Within the next month the ice will run on the rivers, most of the snow will melt and paddlers will be flocking to northern Maine to enjoy the peace and solitude of the Allagash or St. John rivers. Thousands of paddlers from all over the world travel to northern Maine each year to enjoy two of our regional treasures, the Allagash river, which is listed on the Federal registry as a National Wild and Scenic river. The St. John river is known as on of the longest free flowing rivers in eastern United States, these two wild and scenic rivers flow through the heart of the vast commercial forestland known as the North Maine Woods.
Each year Allagash Guide Service provides the services of shuttles, transportation, canoe rental and outfitting for paddlers on the Allagash and St. John rivers as well as other smaller tributaries in the region. We are always glad to provide trip planning information and up-to-date river flow information. We also provide services to travelers along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail corridor throughout Maine and New Hampshire. May provides great water levels and no black flies for both the St. John and Allagash rivers, in the month of June the Allagash still has good water flow but usually not enough to paddle the St. John, there are plenty of black flies and usually very few paddlers in early June. Great summer weather in July and August boosts the amount of paddlers on the Allagash river but there are plenty of campsites to accommodate everyone but you do want to call for water level conditions.