More than 2,500 lakes and ponds nestled among the woods and mountains of Maine provide paddling enthusiasts with an amazing variety of flatwater kayaking possibilities. Our north woods are famous for scenic natural beauty, an abundance of wildlife and outstanding fishing. Kayaks offer one of the best ways to experience it all, from Moosehead Lake to Grand Lake Stream, Portage Lake to Sebago Lake and so much in-between.
Paddling over the pristine waters you may be treated to the sight of a majestic moose splashing about the shoreline, a deer pausing to quietly drink, or a beaver swimming alongside your kayak. Look up to the sky and watch hawks, ospreys and eagles soar lazily on the thermal air currents. And be sure to listen for the unmistakable wild call of the loon, the quintessential sign of the Maine wilderness.
Stow your paddle now and then and cast your fishing rod for brook and lake trout, bass and pickerel. Raise your camera for photographs of the amazing scenery of blue waters and dark green forests, maybe catch that moose feeding among the weeds, or frame the many colorful wildflowers found along shore.
Lake kayaking equipment rentals are available from many outfitters throughout Maine, many offering the choice of one or two person boats plus the full range of accessories. Guided lake kayaking tours for a half day or full day are a great way for the entire family to try the sport. Tour packages come with kayaks and all the gear, shuttle and lunch. Guides happily offer instruction on paddling techniques and will most certainly entertain you en route with their rich knowledge of the local area they call home.
Lakeside lodges and cabins are a fine place to end your day, enjoy a hearty, home-style meal, relax by a fire and fall sleep in a cozy room to the peaceful sounds of the Maine woods.