North Country Paddle Enthusiasts

About Us

We are a group of nonprofit canoeing enthusiasts located in New Hampshire. We enjoy paddling around the Great Glen Trails, Umabagog State Park, White Lake State Park, and more!

Tips for First Time Canoers

"The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness" - John Muir

Canoeing for your first time is an exciting thing, but it's also a good idea to exercise some caution when you're out and about canoeing in order to make sure that you get home ok and don't have any trouble getting lost, injured, or anything else bad. Taking a little time to plan can be a great thing because you can be prepared and ready to have a safe adventure.

A Few Things to Consider...

1) Make sure to wear a life jacket at all times, no exceptions.

2) If you have a canoeing partner, make sure that you paddle together (in sync).

3) Also, if you have a partner, you should paddle on different sides of the boat (not the same side).

4) Make sure you're dressed for the weather, and this means the water temperature. It's always good to plan for the weather to be cold in case you end up getting wet or falling into the water.

5) Don't try to exceed your skill limit. This is important because a lot of people have been hurt this way...it's better to be safe than sorry.

6) Bring some food in case you get stranded. This includes water.

7) Read up on survival tips before actually going out and make sure that you understand how to handle yourself in the wilderness.

8) Watch out for waterfalls and drop-offs, these can be very dangerous.

9) Be careful and respectful of wildlife. This means watching out for bears and predators, and also being careful not to injure any wildlife.

10) Have fun! Paddling and canoeing is a blast, and it's something that should be enjoyed!