Umbagog Lake Canoeing and Kayaking Rentals, Camping & Shuttle

Umbagog Lake National Wildlife Refuge Magalloway River, Androscoggin River

Canoe Trips


603 482 3817



 Canoe & Kayak rental & camping at Northern Waters Outfitters in Errol, NH

 Located 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, pontoon boat wildlife tours, outdoor recreation and whitewater possibilities in the Umbagog Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Our center offers canoe and touring kayak rentals on Umbagog Lake and Magalloway River. Also  tent campground, shower and rec. hall. A motel, restaurant and store are nearby.

This is the place to come to learn whitewater kayaking, rent a canoe or kayak on Umbagog Lake or go whitewater rafting 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.


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.

We also offer pontoon boat wildlife tours. Pontoon boat drop off to and pick ups from wilderness sites.

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


  • Expert trip briefings and maps                                  lake-umbagog-rainbow             
  • 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




Located along the Errol Rapid near town, a great base to start your trips or stay for a rafting adventure or kayak school. Near town, shopping but secluded river front sites.


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. The only canoe in campsites on the Magalloway River.

Departing from Diamond Peak Campsites for Umbagog Lake

Departing from Diamond Peak Campsites for Umbagog Lake


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.



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.

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Trip 1 Start at Wilson’s Mills,(link to map) 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 Lake Umbagog State of New Hampshire sites,

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: (603) 271-3628  All (W ) sites on our map (W28&W29 are at the Mouth of Magalloway River, W25, W27, Molls Rock sites); , . W30 and 31sites (Black Rock) . If making reservations within one week of your trip, call (603) 482-7795  Plan Your trip as far in advance as possible as these are premier sites and often book far ahead

Molls Rock campsite-Days paddle from Diamond Peaks

Molls Rock campsite-Days paddle from Diamond Peaks

  Canoe to Errol  for Take out . Easy flatwater trip and experience level. Some hardy paddlers paddle to Cedar Stump (not for beginners). See map at bottom of page for site numbers and location. The State of New Hampshire Campsite Reservation phone number is (603) 271-3628.

For a shorter 2 day trip, take out at Umbagog Lake Wildlife Refuge H.Q., 6 miles from Diamond Peak.

Trip 2   (link to map)Day 1 Start at Errol Base and canoe to our 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, or spend several days exploring and hiking, fishing, the Rapid River portage trail.

Trip (link to map) Day 1 Start at Umbagog Lake Wildlife Refuge H.Q. and canoe to Northern Waters Base 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 . 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  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. Call 603-447 2177
Pontoon Boat service and trips , 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 $35.00 per person, minimum of $175.00 (Charter entire boat for $350.00) . This is the ultimate luxury in wilderness camping.



Northern Waters rents the following canoes and touring kayaks:

Flatwater canoes $30.00 (Mad River Explorers, Revelations, and Old Town) Flatwater touring kayaks $30.00 (Perception and Old Town) Whitewater canoes $32.00 (Dagger)
Flatwater insurance $ 2.00 Whitewater insurance $ 3.50 Camping $ 12.00 (per person/per day) $30.00 Minimum/Site
Pontoon drop offs $200.00 each way Special Concierge Service for state campsite planning $25.00

 Canoe Shuttle Service

Wilson’s Mills $$40.00 Min $20.00/Boat 

Day trips $20.00 Min $20.00/ Boat

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.