Explore the lower half of Maine's Allagash Wilderness Waterway, a 92-mile-ribbon of lakes, streams and rivers, surrounded by mountains and lush forests. Paddle an exhilarating combination of big lakes and swift water while looking for bald eagles and osprey. Spot moose, bobcat, and bear. Canoe Pongokwahemook Lake and Musquacok Stream and soak in the rich Native American history. Visit Allagash Falls–a 40-foot drop of water cascading over thin-leaved slate. Looking for fast water paddling in a stunning locale? This trip is for you!
DAY 1: Your trip starts with an early morning pickup in Bangor. Drive 1.5 hours to Greenville and then drive to the put in at Bissonette Bridge. Practice paddling and camp on a bluff campsite just downstream.
DAY 2: Continue out of Umsaskis Lake, into adjoining Long Lake. Enjoy the view of the Gray Brook Mountains to the west and paddle on to Long Lake Dam where, after a short portage, you'll set up camp for the evening.
DAY 3: Pick up the pace today and head into the Allagash River. Look for wildlife in the surrounding forests as the river takes you to Round Pond. Cross the pond and set up camp on the northern shores.
DAY 4: Today is a layover day. You'll have the opportunity to explore more of Round Lake and the surrounding area. If you're feeling adventurous, you may choose to make the 5-mile round-trip hike to Round Pond Tower and experience the Allagash from far above.
DAY 5: Start the day with an exhilarating paddle through a stretch of rapids called Round Pond Rips. You'll also paddle through Musquacook Deadwater, one of the more scenic stretches of this river. Camp that night at Five Finger Brooks.
DAY 6: Continue up the Allagash to Allagash Falls. After portaging around the falls, you can take time to enjoy their beauty and explore the surrounding area. Perhaps a display of northern lights will grace your last night in the woods.
DAY 7: Get up early and paddle the last few miles to your take-out where you'll pack up for the ride back to Bangor. The trip officially ends in the early afternoon. Return to Bangor that evening.
Travel, Terrain, Etc...
TERRAIN/ROUTE CHOICES: This area lies near the northern Appalachian Mountains. The terrain is characterized by exposed granite with a thin layer of top soil, the result of glaciers scraping and grinding as recently as 10,000 years ago. The granite makes for rough terrain; wheelchair users can expect difficulty at times due to obstacles of varying degrees (rocks, mud, logs, etc.). The lakes and rivers make this area relatively accessible. No previous experience is needed to complete this trip.
TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: You will travel in 17-foot Old Town Tripper canoes, which hold two to three paddlers, plus all necessary gear. An average day's travel consists of 3-5 hours of paddling, depending on weather. Except for scheduled layover days, most days' travel distance varies from 6-9 miles per day. You can expect 2-3 portages (short trail crossings) on this trip. Portaging can be challenging, but it also offers a chance to get out of the canoes and enjoy the woods. To protect the environment, WI uses “minimum impact” camping techniques.
WEATHER: Temperatures in the summer months range from 40 F to 95 F. Rainfall can vary, and you should expect at least a day or two of rain.
ACCOMMODATIONS: This is a camping trip. At night you will sleep in a comfortable Eureka Timberline tent. Typically, there are 3 people per 4 person tent (although other arrangements can be made). Bathroom facilities consist of a foldable commode chair set up in a privacy tent. We make every effort to ensure privacy and cleanliness.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 8 to 10 participants, plus 2 or more Wilderness Inquiry staff. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds and abilities, including people with disabilities. Our trips are cooperative in nature. WI staff will assist you in whatever areas you need, however most people pitch in where they can. Part of the adventure involves learning about daily camp activities.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all necessary canoeing and camping equipment. All you need to provide is your personal gear, such as clothing and a sleeping bag. A detailed equipment list will be sent to you upon confirmation of your participation.
A note about the itinerary: Our trips are real adventures in the outdoors. While we'll make every effort to follow the itinerary listed here, elements may change due to weather or reasons beyond our control.
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The Allagash Wilderness Waterway was established by the Maine Legislature in 1966 to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural beauty, character, and habitat of a unique area. It is a magnificent, 92-mile-long ribbon of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams winding through the heart of northern Maine's vast commercial forests.
For more than a century the Allagash has been praised and enjoyed as a wilderness paradise. Many famous people, including Henry David Thoreau, have enjoyed its beauty and come away filled with determination to protect it for future generations. The people of Maine have made this dream possible. The State of Maine, through the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Conservation, seeks to ensure that this area will be maintained forever as a place of solace and refuge from the pressures of society.
Protection of the Waterway was further enhanced in 1970 when it was named the first state-administered component of the National Wild and Scenic River System. There are no permanent human residents in this area, and visitors show respect and care by leaving the fewest possible signs of their presence.
Text above is from State of Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands
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State of Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands
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WI leads trips to the Allagash but currently has no dates scheduled. If you have a group of at least 8 people interested, we can set up a customized adventure just for you! Please contact us if you are interested in a group trip to this destination.