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Old 05-31-2015   #1
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Alagash Wilderness Waterway

I'm looking into booking a fully guided Canoe trip on the Alagash. I shopping outfitters and trying to figure out if August is too late in the season. Any other info from someone who's been there would be appreciated.

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August is a great time to go!! A maine guide is a good idea. But, there are lots of outfitters that will rent u canoes and drop/pick u up for much less cost. The bugs are really bad end of June into July. August is a little better. Bring some good shoes for portages, the guides up there will make u carry a lot of stuff. Small mouth bass and brook trout fishing is awesome. Maine has 6 seasons; winter, still winter, mud season, black fly season, summer, and hunting season followed by winter.

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If you have some time up in maine hit up the Penobscot River for a day trip with a raft outfit. Or if you are still there at the end of the month the Dead River has a high water release on August 30.
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Please post if you find there is actually going to be enough water in August. The north woods are awesome. If the Alagash is too low, there is a nice trip possible on the upper section of the West Branch of the Penobscot. It includes crossing some "ponds". That's Maine talk for very large lakes.
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The allagash can be paddled from ice out in May untill November. All the snow has melted already. The allagash Is a big drainage. Mostly flat water with a few class 1s and a few class 2s that can be navigated by cub scouts in an aluminum canoe. Maine gets 3-4" rain per month evenly distributed throughout the year, with an average annual precipitation of 40"/yr. Late July and into August have thunderstorms. The river is shallow in some spots, but not dry.
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