Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in Maine

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in Maine. 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.

  • #1 Lobster Lake

    1 Reviews

    Millinocket, ME

    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 ...
    •  Day trip, camping available
    •  Guide

    Lobster Lake is a gem, certainly one of the finest canoeing and camping lakes in Maine. Lobster Lake is large (more than ...

  • #2 Estes Lake

    3 Reviews

    Sanford, ME

    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 ...
    •  Day trip, camping available
    •  Guide

    Estes Lake is a long, widened section of river, backed up behind a small hydroelectric dam on the Mousam River. The northern ...

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

    1 Reviews

    Jackman, ME

    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 ...
    •  Backpack or day trip
    •  Guide

    We cover Attean and Holeb ponds together because they form part of the popular Moose River Bow trip. Holeb Pond and the neighboring ...

  • #4 Upper and Lower Richardson Lake

    0 Reviews

    Andover, ME

    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 ...
    •  Day trip, camping available
    •  Guide

    The shorelines of both Upper and Lower Richardson lakes are rocky, with a generally sandy bottom. The clear water in these ...

  • #5 Brownfield Bog

    1 Reviews

    Brownfield, ME

    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 ...
    •  Day trip
    •  Guide

    During the summer, when the nearby Saco River is overrun with canoeists, you can paddle undisturbed on Brownfield Bog. The ...

  • #6 Kennebago River—Rangeley Lakes Region

    1 Reviews

    Oquossoc, ME

    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 ...
    •  3–4 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    A quietwater paddle on a serpentine river in the heart of moose country. The Rangeley Lakes Region is one of the oldest resort ...

  • #7 Runaround Pond

    1 Reviews

    Durham, ME

    Runaround Pond is really two shallow weedy streams, teeming with wildlife and aquatic vegetation. It takes several hours to paddle back to the farthest navigable reaches of each stream, but the ...
    •  Day trip
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Runaround Pond is really two shallow weedy streams, teeming with wildlife and aquatic vegetation. It takes several hours ...

  • #8 Sandy Pond

    1 Reviews

    Freedom, ME

    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 ...
    •  Day trip
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a nice little pond located right in the town of Freedom. It gets used by fishermen in small boats and canoes, but ...

  • #9 Clifford Lake and Silver Pug Lake

    1 Reviews

    Calais, ME

    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 ...
    •  Day trip, camping available
    •  Guide

    Clifford Lake is a beautiful spot: remote, undeveloped, and small enough that you don’t feel too exposed in an open canoe. ...

  • #10 Mount Desert Island

    0 Reviews

    Acadia National Park, ME

    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 ...
    •  Day trip, camping available
    •  Guide

    Known primarily for its craggy shorelines, deep harbors, sailboats, tide pools, lobsters, and coastal vacationing, Mount ...

  • #11 Allagash Lake and Johnson Pond

    2 Reviews

    Allagash, ME

    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 ...
    •  Day trip, camping available
    •  Guide

    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, ...

  • #12 Branch Pond

    1 Reviews

    Palermo, ME

    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 ...
    •  Day trip
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    We paddled here during a warm rain that was not heavy enough to keep either us or a fishing osprey off the pond. Because ...

  • #13 Douglas Pond

    0 Reviews

    Palmyra, ME

    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 ...
    •  Day trip, camping available
    •  Guide

    Douglas Pond is a natural pond enhanced by a small dam on the Sebasticook River. Much of the pond is part of the Madawaska ...

  • #14 Fourth Machias Lake

    1 Reviews

    Machias, ME

    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 ...
    •  Day trip, camping available
    •  Guide

    Fourth Machais Lake represents the essence of eastern Maine’s wild lake country. Remote, marshy, nestled beneath gentle mountains, ...

  • #15 Scarborough Marsh

    0 Reviews

    Scarborough, ME

    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. ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    A meandering paddle through Maine’s largest salt marsh. Paddling through the heart of the Scarborough Marsh Estuary provides ...

  • #16 Lower Range Pond

    1 Reviews

    Poland, ME

    On the right day, with the weather just threatening enough to keep most people away, Lower Range Pond is a real treat. The pond boasts crystal-clear water with sandy shores—superb for swimming— ...
    •  Day trip, camping available
    •  Guide

    On the right day, with the weather just threatening enough to keep most people away, Lower Range Pond is a real treat. The ...

  • #17 North Pond

    1 Reviews

    Norway, ME

    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, ...
    •  Day trip
    •  Guide

    North Pond is wild and beautiful, particularly the north and west ends. If one is looking for moose in this area, North Pond ...

  • #18 Lower Togus Pond

    1 Reviews

    Augusta, ME

    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 ...
    •  Day trip
    •  Guide

    Lower Togus Pond is long and narrow, with no development until you get to the very lowest section. Because it is so shallow ...

  • #19 Scarborough Marsh

    0 Reviews

    Scarborough, ME

    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 ...
    •  Day trip
    •  Guide

    Preserved by the Wetlands Protection Act of 1972, Scarborough Marsh is a 3,100-acre estuary of fresh, brackish, and salt ...

  • #20 Seboeis Lake

    1 Reviews

    Millinocket, ME

    The only word to describe Seboeis Lake is spectacular. From the main lake you can see Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park to the north. There are beautiful tree-covered islands in many places, ...
    •  Day trip, camping available
    •  Guide

    The only word to describe Seboeis Lake is spectacular. From the main lake you can see Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park ...