Registered Maine Guide in Grand Lake Canoe

Maine Guides

Maine has a long and rich history of professional guiding. The first sportsmen to visit Grand Lake Stream in the 1830s hired Passamaquoddy Guides. The Maine Legislature passed a law in 1897 requiring hunting guides to be officially registered, and 1,316 guides registered the first year.

For many visitors to Grand Lake Stream, a Registered Maine Guide is an essential part of the experience, bringing traditional knowledge, skills, equipment, and companionship.

Grand Lake Stream has the highest concentration of working Registered Maine Guides in the State. The Guides of this area are represented by the Grand Lake Stream Guides Association. Their website, or your sporting camp or lodge host, can help you select a guide.

To fish area lakes, most local Guides rely on their Grand Lake Canoe – also known as a Grand Laker. These are locally designed and locally built 20’ square stern cedar canvas canoes – ideal for carrying anglers across lakes that can quickly develop a chop, then fishing along the shore under the power of the Guide’s paddle. Stopping to cook a shore lunch is a rich part of the Guides’ tradition.

Guides have been centrally involved in the Downeast Lakes Land Trust since before its founding in 2001. They helped create the land trust as an opportunity to protect the natural resources that they depend upon for their livelihood and their quality of life. Thank your Guide for their help in protecting these resources for all to enjoy!