Allagash Wilderness Waterway State Park
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is a 92-mile-long corridor of lakes and ponds, rivers and streams stretching from the south end of Chamberlain Lake to the village of Allagash, where the Allagash River flows into the St. John River. Established in 1966 by the Maine State Legislature and managed today by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, the waterway was the first state-administered component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. A canoe trip on the Allagash is one of the finest wilderness experiences in the United States, where paddlers can spend a few days or an entire week or more enjoying the scenic beauty and soothing solitude of the vast woods and waters that teem with fish, bird and animal life.
Access points to the Allagash are limited, so any canoe trip will require overnight camping. More than five dozen primitive campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and featuring picnic tables with ridgepoles, fire rings and pit toilets. This is true wilderness and no other facilities are available.
Along the Allagash visitors will enjoy a number of undeveloped sand beaches. At Chamberlain Lake there is a quarter-mile of sand and gravel beach at the Gravel Beach Campsite. Allagash Lake has two miles of sandy beach along its northern shore which includes Sandy Point Campsite. There is a mile of sand beach at Russell Cove on the western shore of Eagle Lake. At Scofield Point on Churchill Lake, enjoy camping in the pines and swimming at a half-mile stretch of beach. Jalbert’s Campsite features a half-mile of sandy beach on the east shore of Long Lake.
One of the best ways to experience the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is in the company of a Maine Wilderness Guide. These dedicated professionals can outfit your party with canoes and paddling gear, food and cooking supplies, and camping equipment and fishing tackle, as well as safely guide you down the river by day and spin a few tales of the north woods by the evening campfire.