Allagash Wilderness Waterway

If you are looking to experience an off the grid, multi-day, excursion into the Northwoods of Maine, there is no more alluring journey than the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

On the Allagash Wilderness Waterway

Allagash Wilderness Waterway – 6 day / 5 night Excursion

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is one of a handful of rivers in the northern hemisphere that flows south to north. This has confounded many a paddler who attempted to start their excursion at the northern most point of the waterway, assuming they’d be traveling south. Just one of many reasons to hire a Registered Maine Guide.

The waterway is teaming with wildlife (eagles, ospreys, moose, deer, etc.), outstanding scenery and provides rich history of Maine’s lumbering industry.

Remnants of a Lombard Steam Log Hauler, near one of the campsites on this excursion

While this is an authentic Northwoods, off the grid experience, Ranger Stations are strategically located along the waterway in the event their services are required. In addition, we carry a first aid kit and satellite phone for use in the event of an emergency.

Experiencing the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is truly a “must do” bucket-list adventure that can be experienced by almost anyone.

The waterway journey begins where we launch our canoes at Umsaskis Lake, in northern Maine.

At the Umsaskis Lake Put-in

From there we travel by canoe 53 miles north to Allagash Village (the end of the waterway) or St. Francis (another 11 miles down the St. John River, depending on timing and the state of the group). Click here for an official map of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. You’ll find our starting point (put-in) in the middle, left on the map, just north of the Aroostook County line.

Example of the many picturesque scenes along the Allagash

Along the way we’ll spend nights at primitive campsites where you can swim, perhaps catch a fish (bring your gear) and experience the abundance of wildlife that exists in the Northwoods of Maine.

Your guide back-flipping, just below Allagash Falls

Cooking is done mostly over open fire. Every effort is made to provide tasty and nutritious meals. After a long day of paddling, meals such as steak, chicken or beans and hotdogs hit the spot. Let us know (when completing your client profile form) if you have any dislikes, allergies or dietary restrictions and we’ll strive to meet your requirements.

A Moose feeding in the Allagash River

During the trip, participants will learn camping and canoeing skills, best achieved by helping to portage, set up camp, gather wood and other typical camping / canoeing-related activities. With this approach, we are able to offer a lower cost, and you go away with a much greater sense of appreciation.

Upon indicating your interest you will be provided additional information, including:

  • Details of the excursion and what to expect
  • Detailed list of what to bring and what is included
  • A client profile form so we can obtain important information to best host you

A typical excursion involves traveling to northern Maine on a Sunday, launching our canoes on Monday, canoeing and camping along the waterway through Thursday night and returning home on Friday.

In summary, your trip includes 6 days / 5 nights of 100% dedicated service from your Registered Maine Guide, the necessary canoeing / camping gear, wholesome meals, snacks as well as a wilderness experience to complete your adventure of a lifetime, on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

At the Take-out – Allagash Village

Click here for frequently asked questions which includes links to a number of sites and videos covering the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

Contact Us to learn more and/or initiate the steps to create the adventure you’ve been longing for!


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