Unity College Moose River Trip

Moose River – Bow Loop: Canoeing


July 23 – 27 (Monday  morning– Friday afternoon)


Difficulty Level: Advanced


$700  Last date to register is June 1, 2018.


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Explore one of Maine’s most remote rivers , where we will discover wild streams, ponds, woods, flora, and fauna through canoeing, and fishing.


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 Attean Pond,  Holeb Pond and the Moose River. We will paddle over scenic lakes and through Class I-II rapids. There are two major portages on this canoe trek with the longest being 1.25 miles. You will carry food, water, canoes, and paddles through each portage. The secluded canoeing, swimming, wildlife watching, and fishing will make the challenge and adventure of this trip a highlight of your summer. This trek is one of the Summer Program Staff’s favorite trips each year!

During this 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 participating in a service project such as building bridges, maintaining trails, clearing campsites, building lean-tos and more
  • There will be time to fish. If you are interested in fishing, you will need to acquire a State of Maine fishing license. For more information on purchasing a State of Maine fishing license, please click here.  Bring your own fishing gear.
  • The tent sites will be rustic and secluded, equipped with outhouses, firepits,  and picnic tables while meals will be cooked on camp stoves.
  • Delicious and well-balanced meals will be provided on the trail.  These meals will be prepared as a  group i.e. hash browns & eggs, homemade pizza, burritos, blueberry pie, s’mores’ just to name a few.
  • Accommodations will be made for dietary restrictions.

Day I

After checking in at Unity College, we will begin to pack and finalize all individual and group gear needs.  We will gather for lunch with your fellow adventurers for an outside BBQ before traveling to Holeb Pond Public Reserve. Instructors will introduce paddling skills and techniques before paddling 1- 4.75 miles on Attean Pond.  This beautiful and remote setting will be your home for the first day of your adventure.

Day II

Wake up to a hearty breakfast and prepare for a 1.25 mile portage from Attean Pond to Holeb Pond.  After a much needed break and lunch, you will paddle across the rocky and beautiful Holeb Pond and into Holeb Stream that connects to the Moose River, a 4.25 mile stretch.  Our second night will be spent along the banks of the Moose River where, perhaps as you might expect, the possibility of moose sightings abound.


After breakfast and breaking down camp, the day continues with a 4.5 mile paddle to Holeb Falls where the group will portage for 0.25 miles.  Below the Falls there will be scenic views of the 30 foot drop with opportunities to take some unforgettable photos.  We will camp at one of the many sites at Holeb Falls enjoying the fruits of this pristine fishing and swimming location.  In the evening, the sound of the water crashing over the rocks will put us to sleep.

Day IV

This day marks our farthest paddling day, as we will paddle over 12 miles on the river.  On this stretch of the Moose River, bald eagles, moose, great horned owls, common loons, beaver and many regional bird species are spotted frequently.  It is a great day to have your camera and binoculars ready!  The day will end at Attean Falls, where we will camp and enjoy our last evening in the wilderness.

Day V

An early morning awaits!  We will wake, pack up, and enjoy a silent meditation paddle as the sun rises over Attean Pond (3.5 miles).  This is a great time to see moose feeding on the aquatic plants that grow near the mouth of the river and listen to the bullfrogs.  After packing our gear, we will travel to the town of Jackman to grab a bite to eat at our favorite breakfast place.  Once we return to campus, we will unpack and  unwind with adult beverages and hors d’oeuvres and say goodbye!

Be Advised: 

  • Tour groups have been kept small, so register early.
  • The Unity College dining staff is masterful when it comes to accommodating dietary restrictions, but we need to know what those are in advance of your visit.
  • Adjustments to Tour itineraries may be made due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Participants must be in good health and be able to participate in various activities not limited to hiking, paddling, and wilderness navigation.
  • Once you register, an email will be sent with more details about times, directions, and what to pack.
  • With the exception of the Katahdin Tour and Penobscot Tour, which has one night of camping, all other tours will spend the night on campus in comfortable residence halls.
  • Cancellations can be made up to one month prior to the tour, but there is a non-refundable $200 fee. If Unity College cancels for any reason, a refund will be made in full.
  • Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Transportation can be provided for an additional $50 to and from the Bangor Airport, $75 for the Portland Airport, and $25 for the Augusta Airport.
  • Unity College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, national origin, age, or disability. However, please be aware that due to the nature of some activities we cannot adequately accommodate those who are not physically capable of participating.
  • For groups of 10+, please contact 207-509-7121.


All schedules are tentative and are subject to change at any time.


Tips will not be accepted, Thank you!