Exploring Maine by canoe or kayak is an amazing experience.

On each 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 providing a service such as building bridges, maintaining trails, clearing campsites, building lean-tos and more
  • There will be time to fish on any of canoeing and kayaking trips. If you are interested in fishing, you will need to acquire a State of Maine fishing license. We provide fishing equipment to the Deboullie and Richardson Lake Nova trips ONLY. For more information on purchasing a State of Maine fishing license, please click here.

Summer Nova trips are offered during the six weeks leading up to the start of the fall semester. The last session is open only to those students traveling from outside of New England (the New England states include Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut). These students may also opt to apply to a trip during any week of Nova if they choose to do so.

Scraggly and Junior Lakes: Primitive Skills/Canoeing

Dates: July 16-20 & August 20-24 
Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Moderate
The Scraggly and Junior Lakes will serve as the scenic location for this trip.  Located in the eastern Maine these lakes are connected to a series of lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands.  This is not just a canoeing trip, we will focus on variety of primitive skills: including wilderness awareness, stalking, tracking, shelter building, and fire making.

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DownEast Lakes: Canoeing/Fishing

Dates: July 30-August 3 and August 6-10 
Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Moderate
The DownEast Lakes are located in eastern Maine. The shores, combined with the well forested uplands and the presence of a number of small marshes and wetlands, provide a diverse range of habitats that host more than 200 of Maine’s indigenous species of wildlife. The lake and ponds offer excellent habitat for lake trout, bass, whitefish, perch, and Atlantic salmon. Bring your pole for some ideal fishing. This will be a traveling canoe trip. Each night the group will stay at a new campsite. Paddle over 25 miles through Bottle, Junior, Scraggly, and Sysladobsis Lakes. We have a small portage of less than a quarter of a mile.

Moose River – Bow Loop: Canoeing

Dates: August 6-10 & August 20-24
Prior Experience Required: Yes
Exertion Level: Moderate to Strenuous
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 Holeb Pond, Attean Pond and the Moose River. We will paddle in open water to Class I-II rapids. There are two major portages on this canoe trek with one being 1.25 miles. The group must be able to carry food, water, canoes and paddles over the portages. Canoeing, swimming, wildlife watching, and fishing are among the many other exciting opportunities this trip offers. This trip has been one of the Nova Staff favorite trips!

Unity-College-Nova-TripSt. Croix River: Canoeing

Dates: July 23-27 & August 13-17
Prior Experience Required: Yes
Exertion Level: Moderate
The St. Croix River is a beautiful scenic waterway that runs along the border of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. We will start in the small border town of Vanceboro, Maine and take out at Grand Falls 34 miles later. We will be paddling through many rapids class I-III where we will hone our paddling skills. Photo identification (driver’s license or passport) is required for this trip.

Deboullie Public Reserve Land: Canoeing, Fly Fishing and Hiking

Dates: August 6-10 & August 20-24
Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Mild to moderate
Deboullie Public Lands offer remote campsites on crystal-clear trout ponds surrounded by rugged mountains. There are 17 ponds ranging in size from 8 to 341 acres with native brook trout, Atlantic salmon, lake trout, and Blueback Trout (landlocked Arctic Charr), which is the world’s northernmost freshwater fish. We will hike on some of the 12-mile trail network with some hikes leading us to remote ponds and to Deboullie Mountain to a fire tower and also explore ice caves. The staff will take the time to teach basic fly fishing techniques.  Bring your own rod or we will have plenty to borrow.

Unity-College-Nova-TripNamhamkanta Lake: Kayaking, Hiking and Primitive Skills

Dates: July 30- August 3 & August 13-17
Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Easy to moderate
The Nahmakanta Public Lands encompass 43,000 acres of sprawling forests, crystal clear lakes, secluded ponds, and gorgeous mountain views!  There is an extensive network of hiking trails along lakeshores, gorges, and the Appalachian Trail’s  (AT) 100-Mile Wilderness. We will even hike to a towering and remote waterfall. During this trip the group will spend time paddling, swimming, and hiking. We will also focus on variety of primitive skills: including wilderness awareness, stalking, tracking, shelter building, and fire making and ways to keep yourself comfortable in the wilderness.

Unity-College-Nova-2017Richardson Lake: Kayaking and Fly Fishing

Dates: July 23- July 27 & August 13-17
Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Easy to moderate
This kayaking trip is located in the scenic Rangeley Lakes Region of western Maine, the 22,000-acre Richardson Unit includes 21 miles of shoreline on Richardson. Phenomenal views of mountains, lakes, streams and wildlife.  The staff will take the time to teach basic fly fishing techniques. Bring your own rod or we will have plenty to borrow.