Summer Nova

Canoeing and Kayaking Trips

Exploring Maine by canoe or kayak is an amazing experience.  

On each trip you will:

  • Apply to NovaPaddle 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. 

Flagstaff Lake Nova Orientation Unity CollegeFlagstaff Lake: Kayaking

July 13 – 17 FULL 
August 3 – 7  FULL

Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Moderate to strenuous.
Explore one of Maine's most scenic lakes, surrounded by the Bigelow Mountain Range. Students will prepare with a day of instruction on and off the water to get oriented with kayaking. We will paddle the length of this lake at an average of 3-8 miles a day.  

Sebois Lake Nova Orientation Unity CollegeSeboeis Lake: Canoeing/Fishing

July 20 – 24 FULL
August 17 – 21

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

Nahmakanta Lake Nova Orientation Unity CollegeNahmakanta Lake: Canoeing/Hiking/Fishing

August 10 – 14

Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Mild 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, hiking, and fishing.

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

July 13 – 17 -  FULL
August 17 – 22 - FULL

Prior Experience Required: Yes
Exertion Level: Moderate.
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. 

St. Croix River - Nova Orientation Unity CollegeSt. Croix River: Canoeing 

July 27 – 31 FULL
August 10 – 14 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 Loon Bay 34 miles later. We will be paddling through many rips (small rapids) where we will hone our paddling skills.  Photo Identification (driver's license or passport) is required for this trip.