Trail Updates

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is constantly changing from year to year. This occurs when campsites and portages are closed or created, rivers flood in the springtime, or as a result of new property ownership. We are continually trying to keep track of these changes, so that we can share them with the public. We do this when we update our guidebooks, maps, and through this page. Please visit the individual state pages that can be accessed via the tabs below. If you have any updates of your own to report to the trail, please contact Trail Director Noah Pollock at [email protected]

New York

Map 1 Fulton Chain of Lakes to Long Lake
(latest reprint: 2013)

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  • If you have an older printing (2004 or 2008) Click Here for the archived Trail Updates
  • There are no updates for Map 1 at this time.

 

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

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  • If you have an older printing (2004 or 2008) Click Here for the archived Trail Updates
  • There are no updates for Map 2 at this time.

 

Map 3 Saranac River to Lake Champlain
(latest reprint: 2012)

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  • If you have an older printing (2005) Click Here for the archived Trail Updates
  • (April 2013) The NFCT installed a high-water take-out on the Permanent Rapid Carry. This is a safer location to take-out during higher water flows on the Saranac River. For more information access this Info Sheet.
  • (September 2014) The stretch of the Saranac River between Union Falls and Clayburg is challenging, especially in high waters. For more details and a description of the portage around the area, access this Info Sheet.
  • (September 2014) The portage sign at Separator Rapids on the Saranac River is missing. Because there is a new landowner, the NFCT is working to get approval to install a new sign. In the meantime, the take-out location can be hard to find. You can use this Info Sheet to find more location details.
  • (September 2014) A new primitive campsite has been installed along the Saranac River in the Town of Plattsburgh on the LaPierre Property. For more information access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) There is on-going remediation work on the lower stretches of the Saranac River in Plattsburgh. A section of the river will be closed and paddlers will need to portage around it. For more information access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) There is a location at the mouth of the Saranac River in Plattsburgh where paddler can access long term parking. This is helpful for extended trips that incorporate the Saranac River or Lake Champlain. More details can be found by accessing this Info Sheet.

Vermont & Quebec

Map 4 Lake Champlain and the Missisquoi River
(No new printing to date. Current map print date: 2005)

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  • (March 2015) North Hero State Park has paddler only campsites available. For more details access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) The NFCT has installed an Aquatic Invasive Wash Station at Louie’s Landing in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge on the Missisquoi River. Paddlers need to use this station when transitioning between waterbodies. For more information access this Info Sheet.
  • (May 2008) The East Highgate Dam Remains are a serious safety issue. The NFCT has installed a portage around the dam remains. If you do run this section it is important to scout your route and be confident of your skills. For more information access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) For paddlers traveling up the Missisquoi River it can be impossible and unsafe to reach the north (endorsed) portage at Sheldon Springs due to heavy water flows and discharge from the penstock. If you are encountering these conditions we recommend using the southern portage option described in this Info Sheet.

 

Map 5 Missisquoi River to Lake Memphremagog
(
No new printing to date. Current map print date: 2006)

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  • (June 2014) The NFCT has installed a new campsite in Richford called the Believe it or Not Campsite. It is located just downstream from Davis Park. For more information access this Info Sheet.
  • (November 2014) Just before the US/Canadian Border in Stevens Mills, VT the NFCT is working with the Coons Family to improve a campsite location. The area is currently available for camping and is a strategic location if you are not able to make it to the Border Crossing Station before 4pm. For more details access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) The US/Canadian Border Crossing requires that all paddlers declare entry with valid passport identification papers. For more information access this Info Sheet.
  • (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. The NFCT is working to develop more landowner agreements to relocate it, but in the mean time we request that paddlers 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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  • If you have an older printing (2005) Click Here for the archived Trail Updates
  • (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.
  • (March 2015) The NFCT is working with the owner of Yale Dale Farm in Derby, VT to install a portage around a difficult section of the Lower Clyde, as well as a lean-to. We will have the portage flagged for use in the early part of the 2015 paddle season. We will begin construction of the lean-to in 2015. For more information access this Info Sheet.
  • (November 2014) Our friends at Siskin-Coutts Ecological Adventures and Day Camp have allowed the NFCT to install a new campsite on their property on Salem Lake. For more information access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) Bill and Pat Manning have opened a farmstand in East Charleston, VT near the 10-mile Road bridge hand carry access. For more details access this Info Sheet.
  • (June 2013) Thanks to the support of Lakeside Campground and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation the NFCT was able to reduce the amount of portaging needed to travel between Island Pond and the Nulhegan River by over a mile. For more information about the new portage trail access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) The NFCT is working with local landowners and the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge to improve the portage around the Nulhegan Gorge. In the meantime, there can be two portages you will need to take requiring a ferry from river left to river right to get through this area. Access this Info Sheet for more details.
  • (March 2015) The Nulhegan Campsite is actually located just downstream from the confluence of the East Branch of the Nulhegan River and the Nulhegan River and not on the shore of the East Branch as shown on NFCT Map 6. For more details about the location of this site access this Info Sheet.
  • (May 2016) The NFCT has worked with landowner Great Bay Hydro and students and teachers from the North Country Union Highschool to improve the hand carry access and two campsite locations on Clyde Pond. For more details you can access this Info Sheet.

