Over the years only a handful of people have “sailed the Cains” as the old guides called it. They would most often put in at the Grand Lake Road or Shinnickburn and canoe down the Cains. Even for a younger person these are arduous trips, and from Grand Lake Road an overnight is required to make it down to the mouth.
This spring, guide Jason Curtis will take two guests from the mouth of the Cains River by 26′ Sharpe jet canoe 20 miles up the Cains to the Mahoney Brook camp – roughly half way between Shinnickburn and the Grand Lake Road. Sitting in a canoe arm chair in the big Sharpe this will not be an uncomfortable trip! At Mahoney Brook you will enjoy the traditional grilled hot dogs in barbecue sauce lunch with a LaBatts Blue or two on the camp deck before heading back down the river.
Along the way Jason will point out the important pools and historic camps of the Cains. These will include: Six Mile Brook, Doctor’s Island, Muzzeroll Brook, Moore’s Pool and camp, Cashens, Millet Underhill’s lodge and cabins, Camp Seabury Stanton, Sabbies River, Salmon Brook, Buttermilk Brook, The Popples, Herman Campbell’s, Brophy Meadows and pool, Hooper’s, the Admiral Pool camp and pools, and the Black Brook Salmon Club. Bring along your salmon rods and fish for spring salmon in some of these famous Cains River pools. By law only one person can fish from the boat at any one time, so the fishing will be shared.
The round trip with fishing and/or exploring will take about 8 hours, and you are welcome to get out here and there to stretch your legs and take a few pictures. You are very likely to see moose, deer, black bear, or lynx, along with many species of ducks, migrating birds of prey, and to hear grouse drumming. Pack boots with thick socks, warm clothes, and rain gear are needed.
Even in the jet canoe there are several places along the route that require moderately high water to pass. Depending on the year this trip needs to be taken in late April or early May to be sure of the needed water height, but warm enough for enjoyment and for the snow to be largely gone. Jason will work with you to select the right time.
Note the special buy it now option for $800.
Donated by Jason Curtis and Brad Burns