Someone needs to resolve the issue at the Attean Landing take out. The Moose River Bow trip is short (~34 miles) but classic, and it's been one of my favorites since the first time I did it in 2011. © 2021 Maine Trail Finder. There are 8 campsites along this stretch, which can make for a nice first evening for afternoon launches. Picnic area; Trailered boat launch; See Visitor Accessibility (back to top) Special Considerations . A new password has been emailed to you. The Moose Loop is a water trail that begins and ends in the same exact place:  either Attean Pond landing or Holeb Pond Landing. There is another portage around Holeb Falls. Plan your next non-resident moose hunting trip at River Edge Outfitters. The accessibility of this trip lends itself Check out the newest articles in MTF Stories! The shortest way around Attean Falls is the portage trail on the right. The portage passes tenting options and a cabin (provided by Carrier Timberlands, LLC) and finishes at the wide Holeb Pool in the Moose River, just below the end of Holeb Falls. Does not make make sense to have trail users anger the local land owners. Other paddling opportunities at Maine's Parks and Lands (back to top) Services and Facilities. Could even pole on Attean Lake heading west in some shallow spots. You are camping outdoors so be prepared for cooler nights and possible rain. We skipped some of the lake paddling and the long portage between Attean and Holeb Ponds by putting in Holeb Landing and taking out at Attean Landing. Moose river is a multiple day canoeing trip in Jackman, reaching Holeb pond you must navigate dirt logging roads. This is followed in 500 yards by the Second Camel Rips, at a 90-degree left turn in the river. The paddle across Holeb Pond is 3.25 miles to its outlet into Holeb Stream (45.582691, -70.433400), which joins the Moose River in 1 mile (45.573005, -70.442643). I boiled some eggs before I left and took some baggies of oatmeal for breakfast. A one-mile carry trail connects the western end of Attean with Boleb Ponds, which provides access to the Moose River and the op­ portunity to return to Attean. I love loop trips, and I even like a certain … Duration:  1-2 days Dismiss, Moose River Loop – Bow Trip – Moose River Bow Trip, Canoeing the Moose River Loop | Bow Trip: Day 1, Canoeing the Moose River Loop | Bow Trip: Day 2, Canoeing the Moose River Loop | Bow Trip: Day 3, Part One, Canoeing the Moose River Loop | Bow Trip: Day 3, Part Two, Canoeing the Moose River Loop | Bow Trip: Day 4. THE BOW TRIP The 34 mile Moose River Bow Trip is one of the most outstanding canoe trips in Maine. There’s a lot of paddling across the pond on day one then there is a long portage to the campsite. ), about 0 miles away. Check out the Moose River Loop & Bow Trip adventure series: Good things: the wild strawberries along it were plentiful and delicious, it wasn't buggy, it did not have trees across it, and when we were 3/4s or so of the way to Holeb Pond, the correct trail joined the road we were on. … Obviously, there is ample water, but you will want to filter it. There will be large boulders in the river and a rocky ledge on the right -- take the smaller left branch of the river at this point (45.537154, -70.364636) and an immediate right. There is a lot of rowing and the first portage is long. [For paddlers looking for a shorter trip, with a few rapids and some lake paddling, Spencer Rips is an alternate access point (it is 11 miles from here to Attean Landing). The Moose River Loop (aka Moose Loop or Moose River Bow Trip) and Bow Trip are actually two different adventures found in the same place. In 3.1 miles, turn left onto Holeb Road; follow this well-traveled gravel road for 11.6 miles and make a sharp left onto Holeb Pond Road. The Moose River Bow Trip is a 3 to 4 day paddle that can be completed in a loop by connecting Attean and Holeb Ponds via a 1.2 mile portage. Keep in mind this map is not to scale. The accessibility of this trip lends itself Attean Pond is the beginning and end of this 30-mile canoe trip. My 2019 moose season was a great one with lots of moose rutting activity. Trip Overview This trip can be done in two days but I would recommend at least three or more. Difficulty:  piece of cake to moderate On the map issued by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands covering the Moose River bow trip, the rips more closely resemble tricky drops -- particularly Spencer and Mosquito rips. The Moose River Bow Trip is a popular, 34-mile scenic paddling loop in Western Maine, featuring lake and river