Trail Updates and Map Corrections

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail changes each year. Due to a long publication cycle for our maps, we recommend reviewing this webpage before embarking on a trip, or purchasing our Trail Ap. Changes and map corrections are summarized on the individual state pages that can be accessed via the tabs below. If you have any updates of your own to report, please contact Stewardship Director Noah Pollock at [email protected]

New York

Map 1 Fulton Chain of Lakes to Long Lake
(latest reprint: spring 2019)

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  • If you have an older printing (2004,  2008, 0r 2013) Click Here for the archived Trail Updates

Map 2 Long Lake to Saranac River
(latest reprint: 2014)

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  • In northern most campsite on Indian Point (Upper Saranac Lake) is located further west, on point, not in the cove as marked.
  • If you have an older printing (2004 or 2008) click here for the archived Trail Updates

Map 3 Saranac River to Lake Champlain
(latest reprint: spring 2019)

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  • A new campsite has been established near the southern end of Union Falls Pond (44.451609, -73.952747)
  • Due to river remediation, the last 0.8 miles of the Saranac River is temporarily closed for paddling for the 2022 season. Through paddlers should be prepared for a 1.05 mile portage on city streets. More Info.
  • A boat ramp providing access to Franklin Falls Pond is missing from the 2019 reprint. The launch is located here.
  • (2021) Craig Von Bargen’s “Forest to Field” campsite is now open to not only through paddlers, but also those looking for a base camp while paddling in the area. Give him a call at 518-569-9756.
  • If you have an older printing (2005/2012) click here for the archived Trail Updates

Vermont & Quebec

Map 4 Lake Champlain and the Missisquoi River

Map 5 Missisquoi River to Lake Memphremagog

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  • (July 2017) A paddler campsite has been established along the Brownway River Trail, about 3/4 upstream of the dam. Land on river right by a ledge and follow steps to the campsite. This is a quieter option than Lawyers Landing.
  • (July 2022) A new launch has been established near the terminus of the Brownway River Trail (Google Maps). Please avoid parking near the dry hydrant.
  • (June 2020) The private access near the Glen Sutton bridge has been closed due to over use and abuse by users. Those paddling this stretch are advised to make arrangements with Canoe and Co and to utilize their private landing.
  • (March 2022). Specific travel requirements are in place to enter Canada.
  • (June 2018) A conservation easement grants the rights for paddlers to camp at the upstream end of the Richford portage. This is a quieter option then Davis Park, although no toilet facilities are provided. A grocery store is within walking distance.
  • (June 2018) The Coons Family allows paddlers to camp in their backyard, two miles below the US/Canadian Border in Stevens Mills, This is helpful if you are not able to make it to the Border Crossing Station before 4pm. Look for a sign in a tree and a picnic table.
  • (March 2022) The US/Canadian Border Crossing requires that all paddlers declare entry with valid passport identification papers and to utilize their “Arrive” App.(March 2015) Our good friends at Canoe & Co. in Glenn Sutton, QC have offered a location for NFCT paddlers to camp. For more information access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) The transition from the North Branch of the Missisquoi River to the Grand Portage in Mansonville, QC is not ideal. Paddlers should use the access on river left, just upstream from the bridge. For more information access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) When crossing the US/Canadian Border, heading into Canada on Lake Memphremagog you will need to check-in at the Leadville Customs Station. For more information access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) The NFCT installed a beautiful campsite at Eagle Point near the US/Canadian Border on the east side of Lake Memphremagog. For more details about this location access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) Prouty Beach Campground is shown in slightly the wrong location on NFCT Map 5 and 6. It also has developed nice paddler sites. For more information access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) When crossing the US/Canadian Border and entering the United States on Lake Memphremagog, paddlers will need to check in at the US Customs Station at the Newport Dock. For more information you can access this Info Sheet.

 

Map 6 Lake Memphremagog to the Connecticut River
(latest reprint: 2010)

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  • The Upper Nulhegan is busy with beaver activity. Expect dozens of beaver dams above Wenlock, and plan extra time to navigate around the dams and through the alders, especially at low water.
  • (2022) A new campsite (The Walker Campsite) has been established below the Route 105 road crossing downstream of Nulhegan Pond. Look for a set of timber steps leading up to a fine tenting area in a stand of pine (Google Map)
  • 2nd Edition Archived Updates
  • 1st Edition: Click Here for the archived Trail Updates

New Hampshire

Map 7 Connecticut River to Umbagog Lake
(latest reprint: 2012)

  • (2020). The portage around the Red Dam on the Upper Ammonoosuc River has been rerouted to river right.
  • Summer 2019: The NFCT crew has reopen and improve signage along a river trail below the Pontook Dam that can serve as an alternative portage route for those seeking to get off busy Route 16. While sections of the trail remain rough and the trail is generally not wheelable, is a safer and more scenic alternative then walking along the highway shoulder. The trail has two sections – look for portage trail signs.
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  • If you have an older printing (2005 or 2010) Click Here for the archived Trail Updates
  • (March 2015) The NFCT has installed an Aquatic Invasive Wash Station at the Normandeau Campsite on the Upper Ammonoosuc River. It is requested that paddlers transitioning between waterbodies (Connecticut River/Upper Ammonoosuc River) make a pit stop at this location to Clean-Drain-Dry their paddle craft. For more details access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) The owner of Normandeau Trucking is allowing NFCT paddlers the opportunity to park for extended periods of time in a designated area of his parking lot, located south of Groveton, NH off of Route 3. This is ideal for paddlers doing extended paddle trips on the Connecticut and Upper Ammonoosuc Rivers. For more details access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) The NFCT installed a river access at Gord’s Corner Store in Milan, NH. Gord also offers shuttle service and rentals, covering the Connecticut , Upper Ammonoosuc, and Androscoggin Rivers. For more details access this Info Sheet.

