The great state of Maine is full of beautiful mountain parks, sunny white sand beaches and other natural recreational areas. But if you are looking for a more intense Maine wilderness experience, then taking a canoe or kayak vacation on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is perfect for you. For the seasoned canoe or kayak owner, a trip down one of Maine’s most scenic waterways is an experience they will never forget.
Campsites along the Allagash Waterway are abundant, so travelers will have plenty of privacy while on their journey. Campsites are set up along the track and many have pit toilets for comfort. Fire rings can also be found at most campsite but visitors should not build fires outside of these areas. Water is available but should be filtered or treated for safety. Remember to carry out any trash that you may have during your trip because no trash facilities are available. With more than 92 miles of pristine waterways surrounded by wilderness, the Allagash is the perfect place for those families who are at home in nature. This seven to ten day journey is a great way to bond with the family and work as a team.
One of the interesting points along the way is a lock and dam that dates back to 1841, which was built to divert water from the Chamberlain Lake into the Penobscot River. Another scenic area of the Allagash Waterway is an abandoned railroad that was built in 1925 to haul thousands of tons of pulpwood out of the region. Along the route, boaters will also encounter Chase Rapids, which is the most treacherous part of the Allagash Waterway. This nine mile stretch of white water rapids is the perfect chance to experience a thrill ride you will not soon forget. But for those who are not experienced, you should avoid this part of the journey and opt to be ported around it.
For many who travel this waterway, the high point and end of this life-changing journey is the Allagash Falls. At the end of this week-and-a-half trek down the waterway, those who made the entire trip will be rewarded with views of the 40-foot cascade that is Allagash Falls.
There are several local services that cater to travelers of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.
Jack’s Air Service provides flights to the Allagash, as well as sightseeing flights and flights to housekeeping cottages, from the first of May through the first of October.
Allagash Canoe Trips is a family business, the oldest continuously running guided canoe trip service in Maine. They offer day/overnight trips, as well as week-long journeys along the waterway. They also provide instructional clinics for anyone wishing to strengthen their canoeing and kayaking skills, with classes for whitewater canoeing and kayaking, and canoe poling.
Northwoods Outfitters offers four- to seven-day Allagash adventures and multi-day guided canoe trips. They will fully outfit travelers for their journey, with rental canoes, camping equipment, and shuttle service for experienced travelers, and all-inclusive guided trips for those with less experience.