Welcome to Mahoosuc Guide Service!

Mahoosuc is one of the most respected and experienced recreational guide services in New England. We offer a variety of dogsledding and canoeing vacation options – most with no prior experience necessary. We are beginning our 27th consecutive year offering dogsledding and canoe trips in New England and Canada. We started mushing in the late ’70′s and had years of experience from Alaska and the Yukon to the Eastern Canadian Arctic before we started Mahoosuc. We’ve canoed wild rivers all over North America, from the Grand Canyon to the sub-arctic. We’re full time, year-round professional guides.You can follow our doggy world on Facebook. We look forward to introducing you to our healthy, happy Yukon Huskies. P.S. One or two of our huskies come on every canoe trip as well!

Dogsledding Trips

More information on our dogsledding tours in New England and Canada

Canoe Trips

More information on our canoe trips in New England, Western US, and Canada

Courses and Events

More information on our canoe-making, dogsled-making, wilderness first aid certification courses, and other special events.

About Your Guides

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In the News

Read recent articles and view recent videos of Mahoosuc Guide Service in the local, regional, and national news.

Our Dogs

More information about our dogs, and Yukon Huskies

Dogsledding Vacations, Trips, and Tours

Like Dogs? Like Snow? A dogsledding trip may be the winter vacation for you! Here are a few reasons why Mushing Magazine, the recognized international authority on dogsledding, recommends us (CNN article) as one of North America’s Top 5 outfits to go dogsledding with:

• We are both Master Maine Guides, the highest level recognized by the State of Maine with 30 and 40 years experience.
• We have been in business since 1989.
• We are full time professionals. Guiding is all we do – it is not a part time hobby.
• All of our trips are owner guided. One of us (Kevin or Polly) is on each of our trips.
• We are one of the few kennels where every dog was personally raised by us from puppyhood. They are all well trained, and we have been working with these bloodlines since 1979.
• We take extremely good care of our dogs. They get a summer vacation, full vet care, pastures to play in during the off season, and retirement to our house.
• We make our own wooden dogsleds, snowshoes, and toboggans.
• Our Yukon huskies are novice-musher friendly. Small size teams (5 dogs) with big steady dogs make it easier for beginners to learn to mush.
• Our business received the Maine Office of Tourism “Excellence in Nature Based Tourism Award.”
• Mahoosuc Guide Service offers the only Winter Guide Training course in Maine for guides and outdoor leaders.

Canoe Trips – Allagash River and the other Wilderness Rivers in Maine and Canada

If you like paddling wilderness rivers, seeing wildlife up close, and listening to the cry of a loon on a northern lake, then a Mahoosuc canoe trip may be a good choice for you. The Allagash River canoe trip is our most popular, but we guide all of Maine’s wilderness rivers. We are very experienced northern paddlers and are comfortable teaching quiet water or whitewater techniques, as well as canoe poling. If you’re interested in learning from the native people who developed the canoe, check out our Canoeing with the Cree trip. If you’re an angler, check out our salmon fishing on the Miramichi River, New Brunswick, our May Allagash River canoe trip, or the Aroostook River canoe fishing trip in June.
A few reasons you may want to consider Mahoosuc Guide Service for a canoe trip vacation are:

• We are Master Maine Guides with 30 and 40 years of experience.
• We have been in business since 1989.
• We are former ACA certified Instructors and Instructor trainers.
• We are full time professional guides. Guiding is all we do.
• Mahoosuc Guide Service offers the only Canoe River Guide Training Course in Maine.
• We handcraft our own cedar-canvas canoes, paddles, and setting poles.
• We developed one of the first River Rescue courses for professional guides back in 1985.
• We received the State of Maine’s “Excellence in Nature Based Tourism Award.”

FEATURED TRIP: New Year's Trip on Umbagog Lake

Dec. 29 - Jan. 1


Our 2 and 3 day weekend trips are in the Umbagog Lake and Mahoosuc Mountain areas. The area and activities are the same for the two and three day weekend trips, a combination of mushing, cross skiing and snowshoeing. The difference between them is that on the second day of the 3 day weekend we do a day trip out from our base camp by dogteam and cross country skis. There are 2 people per sled working with the dogteams on all weekend trips except the all mush 2 & 3 day weekend trips.

Weekend trips begin at 7 p.m. the evening of the first day to outfit participants with winter equipment, answer questions and go over the itinerary. The following morning we will head out with the huskies for 2 or 3 days on the trail. The weekend trips are a combination of dog sledding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The exception is All Mush weekends which are all mushing. All trips begin the evening of the first day listed and end around 4 p.m. on the last day. You will need to make reservations to stay with us in our lodge, farmhouse bed and breakfast or a local B & B for the first night’s lodging.

All you need to bring is warm clothing and a sense of adventure. We will provide food and all specialized winter equipment such as skiis, poles, boots, parkas, gaiters, sleeping bags and ensolite pad. Winter travel can be physically challenging. The better shape you are in the more enjoyable the trip will be for you. If you are relatively inactive start exercising at least one month prior to your trip. Participants should be able to ski or snowshoe 4 miles with a light pack. While on the trail, accommodations will be in the traditional camp of the north, canvas wall tents heated with wood stoves and a balsam fir bough floor.

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Call us at 207-824-2073 or e-mail info@mahoosuc.com
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