Northern Forest Canoe Trail: Section 10

The 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail traverses some of the most scenic paddling country in the northeast. Section 10 of the trail explores Spencer Stream and Lake and the Moose River as it drains to Moosehead Lake.
Trail Activity
Length
65.0 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Strenuous
Towns
Attean Twp, Bradstreet Twp, Brassua Twp, Hobbstown Twp, Jackman, Long Pond Twp, Rockwood Strip T1 R1 NBKP, Rockwood Strip T2 R1 NBKP, Sandwich Academy Grant Twp, T3 R4 BKP WKR, T3 R5 BKP WKR, T5 R7 BKP WKR, Taunton & Raynham Academy Grant, Tomhegan Twp
Surface
Lake/Pond, River/Stream
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

This section of the NFCT explores the Spencer Stream watershed and the Moose River through its outlet in Moosehead Lake. A segment of the Moose River and Attean Pond are part of historic “Moose River Bow Trip” in which paddlers travel in a circle and end where they started. The trail-side communities of Jackman and Rockwood have long relied on logging and outdoor recreation for their livelihood, and both towns are becoming known as great 4-season recreation destinations surrounded by woods, water, and wilderness.

In order to safely experience the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in this region, please bring the NFCT Section 10 map with you on your trip. The Maine Trail Finder is not intended to be a comprehensive resource along this trail.

Other Information

To learn more about this region and plan your trip, visit the Northern Forest Canoe Trail website. There you can:

  • Buy waterproof maps and a guidebook, which describe local regulations and attractions
  • Use the Trip Planner Map Tool to locate outfitters, guides, and other amenities (Section 10 Tool)
  • Learn about the trail and its unique history
  • Become a Northern Forest Canoe Trail member or volunteer
  • And much more!

Specific rules apply to the many campsites in this region and all require a fire permit. For more information about local regulations, please refer to the official map.

Camping and access sites along this section of trail are a result of NFCT collaboration with the following partners and landowners: Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and private landowners.

Private Land Consideration: Many trails are comprised of both public and private land. Trail organizations work to secure landowner agreements and maintain public use through stewardship and maintenance efforts. Each campsite, trail, and access point may have a different code of conduct required by trail users. More information about specific user requirements and guidelines can be found in the resources -- website, map, or guidebook -- provided by the trail manager. As a trail user it is important to understand and uphold these codes of conduct to allow future use of these locations.

Trail Manager

Visit Northern Forest Canoe Trail online for more information or contact:

Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Northern Forest Canoe Trail
PO Box 565
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Phone: 802-496-2285
Fax: 802-329-2239
info@northernforestcanoetrail.org

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Consider using a cooking stove and alternative light source (flashlight, candle, lantern) instead of building a campfire.
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Be a Safe and Respectful Paddler
Paddling conditions will vary according to the weather and season, so always exercise caution and always wear a lifejacket. With good judgment and proper equipment, the risk associated with paddling can be minimized. Respect the natural world and the rights of landowners, and be considerate of other outdoor enthusiasts. Paddlers should seek to avoid causing erosion, trampling vegetation, disturbing wildlife, and harming water quality.
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