddle on fjord-like Chain of Ponds near the Quebec border, or an overnight trip on 23-mile long Flagstaff Lake.
Dozens of more waters – ponds, rivers, and streams - beckon with the chance to see Moose, hear loons call, and behold the soaring high peaks from your canoe or kayak. Hike in to spend a night at Stratton Brook or Flagstaff Lake lodges of the Maine Huts and Trails and inquire about use of their kayaks and canoes.
The Appalachian Mountain Club River Guide describes the lakes and classifies the rivers out of the Kennebec Watershed, e.g., the Carrabassett River, Spencer Stream, the Dead River, north and south branches, Flagstaff Lake, Whipple Pond, to name just a few.
The 742-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail passes right through the Maine's Northwestern Mountains Region, connecting Old Forge, New York, with Fort Kent, Maine. The Appalachian Trail for hikers, and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, for paddlers, are side-by-side on Flagstaff Lake – the only location where these two world-famous routes come together!