One of the greatest appeals of the Allagash River is its combination of large, glimmering lakes and swift moving river. Sourced by some of the largest lakes in Maine, including Chamberlain Lake, Eagle Lake, and Churchill Lake, allow for many options of multi-day canoe tripping throughout the 102-mile waterway that is today managed and maintained by the State of Maine as a heritage river.
Most trips on the Allagash River encompass the opportunity to paddle some of the largest lakes in Maine where travelers will be awe-struck by the pristine, clear waters underneath their canoes. Stands of timber stretch as far as the eye can see and the majestic call of the native loon is often heard at night. Many campsites on the lakes of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway feature excellent swimming, sand beaches, and tremendous fishing.
The river portion of the Allagash allows some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Maine. Moose and deer are abound (it is not uncommon for groups to have the chance to see 10- 20 moose on a full Allagash River trip.) Bear are also sometimes spotted, along with the more common American Bald Eagle, beaver, duck, and osprey. The loon, a hallmark of any North Maine Woods experience, is also a very common sight and can be heard most nights, particularly while on the larger lakes.