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Northern Forest Canoe Trail - West Outlet Paddle Route Adventure

Updated: 11 hours ago

picture of Kennebec River

Northern Forest Canoe Trail - West Outlet

Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of one of the most northern forest canoe trails, the West Outlet, with the West Outlet Paddle Route adventure in Moosehead Lake, Maine. Spanning 11.1 miles one way, this scenic paddle offers a delightful mix of flat water and gentle whitewater, providing paddlers with an unforgettable journey through the heart of Maine's wilderness.

Trail Activity

  • Length: 11.1 miles, One Way

  • Difficulty: Moderate

  • Towns: Big Moose Twp, Misery Gore Twp, Sapling Twp, Taunton & Raynham Academy Grant

  • Surface: Water - Lake/Pond, Water - River/Stream

  • Pets: Permitted

  • Fees: None

West Outlet Paddle Route

As you embark on this adventure, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, characterized by dense forests, pristine waters, and rugged terrain. The West Outlet serves as the starting point of the Kennebec River, a vital waterway that meanders through Maine's wilderness before emptying into Merrymeeting Bay and the Gulf of Maine.

Canoeing and Kayaking

The West Outlet Paddle Route is perfect for canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts. The mix of flat water and gentle whitewater offers an exciting yet manageable adventure for paddlers of all skill levels. Enjoy the serene surroundings as you navigate through calm sections and feel the thrill of gentle rapids. Canoeing and kayaking along the West Outlet allow for close encounters with nature and provide a unique perspective of Maine's pristine wilderness.

Wildlife Viewing

Keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of native wildlife, including majestic moose, soaring eagles, and elusive otters, which often frequent the shores of the outlet. The tranquil waters and unspoiled surroundings create the perfect setting for wildlife viewing and nature photography, offering a rare opportunity to connect with the natural world.


The West Outlet is also a haven for fishing enthusiasts. Cast your line for brook trout and landlocked salmon in the calm waters, where the fish are plentiful and the experience is serene. Fishing along the route offers both relaxation and excitement as you navigate through some of Maine’s best fishing spots.


Several scenic spots along the paddle route are perfect for a peaceful picnic. Pack a lunch and stop at one of the many picturesque locations along the shoreline. Enjoy your meal with the soothing sounds of nature and breathtaking views all around.


For those looking to extend their adventure, there are numerous camping spots along the West Outlet. Set up camp under the stars and enjoy the serenity of the wilderness. Camping provides a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself fully in the natural beauty of the area.

What to Do in Moosehead Lake

For those seeking more activities and detailed guides, Moose River Lookout offers a wealth of information about the Moosehead Lake area. From seasonal events and community news to outdoor adventure guides and dining recommendations, Moose River Lookout is your ultimate resource for exploring the region. In addition to hiking, you can find information on boating, fishing, camping, and local attractions.

Check out: Moosehead News

Where to Stay

After a day of exploration, retreat to Moose River Lookout, your premier accommodation nestled along the picturesque Moose River at the base of the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountain. Our cozy lodging provides the perfect blend of comfort and convenience, allowing you to relax and recharge amidst the beauty of Maine's wilderness.

For an unparalleled outdoor adventure and a chance to experience the untouched splendor of the West Outlet, plan your visit to Moosehead Lake cabin rentals and embark on the West Outlet Paddle Route. Book your stay with us today and discover the wonders of Maine's wilderness firsthand.

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Pack your gear and get ready to explore the stunning waters of the West Outlet. Whether you're enjoying a leisurely paddle, engaging in exciting water activities, or embarking on a fishing adventure, the West Outlet promises an exceptional experience for all.


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