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Maine Guides and Outdoor Sporting Heritage

Kayaking in autumn

Kayaking in autumn


For more than 100 years, the title Registered Maine Guide has been a badge of honor, a distinction issued only to those who have demonstrated a thorough knowledge of Maine's outdoors. Maine Guides are as much a part of Maine’s outdoor sporting heritage as L.L. Bean and traditional Maine sporting camps.

Savvy visitors know to hire a member of the Maine Professional Guides Association, the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization or the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides & Instructors for the best introductions to Maine's great outdoors including: hikes, nature walks, moose spotting, wildlife safaris, birding, back-country snowshoeing and skiing, whitewater-rafting expeditions, sea kayaking along the Maine Island Trail, wilderness photography and paddling remote waters. Registered Maine Guides have the skills and knowledge to turn a routine excursion into a memorable adventure.

Maine’s first licensed guide was Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby, one of the luminaries honored at the Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum. Crosby received the first of more than 1,300 Maine Guide licenses issued in 1897, the program's inaugural year. Back then, hunting and fishing were the mainstays of the program. Now, more than a century later, there are about 4,000 Maine Guides, licensed not only in categories for hunting and fishing, but also for recreation, sea kayaking, and tidewater fishing.

For a complete immersion into the Maine sporting life, pair a guided adventure with a stay at a traditional Maine sporting camp. Most camps are either owned by Maine Guides or have arrangements with local Maine Guides.