Allagash Wilderness Waterway

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway was established by the Maine Legislature in 1966 to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural beauty, character, and habitat of a unique area. It is a magnificent, 92-mile-long ribbon of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams winding through the heart of northern Maine's vast commercial forests.

For more than a century "The Allagash" has been praised and enjoyed as a sportsman's paradise. Many famous people, including Henry David Thoreau, have enjoyed its beauty and come away filled with determination to protect it for future generations. The people of Maine have made this dream possible. The State of Maine, through the Division of Parks and Public Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and forestry, seeks to ensure that this area will be maintained forever as a place of solace and refuge from the pressures of society.

Protection of the Waterway was further enhanced in 1970 when it was named the first state-administered component of the National Wild and Scenic River System. There are no permanent human residents in this area, and visitors show respect and care by leaving the fewest possible signs of their presence.

While planning your trip, please read the

Rules for the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

Authorized Watercraft Measurements for Canoe and Kayak for the Allagash Wilderness Waterway

NEW! - View Campsites along the Allagash Wilderness Waterway on Google Earth. NOTE: to launch this link you must already have or install Google Earth on your computer.

1. Once you have launched the Google Earth application you can choose Select Data Layers from the menu at the left side of your screen and then obtain information about each site you select. Click on the map at each campsite and photos plus a description will appear.

2. Visit the Google Earth Help Center for an understanding of Google Earth and its abilities and limitations.

The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry contracts with North Maine Woods, Inc. for the collection of Allagash Wilderness Waterway and Penobscot River Corridor Fees.

Camping Fees for the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) and the Penobscot River Corridor (PRC):

Maine Resident: $4. per person/night

Non-Resident: $8. per person/night

Children under 10 years of age: Free.

Winter Fee - Chamberlain Thoroughfare Bridge parking lot and Kellogg Brook site: $50. per month/site

Vehicle access to the AWW or PRC is subject to day use fees charged by North Maine Woods, Inc. A one day fee is charged for those people driving to one of these State of Maine administered river areas, if they will be boating out of the area. For those people entering a State of Maine area and leaving by vehicle a two day fee will be charged.

These fees are paid and camping permits issued at the North Maine Woods checkpoints on entry of their private road system. In addition, day use fees are paid to the North Maine Woods, Inc at these checkpoints. Park staff and passive collection boxes are available to collect fees for visitors who do not pass through checkpoints.These are per person fees:

North Maine Woods Day-use Fees

Maine Resident, age 15 to 69: $7/day

Non-Resident, age 15-69: $12/day

All persons under 15, and 70 and older: Free

NOTE - these fees:

1. May be paid by cash or check only.

2. Are in effect for the entire summer season, May 1 to November 30. Outside of this season, other fees may apply.



Contact Allagash Wilderness Waterway

Maine Division of Parks & Public Lands Northern Region Headquarters
106 Hogan Road
Bangor, Maine  04401
Phone: (207) 941-4014


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Aroostook County, Maine
  • Piscataquis County, Maine

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