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Kieve's fourteen acre oceanfront property in Bremen, Maine offers stunning views of Muscongus Bay and the opportunity to test one's overnight camping techniques in a safe and beautiful environment. Bremen trips usually include funyaking around a protected bay, exploring the shoreline, games on the deck, humongous amounts of tasty food, and songs and stories around the campfire accompanied by ever-present S'mores. Junior Kieve campers also enjoy excursions to the 330-acre Hog Island just a short paddle from the Bremen Landing. Hog Island expeditions typically include a three hour perimeter hike as well as educational exploration and discovery opportunities not only to gain respect and reverence for the natural world but also to learn how to protect and care for it through Leave-No-Trace workshops. Check out our more on our Environmental Stewardship initiatives at http://kieve.org/eco_ed/index.htm
As a primer for their larger trip later in the session, these cabins make the short paddle from Kieve’s Bremen Landing to Hog Island. During their trip, they explore both by land and by sea the sights of Muscongus Bay. They can hike the perimeter of Hog Island, typically a three hour hike, paddle around the island, enjoy a swim from any of the beaches on the island, and even learn a little about our environment and how to care for it through educational opportunities including Leave-No-Trace workshops.
This trip heads to the western mountains of Maine, camping at Cathedral Pines Campground in Eustis, ME. From their base camp at Cathedral Pines, it is a short drive in the morning to the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. The hike ascends the mountain using the access road that snakes its way up and around the mountain before reaching the summit at 4237ft, the second highest in Maine. Along the way, they enjoy the sights provided by the open trails of this top-notch ski mountain. After packing up their campsite the next morning, they return to camp in the afternoon, often telling tales of black diamond and double black diamond trails!
This trip is just a short drive up US Route 1 to Camden Hills State Park in Camden, ME. From their established base camp, they hike in the southern portion of the park. After setting up their campsite, they hike Mount Battie, standing 780ft above the West Penobscot Bay below it. From the summit, they can see Camden to the south, the Bay to the east, and to the north is Mount Megunticook, their hike on day two. With a good meal that night, they are well prepared for their hike up Mount Megunticook to the turret on top of the 1385ft summit. After their hike, they return to camp that afternoon.
It is a short drive from Kieve to the coast where this trip begins. The first day’s paddle takes the group from their put-in to Fort Island, at the mouth of the tidal Damariscotta River. The group spends two nights on the island with the one full day spent exploring the island, playing a few games, and even making a short paddle to a nearby rope swing. They finish their trip with a paddle up the river (with the tide) to their take-out point and return to camp in the afternoon.
As a primer for their larger trip later in the session, these cabins make the short paddle from Kieve’s Bremen Landing to Hog Island. During their trip, they explore both by land and by sea the sights of Muscongus Bay. They can hike the perimeter of Hog Island, typically a three hour hike, paddle around the island, enjoy a swim from any of the beaches on the island, and even learn a little about our environment and how to care for it through educational opportunities including Leave-No-Trace workshops. Check out our more on our Environmental Stewardship initiatives at http://kieve.org/eco_ed/index.htm
Each trip to the White Mountains National Forest is unique. While the goal of every camper is to successfully climb Mt. Washington, weather conditions determine which climbs are possible. Hikes in the area in addition to Mount Washington include Glenn Boulder, Glenn Ellis Falls, Wildcat Mountain, and Mount Madison. Clearly, the area abounds in possibilities, and almost every trip includes a visit to Emerald Pool for a cooling dip. After four nights at Barnes Field Campground, the group returns to Kieve undoubtedly telling tales of high winds on Mount Washington.
This trip is just a short drive up US Route 1 to Camden Hills State Park in Camden, ME. From their established base camp, they hike mainly in the western and northern portions of the park. After setting up their campsite, they hike Maiden Cliff, standing 800ft tall, several hundred of which are a sheer cliff face popular with rock climbers. The summit affords a view of a nearby swimming hole, good for a dip to cool off after the hike. With a good meal that night, they are well prepared for their hike up Bald Rock Mountain (1200ft) via a loop trail that includes Derry and Garey Mountains (each about 785ft). They return to camp that afternoon.
The St. Croix River, in far eastern Maine, serves as the boundary between Canada and the United States. The trip begins with two and a half days of lake paddling on Spednic Lake before portaging around the dam in Vanceboro. The trip picks up the pace as the river winds its way through both calm and white water to their take-out at the Grand Falls Dam in Kellyland. Campsites include both mainland and island sites, most of which are a mere stone’s throw from Canada. Campers have an opportunity to learn about the area and help out with the creation and maintenance of US sites along the way thanks to the help of the St Croix International Waterway Commission.
