Summer Nova Trips

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Nova Canoe and Kayak trips.

Exploring Maine by canoe or kayak is an amazing experience.  

On each trip you will:

  • Paddle Maine’s most scenic lakes and rivers and camp at remote campsites
  • Explore the natural surroundings which support a diverse population of  wildlife including loons, bald eagles, coyote, beaver, otter and moose
  • Learn skills such as paddling strokes, maneuvers, rescues, orienteering, weather forecasting, and boat maintenance
  • Learn and practice Leave No Trace principles
  • Give back to the location by providing a service such as building bridges, maintaining trails, clearing campsites, building lean-tos and more
  • Have the opportunity to fish. You must have a State of Maine fishing license and provide your own gear and artificial bait. For more information on purchasing a State of Maine fishing license, please click here.

Summer Nova trips are offered during the six weeks leading up to the start of the fall semester. The last session is open only to those students traveling from outside of New England (the New England states include Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut). These students may also opt to apply to a trip during any week of Nova if they choose to do so.  

Nahmakanta Lake Nova Orientation Unity CollegeNahmakanta Lake: Canoeing/Hiking

Dates: July 17-21 (FULL), Aug 14-18 (FULL), and August 21-25  **Reserved for students who live outside of the New England States
Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Easy to moderate.
The Nahmakanta Public Lands encompass 43,000 acres of sprawling forests, crystal clear lakes, secluded ponds, and gorgeous mountain views!  There is an extensive network of hiking trails along lakeshores, gorges, and even the Appalachian Trail’s (AT) 100-Mile Wilderness. During this trip the group will spend time paddling, swimming and hiking.

Moose River Nova Orientation Unity CollegeMoose River – Bow Loop: Canoeing

Dates: July 24-28, Aug 7-11 (FULL), and Aug 21-25 (FULL)

Prior Experience Required: Yes
Exertion Level: Moderate to Strenuous
The Moose River is part of the Holeb's Public Reserve Land in a remote wilderness located in western Maine. The Moose River Bow Loop is a 34-mile canoe loop encompassing Holeb Pond, Attean Pond and the Moose River. We will paddle in open water to Class I-II rapids. There are two major portages on this canoe trek with one being 1.25 miles. The group must be able to carry food, water, canoes and paddles over the portages. Canoeing, swimming, wildlife watching, and fishing are among the many other exciting opportunities this trip offers.

Scraggly Lake Nova Orientation Unity College

Moosehead Lake: Kayaking/Hiking

Dates: July 24-28 (FULL) and Aug 21-25 (FULL)
Prior Experience Required:
Exertion Level: Moderate to Strenuous
Explore the largest lake in the Northeast!  Moosehead Lake is surrounded by scenic mountain ranges and forested wilderness, and scattered with islands, coves and peninsulas that make for a spectacular paddling trip. Students will be given instruction on and off the water to get them oriented to the kayaks and to learn self-rescue, paddling technique and how to manage kayaks in the wind and waves.  Once everyone feels comfortable, we will explore the northern regions of this lake as we paddle from camp to camp.  We will stop to explore islands and hike glorious Mt. Kineo.

Moosehead Lake Nova Orientation Unity College

Scraggly Lake : Primitive Skills/Canoeing

Dates: July 24-28 (FULL), Aug 7-11 (FULL), and Aug 21-25
Prior Experience Required:
Exertion Level: Easy to Moderate
Scraggly Lake will serve as the scenic basecamp for this trip.  Located in the eastern Maine this lake is connected to a series of lakes, ponds, streams and wetland.  This is not just a canoe trip, we will focus on variety of primitive skills: including wilderness awareness, stalking, tracking, shelter building, and fire making and ways to keep yourself comfortable in the wilderness.


St. Croix River - Nova Orientation Unity CollegeSt. Croix River: Canoeing and Swift Water Techniques

Dates: July 17-21 (FULL), July 31-Aug 4 (FULL), and Aug 14-18 (FULL)

Prior Experience Required: Yes
Exertion Level: Moderate
The St. Croix River is a beautiful scenic waterway that runs along the border of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. We will start in the small border town of Vanceboro, Maine and take out at Grand Falls 34 miles later. We will be paddling through many rapids class I-III where we will hone our paddling skills.  We will spend time at Little Falls practicing Swift Water Rescue techniques.  Photo Identification (driver's license or passport) is required for this trip.

Seboeis Lake - Nova Orientation Unity CollegeSeboeis Lake: Kayaking/Fishing

Dates: July 31 - Aug 4 (FULL), Aug 7-11 (FULL), and Aug 14 - 18 (FULL)

Prior Experience Required:No
Exertion Level: Easy to Moderate
Seboeis Public Reserve Land encompasses more than 15,000 acres where you will camp in remote sites, fish, and kayak all with impressive views of Mount Katahdin. Seboeis is a favorite destination for fishermen where there are various species of fish from landlocked salmon, white and yellow perch, small mouth bass, and even brook trout.

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