Northern Forest Canoe Trail

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Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Location Northeastern United States
Length 740 mile (1,190 km)
Trailheads Old Forge, New York,
Fort Kent, Maine
Use Canoeing
Difficulty Moderate to Strenuous
Portages 62 (55 miles / 90 km)
Lakes and Ponds 56
Rivers and Streams 22
Season Summer to Fall
Sights Adirondack Mountains
Hazards Severe Weather
Class III, IV white water

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is a 740-mile (1,190 km) marked canoeing trail in the northeastern United States and Canada, extending from Old Forge in the Adirondacks of New York to Fort Kent, Maine. Along the way, the trail also passes through the states and provinces of Vermont, Quebec, and New Hampshire. The trail was opened on June 3, 2006.

Overview[edit]

Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) sign

The trail has been likened to a water version of the Appalachian Trail, and there are many similarities: both are long-distance trails that most people will use for day trips or short overnight trips. Many of those who paddle the entire trail will do so in sections. Unlike the AT, the NFCT obtains access for campsites and portages through landowner permission rather than through land protection. Also, many sections of the trail require a high level of skill to complete.[1]

The trail is divided into 13 sections: Adirondack Country (West) New York, Adirondack North Country (Central) New York, Adirondack Country (East) New York, Islands and Farms Region Vermont, Upper Missisquoi Valley Vermont/Quebec, Northeast Kingdom Quebec/Vermont, Great North Woods New Hampshire, Rangeley Lakes Region Maine, Flagstaff Region Maine, Greater Jackman Region Maine, Moosehead/Penobscot Region Maine, Allagash Region (South) Maine, and Allagash Region (North) Maine. Each of these sections has been mapped and documented in order to establish the trail.

Trail towns include Old Forge and Saranac Lake in New York, and Rangeley, Maine.[citation needed] In Maine it primarily traverses through the North Maine Woods region

The trail covers 58 lakes and ponds, 22 rivers and streams, and 63 "carries" (portages) totaling 53 miles (85 km). On some sections of the trail, portage trails, campsites, and access areas are marked with Northern Forest Canoe Trail medallions, a yellow diamond with blue lettering.[2]

The American Canoe Association has named the NFCT an ACA-Recommended Water Trail.

Spencer Pond and Moosehead Lake, Maine, from Little Spencer Mountain

Bodies of Water[3][edit]

New York (147 mi.)[edit]

Vermont & Québec (174 mi.)[edit]

New Hampshire (72 mi.)[edit]

Maine (374 mi.)[edit]

Through-paddlers[edit]

As of 2014, 68 people have "through-paddled" the trail — traveling the length of the trail in one expedition. In addition, three others have completed it in multiple trips.[4]

Nicole Grohoski and Thomas Perkins of Ellsworth, Maine were the first to officially through-paddle the trail in 2006, traveling the length of the trail in about 45 days.[citation needed] Donnie Mullen paddled the trail in 2000 before its official opening, taking about 55 days but doing so without the signs and maps that were available in 2015.[citation needed] The fastest thru-paddle was completed in 2012 Elspeth Ronnander, Erik Peih and Emily Johnson. the trip took them 21 days, 3 hours and 45 minutes.[citation needed]

Northern Forest Canoe Trail literature[edit]

"Paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail" by Sam Brakeley - a narrative of a 2009 thru-paddle in journal form.

"The Northern Forest Canoe Trail Through-Paddler's Companion" by Katina Daanen, a guide book to paddling the 740-mile (1,190 km) water trail from its western terminus in Old Forge, New York to the eastern terminus in Fort Kent, Maine.

"Paddling Through Time - The Story of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail", Northern Forest Canoe Trail, 2006. ISBN 9780978669706, 64 pages.

References[edit]

  1. ^ FAQs
  2. ^ The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Inc.; Thompson, John; Canter, Ronald; Slayton, Thomas; Henderson, Robert; Duff, Lori; Mullen, Donnie; Grohoski, Nicole (2010). The Northern Forest Canoe Trail: The Official Guidebook. Seattle, WA, USA: The Mountaineers Book. ISBN 978-1-59485-061-5. 
  3. ^ "Rivers Lakes and Streams of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail - Northern Forest Canoe Trail". www.northernforestcanoetrail.org. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  4. ^ "The NFCT List". northernforestcanoetrail.org. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°47.5′N 71°2.5′W / 44.7917°N 71.0417°W / 44.7917; -71.0417 (Northern Forest Canoe Trail)

