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Canoeing and Kayaking in Maine's insider take:

Add up 32,000 miles of lakes and streams, 5,500 miles of coastline, and hundreds of lakes and ponds, and you begin to see why so many canoes, kayaks, and rafts are strapped to the roofs of Maine cars. A sea kayak is the perfect way to explore Casco Bay and the islands off the coast of Portland; take a guided tour with Maine Island Kayak Company (207-766-2373; Prefer the cry of loons on calmer waters? Venture to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, a 92-mile corridor of canoeing nirvana in the north woods. Find canoes, guides, and shuttles to put-in points at Allagash Outfitters in Allagash (207-398-3277; And if it's white water you seek, hit the Kennebec, Dead, or Penobscot Rivers through Northern Outdoors Resort. Both the Kennebec (class II–IV) and the Penobscot (class III–V) have daily dam releases in the summer, and the Dead River has dam releases up to three times a month from May to October.

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