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Lobster Lake – North Maine Woods

Canoeing in Maine with Maine Path and Paddle Guides


  • Perfect for families with kids and/or seniors that enjoy canoe camping
  • Beautiful campsites with sandy beaches
  • Swim, paddle, fish, hike, explore
  • Wide open vistas great for those clear nights stargazing
  • Re-energize and get back in touch with nature


Full Description

Lobster Lake is perfect for families or folks who just want to relax, explore, and enjoy the Maine woods on one of the finest lakes in the state.

We establish a base camp at a remote campsite along the shores of Lobster Lake. Sleep in, read a book, nap on a sandy beach. There is plenty to explore! It is a short paddle to the trailhead to Lobster Mountain. It’s a 2-mile hike with panoramic views all the way to Katadhin and beyond.

Paddle around the Big Island, stop to explore and hike to the interior of the island. There are some great big rocks to jump off and swim around. Mid August brings a bounty of blueberries, ripe for the picking. Kids of all ages find an endless supply of rocks to skip, trees to identify, and stars to gaze.





  • Canoes, paddles, life jackets, bailers, sponges, and maps
  • All camping gear including tents, tarps, camp chairs, coolers, saws, stoves, water purifiers, lanters and all cook and kitchen gear
  • Suggested books and maps relevant to the trip
  • Trip details, what to expect, how to prepare
  • Area lodging information helpful for pre and post trip planning
  • Information about other exciting Maine vacation activities and destinations
  • Knowledge of the Maine outdoors
  • Fishing information – license, regulations, flies, lures, etc.
  • Food and meals
  • Filtered water
  • Transportation to the put-in and from the take-out


  • Trip insurance
  • Airfare
  • Meals during transfers to and from put-ins and take-outs
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Quality Rain Gear (important!)
  • Bathing Suite, Towel
  • Camera, Binoculars, Sunglasses, Daypack
  • Two Pairs of Shoes (Water Sandals, Sneakers)
  • Toiletries
  • Extra glasses
  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent, sun screen, sun glasses, hat
  • Fishing Rod and Tackle (License Required)

Day by Day Itinerary


We ask our clients that are flying into Portland or driving long distances, to arrive in the Portland area the night prior to day 1 of our trips. And to ensure making departing flights we as clients to arrange flights the day following the last day of the trip. We are flexible with transportation options, many clients, for many reasons; choose to drive to the put-in. Let us know if you have special plans regarding transportation and we will work with you. NOTE: As of June 1st, 2009 federal law requires that anyone entering the United States have a US Passport or US Passport Card. Since the St Croix River is the US / Canada border, paddlers are required to carry a passport.

Day 1

Meet your guide, gear-up, and head north. It’s a 5+ hour drive to the Lobster Stream put-in. Lobster Stream connects Lobster Lake with the Penobscot River. It’s flow depends on the water level, when the lake water levels are higher than the river’s it flows out to the Penobscot River; when the river level is higher Lobster Stream flows into Lobster Lake. After packing the canoes we paddle 3-4 miles into Lobster Lake to our campsite.

Days 2-3

Staying at the same campsite for the entire trip means that we are not driven by schedules or destinations. Take time to reflect on the natural beauty that surrounds us. Explore the forest and the lake shore. Take the 2 mile hike up Lobster Mountain and drink in the spectacular views of the vast North Maine Woods. Swim in the lake and play on the sandy beaches. Stay up late and watch the night sky. You will be amazed at how brilliant the stars and the Milky Way are with no light pollution!

Day 4

Break camp, pack canoes and paddle back to the landing on Lobster Stream. We typically arrive back at the vehicles around noon. It is a 4+ hour drive back to the Portland area.

About The Operator:

Maine Path and Paddle Guides



We have been canoeing and camping together for over 20 years. We've taken folks down many of Maine's premier wilderness canoe rivers and lakes. We have gained our leadership experience taking hundreds of clients, families, and friends into the wilds of Maine.

Tim and David are Registered Maine Guides, licensed by the Maine Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife. We are committed to providing a safe, legal and quality wilderness experience. We have spent many moons gaining respect and reverence for the Maine outdoors.

Our philosophy is to provide you with a safe Maine wilderness experience, understanding your abilities and desires. We believe and follow Leave No Trace camping practices, have a deep wilderness ethic and abide by all the laws of the great State O' Maine.

We strive to limit our impact, and act to ensure that the Maine woods remains a sustainable resource for generations.