43°42′45″N 74°58′10″W / 43.71260°N 74.96945°W / 43.71260; -74.96945 (Old Forge, New York) 43°45′03″N 74°47′41″W / 43.75075°N 74.79485°W / 43.75075; -74.79485 (Inlet, New York) 43°48′38″N 74°39′25″W / 43.81065°N 74.65695°W / 43.81065; -74.65695 (Raquette Lake, New York) 43°53′11″N 74°35′09″W / 43.88645°N 74.58575°W / 43.88645; -74.58575 (Woods, New York) 43°55′30″N 74°28′40″W / 43.92500°N 74.47790°W / 43.92500; -74.47790 (Long Lake (SW)) 43°58′28″N 74°25′34″W / 43.97455°N 74.42605°W / 43.97455; -74.42605 (Long Lake, New York) 44°05′14″N 74°19′03″W / 44.08720°N 74.31750°W / 44.08720; -74.31750 (Long Lake (NE)) 44°11′58″N 74°19′08″W / 44.19945°N 74.31890°W / 44.19945; -74.31890 (Raquette River) 44°13′47″N 74°18′55″W / 44.22975°N 74.31520°W / 44.22975; -74.31520 (Indian Carry)

44°15′11″N 74°17′36″W / 44.25315°N 74.29340°W / 44.25315; -74.29340 (Bartlett Carry) 44°17′19″N 74°11′02″W / 44.28855°N 74.18390°W / 44.28855; -74.18390 (Lower Saranac Lake) 44°19′28″N 74°07′55″W / 44.32435°N 74.13200°W / 44.32435; -74.13200 (Saranac Lake, New York) 44°23′51″N 74°04′23″W / 44.39760°N 74.07305°W / 44.39760; -74.07305 (Saranac River) 44°26′15″N 73°58′20″W / 44.43760°N 73.97220°W / 44.43760; -73.97220 (Franklin Falls, New York) 44°30′28″N 73°54′54″W / 44.50765°N 73.91500°W / 44.50765; -73.91500 (Union Falls, New York) 44°35′46″N 73°50′15″W / 44.59600°N 73.83760°W / 44.59600; -73.83760 (Clayburg, New York) 44°37′40″N 73°45′37″W / 44.62780°N 73.76030°W / 44.62780; -73.76030 (Saranac, New York dam) 44°41′14″N 73°40′01″W / 44.68730°N 73.66705°W / 44.68730; -73.66705 (Elsinore, New York) 44°41′59″N 73°26′51″W / 44.69960°N 73.44740°W / 44.69960; -73.44740 (Plattsburgh, New York)

44°45′56″N 73°17′21″W / 44.76550°N 73.28930°W / 44.76550; -73.28930 (Lake Champlain) 45°00′19″N 73°09′36″W / 45.00530°N 73.16000°W / 45.00530; -73.16000 (Missiquoi Bay) 44°56′03″N 73°02′52″W / 44.93420°N 73.04770°W / 44.93420; -73.04770 (Highgate Falls, Vermont) 44°54′06″N 72°57′05″W / 44.90170°N 72.95150°W / 44.90170; -72.95150 (Sheldon Junction, Vermont) 44°54′06″N 72°48′28″W / 44.90180°N 72.80770°W / 44.90180; -72.80770 (Enosburg Falls, Vermont) 44°59′48″N 72°40′19″W / 44.99670°N 72.67200°W / 44.99670; -72.67200 (Richford, Vermont) 45°00′43″N 72°35′17″W / 45.01200°N 72.58800°W / 45.01200; -72.58800 (U.S.–Canada border)

45°01′37″N 72°25′48″W / 45.02690°N 72.42990°W / 45.02690; -72.42990 (Highwater, Québec) 45°04′22″N 72°23′14″W / 45.07280°N 72.38725°W / 45.07280; -72.38725 (Potton, Québec) 45°05′30″N 72°17′41″W / 45.09180°N 72.29470°W / 45.09180; -72.29470 (Perkins Landing, Québec)

44°56′16″N 72°12′20″W / 44.93790°N 72.20550°W / 44.93790; -72.20550 (Newport, Vermont) 44°56′01″N 72°10′38″W / 44.93360°N 72.17710°W / 44.93360; -72.17710 (Lake Clyde dam) 44°56′11″N 72°07′08″W / 44.93630°N 72.11900°W / 44.93630; -72.11900 (Lake Salem (NW)) 44°53′57″N 72°03′36″W / 44.89930°N 72.06000°W / 44.89930; -72.06000 (West Charleston, Vermont) 44°50′14″N 71°59′26″W / 44.83730°N 71.99050°W / 44.83730; -71.99050 (East Charleston, Vermont) 44°48′47″N 71°52′52″W / 44.81300°N 71.88110°W / 44.81300; -71.88110 (Island Pond, Vermont) 44°47′47″N 71°50′22″W / 44.79633°N 71.83935°W / 44.79633; -71.83935 (Brighton State Park) 44°46′17″N 71°44′31″W / 44.77140°N 71.74200°W / 44.77140; -71.74200 (Wenlock, Vermont) 44°45′05″N 71°38′01″W / 44.75140°N 71.63350°W / 44.75140; -71.63350 (Bloomfield, Vermont)

