Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in Maine

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in Maine (learn more about Top Trails). Use this list to plan your next Maine flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Lobster Lake


Lobster Lake is a gem, certainly one of the finest canoeing and camping lakes in Maine. Lobster Lake is large (more than 3,000 acres) and shaped like the two parts of a lobster claw. The first section…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Millinocket, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Best Trail in ME - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Estes Lake


Estes Lake is a long, widened section of river, backed up behind a small hydroelectric dam on the Mousam River. The northern three quarters of Estes Lake is actually part of the Middle Branch of the M…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Sanford, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Attean Pond, Holeb Pond, and Moose River Bow Trip


We cover Attean and Holeb ponds together because they form part of the popular Moose River Bow trip. Holeb Pond and the neighboring part of the Moose River are protected by the Maine Public Land Reser…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Jackman, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Upper and Lower Richardson Lake


The shorelines of both Upper and Lower Richardson lakes are rocky, with a generally sandy bottom. The clear water in these deep lakes supports an excellent cold-water trout and salmon fishery (lake tr…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Andover, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Brownfield Bog


During the summer, when the nearby Saco River is overrun with canoeists, you can paddle undisturbed on Brownfield Bog. The Brownfield Bog Wildlife Management Area, maintained by the state, contains hu…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Brownfield, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Kennebago River—Rangeley Lakes Region


A quietwater paddle on a serpentine river in the heart of moose country. The Rangeley Lakes Region is one of the oldest resort destinations in Maine. Yet, despite its popularity, it has retained much…
From the guidebook "Discover Maine"
Oquossoc, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Clifford Lake and Silver Pug Lake


Clifford Lake is a beautiful spot: remote, undeveloped, and small enough that you don’t feel too exposed in an open canoe. The lake has a horseshoe configuration, with the west arm connected by a stre…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Calais, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Sandy Pond


This is a nice little pond located right in the town of Freedom. It gets used by fishermen in small boats and canoes, but you should have it pretty much to yourself during the week. There is little de…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Freedom, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Mount Desert Island


Known primarily for its craggy shorelines, deep harbors, sailboats, tide pools, lobsters, and coastal vacationing, Mount Desert Island also offers some surprisingly nice fresh-water lake and pond cano…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Bar Harbor, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Allagash Lake and Johnson Pond


Allagash Lake is at the top of our list, one of our very favorite lakes in Maine. It is a large lake, subject to heavy winds, but the lake geometry prevents waves from building up as much as they do o…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Allagash, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Douglas Pond


Douglas Pond is a natural pond enhanced by a small dam on the Sebasticook River. Much of the pond is part of the Madawaska Marsh Game Management Area, set aside primarily as duck and fish breeding hab…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Palmyra, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Fourth Machias Lake


Fourth Machais Lake represents the essence of eastern Maine’s wild lake country. Remote, marshy, nestled beneath gentle mountains, and filled with wildlife, it receives few visitors. Although getting…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Machias, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Branch Pond


We paddled here during a warm rain that was not heavy enough to keep either us or a fishing osprey off the pond. Because it lacks a state-maintained public access, Branch Pond does not suffer from ove…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Palermo, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#14. Scarborough Marsh


A meandering paddle through Maine’s largest salt marsh. Paddling through the heart of the Scarborough Marsh Estuary provides a unique opportunity to explore one of Maine’s most productive ecosystems.…
From the guidebook "Discover Maine"
Scarborough, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#15. North Pond


North Pond is wild and beautiful, particularly the north and west ends. If one is looking for moose in this area, North Pond is where they should be. The heavily forested hillsides of hemlock, paper b…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Norway, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#16. Lower Togus Pond


Lower Togus Pond is long and narrow, with no development until you get to the very lowest section. Because it is so shallow and weedy, there is little boat traffic. There are several islands and lots…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Augusta, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#17. Donnell Pond


Don’t be too discouraged by the development along the western arm of Donnell Pond. Past Little Island, Donnell Pond is largely undeveloped and a superb paddling spot on all but the busiest summer week…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Franklin, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#18. Scarborough Marsh


Preserved by the Wetlands Protection Act of 1972, Scarborough Marsh is a 3,100-acre estuary of fresh, brackish, and salt water filled with birds, mammals, insects, and crustaceans. Native Americans of…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Scarborough, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#19. Bearce Lake


Bearce Lake is a long way from anywhere, unless you happen to live in Calais on the New Brunswick border. But Bearce Lake provides a great place to paddle for a variety of reasons, and it is worth a t…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Meddybemps, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#20. Eagle Lake


A moderate paddle on a scenic lake with mountain views and wild shorelines. Eagle Lake is the largest lake on the eastern side of Mount Desert Island and is a popular spot due to its proximity to Bar…
From the guidebook "Discover Maine"
Hulls Cove, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books