Family Adventure: Intro to Canoe Camping

Date and Time

Friday, August 10, 2018 2:00PM - Sunday, August 12, 2018 12:00PM


Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins,
Maine, Inland,


Registration is required for this activity.

(best time to call: 9am-5pm, Monday-Saturday)


If you have never been canoe camping before now is the perfect time to explore camping near the water's edge. This fun canoe camping experience will be led by AMC Registered Maine Guides to take you out to our secret new campsite out on Long Pond. Our guides will teach the basics of canoe camping, provide all the gear and food needs for the weekend. The first day participants will meet the guides at Gorman Chairback Lodge and spend one night in the cabins and exploring the area from shore. The second day the guides will help load up the overnight gear and teach some basic canoe safety and paddling techniques then take you out on Long Pond. We will have plenty of time to set up camp, explore the island, or go out and explore more of the pond via canoes. Come out and join us for a wonderful weekend of canoeing and exploring in the 100 Mile Wilderness of Maine, eating fantastic meals around the campfire and sleeping under the stars. On the final day the guides will cook you up a hearty camp breakfast and then it is time to say goodbye and head back to Gorman Chairback Lodge. Guests are lodged in the bunkhouse or private rustic cabins with capacities ranging from two to twelve people. All cabins contain wood stoves, gas lights and beds. Bedding and towels are not provided in the bunkhouse. Hearty breakfasts and dinners are served family style each morning and evening in the lodge dining room. Each morning lodge staff prepares trail lunches for each participant that are available after breakfast. Travel times and guided activities will vary depending on abilities and weather. Sample Itinerary: Friday 2:00 pm Check in to Gorman 5:00 pmMeet and Greet 6:00 pm Dinner 7:00 pm Evening Program, schedule, go over gear needs Saturday 8:00 amBreakfast - Pick up Lunch 9:30 amCanoe 101 12:00 pmLunch 4:00 pmSet up Camp Site 6:00 pmCook Dinner 7:00 pmEvening Program Sunday 7:00 amBreakfast - Pick up Lunch 8:00 amPack up gear 9:30 am Paddle back to Gorman 12:00 pmGoodbyes

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $259 member / $284 non-member
Youth: $169 member / $184 non-member
Child: $99 member / $109 non-member
*Lodging and dinner at Gorman Chairback one night, 2 breakfasts, 2lunches, and 1 dinner for Saturday and Sunday camping, hot showers at all facilities, AMC Maine Guide expertise, and canoeing and camping equipment (bring what you have or rent the gear from us!). Higher rates apply for private cabin options.

Driving Directions SUMMER DIRECTIONS TO GORMAN CHAIRBACK AMC's Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins are located approximately 20 miles east of Greenville and 15 miles west of Route 11 outside of Brownville. There is no fuel available once you leave the state highways. Please allow 6 hours driving time if driving from the Boston area, 9 hours from the greater NYC area. From the west via Greenville: • Take I-95 north to Exit 157 (old 39) at Newport, Route 7 north to Dexter, Route 23 north to Guilford, then Route 15 North to Greenville. • At the traf c light in the center of Greenville, proceed north one block and turn right onto Pleasant St. • After 2 miles the road becomes gravel. Eleven miles from Greenville, stop and register at the Hedgehog Gate checkpoint. • Proceed 1.8 miles further and turn right at the T intersection onto Katahdin Iron Works road. • Continue 3.5 miles and turn right onto the Chairback Mountain Road. • Continue for 1.3 miles and turn right onto the Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins driveway which will lead you directly to the facility. From the east via Brownville: • Approach the KI (Katahdin Ironworks) Road on Route 11 either southbound from Millinocket (26 miles) or Northbound from Milo (12 Miles). • To get to Milo from the south, take I-95 north to Exit 199 (old 53) at Old Town. • Continue north on Route 16 to Milo, then take Route 11 north towards Brownville. • NOTE: Signage for the Katahdin Ironworks Historic Site (KIW) may be missing, so check your mileage. • Turn west onto the KI Road. The KI checkpoint is 6.3 miles from Route 11. Stop and register. • From the gate go 7.3 miles. • Turn left on the Chairback Mountain Road. • Continue for 1.3 miles and turn right onto the Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins driveway which will lead you directly to the facility.

Long Pond at Gorman Chairback Lodge


Instruction (Skills)
Paddling - Canoeing

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Gorman Chairback