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
- 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
- Six Day Trip: $995.00 per person
- Eight Day Trip: $1195.00 per person
Ages 12-17 15% off when there are at least four paying full price (your party or combined parties)
Inquire about pricing for longer trips. Due to the overland traveling distance, a trip less than four days is not feasible.
Group size restriction is 12 with trip guides.
2016 Allagash Testimonial
Trip of a lifetime!!!!! Took my 2 boys on the Allagash River with Dave. I couldn’t have asked for a better guide. His experience on the river and his knowledge of canoeing made this trip one of the best experiences I ever had. Dave taught my kids and I all about the river, it’s wildlife and it’s history. We fished, saw Eagles and Moose and enjoyed the beautiful Maine wilderness. Dave’s focus during our time on the river, was making sure that we were comfortable and especially making sure my kids were enjoying there time on the river. Bring your camera and get ready to take lots of pictures. Thanks to Dave, I have great memories with my boys, that we will be talking about for a long time. I highly recommend Dave if you want to enjoy the beautiful Maine wilderness”. Cameron B, NY
More pictures from past Allagash River Trips: