Canoes docked at a campsite at Umbagog Lake, New Hampshire
Photos by Cheryl Landes
For anyone who loves the outdoors, canoeing can be a relaxing way to enjoy beautiful scenery far away from the crowds and see wildlife in its natural habitat. Today’s armchair photo takes place in northeastern New Hampshire, near the border with Maine, where I’ve taken several day and weekend trips guided by Polly Mahoney, co-owner of Mahoosuc Guide Service in Newry, Maine. These photos are a collection from weekend trips on Umbagog Lake in New Hampshire and a fall day trip on the Magalloway River in New Hampshire and Umbagog Lake.
Canoe Weekends on Umbagog Lake
Before any canoeing trip starts, Polly gives her guests a paddling lesson at the put-in point.
Paddling on Umbagog Lake, New Hampshire
Common goldeneye swimming on the lake
Bald eagle (left) and eagle’s nest (right)
Loon’s nest in the foreground
Paddling on Umbagog Lake to the next destination
Reflections in the lake
More reflections in the lake
Canoes docked at our campsite
Tents pitched for the night. We brought yoga mats for morning and evening sessions led by a certified yoga instructor.
A peek inside my tent
Polly Mahoney at the campfire, getting dinner ready
A pastel sunset over the lake
Full moon reflection on the water
Dougette, a happy husky. Polly always brings one of her huskies on the canoe trips.
A Fall Day Trip on the Magalloway River and Umbagog Lake
The canoe trailer unloaded and waiting for us to return from our adventure
Getting ready to launch at the put-in point
A view along the river shortly after we were underway
More fall colors along the river
Paddling on the river
Another view of the fall colors
A technique called “rafting”, where we hold onto each canoe and float with the gentle current
Our lunch stop at Umbagog Lake
The view of Umbagog Lake through the maple trees at our lunch stop
Vixen, Polly’s husky, takes a nap in Polly’s canoe during our lunch stop.
After lunch, we start the trip to our take-out point
A view from the bow of the canoe
Paddling into our take-out point
Going ashore at the take-out point