Northern Maine is renowned for its two major rivers flowing through the vast 3.5 million acre forestland referred to as North Maine Woods. The Allagash River is a 92 mile waterway of interconnected lakes and river, the watershed covers 1479 square miles to provide ample water flow throughout the spring, summer and fall for guided Allagash River canoe trips, or Allagash river transportation and shuttle services. The Allagash Wilderness Waterway offers about 90 primitive campsites that are located throughout the entire Waterway from Chamberlain Lake or Allagash Lake all the way down river to Allagash Village.
St. John River canoe trips offer a continuous flow of river paddling for 140 miles starting at 5th St. John Pond to Allagash Village. The St. John River is the longest free flowing river in the eastern United States beginning as a modest stream named the Baker Branch and evolving into a major river before depositing into the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick.
Rugged and peaceful beauty is evident as soon as you arrive in the headwaters region of the Allagash river and St. John river watershed. Paddlers from all over the world travel to northern Maine to experience the splendor of the vast wilderness. Guided and unguided Allagash river trips are easy to organize with the help of a reputable Allagash river outfitter that has decades of experience guiding and organizing trips by offering Allagash river shuttle and transportation services. Using the proper canoe is important to make your trip enjoyable, if you do not have a ABS / plastic molded canoe you will benefit from Allagash river canoe rentals.
Allagash river canoe trips are very popular with individuals looking for a peaceful vacation, it is a great place for families, scout groups, church groups and summer camps. Mid to late May offers great water conditions and the beginning of spring trout fishing. In June water levels are still great with good trout fishing and not many paddlers on the river but it is the height of black flies. July and August are the height of paddler volumes and can be the lowest water levels. In September and October Allagash canoe trips are consider the most enjoyable due to beautiful weather, no bugs and very few paddlers. So, no matter what time of the paddling season you can find a time to enjoy an Allagash river canoe trip.
Find everything you need to pack on our Canoe Equipment List
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