Applications Open for the 2021 Allagash Wilderness Waterway Visiting Artist Program

February 1, 2021

For more information contact: Jim Britt at:

AUGUSTA, Maine - Applications are now open for the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) 2021 Visiting Artist Program, which brings artists to the remote wilderness of Maine for two-weeks of solitude. The program provides artists with the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature to interpret and share their experiences through their art. For summer 2021, one chosen artist and a guest will receive complimentary lodging at the AWW Lock Dam Camp for two weeks during August and orientation by AWW rangers. The application deadline is February 28, and notification will be made by March 20, 2021. Interested artists are encouraged to apply now online.

Lock Dam Camp (pictured below) is a one-room cabin on the northern end of Chamberlain Lake, one of the largest and deepest lakes in the North Maine Woods. For 28 summers, it was the home of Dorothy Boone Kidney and her husband Milford - where they provided information to canoeists and tended the dam. Dorothy wrote two books about their life at Lock Dam, Wilderness Journal: Life, Living, Contentment in the Allagash Woods of Maine, and Away from it all.

Lock Dam Camp is located approximately 10 miles from the boat launch at the southern end of Chamberlain Lake and 60 miles from the nearest town, Millinocket. Amenities include:

  • Hand-pumped running water.
  • A wood stove.
  • Gas appliances including a cookstove and refrigerator.
  • Solar-powered lights.

Lock Dam is a favorite spot for canoeists traveling the AWW, anglers, and those who are looking for a quiet retreat from our modern world.

Artists can learn more about the AWW and access the 2021 application on the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry website. Or by contacting Matt LaRoche, AWW Superintendent and Registered Maine Guide, at (207) 695-2169,

Supporting documents

Still from the AWW Visiting Artist Program video featuring 2020 Visiting Artist Michael Vermette. Watch on Youtube.

Lock Dam Camp, one-room cabin, AWW Visiting Artist accommodations