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Maine Canoe Trips

Allagash River & St. John River

Allagash River & St. John River Canoe Trips

Northern Maine is renowned for its two major rivers flowing through the vast 3.5 million acre forestland referred to as North Maine Woods. 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.

The Allagash River is a 92 mile waterway of interconnected lakes and river, know as the Allagsh Wilderness Waterway. The watershed covers nearly 1,500 square miles and provides ample water flow throughout the spring, summer and fall. The Waterway offers approximately 90 primitive campsites that are located throughout the length of the river, from Chamberlain Lake or Allagash Lake all the way down river to Allagash Village.

Guided and unguided Allagash river trips are easy to organize with the help of an outfitter with experience guiding and organizing trips. Many self-guided paddlers choose our Shuttle & Transportation services to help them transport their gear or drive their car to the take out point in Allagash Village.

Allagash river canoe trips are very popular with those 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, fewer 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.

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. Like the Allagash River, there are primitive campsites found along the length of the river. These sites are typically more remote and less maintained than Allagash River sites.

It is best to paddle the St. John early in the season, before June. Water levels on the river are not controlled by dams and can become very low later in the summer, making paddling impossible.

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Allagash Guide Service

928 Allagash Rd.
Allagash, Maine 04774

(207) 398-3418 or (877) 815-8165