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Wavus Wilderness Tripping Program Trip Details

These descriptions will give you an idea of the wilderness trips. Click the thumbnails for larger views of the maps! If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact us.

Junior Wavus - Bremen and Hog Island

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Kieve-Wavus' fourteen acre oceanfront property in Bremen, Maine and the nearby Hog Island Audubon property offer stunning views of Muscongus Bay and the opportunity to test one's overnight camping techniques in a safe and beautiful environment. Bremen and Hog Island trips usually include funyaking around a protected bay, exploring the shoreline, games on the deck, humongous amounts of tasty food, and songs and stories around the campfire accompanied by ever-present S'mores.  Junior Wavus campers enjoy exploring the 330-acre Hog Island just a short paddle from the Bremen Landing.  Hog Island affords a perimeter hike as well as educational exploration and discovery opportunities not only to gain respect and reverence for the natural world but also to learn how to protect and care for it through Leave-No-Trace workshops.  Junior Wavus campers will camp for the night either on Hog Island or on the mainland at the Bremen Landing.  As part of their trip, Junior Wavus campers will also enjoy a ride around Muscongus Bay, including fishing, swimming, and pulling a few lobster traps, on the Snowgoose III, Kieve-Wavus’ 42-foot converted lobster boat. Check out our more on our Environmental Stewardship initiatives.

 

Hog Island

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As a primer for their larger trip later in the session, these cabins make the short paddle from Kieve-Wavus’ Bremen Landing to the Hog Island Audubon property.  During their trip, they explore both by land and by sea the sights of Muscongus Bay.  They can hike the perimeter of Hog Island, typically a three hour hike, paddle around the island, enjoy a swim from any of the beaches on the island, and even learn a little about our environment and how to care for it through educational opportunities including Leave-No-Trace workshops.  Check out our more on our Environmental Stewardship initiatives.

 

Camden Hills State Park

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This trip is just a short drive up US Route 1 to Camden Hills State Park in Camden, ME.  From their established base camp, they hike in the southern portion of the park.  After setting up their campsite, they hike Mount Battie, standing 780ft above the West Penobscot Bay below it.  From the summit, they can see Camden to the south, the Bay to the east, and to the north is Mount Megunticook, their hike on day two.  With a good meal that night, they are well prepared for their hike up Mount Megunticook to the turret on top of the 1385ft summit, which affords spectacular views of Camden Harbor and the West Penobscot Bay.  Groups may also check out Maiden Cliffs and Bald Rock Mountain while they are there, and of course they make good use of the beach and rocky coastline areas adjacent to their campsite. 

 

Damariscotta Lake

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This trip leaves straight from the Kieve shores and explores Damariscotta Lake by canoe, camping for the night at Kieve-Wavus’ Cool Island or Southover properties on the lake. As they explore the lake, campers will have the opportunity to paddle to a swimming hole off Windy Island and to Blueberry Island.  Of course, there’s plenty to explore on land as well, taking full advantage of the opportunities afforded by the many nature trails at Southover. Campers use this trip to practice their camp skills, such as setting up tents, forming relationships with their cabin-mates and making delicious camp food.

 

Mount Blue State Park

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This trip to the western mountains of Maine takes campers to Mount Blue State Park on the shores of Webb Lake, west of Farmington. Groups will camp at Mount Blue State Park for two nights. While there, they will hike Mount Blue and Blueberry Mountain and may even make a trip up to Smalls Falls or to Coos Canyon to swim and check out the waterfalls. Of course, if you’re camped on the shores of Webb Lake, there will be time for a dip (or two) in the lake as well.

 

White Mountain National Forest

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Each trip to the White Mountains National Forest is unique. While the goal of every camper is to successfully climb Mt. Washington, weather conditions determine which climbs are possible. Hikes in the area in addition to Mount Washington include Glenn Boulder, Glenn Ellis Falls, Wildcat Mountain, Mount Madison and many more.  Clearly, the area abounds in possibilities, and almost every trip includes a visit to Emerald Pool for a cooling dip.  After four nights at Barnes Field Campground, the group returns to Wavus undoubtedly telling tales of high winds on Mount Washington.

