At 20 miles long, Aziscohos Lake is a remote body of water in northwestern Maine that nudges up against the New Hampshire border. Created back in the 20th century by damming up the Magalloway River for water storage and power generation, the shoreline remains largely undeveloped, and is surrounded by forests, islands, wildlife and mountains.
In truth, this was the first canoe camping trip I had done since I was in my early teens. I don’t have a solid explanation for why it had been so long other than the fact I just simply never prioritized it. I’ve spent a good portion of my time outdoors hiking and backpacking, tackling some goals I set while simultaneously exploring as much of Maine and New Hampshire as I could….on foot.
As I was digging through my stack of maps looking to plan another back-country trip, I realized there were a myriad of possibilities on any one of the vast number of lakes in Maine. The thought of packing a canoe instead of a backpack was exciting. It was time to mix it up with a three day excursion on the remote waters of Aziscohos.