This trip to the western mountains of Maine takes campers to the shores of Webb Lake, west of Farmington. Groups will camp at Mount Blue State Park for two nights. While there, they will hike Tumbledown Mountain, Mount Blue, and Blueberry Mountain. Tumbledown Mountain, at 3,090 feet, is the primary goal of the trip, with its 700 foot cliffs on the south side and Tumbledown Pond nestled at 2,800 feet between the three peaks of the mountain. Of course, if you’re camped on the shores of the lake, there will be time for a dip (or two) in the lake as well.
This trip leaves straight from the waterfront at Kieve and explores Damariscotta Lake by canoe, camping for the night at Kieve’s Cool Island or Southover properties on the lake. As they explore the lake, campers will have the opportunity to paddle to a swimming hole off Windy Island and to Blueberry Island. Of course, there’s plenty to explore on land as well, taking full advantage of the opportunities afforded by the many nature trails at Southover.
Six days of camping in the Maine’s scenic and historic Moosehead Lake Region. Maine’s largest lake, Moosehead Lake sits at the edge of the North Woods and provides numerous opportunities for hikes both to mountain summits and to beautiful gorges and waterfalls. Hikes to be included in this trip are Big Moose and Little Moose Mountains, Eagle Rock, Big Spencer Mountain, Gulf Hagas, and the Elephant Mountain B-52 Crash Site. There are plenty of other options to choose from for hikes in the area and of course there will be time to enjoy a dip (or two) in the lake!
This seven day trip takes campers into one of the most remote regions of Maine. The trip begins with a bang, more specifically with a one mile portage from Attean Lake into Holeb Pond. From there the route moves down the Moose River as it makes a gradual counterclockwise loop back into Attean Lake. Along the way are a few small portages around falls, stretches of white water, and occasional moose sightings for those campers quiet enough not to spook them. From Attean Pond the river winds through the town of Jackman and down into Long Lake where we take out. The trip concludes with a day's rafting experience on the mighty Kennebec River.
This trip is divided in two main portions, one hiking and one canoeing. Bank 1 and Bank 2 trade canoes and vans mid-way through the trip after one group starts on the hiking portion and one group starts on the canoeing portion. The canoeing portion of the trip starts at Grand Lake Matagamon and paddles the historic East Branch of the Penobscot River down to the town of Medway. This stretch of the river includes some of the finest rapids in Maine, including Grindstone and Whetstone Rapids, as well as a few portages around waterfalls including Grand Pitch and rapids too large to paddle including the Hulling Machine. The hiking portion of the trip is split between Bigelow Mountain near Flagstaff Lake and the Katahdin Woods and Waters proposed National Park property. Both Bank cabins will have the opportunity to explore what will hopefully soon become our newest National Park and will also have a chance to help build the National Park through service projects around the 100,000+ acre property. This trip also includes some guided time from local Registered Maine Guides.
Heading out from the shores of Moosehead Lake in Rockwood, ME, Long Voyage heads off into some of the most remote sections of Maine. Their journey takes them from Rockwood up Moosehead Lake, across the Northeast Carry (a 2.25mile portage), down the West Branch of the Penobscot River to Chesuncook Lake. From Chesuncook, they paddle up Black Pond and the Horserace rapids to Round Pound and portage into Allagash Lake. Their journey continues into Chamberlain Lake, through Telos Lake and then shuttles around Webster Brook to Grand Lake Matagamon. From Grand Lake Matagamon, they paddle down the East Branch of the Penobscot River, taking out near the town of Medway. This 18 day journey is capped off on the final day with a guided whitewater rafting trip on the West Branch of the Penobscot River where they paddle several Class IV and V rapids including the Exterminator, the Cribworks, and Nesowadnehunk Falls (aka Lose Your Lunch Falls).
Hundreds of thousands of adventurers, including Henry David Thoreau, have been thrilled by the natural beauty of the chain of lakes and whitewater rivers in Northern Maine that comprise the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. For over fifty years now, Kieve boys and counselors have explored "the Gash". Nobody ever forgets these two weeks of shared experience in unspoiled country, surrounded by moose, bear and deer in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin, Maine's highest peak. The fourteen day trip includes such highlights as the Mud Pond Portage, the Eagle Lake Tramway, Chase Rapids, Allagash Falls, and many more.
For Kieve's oldest and most experienced boys, this 22-day trip along the Appalachian Trail covers some of the most rugged terrain in Maine, and along the entire trail for that matter. Along the way, groups will traverse the Hundred Mile Wilderness, the longest stretch of the AT without a resupply point, cross the Kennebec River by canoe ferry, and summit the many peaks along the trail, stopping of course for a few breathtaking vistas and a few swims in the cool mountain rivers and ponds along the trail. This trip is physically challenging, environmentally stimulating, rewarding and fun. This trip is divided into four “legs” with one day off between legs two and three. Following the lead of many thru-hikers, this day off will include a one-night stay at a local establishment along the trail, a hot shower, a great meal prepared and cleaned by someone other than themselves, and even a guided Moose Safari from a local Registered Maine Guide.