The renowned Allagash river runs 62 miles through the North Maine Woods into the St. John river. Steeped in Maine's popular history, heritage, and tradition, the Allagash became recognized as a National Wild and Scenic River in 1970 but remains administered by the states DACF. The river combined with it's headwater lakes make up the 92-mile long Allagash Wilderness Waterway made famous as a "sportsman's paradise" and so the Allagash has become the most widely recognized waterway in the state.
|Dates:||5 days, May-October|
|Cost:||$1150/person (includes use fees)|
30% non-refundable deposit to confirm dates
Balance due 2 weeks prior to trip
|Where:||Trip meets evening prior in Presque Isle, Maine|
|Included:||all canoeing and camping gear, all meals on river, transportation arrangements to and from the river from Presque Isle, use fees, guide services|
|Not included:||sleeping bags, personal items/clothing (a packing list will be provided), personal beverages, guides gratuities, fishing licenses, accommodations in Presque Isle|
|Reservations:||Sunrise Canoe and Kayak|
Our canoe trips are led by Master Maine Guides who have worked as professional river guides for over 20 years. All of our guides share an emphasis for safety and education as well as a passion for river trips.
Our goal is to meet if not exceed your expectations while providing a river trip you will not soon forget. Your trip forms are very helpful to us in striving to meet this goal. Each individual should fill out and return a completed trip form to us at their earliest convenience.
Your guide will be in contact with you prior to your trip to answer any questions you might have concerning the trip or preparing for it. Your guide will also want your input in preparing the menu for the trip and may have specific questions for you after receiving your trip forms.
Travel to the river via one of the North Maine Woods checkpoints where our party will register to use the river. From the checkpoint on travel will be over gravel roads. At the river, your guides will conduct a safety briefing and brief canoe orientation before heading down river including tips on packing your gear and group gear in your canoe and basic canoeing techniques. Usually we have lunch during the orientation/packing session, though sometimes we are able to head down river a ways before stopping for lunch.
Camping is at designated primitive sites along the river. These sites will have a picnic table, established fire ring, privy, and spots for setting up your tent. Other than these few simple improvements there are no other services available along the river.
At your first camp, your guide(s) will assist you in setting up your tenting area for the first time including instruction on pitching your tent if you are using an unfamiliar model. After that there is time for swimming, fishing, exploring or just relaxing while dinner is being prepared by your guide(s) over an open fire.
Morning and evening meals are prepared by your guide over an open fire. The entrees change each day. Typical morning meals include ham and eggs, french toast and bacon, and pancakes with sausage accompanied with fresh fruit, cereal, juice, coffee, and tea. Evening meals include chicken stir fry, breaded pork chops with green beans, marinated steak with rice, or pasta dishes with a hearty red or white sauce accompanied by appetizer, wine, and dessert. Lunches are buffet style with deli meats and cheeses, bread or wraps, fresh fruits and vegetables, pickles, chips, and cookies.
Your guide will go over the planned menu with you before your trip and welcome any input regarding personal preference or dietary requirements you may have.
If you plan to fish, a Maine fishing license is required. 3-day, 7-day, and seasonal licenses can be obtained online through the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website (http://www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/fishing.htm) or at most fishing supply retailers.
Day 2 is our first full day on river. Exact itinerary from here on will depend on water levels and where we ultimately decide to take out but will canoe by or possibly camp at Round pond.
Today is Allagash falls day, one of the most scenic spots on the river. Allagash falls is a portage of a couple hundred yards or so. Often we camp here half way along the portage but sometimes we portage and keep going.
We will canoe to our take-out point planning to arrive there by noon or shortly after. After packing up and having lunch we will have about a two hour ride back to Presque Isle. We will do our best to have you back in Presque Isle and ready to head to your next destination by 4pm which means a 6:30 arrival time in Bangor for folks driving south. If you are flying out of Presque Isle, you will not depart until the next morning so be sure to have accommodations in Presque Isle for the night.
Contact Sunrise Canoe and Kayak, Rob Scribner