Upon beginning of the main branch of the Machias river at the outlet of 1st Machias Lake, the river begins to widen and enters into a river valley that is marked by numerous Class I-II rapids mixed with tranquil flat water with the occasional Class III rapid. As the river bends and meanders around corners encroached by towering, ancient White Pine, paddlers will find themselves being transported back in time on a river that today maintains the same remote and rugged nature as it did 100s of years in the past.
The whitewater on the Machias River ranges from pick-and-choose technical rapids to the larger and longer class III Wigwam Rapids. Prior paddling experience is recommended and the Machias River is often considered a must-do spring whitewater canoe trip for veteran paddlers. Our Registered Maine Guides will be with you step-by-step to help you and your party negotiates the difficult rapids and we will take our time at all of the whitewater rapids to ensure that everyone can negotiate rapids safely and with confidence of seasoned paddlers.
The ability to paddle the Machias River is heavily dependent upon water levels. Spring provides the best opportunity to take advantage of these levels but trips may be arranged in the summer or fall on a ‘as we have water’ basis. A multitude of options exist in terms of trip length, dates, and options. As the Machias River canoe trip is a challenging whitewater canoe trip, prior paddling experience is recommended. Our full 7-day, and our most popular option, begins at the outlet of 5th Machias Lake and continues to Smith Landing, only 12 miles from the river end at Passamaquoddy Bay; however, other and shorter and longer trips may be arranged depending on schedule and individual preferences. Contact Smoking Rivers direct for more information on our Machias River canoe trip, one of the most excellent options for spring whitewater in the State of Maine.