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Umbagog Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Canoe rentals, kayak touring trips & camping at Northern Waters Outfitters in Errol, NH.canoeLocated in scenic Errol, NH, Northern Waters is set on the Androscoggin River. In the immediate vicinity are remote interconnecting rivers and lakes, offering the most exciting canoe camping, kayak touring, new pontoon boat wildlife tours, outdoor recreation and whitewater possibilities in the Umbagog Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Our center offers canoe and touring kayak rentals, equipment rental, tent campground, shower and rec. hall. A motel, restaurant and store are nearby.

This is the place to come to learn whitewater canoeing or kayaking, or to canoe in a pristine, uncrowded setting with excellent fishing and camping, including trips into the Umbagog Lake National Wildlife Area. Canoe rentals and camping are available.

Magalloway River-Umbagog Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Just above the Errol Dam, there is a vast easily accessible lake and river area that encompasses the The Magalloway River and Umbagog Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Northern Waters can rent you either canoes or touring kayaks for trips in this beautiful wilderness area. One of the outstanding features is that true wilderness access is easy, and canoeing trips are easily negotiated.

pontoon Boat CruiseWe also offer pontoon boat wildlife tours.

Throughout the summer we offer pontoon boat cruises on the upper Androscoggin, Magalloway River and Leonard Pond areas of Umbagog Lake in the heart of the National Wildlife Area. On these delightful excursions we often see moose and many species of waterfowl, as well as one of New Hampshire’s nesting Bald Eagles. Morning and afternoon trips are available. Group trips are available by reservation. A peaceful and secure way to visit this pristine and amazing area. Pontoon boat drop off to and pick ups from wilderness sites.

Reservations are easy! Call Northern Waters at (603) 482-3817.

We Provide:

  • Expert trip briefings and maps
  • All canoeing or kayak equipment needed
  • Transportation to and from access points
  • Our own private campsites properly sequenced for a reasonable day’s trip travel
  • Special Concierge service for camping planning.
  • Canoe and Kayak School

Diamond Peak CampsitesFishing Northern Waters has developed wilderness campsites on the Magalloway River, making this beautiful wilderness canoeing river accessible to our customers. This is easy canoeing that is mostly spent in the Umbagog Lake National Wildlife Refuge that extends up the Magalloway River from Umbagog Lake. A highly recommended trip for those looking for wildlife and solitude in a beautiful setting with easy access.

Dartmouth Land Grant

Located just across the river from Diamond Peaks is the Dartmouth Land Grant, a spectacular wilderness sanctuary featuring the Dead Diamond River Gorge, trout fishing and good day hikes with well developed hiking areas and many points of interest. We recommend a day exploring the grant by foot. This is an exceptional day in the Maine woods.

Cedar Stump Wilderness

Campsites Located at the base of the Rapid River, flowing from Lake Richardson to Umbagog Lake, it is a popular destination for trips in the Umbagog Lake National Wildlife Refuge. These sites are located in the heart of the Maine Woods with interesting day hikes available from this base. There is also superior salmon fishing on the Rapid River.

Trips Available:dog

Trip 1 Start at Wilson’s Mills, canoe the Upper Magalloway characterized by beautiful mountain scenery. Camp at our Diamond Peak sites. Explore the Dartmouth Land grant. Day 2 Canoe through the Magalloway River National Wildlife Refuge to Culvert Camps or other state of New Hampshire sites on Lake Umbagog, take out or canoe to Errol [Take out for 2 days, longer paddle]. Easy flatwater trip and experience level. Some hardy paddlers paddle to Cedar Stump (not for beginners).

Trip 2 Day 1 Start at Culvert Camps and canoe to Cedar Stump campsites crossing Lake Umbagog through Umbagog Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Day 2 Canoe from Cedar Stump to Errol and through the Upper Umbagog Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Trip 3 Day 1 Start at Culvert Camps and canoe to Northern Waters campsites through the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge. Day 2 Canoe the Upper Androscoggin Class II whitewater. Some canoeing experience necessary for whitewater.

These trips can be combined to make 3 and 4 day canoe trips available. Day trips to any of these areas can be arranged from our base either in canoes or touring kayaks. Touring kayaks are not rented for the whitewater section of the Androscoggin river for safety reasons.

Concierge Service, there are many beautiful Umbagog Lake State run campsites on the north end of the lake. Unfortunately, they are in high demand and are booked early in the winter. Northern Waters will special plan trips for our customers reserving the very best state sites possible for a fee of $25.00. We recommend this be done prior to March 15th for best selection.

Pontoon Boat Service, to selected campsites. Feel like wilderness camping on Umbagog Lake Wildlife Refuge, but don’t feel like paddling? We will drop off your group or pick up for a fee of $100/trip. This is the ultimate luxury in wilderness camping.

Equipment Available and Canoe Rental Rates


Northern Waters rents the following canoes and touring kayaks:
Flatwater canoes $29.00
(Mad River Explorers, Revelations, and Old Town)
Flatwater touring kayaks $29.00
(Perception and Old Town)
Whitewater canoes $29.00
Flatwater insurance $ 2.00 Whitewater insurance $ 3.50 Camping $ 10.00
(per person/per day)
Pontoon drop offs
$100.00 each way
Special Concierge Service for state campsite planning $25.00

Rental includes all accessories, including paddles, life jackets, spray skirts and a full briefing on the area, with maps included. Damage deposits required. Some age restrictions apply.

NOTE: We do not rent whitewater kayaks. Whitewater kayaks are used only for our school.

RENTAL POLICIES: The minimum age for wll whitewater programs is 13 1/2, except for flatwater trips on the Magalloway. Anyone under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Click here for Magalloway River/Umbagog Lake National Wildlife Refuge Map – 75K