Sunrise Canoe and Kayak

Maine canoe trips, kayak tours, rentals and river guides since 1996.

Go canoeing or kayaking in DownEast Maine, it's good for the soul!

For reservations or inquiries
or call 
Bangor Airport (BGR) shuttles available
for guided and self-guided trips

Maine Canoe Trips

Guided, fully outfitted trips exploring Maine's classic rivers!

 2021 Rates & Dates! 

St. Croix River- eastern Maine
Maine's outstanding summer/fall canoe trip is lively yet not intimidating with rapids perfect for learning canoe skills. This gem is a Maine classic!
3 days $590pp
4 days $790pp
Jul 19-21, Aug 2-4
Jun-Sep, Meets in Princeton, Maine
Machias River- eastern Maine
Name means "where the guides play" (jk). Truly wild from headwaters to the sea, one of the few completely natural flowing rivers in the eastern US.
4 days $790pp
May 6-9
May, Meets in Machias, Maine
St. John River- northern Maine
The grandeur of the North Maine Woods flows north amidst 3.5 million acres of forest lands. The natives named it Woolasticook meaning "goodly river".
7 days $1440pp
May 15-21
May, Meets in Bangor, Maine
Allagash River- northern Maine
Maine's famous river features primarily a flatwater trip flowing through classic Maine scenery with just enough rapids to make it interesting.
5 days $1150pp
Jun 21-25, Aug 28-Sep 1
Jun-Sep, Meets in Presque Isle, Maine

Guided Day Trips

The best of the best in eastern Maine!

Machias Bay Half-day- kayaking
Abundant wildlife and rich tangible history- possibly the finest half-day sea kayak tour in all of Maine! Great family trip!
Meets in Machias, Maine
St. Croix River- canoeing
A summer river adventure canoeing playful whitewater winding through forrested scenery along a premier Maine river!
Meets in Princeton, Maine
Great Wass Archipelago- kayaking
Island hop through one of estern Maine's beautiful archipelagos searching for wildlife, exploring pocket beaches, and maybe even hike to a lighthouse.
Meets in Jonesport, Maine

Canoe, Kayak & SUP Rentals

Daily and weekly rates with delivery available right to your vacation rental!

Rental Rates
Old Town Vapor 10' single kayak $25/day $125/wk
Old Town Twin Heron 14' double kayak $45/day $225/wk
Old Town Discovery 16'9" canoe $35/day $175/wk
SUP 10'4" or 11'4" paddleboard $35/day $175/wk
paddles and PFD's included
or call
to reserve your equipment today!

Rented equipment can either be picked up at our rental shop located at 168 Main Street, Machias or any amount of equipment can be delivered to you and picked up within a 30 mile drive of Machias for a one time fee of $20-$45.

Deliveries include transportation of rented equipment only, NO passengers or personal equipment.

Weekly rates do not apply to multi-day self-guided trips. See below.

Delivery service available to:
  •  Vacation Rentals
  •  Rocky Lake Public Reserve
  •  Cobscook Bay State Park
  •  Orange River Water Trail
  •  Roque Bluffs State Park
  •  Machias River Preserve
  •  Middle River Park
  •  Cathance Lake
  •  Bog Lake
  •  Gardner Lake
  •  Kennebec Bay
  •  Great Works Pond
  •  Patrick Lake
  •  East Machias River
  •  Machias Bay
  •  Jonesport
  •  Lubec
  •  Milbridge
  •  Meddybemps
  •  Cape Split
  •  and many more locations

Self-guided Trips

Information is free, good information is free with rentals!

St. Croix River Self-guided
Water levels in the St. Croix are regulated by a paper company owned dam giving the river reliable water levels throughout the May-October season.
Machias River Self-guided
Canoeists in the northeastern U.S. looking for a true spring wilderness trip will be happy to discover this remote, untamed river nearly impossible to run the same way twice is within a days drive.
Outfitting services also available for:
  •  St. Croix River
  •  Machias River
  •  Downeast Lakes Water Trail
  •  East Machias River
  •  Dennys River
  •  Narraguagus River
  •  Pleasant River
  •  Union River
Shuttles available for:
  •  Machias River
  •  East Machias River
  •  St. Croix River
  •  Downeast Lakes Water Trail
  •  Maine Island Trail
  •  Downeast Sunrise Trail
  •  Bangor Intl. Airport (BGR)

Shuttles include transportation of passengers AS WELL AS rented or personal equipment

Custom Trips

Specialized itineraries for large groups and private parties

Camps, clubs, schools, and corporate excursions

Sunrise specializes in custom itineraries for large groups including youth camps, scouts, school groups, paddling clubs, and corporate oraganizations as well as private parties including family trips and bachelor parties.

or call and let us know what you have in mind, we have the equipment and resources to get your ideas afloat!

