The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is Maine’s best known canoe trip and has attracted paddler’s for more than a century. Henry David Thoreau ventured into this region more than 150 years ago by traveling into the Allagash via the Mud Pond Carry from the West Penobscot watershed. The legendary Allagash is Maine’s only designated Wild and Scenic River.
Allagash canoe trips are popular with families, scouts, teens, summer camps, as well as adult and youth groups. With its easy flowing river sections and its moderate whitewater on Chase Stream Rapids, the Allagash is well suited for ages 12 and up. It is one of the few eastern rivers that can be paddled for a week or longer without coming into contact with modern civilization.
If you’re hoping to encounter wildlife, the Allagash is where you want to be. It has consistently been our best Maine canoe trip for spotting wildlife, including moose and eagles. With numerous put in and take out locations, outings can be planned from four to ten days.
Pictures of Past Allagash Trips
- Sept. 2017, Allagash Canoe Trip Pics
- August 2017, Allagash Canoe Trip Pics
- June 2017, Allagash Pics on our Blog
- June, 2017, Allagash Canoe Trip, Six days
- August, 2016 Allagash Canoe Trip, Six days
- August, 2016 Allagash Canoe Trip, Four days, Group B
- August, 2016 Allagash Canoe Trip, Four days, Group A
- August, 2015, Allagash Canoe Trip, Six Days
- August, 2015, Allagash Canoe Trip, Four Days
- May, 2015, Men’s Allagash Canoe Trip
The best times to paddle the Allagash depend on what you’re looking for. Late May to mid-June is the optimal time for Brook Trout fishing, but be prepared for black flies and Mosquitoes. Late June through Labor Day weekend is the most popular time to paddle the Allagash. The days are warm and nights are cool. Early fall is an excellent time with fewer people, no bugs, and the beginning of fall colors.
At its headwaters are numerous lakes including Chamberlain, Allagash, Eagle, and Churchill. The northern section taking you from Chase Stream Rapids to Allagash Village, involves mostly river travel; you’ll be paddling Umsuskis and Long Lakes, Round Pond, and portaging around 40′ Allagash Falls.
The region is rich in logging history, and there are numerous artifacts that can be explored from days gone by. You’ll have a chance to visit the remains of Lombard stream haulers, a tramway from Eagle to Chamberlain Lake, and two locomotives on the shores of Eagle Lake.
A guided Allagash canoe trip provides for a safe and enjoyable time. Guides take care of all the logistics including vehicle shuttle, canoe rentals, trip planning, itinerary, equipment, meals and handling day use and camping fees at North Maine Woods points of entry. Campsites located on the river’s edge are rustic with picnic tables, fire pit and a well maintained outhouse. We camp in tents and cooking is done over an open fire.
Trips, distances, and recommended duration
- Chamberlain to Allagash Village 94 miles, 8-10 days
- From Indian Stream 83 miles, 7 days
- From Churchill Lake 64 miles, 6-7 days
- From Long Lake Thoroughfare 51 miles, 5 days
- Henderson Bridge to Allagash Village 33 miles, 4 days
Pricing per person fully outfitted and guided
- Four Day Trip: $795.00 per person
- Five Day Trip: $950.00 per person
- Six Day Trip: $1095.00 per person
- Seven Day Trip: $1245.00 per person
- Eight Day Trip: $1345.00 per person
kids and teens up to age 17 come at 10% off when there are at least four paying full price. Note, while younger kids are welcome on the 4 & 5 day trips which is mostly river travel, longer trips that involve crossing larger lakes, we recommend the minimum age be 12.
Group size restriction is 12 with trip guides.
2017 Allagash Testimonial
“Our trip provided by Canoe the Wild along the Allagash River in Maine was truly epic. It was a lifetime dream with my brother and father to travel north and experience the beauty of this place. Our guide was top notch, going above and beyond what most would experience. With professionalism, planning and great communication we were provided with a trip and experience that will leave us with lifelong memories to share. Ratings and recommendations are hard to trust but we can speak first hand that what we hoped for in this trip was fully provided by a great company who makes sure you get what you expect. Traveling North? Want to experience the beauty of Maine? Canoe the wild is an excellent choice!” Tim Grandstaff, Orlando, Florida
More pictures from past Allagash River Trips: