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.
July 2020 Canoe the Wild Allagash Highlight Video produced by Jeremy Grant of the Timber Cross!
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.
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
A safe and enjoyable time, guides take care of all the logistics including, trip planning, itinerary, transportation into the North Maine Woods to our launch location, equipment & canoes, meals and covering significant 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, 7-8 days
- Allagash Stream to Allagash Village, 98 miles, 7-8 days
- From Indian Stream 83 miles, 7 days
- From Churchill Lake 64 miles, 5 days
- From Long Lake Thoroughfare 51 miles, 5 days
2020 Allagash Testimonial
“Trip was like nothing else I’ve ever done, and we’re still gushing about it weeks later. Dave and Tammi are not only incredibly knowledgable and passionate about the environments they work in, they are exceptionally kind and thoughtful people. We had a wide range of skill and experience levels on our Allagash trip, and they ensured everyone was comfortable, confident, and able to enjoy every moment. The paddles were challenging but not overly strenuous, and we were able to stop and take in the beauty and serenity of the wilderness around us without feeling like we were falling behind. The experience was obviously rustic, but Dave and Tammi made each campsite feel homey and comfortable. I would do another trip with Canoe the Wild in a heartbeat, and recommend the Allagash trip enthusiastically to anyone looking for an escape to someplace breathtaking with a guide who brings together a deep knowledge of the natural and human-based history of the area”.
Canoe the Wild Past Allagash River Trips
Albums of Past Allagash Trips
- August 23-28, 2020
- August 16-19, 2020
- August 11-14, 2020
- August 3-7, 2020
- July 14-18, 2020
- June 26-30, 2020
- June 11-14, 2020
- August 16-21, 2019
- August 16-19, 2019
- August 11-14, #2, 2019
- August 11-14, 2019