paddling, brief whitewater, a few portages, and great opportunities to view wildlife, including moose! Both trips have beautiful camping spots along the way, most with fire pits and picnic tables. On our third site, you can portage to avoid the rapids or just canoe through them and dock at the end of the site. We had been hugging the south side of Attean Pond, and didn't realize we had come to the wrong place to begin our portage. My daughter swam to get it, then we paddled back to the "wrong" (but I believe easier) route. It was first settled by Capt. After 0.5 miles, turn left into a small stream; the large river beyond here is usually blocked by jumbled, weathered logs (dri-ki). Begin the 0.3-mile portage here, or continue to paddle a bit farther until logs block the waterway and join the portage trail on the left. Bad things: there was a lot more elevation change and it was very hot and sunny. The Bow Trip The 34 mile Moose River Bow Trip is one of the most outstanding canoe trips in Maine. If you brave the Moose Loop, don’t underestimate the “ponds.”  When the wind kicks up, it isn’t uncommon to be paddling against 2-foot waves, which makes progress slow. The Attean Rips portage is on the left, which continues to bypass Attean Falls as well (not shown on the map). When entering Jackman from the south on US-201, turn left onto Attean Road (just before the ME-6/15 junction on the right). The first is the Camel Rips ledge drop, 3.75 miles after entering the Moose River. I have to almost restrain myself from going up to Jackman and doing it over and over again. For dinner, I put some pasta in a pot with seasoning, cheese, and beans. Learn more about the fascinating geology of the Moose River Bow Trip, courtesy of the Maine Geologic Survey. All Rights Reserved. Spectacular scenery and great fishing make this a truly enjoyable trip for all paddlers. Other Maine Canoe Trips. The comment I want to make is about the portage from Attean Pond to Holeb Pond. Most of us slept in hammocks. When the portage reaches a road; turn right and cross the railroad tracks, then take a left before the road curves to finish the portage at Holeb Pond (45.574909, -70.370151). Both of these pitches are full of sharp rocks, due to dynamiting for logging. Fire permits are required for all campsites and can be obtained through the Maine Forest Service: 1-800-750-9777. The Moose River Bow trip starts on Attean Pond, just outside of Jackman, continues to Holeb Pond with a 1.2 mile portage, then enters the Moose River from Holeb Pond, and meanders its way back to Attean Pond, making a mellow 34-mile flatwater loop. Their trip started and ended at Attean Pond Landing. Canoeing the Moose River Loop | Bow Trip: Day 3, Part Two Fires are permitted only at state-authorized sites with an official fire ring. Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps. The Moose River Bow Trip is a great beginner overnight paddling trip, enjoyed by both canoers and kayakers. Machias Stream: Northern Maine, 2 to 3 days, month of May Moosehead Lake and outlet to Indian Pond: 3 to 4 days, July and August Moose River Bow trip: Near Jackman, 3 days, May – September Debsconeag Chain of Lakes: Near Millinocket, 2 to 4 days, June-September Inquire for more information on these trips and other less traveled canoe routes in Maine. DeLorme: Map 39, B4 / B2 GPS: 45.588436, -70.260067 / 45.594141, -70.427169. After the falls, it is 3.5 miles across Attean Pond, through islands, to Attean Landing and the end of the Loop Trip. Peanuts and raisins make a good snack, too. From Attean Landing, head west and paddle 4.75 miles down the long arm of Attean Pond (Attean Narrows). It is, at the least, moderately strenuous. Most paddlers take three days to complete the trip. This river is made up of quiet river lakes as well as some whitewater. Much of the portage is now surfaced in bog bridging. Paddlers can enjoy a few nights out and return to their launch point without a shuttle, thus making this a popular trip. Don’t let that deter you- the Moose Loop is well worth the extra effort, and the scenery and sunsets make up for it. Attean Mountain rises to the left and Sally Mountain to the right. When entering Jackman from the south on US-201, turn left onto Attean Road (just before the ME-6/15 junction on the right). Choose an Option - $75.00 The Moose River Bow Trip. There is sometimes a strong headwind here, and the islands can provide helpful calm sections. Angela and Henry paddled the Moose River Loop/Bow Trip in July 2016. 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