The trips we take

With nearly 100 summers of group camping experiences throughout the wilder portions of Maine, we've seen it all. Over the decades, many trips have been developed and enjoyed by the many campers and staff of Flying Moose Lodge. Some have gone by the wayside due to population growth and campsite availability, but many of the best have been kept. And we are constantly on the lookout for newly-opened opportunities to turn into challenging trips for our campers. Join the adventure!

Four day trips

Blue Hill-Franklin Switch

Canoeing on the saltwater of Frenchman's Bay, we explore a part of the Maine coast that car-bound adventures miss.

Gulf Hagus

A exceptionally beautiful part of the Appalachian Trail that includes a series of amazing waterfalls. This is an ideal and beautiful 4-day backpacking trip.

Sebois, East Branch of the Penobscot, and the Machias Rivers

These 4-day river trips offer great whitewater canoeing experience for the campers headed for our two-week river trips.

Tunk Lake and Donnell Pond

Beautiful Down East lakes that offer great swimming, camp sites and day hikes up the surrounding mountains with spectacular views of Mount Desert Island.  Fishing is good as is the canoeing. These two trips can be tailored for all ages.

Flagstaff-Bigelow Switch

This western Maine mountain and lake offer two unique trips on one of the Appalachian Trail's 4000 foot mountains.  This is a trip for experienced campers.

The Bagaduce River

Our premier 4-day canoe trip for seasoned campers includes freshwater and saltwater canoeing, paddle through beautiful ocean coves and visit historic Castine. Sail up Penobscot Bay, portage back into fresh water and end up at the FML canoe dock. A trip totaling about 45 miles.

Hot Hole Pond

A wilderness location with spectacular fishing for the would-be angler in all of us. Local but very remote and wildlife spotting daily- racoons, beaver, deer bald eagles and the fish you catch and release. Canoeing and hiking are also part of this remote trip.

Branch Lake

This near by lake offers a great fishing opportunity and a day hike to the wonderful Bald Mountain in Dedham boasting wild blueberries.

The Stonington Islands Trip

The Moosers leave Stonington's boat landing on Deer Isle and explore the many islands and former granite quaries that were once a big Maine industry.

Camden Hills State Park

A beautiful State Park withhills to hike from the park's campground. Beautiful views of Penobscot Bay and the off Islands of Islesboro, North Haven and Vinlhaven. Watch some of the Maine Wind Jammer fleet sailing out of Camden. A stimulating trip for young hikers.

Craig Pond

Our own wonderfully swimmable spring-fed lake is an excellent classroom for the first time younger camper. Nestled between three old mountains, and abutting a 5000-acre wilderness preserve, there are plenty of adventures for first-time campers.

Baxter State Park

This wonderful state park in northern Maine is the location of the highest peak in Maine, Mount Katahdin, 5267 feet — just short of a mile high — offers many different combinations of hiking or backpacking trips for the average and the experienced camper.  Wonderful wildlife sightings daily. Great Fishing opportunity.

Acadia National Park

We section the park into three excellent and distinct areas to camp and hike. After setting up a base in one of the three sections —  Blackwoods, Seawall or Mount Desert Campground — we hike to both the popular places, and to beautiful hidden places in the park where the tourists rarely go. Acadia National Park is a beautiful place with great trails and challenging and fun hikes for all ages. 

The Wild Lands-Mitchville

Over the mountain from camp is a preserved area (Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust) where we've camped since the beginning. Here campers use a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit to explore the area, follow unmarked trails, and climb the surrounding hills and mountains. Wildlife is plentiful and a good trip for all ages and abilities.

Marsh River

A fantastic introduction to canoeing on both saltwater (in protected bays) and fresh water (lakes and rivers), this trip is a sample platter that many older campers remember fondly.

Two week trips

The Moose River Trip

In northwest Maine, the Moose River runs east to Moosehead Lake through many miles of wilderness and challenging rapids for the canoeist. We warm up on the Bow trip (what most other camps consider their Moose River trip), then paddle down the wild and secluded part of the river to Moosehead Lake. Not content to end there, we add the amazing rapids of the East Branch of the Kennebec River, and take out right before the section where the whitewater rafting trips begin.

Allagash River Trip

Our grand finale for the biggest and the best campers.  Unlike most outfitters, who just do the Allagash Waterway, we start out on Moosehead Lake and paddle (and drift some) a full 250+ miles through some spectacular lakes, and down the whitewater of the Allagash and St. John rivers ending in Fort Kent, Maine. This two-week trip is the crown jewel of most campers' Flying Moose experience. Bald eagles, moose and other wild animals seen frequently.

The St. Croix River

For 12 days these very experienced campers canoe the eastern boundary of the US and Canada through lakes and 3 days on The St. Croix River's whitewater and then into the great and wild Machais Lakes.

The Machias Lakes

The very remote and peaceful lakes of Downeast Maine, known as the Machais Lakes offers us the opportunity to camp on a four day up to a 12 day trip. Fishing is spectacular, wildlife viewing and a very relaxing trip.  A variety of weather patterns makes the canoeing a challenge or a breeze.

Appalachian Trail

We hike many sections of this wonderful trail in Maine and New Hampshire, some 4-day trips, some are 10-day trips. Again, our groups are small and we work to keep our respected reputation among AT volunteers and through-hikers. The Mahoosucs are in the southern part of the Maine trail, known to many as the roughest part of the whole AT -all 2700 miles. The 100 Mile Wilderness is just that...106 miles of the trail winding through Maine and ending at the top of Katahdin in Baxter State Park.  Many of our campers have used our AT trips as initial training for later through-hikes of the trail -- from Georgia to Maine!

What are trips like?

Catch of the day

Every trip is different. Some are all canoeing -- paddling each day to another campsite down a river or across a lake. Some are all hiking or backpacking. Fishing trips may go to a lake or pond and spend most of their waking hours fishing for that one that won't get away. "Moving Trips" hike or canoe to another tent site each day. "Stationary Trips" use the same campsite and take day hikes. And we have trips that do both or all three; paddle to a campsite, hike the next day to the near by mountains, fish in the early morning and after supper, and the next day paddle around the lake, swim at a beach, and lunch on an island.

Basic schedule:

Tuesday morning you leave camp with your group, food, tents and other gear, hike or paddle to the campsite, set up for the night, gather fire wood, swim or do a short hike, and return to eat a meal cooked over the fire (see trip food menu).

The next day you get up and help with breakfast. After cleaning up you're off to another campsite, or an excursion to that mountain that's covered with native blueberries (a great addition to the next day's pancakes!), or off to complete that 12-mile hike over a 6 or 7 mountain circuit that brings you back to the campsite for a hot meal you'll prepare.

Allagash 2004

Thursday is somewhat like Wednesday with more hiking and mountain conquests, more paddling, fishing and swimming.

On Friday morning there's time for a short hike or paddle to the pick up place where the camp vans will meet you to take you back to Flying Moose. Back at camp you'll put your gear away, gather your clean laundry, take a long awaited bath, and meet up with your friends and shelter mates. After supper you'll get your mail from home and have time to finish the article for the camp newspaper about your trip.

That's a very simplified version of what happens on trips.

One thing you'll soon realize is you'll not really need your watch. On trips we tend to get up with the sun, hike until we're hungry and are usually ready for bed when the sun goes down. Making the best of the day light hours is rewarding and satisfying.