Maine outdoors, ATV trips, Canoeing in Maine, ATV riding in Downeast Maine

Maine Recreational Activities

Guided and Non Guided

Freshwater Family Boat Cruises and Sunset Cruises - ATVing - Canoeing - Kayaking - Fishing - Hunting - Outdoor & Wildlife Photography - Swimming - Wilderness - Primitive Camping - Mountain Biking - Bird Watching - Moose Watching


The Wilderness Lodge is located on RT-9 ( the airline) in the heart of Downeast Maine, where outdoor activities are abundant. Eagle Mountain Guide Service and the Wilderness Lodge provide outdoor enthusiasts with unlimited recreational opportunities. Whether guided or non guided sportsman can choose from a multitude of activities from early spring right through to Ice Fishing. Canada, Eastport (the most easterly point in the United States), Quoddy Head Light House, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Roque Bluffs State Park and world famous Grand Lake Stream are easy day trips from the lodge.

There are over 750 miles of world class ATV trails in Downeast Maine. Two major trails are accessible directly from the Wilderness Lodge... the Downeast Trail System and the Cherryfield Food Trail System. ATV trails are open from mid May through late November. Not comfortable striking out on your own? Our semi-guided ATV trips start at the Lodge and take you to any number of remote destinations. You can do a combo where you ride and then stop for a wilderness lunch, or enjoy some remote fishing, or swimming.

This part of Maine is blessed in that it has countless lakes ponds, rivers, and streams that provide an abundance of choices for all levels of paddling activities, fishing, and swimming. Novice (or young paddlers) can access several area lakes with sand beaches that offer easy launches, sheltered coves, and inlets that provide protection from the waves and winds of the larger lakes. For more experience paddlers there are a number of local systems that are short drives from the lodge or your cabin that offer a more challenging run such as the Machias River system. Drop offs and pick ups can be arranged at the lodge. Machias River Corridor

The Machias River, just 2 miles from the Wilderness Lodge, one of Maine's wildest waterways, is a 76 mile wilderness canoe trip with class I, II and III rapids, runnable from headwaters to sea by canoeing from 5th Machias lake to the coastal town of Machias. Canoe trips on the river are runnable from late April to mid June. Canoe trips of shorter length are possible due to a number of access points along the Machias river corridor. Less experienced paddlers should engage a guide.

Highlights of the 4/29/2012 Machias River Canoe Race

Experience many more great day trips into the woods and waters of downeast Maine… moose, bald eagles, white-tailed deer, coyote, various birds and waterfowl are common sightings, hiking and back packing trails, fishing, primitive camping, boating, swimming and picnicking at any number of area lakes are just short drives from the Lodge ...

Sabao Lake - Deer Lake - Cranberry Lake - Nicataous Lake - Grand Lake Stream
Mopang Lake - Machias Lakes System - West Grand Lake - Pocumcus Lake

Bird Watching… in 2006 the American Bird Conservancy identified this Downeast Lakes region of Maine as a Globally Important Bird Area, noting the occurrence of at least 180 species of birds, including 23 warblers. Bird watching trips can be done with or without a guide.

Special Considerations...The region's abundant moose, bear and other large animals can create hazards when in close contact with people (or their vehicles). Drive slowly on area roads and observe wildlife from a safe distance. Don't count on your cell phone as coverage is spotty to non-existent.

Family Boat Cruises...

Enjoy a private family pontoon boat cruise, with a Master Maine Guide, along the shores of a beautiful 1351 acre, 4 1/2 mile long spring fed lake and see some spectacular Maine scenery.

If you are visiting Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park or vacationing in the area your vacation will not be complete without enjoying a beautiful summer day cruising a pristine lake just 15 minutes from Ellsworth. A relaxing way for anyone wanting to enjoy the Downeast Maine area without the crowds of Acadia National Park. Spend the day, a few hours or an afternoon swimming or simply relax and enjoy the views. Anchor, enjoy a picnic lunch, swim, snorkel, see rock structures, bass in the shallows, loons, ducks and eagles overhead.

Our single family trip schedules are flexible, depending upon availability.

Call today to set up your private family cruise.

$150 (up to 4 people)  1 hour

$200 (up to 4 people)  2 hours


                                    Enjoy a Sunset Cruise...

If you are visiting Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park or vacationing in the area, enjoy a romantic evening for two or bring the family and experience a wonderful, private evening cruise along the shores of this beautiful 1351 acre, 4 1/2 mile long lake. If it is a hot evening, bring your swimming trunks along, this spring fed lake is fantastic for swimming and snorkeling.

Our sunset cruise, is a private cruise, that offers a Maine Guide to take you on a leisurely cruise around a beautiful lake while you enjoy a fabulous sunset. Bring your favorite wine, enjoy a glass relax and listen to the loons. A spectacular and relaxing way to end the day.                              


$200 (up to 4 people)

Sunset cruise approximately 7-9 pm

After dinner cruise 6-8 pm


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