 

St. Croix River

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The St. Croix River, in far eastern Maine, serves as the boundary between Canada and the United States. The trip begins with two and a half days of lake paddling on Spednic Lake before carrying around the dam in Vanceboro.  The trip picks up the pace as the river winds its way through both calm and white water, including the ever popular Little Falls, to their take-out at the Grand Falls Dam in Kellyland.  Campsites include both mainland and island sites, most of which are a mere stone’s throw from Canada.  Along the way, campers have an opportunity to learn about the area and its history and help out with the creation and maintenance of US campsites along the way thanks to the help of the St Croix International Waterway Commission.

 

Hermit Island

 

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This trip travels about an hour south of camp onto one of the many fingers of the coastline of Maine, and camps for the night at Hermit Island Campground from which they can explore Midcoast Maine’s estuaries and maritime heritage.  From their base at the campground, there are numerous hiking trails to explore the island around the campground.  They can also make a quick trip over to Morse Mountain Conservation Area for a short hike over Morse Mountain to a secluded beach.  A few minutes further from the campground are Maine’s First Ship, an active reconstruction of the first ship built in North America by English colonists, and various Nature Preserves including Spirit, Sprague, and Center Pond Preserves, each with a collection of nature trails and plenty of birds and other wildlife to observe.  There’s plenty to explore in the area as campers become familiar with another of the many environments Maine has to offer.

 

Moosehead Lake Region

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This trip is seven nights of camping in Maine’s scenic and historic Moosehead Lake Region.  Maine’s largest lake, Moosehead Lake sits at the edge of the North Woods and provides numerous opportunities for hikes both to mountain summits and to beautiful gorges and waterfalls. Hikes available to the campers include Big Moose and Little Moose Mountains, Eagle Rock, Big and Little Spencer Mountains, Gulf Hagas, and the Elephant Mountain B-52 Crash Site.  There are plenty of other options to choose from for hikes in the area and of course there will be time to enjoy a dip (or two) in the lake!  At the tail end of the trip is an overnight canoe trek to a remote campsite on Moosehead Lake and then the trip culminates with a day of guided inflatable kayaking at the East Outlet of the Kennebec River.

 

Tumbledown Mountain

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This trip to the western mountains of Maine takes campers to the shores of Webb Lake, west of Farmington.  Groups will camp at Mount Blue State Park for two nights.  Tumbledown Mountain, at 3,090 feet, is the primary goal of the trip, with its 700 foot cliffs on the south side and Tumbledown Pond nestled at 2,800 feet between the three peaks of the mountain.  Other smaller hikes are possible on the arrival and departure day of the trip, including Mount Blue and Blueberry Mountain, or a trip to Coos Canyon or Smalls Falls to swim and check out the waterfalls.  Of course, if you’re camped on the shores of Webb Lake, there’s bound to be time for a dip (or two) in the lake as well.

 

Moose River

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This seven day trip takes campers into one of the most remote regions of Maine.  The trip begins with a bang, more specifically with a one mile portage from Attean Lake into Holeb Pond. From there the route moves down the Moose River as it makes a gradual counterclockwise loop back into Attean Lake. Along the way is a short portage around Holeb Falls, a few stretches of white water, and occasional moose sightings for those campers quiet enough not to spook them. Once back on Attean Pond, the group camps at the base of Sally Mountain before making their ascent of the mountain the next day, providing a view of the entire trip from its 2,226ft summit.  The trip concludes with a one day rafting experience on the mighty Kennebec River through the Kennebec Gorge.

 

Bigelow Preserve

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This three night trip provides campers an opportunity to explore the Carrabassett valley’s mountains and waters.  With one full day devoted to climbing Bigelow Mountain, a challenging hike to an exposed summit at just over 4,000 ft, the campers have another full day and a half day to explore other opportunities in the area. These include Sugarloaf, Crocker, or Burnt Mountains, as well as shorter excursions to places like Poplar Falls, a pair of 25ft and 50ft waterfalls with a swimming hole at the bottom, not too far from their campsite at Round Barn on the shore of Flagstaff Lake.

