Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) Conditions & Alerts

Conditions

September 1, 2021 | The Allagash River at Allagash is flowing at 366 cfs. Recent rain showers brought the river level up. Below 300 cfs is still passable, but there will be a few gravel bars to avoid. The headwater lakes are at normal levels. Use the following resource to check the river flow: <a href="https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?01011000">https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?01011000</a>

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2021 AWW Visiting Artist Announced - Marty Kotter

We are pleased to announce the selection of Marty Kotter of Columbus, Ohio as the 2021 Allagash Wilderness Waterway Visiting Artist. Marty works primarily in fiber arts - incorporating techniques of silk painting, sewing, beading and quilting into her pieces. Most of her work is representational and inspired by nature which compel viewers to take a closer look and ask questions about the natural world.

Marty will spend two weeks immersed in the beauty of the Allagash at the Waterway's Lock Dam Cabin and make treks on and along the river so that she may interpret and share her experience through her art. As she does so, she will follow in the footsteps and paddle strokes of native Americans, rusticators, and artisans who for centuries have been inspired by the Waterway and have attempted to capture the Allagash headwater lakes and lower river's beauty and solitude through stories, drawings, photography, and music.

Explore Marty's beautiful artwork online at www.martykotterart.com.

Learn more about this program by:

  • Watching the conversation with Michael Vermette to hear about his experience on the AWW as the First Visiting Artist (2020). 
  • Review the AWW resources on this page.

Michael Vermette - 1st AWW Visiting Artist (2020) - Reflects on His Experience in the video above.

Allagash Explorer and Storied Lands & Waters

Allagash Anniversary Print Available allagash wilderness wateway 50 year commenorative print of paddlers on the river

  • Limited Edition; 24x20-inches.
    Signed and numbered by artist Mark McCollough. $50 each + tax, shipping and handling.
  • Call to order:
    (207) 695-3721 x3
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      two paddlers and dog finish Chare Rapids on the Allagash

Allagash Overview

  • The 92-mile Allagash Wilderness Waterway in northern Maine is one of America's preeminent canoe trips.
  • Established by the Maine State Legislature in 1966 and designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1970 as the first state-administered component of the National Wild and Scenic River System.

Selected Highlights

  • Henry David Thoreau visited the Allagash region in 1857 guided by two natives of the Penobscot Tribe, Joseph Aitteon and Joe Polis. They made camp on Pillsbury Island in Eagle Lake near what is now the Thoreau campsite.
  • The Waterway's Native American heritage is found in the names of its places, such as Umsaskis Lake and Musquacook Stream.
  • AWW's logging history is tied to the river and locomotives. Remnants of the logging era can still be found by visitors.

Paddling the Allagash - Be Prepared

  • Call (207) 941-4014 for more information.
  • Northward flow of the AWW often surprises first-time visitors.
  • Whitewater on the AWW - the most well know section is Chase Rapids, a class II stretch just downstream of Churchill Dam.
  • Communication contingency plans are a must as cell phone coverage is spotty and can go down unexpectedly.
  • Self-rescue preparedness is a must. Carry a first aid kit.
  • Plan your trip carefully and add extra days for unexpected weather when you may need to stay off the water. Suggested book: The Allagash Guide: What You Need to Know to Canoe this Famous Waterway by Gil Gilpatrick.
  • Launch sites:
    • Are often remote and require travel over a network of private logging roads.
    • Trailerable and hand-carry boat launches are highly variable. Use the online sortable boat launch listing and the AWW Information Packet to plan your trip.