Jeff began working part-time for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in December 2015 but he has been a supporter and volunteer for many years. Most recently he was the director of the 320-acre Lake George Regional Park, and he is serving his fourth term in the Maine House of Representatives. Jeff has been a strong advocate for outdoor recreation and eco-tourism in rural Maine which positions him well to carry on NFCT’s role in the High Peaks Initiative and the Maine Outdoor Coalition. Jeff can be contacted about the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in Maine at [email protected] or 207-399-3185.
Where were you born and where do you live now?
I was born in Arlington, Massachusetts and now live in Skowhegan, Maine.
Describe your earliest memories in a canoe:
As a child I remember a camping trip on the banks of the Saco River in Maine as well as several adventures in Rhode Island while attending camp.
Most memorable paddling experience:
Rafting high water one April on Maine’s Kennebec River at well over 10,000 cfs and falling in love.
Favorite place to paddle:
Sections of Maine’s Dead River and Flagstaff Lake because of the history and beauty.
Favorite place on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail:
Day paddling or overnight trips in the area on the Maine/New Hampshire border on section 8 of the trail—lots to offer. Being able to couple a paddle adventure and other outdoor pursuits is a McCabe family favorite.
Favorite food, drink or item to bring on a paddling trip:
I love coffee. To drink coffee while waking up by the river is a perfect start to any day.
Aspirations for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in Maine:
Growing awareness of NFCT and helping Maine people discover what is in our backyard.
Upcoming NFCT events or initiatives you are most excited about:
To be able to link with NFCT’s partners and grow opportunities for outdoor activity for Maine children. I am also very excited to celebrate the Allagash Wilderness Waterway’s 50th anniversary not only on the water but with local friends, river legends and supporters.
Anything else you want to add?
Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting hikes linked to the trail!