A couple of things I should have mentioned. Umbagog is map 8 and Saranac lakes ate map 2.
A third trip you might consider is the West Branch of the Penobscot from the North East Carry to Chesuncook Lake. This logistics on this trip would be more challenging. It’s on Map 11.
None of these trips have any portages, the first two require campsite reservations, Umbagog and the Saranac lakes do not require shuttles.
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I’ll give you two suggestions.
1. Lake Umbagog on the Me/NH border. You could paddle from one site to another or base camp in one location and do day paddles, If you start from Errol, NH you have the option of taking a day and paddling the Androscoggin River for some Class I and II white water. http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/map_of_Umbagog_Lake_State_Park/r/campgroundMap.do?page=map&search=site&contractCode=NH&parkId=270082&topTabIndex=CampingSpot
2. The Saranac Lakes in the Adirondack, starting at the State Bridge or Ampersand Bay and heading up to Middle Saranac Lake and back. http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24496.html
There are more ambitious trips if you are willing to portage or drive pretty far up into Maine. I’m sure others will have some different recommendations. Good luck with your planning.
There are lots of possibilities, how do you feel about whitewater and portages? How old are the kids?
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I hear that the end of the season (Aug/Sept) can be pretty low water, right? Are there any land permits needed? Licences outside of fishing?
http://www.northmainewoods.org/fees.asp It will be $20.00 per person per day for adults. The shuttle is about $180.00 for a car. Bring cash for fees and make arrangements for a shuttle ahead of time.
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Bugs start at leaf out, mid to late May. Early May would be a good time to go, I would bring head nets just in case. I did section 12 and 13 two years ago and we had frost on June 16 so be prepared for any weather.
You’ll be paddling some big lakes and the wind can be an issue. Many folks plan short days, in the event that they lose a day to wind they can make it up later by paddling longer for a day or two.