44°39′07″N 71°33′44″W / 44.65200°N 71.56235°W / 44.65200; -71.56235 (Stratford, New Hampshire) 44°35′20″N 71°32′05″W / 44.58900°N 71.53480°W / 44.58900; -71.53480 (Groveton, New Hampshire) 44°37′15″N 71°23′00″W / 44.62070°N 71.38321°W / 44.62070; -71.38321 (Percy, New Hampshire) 44°35′41″N 71°18′05″W / 44.59460°N 71.30130°W / 44.59460; -71.30130 (West Milan, New Hampshire) 44°36′55″N 71°14′07″W / 44.61520°N 71.23520°W / 44.61520; -71.23520 (Androscoggin River) 44°42′53″N 71°10′25″W / 44.71460°N 71.17350°W / 44.71460; -71.17350 (Minsfield Pond Road) 44°46′42″N 71°07′54″W / 44.77820°N 71.13180°W / 44.77820; -71.13180 (Errol, New Hampshire)

44°47′10″N 70°59′10″W / 44.78600°N 70.98600°W / 44.78600; -70.98600 (Rapid River) 44°46′36″N 70°55′12″W / 44.77660°N 70.91990°W / 44.77660; -70.91990 (Lower Richardson Lake) 44°52′41″N 70°52′05″W / 44.87800°N 70.86800°W / 44.87800; -70.86800 (Upper Richardson Lake) 44°57′42″N 70°47′43″W / 44.96180°N 70.79530°W / 44.96180; -70.79530 (Mooselookmeguntic, Maine) 44°57′54″N 70°46′05″W / 44.96490°N 70.76800°W / 44.96490; -70.76800 (Oquossoc, Maine) 44°57′55″N 70°38′47″W / 44.96540°N 70.64640°W / 44.96540; -70.64640 (Rangeley, Maine)

45°00′16″N 70°34′34″W / 45.00440°N 70.57600°W / 45.00440; -70.57600 (Dallas, Maine) 45°04′00″N 70°34′35″W / 45.06680°N 70.57640°W / 45.06680; -70.57640 (Langtown Mill, Maine) 45°09′08″N 70°26′47″W / 45.15220°N 70.44650°W / 45.15220; -70.44650 (Stratton, Maine) 45°13′19″N 70°12′07″W / 45.22200°N 70.20200°W / 45.22200; -70.20200 (Flagstaff Lake, Maine) 45°17′49″N 70°13′18″W / 45.29700°N 70.22180°W / 45.29700; -70.22180 (Grand Falls) 45°25′52″N 70°17′31″W / 45.43100°N 70.29190°W / 45.43100; -70.29190 (Spencer Lake) 45°29′42″N 70°17′18″W / 45.49500°N 70.28840°W / 45.49500; -70.28840 (Whipple Pond)

45°31′13″N 70°17′45″W / 45.52030°N 70.29580°W / 45.52030; -70.29580 (Spencer Rips) 45°38′12″N 70°15′44″W / 45.63660°N 70.26220°W / 45.63660; -70.26220 (Jackman, Maine) 45°37′04″N 69°58′03″W / 45.61790°N 69.96740°W / 45.61790; -69.96740 (Demo Road) 45°38′03″N 69°55′30″W / 45.63410°N 69.92500°W / 45.63410; -69.92500 (Little Brassua Lake) 45°40′56″N 69°45′55″W / 45.68220°N 69.76530°W / 45.68220; -69.76530 (Rockwood, Maine) 45°50′46″N 69°41′17″W / 45.84600°N 69.68800°W / 45.84600; -69.68800 (Moosehead Lake) 45°53′39″N 69°36′37″W / 45.89430°N 69.61030°W / 45.89430; -69.61030 (Northeast Carry) 45°59′26″N 69°31′24″W / 45.99060°N 69.52330°W / 45.99060; -69.52330 (Smith Halfway House) 46°04′12″N 69°25′10″W / 46.07000°N 69.41950°W / 46.07000; -69.41950 (Chesuncook Lake)

46°18′55″N 69°22′44″W / 46.31520°N 69.37890°W / 46.31520; -69.37890 (Chamberlain Lake)

46°29′34″N 69°17′17″W / 46.49270°N 69.28800°W / 46.49270; -69.28800 (Churchill Depot, Maine) 46°36′53″N 69°23′33″W / 46.61480°N 69.39240°W / 46.61480; -69.39240 (The Thoroughfare) 46°45′47″N 69°18′19″W / 46.76310°N 69.30530°W / 46.76310; -69.30530 (Henderson Brook) 46°57′05″N 69°11′41″W / 46.95150°N 69.19460°W / 46.95150; -69.19460 (Michaud Farm) 47°05′00″N 69°02′44″W / 47.08320°N 69.04560°W / 47.08320; -69.04560 (Allagash, Maine) 47°10′27″N 68°53′56″W / 47.17430°N 68.89880°W / 47.17430; -68.89880 (St. Francis, Maine) 47°13′30″N 68°45′07″W / 47.22500°N 68.75200°W / 47.22500; -68.75200 (Wheelock, Maine) 47°15′14″N 68°35′46″W / 47.25400°N 68.59600°W / 47.25400; -68.59600 (Fort Kent, Maine)