Canoe Maine’s Allagash Wilderness on trips lasting from one to nine days

Allagash Canoe Trips

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Canoeing and camping on Maine rivers

Established in 1953, Allagash Canoe Trips offers fully guided canoe and camping excursions that range from 1-9 days on Maine’s rivers including the Allagash, St. John, Penobscot and the St. Croix. On a 7-day trip through the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, coming across dams and waterfalls are part of the adventure while paddling through lakes, rapids and quiet water with a swimming stop at Allagash Falls. The West Branch of the Penobscot River tour with Class I rapids is perfect for beginners to work on the skill of reading rivers along with a visit to Chesuncook Village and Mount Katahdin.

Multi-Day Canoeing in the Allagash Wilderness and on other Maine Rivers

  • Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Week-long trips begin at Chamberlain Lake or Indian Stream and end at the St. John River some 100 miles distant. Includes lakes, rapids, quiet water, and portages. See Allagash Falls. Hike in the Main Woods. Camp, swim and relax in a beautiful natural environment. This trip appeals to paddlers of different levels of ability from beginners to seasoned veterans.
  • The St. John River. The St. John is the longest and wildest free-flowing river in the eastern. U.S. It has a wealth of Native American and logging history. Canoeable in late spring. The St. John does not have a headwater lake to collect water. Reach the headwaters by floatplane from Moosehead Lake. Canoe to Dickey Lake. Paddle Class I and Class II  rapids with no portages. Canoe two long Class II-III rapids where the difficulty depends on water level. This trip is 120 to 150 miles long and last a week.
  • West Branch of the Penobscot. This trip on this mile river from Lobster to Chesuncook Lakes is a good first canoeing and camping experience for youngsters or adults who have limited outdoor experience. Moose sightings are common. Novice paddlers become comfortable with river reading on a long stretch of class I rapids. Camp on Chesuncook Lake with a view of Mount Katahdin. Visit Chesuncook Village. This trip includes a portion of Henry David Thoreau’s canoe trip into the Maine Woods.
  • East Branch of the Penobscot. Includes rapids, falls and short portages. Trips of different lengths can be arranged. Includes Class III rapids, ledge drops and portaging and lining.
  • Moose River. This is a good three-to-four day trip made to order for families and small groups that includes an optional hike on Sally Mountain. Includes Holeb Falls, Attean Pond, and mountain views.
  • St. Croix River. Class I and Class II give paddlers the opportunity to test their basic paddling skills. The St. Croix originates in glacier lakes.


Camp on scenic locations including primitive sites in the Allagash Wilderness. The outfitter plans trips so that there is ample time for relaxing and exploring. Guides provide all gear and cook meals.


Fishing for smallmouth bass, trout. Fishing in Maine is best during the months of May and June, with brook trout and salmon commonly caught during that time.

Whitewater Canoeing

Paddle the upper Kennebec River and Lower Dead River. The East Outlet of the Kennebec has three miles of continuous Class II and III rapids. The Lower Dead has almost sixteen miles of Class II and III in a wilderness environment.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing opportunities on multi-day trips in the Allagash Wilderness include bear, fisher cat, bald eagles, snowy owl, coyote, and moose

Read More about Allagash Canoe Trips in the Allagash Wilderness and on other Maine rivers.

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