River Canoe Trips with Katahdin Outfitters will make your Maine paddle adventure
a memorable one! Our 25 years of experience on the Allagash Waterway will
help you make the most of your Maine wilderness canoe trip.
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is widely recognized as one of the best canoeing
areas in the country, and deservedly so. Paddling north from Chamberlain
Bridge there are over one hundred miles of lakes and river before reaching
the first civilization at Allagash Village. Fish and wildlife are
abundant. No dangerous rapids are encountered and navigation is not
difficult, but some camping and canoeing experience is recommended.
There are five starting points on the Allagash Waterway most commonly used by Katahdin Outfitters
for your canoe and kayak trip.
The longest voyage through the waterway starts at Chamberlain Lake and ends
at Allagash Village, a distance of about 92 miles and takes between 7 to
Paddlers may use this chart to view and plan their trip accordingly. It is a good idea to allow some extra time since some days strong
winds will make paddling on the large lakes a little more difficult. Shorter
canoe trips may
be taken from Chamberlain Lake north to Churchill Dam which is mostly
lakes or Umsaskis Lake to Allagash Village which is mostly river.
For a great side trip consider that 3 miles west of Lock Dam lies the
mouth of Allagash Stream. An experienced canoeist can make the 6 mile trip
with pole and paddle up this stream to the unforgettable solitude of
Allagash Lake. The lake and stream are closed to airplanes, motors and any
type of mechanized equipment. Only canoes are permitted here.
The water level in the side stream is highly variable. There may be a lack
of adequate flow of water for canoeing at any time in the season.
A short portage from Lock Dam will take you along the traditional route
with a 12 mile paddle from Eagle Lake, a 2 mile run through the
thoroughfare, and 5 more miles of lake to Churchill Dam. Below the dam is
a nine mile trip through Chase Rapids, dropping into Umsaskis Lake. Chase
Rapids is famous for its white water canoeing. It takes an experienced
person in the stern of the canoe, who is able to guide the canoe through
the rocks when the water is running high!
The trip across Umsaskis Lake to the Thoroughfare at Long Lake is 5 miles
long. Here the private American Reality Road crosses the waterway.
Another 5 miles through Long Lake will carry you into the 10 mile run
downriver to Round Pond which is 3 miles wide.
An 18 mile paddle to Allagash Falls, a third of a mile portage, and a run
of 8 miles will bring you to West Twin Brook.
West Twin Brook is the end of the Allagash waterway but many prefer to
continue another 5 miles to Allagash Village at the confluence of the St.
John and Allagash rivers.
order to gain access to the Allagash Waterway you will have to pass
through the North Maine Woods gate at the Telos Gate. For your convenience
we have posted the fee structure here.
All camping is in designated campsites only, on a
first come first serve basis. Where space is available, campsites are set
up to hold two separate parties. All campsites have picnic tables with
ridge poles, tip-off grate fireplaces and privies. The maximum size party
allowed on the waterway is 12 people.
For our customers convenience with their trip planning we offer this link
to USGS Real-Time Water Data for the Allagash River.
Check here to view up to date water levels and flows on the Allagash
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