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 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • Purchase current map  (2006)
  • (May 2019). The East Richford Border crossing remains closed due to a bridge replacement. Paddlers must cross at a different station north of Richford. Suggested reroute/shuttle options for through paddlers are summarized here.
  • (June 2018) A conservation easement grants the rights for paddlers to camp at the upstream end of the Richford portage.
  • (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 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 developWe 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 worked 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.  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.
  • (March 2018) The portage around Class III rapids below the Stone Dam now ends on conserved land upstream of the East Branch. A hut and trail system has been built here. Info Sheet.

New Hampshire

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

  • Summer 2019: Rte 16 is being reconstructed from the intersection of 110A north to Dummer Pond Road (almost to Pontook Dam). Equipment, flaggers, and material may make the portage a little more challenging; maybe a further impetus to pole up the rapids.
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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)

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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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  • (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
(Latest reprint: 2018)

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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.

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

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