Date(s) Price(s)
May 23-28, 2023 $1,625 per person
June 25-30, 2023 $1,625 per person
September 5-10, 2023 $1,625 per person
September 26-October 1, 2023 $1,625 per person

Allagash River Canoe Trip

The Allagash River canoe trip is the most famous of all Maine’s river trips. It was established in 1966 by the state legislature to protect its “forever wild” status. In 1970, the Allagash was the first river to receive the US Department of the Interior’s Wild and Scenic River designation. Our most popular 6-day Allagash trip starts at the head of Long Lake and continues to our take out in Allagash Village, often referred to as “Moose Town.”

The Allagash River is suitable for beginners and provides the best moose-viewing opportunities of all Maine river trips. We schedule our Allagash trips on the shoulder months (May, June and September) to avoid the summer crowds. We also allow for more days on the river for a given section than most outfitters to have time to enjoy the country. If you want a relaxed paced trip with time to fish, swim, explore artifacts from the logging era, come with us! The highlight of every Allagash trip is a leisurely lunch at the spectacular 50-foot Allagash Falls. Fishing on the Allagash is best late May to mid-June or the end of September. Campsites are rustic but comfortable, with fire pits, outhouses, and picnic tables. To view a trip itinerary, click here.

Custom Allagash Canoe Trips

If you want to explore more of the Allagash country, we can design a custom Allagash canoe trip based on your interests and availability from 5-9 days long. Popular options are:

  • Allagash Lake and Stream to Allagash Village: recommended for fishermen/women. End of May through mid June is the optimal time for this trip. (8-9 days)
  • Chamberlain Lake to Allagash Village: This route traverses the entire Allagash Waterway. (8-9 days)
  • Round Pond (Henderson Bridge) to Allagash Village (5 days)

Call or email Polly or Kevin for custom Allagash dates and rates.

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  1. All meals and paddling and camping equipment
  2. Two guides
  3. Transportation to the river from the Black Bear Inn in Orono



  1. Transportation to the Black Bear Inn
  2. Personal clothing for the canoe trip
  3. Overnight stays at the Black Bear Inn

For trip itinerary, click here

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Custom trips

Mahoosuc Guide Service can design custom Maine canoe trips for families, youth groups, clubs, or organizations from one to 10 days in length. We can also design trips to retrace any part of Henry David Thoreau’s route, including Webster Brook and East Branch of the Penobscot River. Contact us today to discuss your group’s interests, abilities, goals, and available dates.

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Safety and Basic Information for Canoe Trips

All our Maine canoe trips are fully outfitted and guided by Mahoosuc Guide Service’s owners Polly or Kevin. We provide all the food, camping, paddling, and cooking equipment, as well as a detailed clothing list to help you in packing for your trip. Most of our trips meet in Orono, Maine (just north of Bangor). We provide transportation to and from the river. Many of our canoe trips require no special physical conditioning. If you have any concerns about the physical requirements of a trip, please contact us.

On the Trip:

We are experienced teachers and will help you master the art of canoeing by teaching paddle strokes and poling techniques. You will learn how to set up a warm dry camp, and if you want, how to cook and bake over an open fire. All our food is natural or organic, and we source much of our food locally. Natural history, wildlife viewing, and fishing will be covered as your interests warrant.


You are in safe hands with Mahoosuc Guide Service. With more than 40 years guiding experience from Maine and Quebec to the Yukon Territory and Alaska, we have an excellent safety record. We are certified in Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responders. We carry a satellite phone for emergency communication!

Trip Itinerary

Where we camp on the river varies greatly, depending on water levels, weather, and other travelers on the river.

Day 1

Meet at the Black Bear Inn in Orono, Maine, at 7:30 a.m. after breakfast.


Issue necessary gear (sleeping bags, foam pads, life vests, dry bags).

Drive to put in at Umsaskis Lake.

Introduction to canoes, paddles, loading canoes, and strokes.

Paddle to first campsite at Long Lake.

Day 2

Lesson in paddle strokes and river travel.

Travel to Round Pond.

Day 3

Brief history of Native Americans, loggers to Wilderness Waterway.

Travel to Five Finger Rapids area.

Day 4

Check in at Michaud Farm.

Travel to Allagash Falls Campsite.

Day 5

Leisurely morning to enjoy Allagash Falls.

Travel to Twin Brooks area.

Day 6

Travel to take-out at Allagash Village.

Drive to Black Bear Inn in Orono. Arrive around 5 p.m.

Say good-byes.