Re: Allagash

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Chris Gill


Kalmia is accurate in everything he says, you might consider starting at Indian Stream put-in to avoid the potential headwinds on Chamberlain Lake. I did the whole trip in 5 days with my 10 year old son and we didn’t rush. When we did the trip the water was low enough so we had to drag a bit, we also had frost in mid June. You will definately need a day to drive each way if you live anywhere south of central Maine. Allagash Village is WAY up there, about 8 hours from Boston.

It will certainly help if both you and your fiance are experienced enough to steer the canoes in windy conditions. There are no long hard portages and I’ve found that it’s nice to be able to get out of the canoe and walk on the two short carries you’ll have to do. The NFCT will be able to get you the names of outfitters that will rent you gear and shuttle your cars for you. If you plan on leaving a car at the start it should be a reasonably rugged vehicle.

There’s a lot to think about for this trip but it’s well worth it. Gil Gilpatrick has a book that gives a pretty good overview of the trip. Gilpatrick is a guide that leans towards a very luxurious trip so take that with a grain of salt.

Please follow up with any questions.