 

East Branch of the Penobscot Riover

 

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This five night trip travels through some of the most historic whitewater and wilderness that Kieve-Wavus paddles.  Starting on the shores of Grand Lake Matagamon, just outside the northern gate of Baxter State Park, this trip quickly hits moving water with a carry around the Matagamon Dam.  Once on the river, they stay at Matagamon Wilderness Campground on their first night and then head downstream to enjoy all of the wonder and excitement of the East Branch of the Penobscot River.  From their first rapid at Stair Falls, through the four portages at Haskell Rock, Pond Pitch, Grand Pitch, and the Hulling Machine, to the rapids at Bowlin, Whetstone and of course Grindstone, there is no shortage of excitement along this route.  Of course, there are a few miles of calmer water as well with plenty of wilderness and wildlife to observe.  This route was once traveled by Henry David Thoreau and is full of history in addition to the excitement and tranquility afforded by this stretch of one of Maine’s finest rivers.

 

Allagash Wilderness Waterway

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Hundreds of thousands of adventurers, including Henry David Thoreau, have been thrilled by the natural beauty of the chain of lakes and whitewater rivers in Northern Maine that comprise the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. For over ten years now, Wavus campers and counselors have explored "the Gash". Nobody ever forgets these two weeks of shared experience in unspoiled country, surrounded by moose, bear and deer in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin, Maine's highest peak.  The fourteen day trip includes such highlights as the Mud Pond Portage, the Eagle Lake Tramway, Chase Rapids, Allagash Falls, and many more. Their 13 day journey of more than 100 miles of paddling ends in the little town of St Francis, just west of Fort Kent, which is as far north as you can go in Maine and a full 6 hour drive back to camp.

 

The Long Voyage

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Heading out from the shores of Moosehead Lake near Cowan Cove, Long Voyage heads off into some of the most remote sections of Maine.  Their journey takes them from Cowan Cove up Moosehead Lake, across the Northeast Carry (a 2.25mile portage), down the West Branch of the Penobscot River to Chesuncook Lake.  From Chesuncook, they paddle up Black Pond and the Horserace rapids to Round Pound and portage into Allagash Lake.  Their journey continues into Chamberlain Lake, through Telos Lake and then they paddle Webster Brook, some of the best and most remote whitewater canoeing in Maine, to Grand Lake Matagamon.  They spend two nights at Matagamon Wilderness Campground including a full day of guided fly fishing instruction and meals provided by the Guides at Matagamon Wilderness. From Matagamon, they paddle down the East Branch of the Penobscot River, a historic route once traveled by Henry David Thoreau that includes more of Maine’s best whitewater and wilderness scenery, taking out in the town of Medway.  This 18 day journey is capped off on the final day with a guided whitewater rafting trip on the West Branch of the Penobscot River where they paddle several Class IV and V rapids including the Exterminator, the Cribworks, and Nesowadnehunk Falls (aka Lose Your Lunch Falls).

 

Appalachian Trail

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For Wavus’ oldest and most experienced girls, this 22-day trip along the Appalachian Trail covers some of the most rugged terrain in Maine, and along the entire trail for that matter.  Along the way, groups will traverse the Hundred Mile Wilderness, the longest stretch of the AT without a resupply point, cross the Kennebec River by canoe ferry, and summit the many peaks along the trail, stopping of course for a few breathtaking vistas and a few swims in the cool mountain rivers and ponds along the trail. This trip is physically challenging, environmentally stimulating, emotionally rewarding and of course fun.  This trip is divided into roughly one week “legs” with one day/night off between two of the legs of the trip.  Following the lead of nearly all thru-hikers, this day off will include a one-night stay at a local establishment along the trail, a hot shower, meals prepared and cleaned by someone other than themselves, and even a guided canoe based evening Moose Safari from a local Registered Maine Guide.