Maine

Map 8 Umbagog Lake to Rangeley Lake
(latest reprint: Spring 2019)

  • The western terminus of the Rapid River Carry upstream is located at the Cedar Stump campsites, not slightly upstream as shown in the map. we incorrectly show the portage ending before the cedar stump campsites, which are shown slightly too far to the west. Coming from the east, staying on the carry requires taking a footpath south from Carry Road to the campsites. This 0.6 mile trail is rough and not wheelable.
  • Camping is no longer allowed on Beaver Island, which is privately owned.
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  • If you have an older printing (2005 or 2012) Click Here for archived updates

Map 9 Rangeley Lake to Spencer Stream
(latest reprint: 2017)

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  • (August 2020) a new campsite has been constructed on an island immediately across from the Maine Huts dock at the beginning of the Grand Falls Carry. Paddlers- plan on staying here rather than at the confluence of the Dead and the Spencer Stream, which is managed for day use only. More info.
  • Summer 2020. Due to issues with the solar electric system, the Grand Falls Hut is not open to the public. Visit Mainehuts.org for updates.
  • Archived updates for older maps

 

Map 10 Spencer Stream to Moosehead Lake
(Latest reprint: 2018)

  • (2019) Camping is no longer allowed at the confluence of the Dead River and Spencer Stream. The NFCT has established an alternative campsite location on an island near the portage take-out.
  • The campsites shown on Long Pond are incorrect. There are two campsites in the “Narrows”. The northern campsite (The Cedars) is the nicest.  The campsite shown at the confluence of Parlin Stream does not exist. More info
  • Long Pond can be accessed via an informal launch off Parlin Stream that is not shown on our map. More info.
  • (2022) BPL and NFCT have established a campsite along the northeast shore of Long Pond (Google Map). Look for stone steps and signage. The Narrows campsite has also been improved with a privy, picnic table, and tenting pads
  • Due to changes in the river channel the index painted on the rock above the Demo Bridge is no longer accurate.
  • The NFCT and BPL have established carries around around the most signficant rapid below the Demo Rd bridge to allow for a Class II run. The lower carry (the 0.5 mile Elbow Carry) is on the left and begins in a sweeping bend to the right, after the first few sets of rapids. Look for a sign to portage or scout.
  • The Lamb’s Cove campsite on Moosehead Lake (on an island in the cove) was left off the most recent map printing.
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  • Click here for archived updates for the first edition map

 

Map 11 Moosehead Lake to Umbazooksus Stream
(latest reprint: 2017)

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  • (September 2007) Baker Brook Campsite was improved by Waterway Work Trip volunteers in September, 2007. A picnic table, fire ring, and self-composting toilet were added. Look for it in the pines on a point of land on the left once you’ve entered Baker Brook from Moosehead Lake (north of Rockwood).
  • (June 2008) Northwest Carry alternative route: paddle up Carry Brook to the snowmobile bridge, then portage on the snowmobile trail to the Seboomook Rd, then down a camp road to Seboomook Lake. The State of Maine recently acquired this land and intends to make improvements to this portage route with signs and a campsite on the Seboomook end of the trail.
  • (June 2013) The trail from Boom House to Chesuncook Village has been disrupted by logging operations.  Detour down the main logging road that bisects the trail, and take the first left to the village.
  • (May 2015) There is a camping fee for Penobscot River and North Maine Woods Inc. campsites along the West Branch of the Penobscot River. Paddlers can pay for these camping fees through one of several ways described in this Info Sheet. Payments can be made by cash or check only.
  • (Summer 2020) North Maine Woods Inc. now offer online registration for land use fees north of Moosehead Lake, on both NorthWoods and state lands. Please send your draft itinerary of overnight camping locations, along with expected dates, to [email protected], and you will receive a response indicating the total fees which you may pay by telephone. You can also call the North Maine Woods office at 207-435-6213 if you have questions.

Map 12 Umbazooksus Stream to Umsaskis Lake
(latest reprint: 2018)

    • (Summer 2020) North Maine Woods Inc. now offer online registration for land use fees north of Moosehead Lake, on both NorthWoods and state lands. Please send your draft itinerary of overnight camping locations, along with expected dates, to [email protected], and you will receive a response indicating the total fees which you may pay by telephone. You can also call the North Maine Woods office at 207-435-6213 if you have questions.
    • Click Here to purchase the most recent printing of Map 12
    • Archived updates for older maps

Map 13 Umsaskis Lake to St. John River
(latest reprint: 2019)

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    • (Summer 2020) North Maine Woods Inc. now offer online registration for land use fees north of Moosehead Lake, on both NorthWoods and state lands. Please send your draft itinerary of overnight camping locations, along with expected dates, to [email protected], and you will receive a response indicating the total fees which you may pay by telephone. You can also call the North Maine Woods office at 207-435-6213 if you have questions.
    • Archived updates for older maps