By Conor Mihell

Not all wilderness trips need to be complicated. These six classic paddling destinations provide logistically simple access to some of North America’s finest wilderness. Take the trip of a lifetime with your own equipment or hire an outfitter to make your trip smooth and simple as pie.

Lake Superior, Ontario

An isolated, wilderness canoe trip in the Great Lakes.


Maine Island Trail, Coastal Maine

Explore islands and secret coves on Maine’s coast.


Buffalo National River, Arkansas

Explore rugged country in the Ozark Mountains.


Boundary Waters/Quetico, Minnesota and Ontario

Obtain a border crossing permit for a classic North Country canoe trip


Green River, Utah

Paddle through Canyonlands National Park with a quintessential desert float trip


Suwannee River, North Florida

Explore the rich biodiversity and friendly communities of the Florida Panhandle