Penobscot River Canoe Trip
**Class Limited to 8-10 Students**
Canoeing the beautiful Penobscot River with Master Maine Guide Greg Sarnacki is a fun, educational adventure. Learn the ways of the River and soak up the wild!
Not only is this trip fun and revitalizing, but Greg shares his in-depth knowledge to increase your understanding and confidence in navigating a canoe down a river!
The Penobscot River is not only home to many Bald Eagles but its also one of the best Smallmouth Bass fisheries in Maine! Feel free to bring your fishing gear! (and your license too!)
This day trip is also a wonderful complement to the 4 Day Registered Maine Guide Training through Maine's Outdoor Learning Center and adds to the "experience" list that examiners are looking for.
The morning will start out with a lesson on the above topics.
Followed by a fun day on the river to practice the techniques learned!
After a little practice we will enjoy our lunch on the shores of the Penobscot.(And probably a quick swim too!)
You will experience flat water and a few sets of small rapids to hone your skills!
During the day you will get the option to preform an actual "T-Rescue" on the River as both roles! You "rescue" someone and they "rescue" you!!
Its a whole lot of fun, be sure to bring your swimming attire!
You will also get to try your hand at "Poling" a Canoe like the old time Guides!
Although this canoeing adventure is designed to build skills and boost your canoeing confidence, there are always moments to unwind, cast a line or two, and take in the flight of the Bald Eagles, and other wildlife sightings that the river is home to!
This is a great adventure for those new to Maine Guiding, Those who are waiting to test with IF&W, Scouts, and adventurous families who love the outdoors.
Penobscot River Canoe Trip
Mattawamkeag River Field Site
(Directions will be sent)
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
NOTE: Private trips/classes are available at daily Guide rate. Please Ask.
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"Greg has his great teaching skills on display during this course and is great at transferring knowledge and being extremely down to earth. He does make poling look much easier than it is. One thing that Greg does well in this course in particular, is that if you are doing a stroke incorrectly, in my case we were trying a Dufek, and he watched and corrected any errors that we did. With his coaching we were able to pull off a very good “eddy out” at the end of the day. In true Maine Outdoor Learning Center fashion, covering the basics on land and then reinforcing that knowledge on the water is perfect. The route in which they pick, has a very nice mix of different kinds of river conditions. This helps you practice in calm water and then apply your new skills in some small rapids. It’s a well setup class with a lot of thought put into the schedule, meal, route and material of the course that makes it run so smooth. Thank you John, Tami, and Greg. I look forward to seeing you in the future." – Matt Verbiscus
I just got back from a full day of education and canoeing with a great group of people down the Penobscot River. I learned a lot and had an amazing time. I'm very grateful to have met John, Tami and Greg and cannot wait to learn much more from them in the future. Having other Registered Maine Guides in the class itself speaks volumes about the quality of the instruction and content being provided. Personally, I greatly enjoyed myself. John, Tami, and Greg are inviting and very warm, making sure to directly ask if there were any concerns and whether I understood everything and enjoyed the experience. Which I did very much and will be attending as many future classes and activities as I can manage as I work towards my own guide's license. Greg, the Maine Guide and Instructor was very clear and organized, as well as experienced and knowledgeable. He went beginning to end through the components of the canoe, recovery techniques, and finally canoe rescue. Then it was demonstrated and practiced. Greg was also very responsive and approachable. I felt I could ask as many questions as I had along the way. He referenced past class questions, concerns and failures, while answering all of our questions while demonstrating techniques. The trip itself was perfect and it met all my expectation. Having everything explained and physically demonstrated helped me to retain the information that previous educational attempts failed to cement for me. I want to note lunch! Very impressive, riverside fire-cooked meal (with dessert!) it was incredible and delicious. MOLC’s team of professional guides and instructor are very pleasant, friendly, fun, knowledgeable and they create an inviting atmosphere. Thank you! - Alex Barnes
“What an awesome weekend!!! Definitely a big confidence boost for sure!! I’m ready to navigate the woods and waters! - Emily Boyd