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THIRD EDITION. Revised in November 2019. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail Through-Paddler's Companion is the first comprehensive resource guiding paddlers from the first put-in to the last take-out on the 740-mile long water trail. This fully updated guide is a must-have resource for aspiring Through-Paddlers or for any paddler looking for additional Northern Forest Canoe Trail details.The revised third edition includes new details about East Highgate Dam removal, the rerouted Nulhegan carries and a new map showing the recommended Spencer Lake Dam portage route. Camping and service information has also been updated.Named in 2011 as America's Best Canoe Trail by Outside Magazine and sometimes referred to as the "Appalachian Trail of the Waterways," the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) begins in the Adirondacks at its western terminus in Old Forge, New York, ending at the eastern terminus in Fort Kent, Maine. It traverses 23 rivers and streams, 59 lakes and ponds, connects 45 communities and towns, and includes more than 65 portages, totaling about 70 miles. The Through-Paddler's Companion documents navigating the Trail in its entirety-west to east from the perspective and unique needs of an expedition paddler or anyone looking for more detailed information while following the official NFCT maps. It provides comprehensive and tactical advice about specific water bodies, including upstream paddling directions, portage (or carry) descriptions and distances, and mileage markers, while offering suggestions for ordinary, yet sometimes elusive matters, such as where one might spend the night. The "Companion" guidebook includes: - 35 consecutive segment descriptions documenting the entire Trail including 160-plus miles of upstream paddling- 25 illustrated maps highlighting challenging trail sections- Details about every portage (or carry) with recommendations about how "wheelable" each may be- Statistics about average paddle times - Tips for planning daily mileage goals- Lists of services found along the Trailwww.nfctpaddler.co.
About the Author
Katina Daanen is a 2011 NFCT Through-Paddler and in the process of repaddling the Trail as a Section-Paddler. She is a freelance art director and website designer living in Wisconsin. When not paddling or writing guidebooks, she spends her free time in the northern Wisconsin log cabin and cordwood sauna she built with her family.