New Hampshire

Map 7 Connecticut River to Umbagog Lake
(latest reprint: 2011)

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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: 2012)

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  • If you have an older printing (2005) Click Here for the archived Trail Updates
  • (March 2015) If you would like to reduce the amount of portaging required to get around the Rapid River, you can enter Pond in the River, removing about a mile of portage. For more details access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) Our friends at the Maine Forestry Museum (formerly the Rangeley Lakes Regional Logging Museum) have allowed the NFCT to build a lean-to on their property. NFCT paddlers are also allowed to camp by their shelter. A portage we installed on their property has also reduced the Rangeley to South Branch of the Dead portage by a mile. For more details about camping opportunities and the Gull Pond Stream Portage access this Info Sheet.

 

Map 9 Rangeley Lake to Spencer Stream
(No new printing to date. Current map print date: 2005)

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  • (March 2015) The NFCT is working with Maine Huts and Trails to reroute the Grand Falls Portage to a more user-friendly corridor on river right. The portage corridor begins at the Maine Huts and Trails dock, crosses the recently installed bridge and follow the marked corridor to the put-in below the falls. For more details access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) Maine Huts and Trails has a beautiful hut located just downstream of Grand Falls. For more details about the hut, the location, and how to access it, you can view this Info Sheet.

 

Map 10 Spencer Stream to Moosehead Lake
(No new printing to date. Current map print date: 2006)

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  • (June 2017) Flooding in the Jackman, ME area in the summer 2016 washed out a bridge where the Spencer Rips Road meets Spencer Road (shown on NFCT Map 10 as Hardscrabble Road). Info Page
  • (March 2015) Spencer Stream can be a difficult stretch of the NFCT to accomplish due to waters that can fluctuate between too high or too low for navigation. Many paddlers, Through Paddlers in particular, have an arduous trip along this corridor. For more details access this Info Sheet.
  • (June 2014) The dam at the southern end of Spencer Lake has been rebuilt since NFCT Map 10 was printed. You will find the best corridor on river left (east of the dam). The landowner requested that we not sign this corridor. For more details about this portage access this Info Sheet.
  • (September 2006) We do not recommend using Hall Pond and Whipple Pond to navigate to the Spencer Rips Road Portage. Instead take-out at the north end of Fish Pond and follow Spencer Road to Spencer Rips Road. For more details access this Info Sheet.
  • (March 2015) There are dangerous rapids located under Demo Bridge on the Moose River. The NFCT has worked with Plum Creek Timber Company to endorse a portage around this area and a 2 mile stretch containing Class 2 and sometimes Class 3 rapids. We are also working on an option to allow easy access to the 2 mile stretch of rapids downstream of the Demo Bridge for those with the skill level and equipment to navigate these waters. For more details access this Info Sheet.
  • (June 2008) The NFCT has installed a campsite on an island located on Brassua Lake. For more details access this Info Sheet.

 

Map 11 Moosehead Lake to Umbazooksus Stream
(latest reprint: 2012)

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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.

 

Map 12 Umbazooksus Stream to Umsaskis Lake
(latest reprint: 2011)

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  • (June 2013) There is a required fee per person to paddle the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Click here for more details.
  • (June 2013) Boat size regulations for the Allagash Wilderness Waterway: The State of Maine maintains canoe/kayak size regulations on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. See detailed regulations and fact sheet posted on the Department of Conservation website.
  • (June 2013) Mud Pond Carry alternative: Make arrangements with the Chesuncook Lake House to get a shuttle to Chamberlain Bridge.
  • (June 2013) An eagle eye member just noticed that there are two typos in the latitude and longitude listings on Map 12:  Bottom right corner, latitude indicators, where it says 69 15′, it should correctly read 69 05′; Bottom left corner, longitude indicators, where it says 46 10′, it should correctly read 46 05′.
  • (May 2015) For paddlers entering the Allagash Wilderness Waterway via paddle and portage you will not be passing a North Maine Woods Inc. checkpoint to pay your campsite fees and will have to make sure you have adequate cash or you can write a check. Payments can be made at Churchill Dam. More information can be found on this Info Sheet.

 

Map 13 Umsaskis Lake to St. John River
(latest reprint: 2011)

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  • (June 2013) There is a required fee per person to paddle the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Click here for more details.
  • (June 2013) Boat size regulations for the Allagash Wilderness Waterway: The State of Maine maintains canoe/kayak size regulations on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. See detailed regulations and fact sheet posted on the Department of Conservation website.
  • (July 2014) American Dream Campground on the St John River is no longer in operation.
  • (June 2013) Riverside Park in Fort Kent, the final take out of the Trail, is immediately after the mouth of the Fish River, not 0.5 miles past it as indicated on the map’s route description. Riverside Park is 0.5 miles after you float under the green truss bridge between Fort Kent, Maine, and Claire, New Brunswick.
  • (May 2015) For paddlers entering the Allagash Wilderness Waterway via paddle and portage you will not be passing a North Maine Woods Inc. checkpoint to pay your campsite fees and will have to make sure you have adequate cash or you can write a check. Payments can be made at Churchill Dam. More information can be found on this Info Sheet.