Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) Conditions & Alerts

Conditions

July 10, 2018 | Due to the low amount of rainfall recently, the water level in the Allagash River is getting low. It is still passable, but paddlers will be dragging on gravel bars occasionally. Tributaries and water access locations are getting low. Allagash Stream is passable for paddlers going downstream, but poling upstream would be very difficult.

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Just released and available to download:

Storied Lands & Waters of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway: Interpretive Plan and Heritage Resource Assessment - Facilitated and authored by Bruce Jacobson on behalf of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation. Related materials are the sample lesson plans, watersheds map, and a bibliography available for download at Digital Maine.

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.