Some organizations Sunrise has provided custom services for in the past:

Maine Department of Conservation, Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission, Downeast Rivers Land Trust, University of Maine Machias, Greenland Point Center, University of Texas Tyler, Downeast Salmon Federation, Brown University, Lubec Alternative Education, Eagles Nest Hante Adventures, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, United States Geological Survey, Boy Scouts of America, Hannaford Supermarkets, Husson College, The Nature Conservancy, Lake Champlain Waldorf School, North Maine Woods Inc, Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing Organization, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Rose M Gaffney Elementary School, Lubec Consolidated School, Mt Jefferson Junior High, Camp Hawthorne, Hyde School, Camp Runoia, Camp Cedar, Birch Rock Camps, Putney School, Camp Hazen YMCA, St Croix International Waterway Commission, Great Auk Land Trust, Quoddy Regional Land Trust, Yankee Magazine, Fat Cat Deli and Pizzeria, CIANBRO Constructors, Downeast Sunrise Trail, Machias Harvest Festival, Girl Scouts of America, Downeast Coastal Conservancy, Bangor YMCA, Mt. Ararat High School, Maine Office of Tourism, BikeMaine, Downeast Sea and Sky Festival, Erins Gift Mission

About Sunrise

Our Guides

With our guides you are not only travelling with seasoned veterans, you are part of an eastern Maine tradition. Our guides are Master Maine Guides with over 20 years of experience leading commercial trips but they also share a common background as pupils trained in the Recreation Management program at UM Machias.

For 30+ years this program steadily produced qaulity outdoor professionals steeped in the traditions of the Maine outdoors including National Park Rangers, US Forest Service Rangers, Search and Rescue Professionals, Maine Game Wardens, and Registered Maine Guides.

Rob Scribner

Rob Scribner is a third generation Maine guide and graduate of the legendary Outdoor Recreation Management program in his home town of Machias. Some of his earliest memories are of being in a canoe but Rob is equally at home navigating thick ocean fog on an ebb tide as poling up a swift rapid.

"Most river guides are not interested in leading trips on the ocean but every rapid I run is in such a rush to find the sea it just seems natural I'd end up there too from time to time."

Our Philosophy

Rejuvenated is the soul set free on a wilderness trip! We all need time away from our every day lives and we all crave a break from civilization at least once in a while.

But there is more to a wilderness trip than simply being away from it all. Wilderness trips are about the challenge of learning and using skills that most of us do not rely on in our every day lives and the reward of having those skills take us to amazing places few will ever see while creating bonds with fellow adventurers that are otherwise unimaginable.

Simply put, the longer the wilderness trip the more reluctant the participant is to re-enter civilization. Of course the lure of a hot shower and a comfy bed helps ease the transition but doesn't that state of mind sound a lot more rewarding than being ready for your vacation to be over?

Eastern Maine, Washington County, & "the Sunrise County" in a Nutshell

Washington county, roughly the size of Rhode Island and Delaware put together, contains all the territory extending east of the main body of the state and so being the easternmost county in the United States it's official nickname is "the Sunrise county". Washington county is largely undeveloped featuring the states only expansive combination of rivers, lakes, and coastline providing hundreds of miles of canoeing and kayaking amidst unbroken natural scenery.

The Sunrise county lies just beyond Maine's mainstream tourist destinations. If you want room to breathe, stretch, explore, and enjoy pristine waters without inevitably sharing the experience with a crowd then canoe the Machias and St. Croix rivers, sea kayak the Bold Coast, paddle the Downeast Lakes Water Trail, or explore the regions many intimate lakes and do not have to be an expert to enjoy these wilderness waters and you will return with a story worth telling about!

Contact Info

Located At:Sunrise Canoe and Kayak
168 Main Street, Machias Maine
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Postal Address:68 Hoyttown Road, Machias ME 04654