Winter Camping in the Allagash

December 6, 2013

For more information, contact: Kevin Brown at (207) 435-7963

Winter Campground Registration Opens December 14

AUGUSTA -- The Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) will begin taking winter camping registrations December 14. Part of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands, the AWW is a 92-mile-long ribbon of lakes, lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams that wind through northern Maine's vast forests. The AWW will make a total of 48 camp sites available at Chamberlain Bridge and Kellogg Brook.

The camp sites will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis until the campground capacity is reached. Registration for the campgrounds will take place:

8 a.m., Saturday, December 14, at the Chamberlain Bridge ranger station.

“These unique winter campsites offer extraordinary access to some great winter ice fishing,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “We have visitors who return year after year to enjoy the beauty, camaraderie and winter sport that this part of Maine offers.”

DACF Commissioner Walt Whitcomb noted that winter camping in the Allagash is just one of many outdoor recreational opportunities available at Maine parks and lands this winter. “Our “Take it Outside” program encourages Maine's children and families to reconnect with nature, promote health, and have fun in the great Maine outdoors. Some activities to look for in the coming months include: cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, nature walks, and guided hikes on New Year’s Day,” said Whitcomb.

Matthew LaRoche, AWW superintendent, anticipates renting out most of the 48 available campsites by noon on the first day of registration. To be sure of getting a site, the AWW superintendent suggests that campers arrive at Chamberlain Bridge before 8 a.m. on December 14.

Camp sites are available for a rental fee of $50 per month, plus 8-percent meal and lodging tax. Eight sites are reserved in the parking lot for transient use at the regular camping fee of $4 per person per night for Maine residents and $8 for nonresidents. The water access campsites on the lakes are available for use in the winter as well as summer; the same fees apply to these sites.

The AWW provides: public drinking water, vault toilets, and snow plowing at the Chamberlain Bridge and Kellogg Brook winter campgrounds. A groomed snowmobile trail is marked from the parking lot to the south end of Chamberlain Lake and to Round Pond/Telos lakes.

For more information on Maine state parks, go to: http://www.maine.gov/dacf/parks/index.shtml

For more information on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, call (207) 941-4014.

Or contact: Allagash Wilderness Waterway PO Box 1107 Greenville, ME 04441

Supporting documents

1) Scenic of campground: cutline – Trucks and trailers fill the Allagash Wilderness Waterway campgrounds during the 2010-2011 winter season. A total of 48 camp sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis for winter camping. (Maine Department Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry photo)