Maine Canoe Trip Planning

Allagash River & St. John River Trips


North Maine Woods

The North Maine Woods is a non-profit organization supported by large and small landowners as well as government agencies. NMW encompasses over 3.5 million acres of timberland in Northern Maine. Day use and camping fees are charged to cover operational expenses related to maintaining checkpoints and campsites.

To view the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and North Maine Woods current fee’s please visit this link or call headquarters in Ashland at 207-435-6213.

To view the St. John and North Maine Woods fee’s please visit this link or call headquarters in Ashland at 207-435-6213.

Canoeing the Allagash Region

Learn more about canoe trips in the Allagash Region. 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.

Useful maps and streamflow information for your journey:

Learn about our Transportation and Shuttle Service

Suggested Packing List

These are only a list of suggested items and each group should customize their packing list to suit their needs.

Personal Items

  • Bug Spray
  • Sun Block
  • Water Bottle
  • Water shoes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flash light / head lamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Camera
  • Medication / Allergy medications
  • Small dry bag for camera, electronics, wallet
  • Rubber boots
  • Dry shoes
  • Chapstick
  • Head net for bugs
  • Fishing gear
  • Lightweight gloves for paddling


  • Pants – quick dry hiking, outdoor style
  • Shorts / swimsuit
  • Tee shirts – quick dry, nylon style
  • Long Sleeve – synthetic material
  • Wind breaker jacket
  • Socks – lightweight and warm
  • Warm shirt – pullover synthetic or wool
  • Rain Gear
  • Hat – wide brim or baseball hat


  • Rescue rope
  • Cooler
  • Multi-tool (Leatherman)
  • Folding shovel
  • Folding Chair
  • Batteries
  • Bungee cords
  • Duct tape
  • Maps
  • Water filter / water jug
  • Canoe / life jackets / paddles / seat cushions
  • Dry bags / tote boxes / 5 gallon buckets w/ lids
  • Bow saw / axe / hatchet
  • Tarp
  • Clothes line
  • Lantern / fuel / funnel
  • Matches / newspaper / fire starter
  • Sleeping bag / pad
  • Tent

Cooking Equipment / Supplies

  • Stove / fuel
  • Pots / pans/ dishes / utensils
  • Dish detergent / wash cloth / scouring pad
  • Ice blocks or frozen milk jugs
  • Cooking grate / tinfoil
  • Trash bags
  • Zip loc bags –quart or gallon size

Contact Us for More Information

Allagash Guide Service

928 Allagash Rd.
Allagash, Maine 04774

(207) 398-3418