First time going to the Allagash
Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:27 PM
Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:09 PM
I would shoot for a week in June there will be tons of dry fly action
Posted 04 August 2012 - 08:47 PM
And after your trip please post about it here, with photos if possible. I think that would make an interesting trip before I get too old to make it!
PS -- edited to add, that far north "spring" IS June. I think ice out for lakes up there is early June to mid June in a normal year (not this global warming stuff that is going on)..
Posted 05 August 2012 - 07:25 AM
As you paddle north the first half of the trip is mostly on big lakes and the second half is mostly river. Different skills are required for each leg.
If you are not experienced in camping and river and lake travel you should try a couple of shorter trips first or maybe hire a guide.....but if you have experience with this sort of stuff there isn't anything really notorious about the trip except it's length and the logistics for setting up a shuttle
The three minimal dangers as far as i am concerned are 1) the lakes can be windy and develop large swells, so you need to have extra days for if you are windbound, 2) there are'nt any appreciable rapids except Chase if the water is high...you can have the ranger shuttle your stuff if you think you might swim... 3) you have to rely on yourself so you should have good first aid skills and have equipment back ups built into your backups in case something totally screws up and you need to rescue yourself. There is some safety in numbers....
The Allagash Trip actually starts at the southern end of Telos Lake, but access to the old put in has become more difficult in the last several years which causes many people to start the trip at Chamberlain Bridge and they miss Telos...so if you truly want to do the "whole thing" you will probably wind up doing a little backtracking if you put in a Chamberlain Bridge.
The official end of the waterway is West Twin brook but most people do paddle the extra 5 miles to Allagash...and some hang a right and take the St John down to St Francis or even Ft Kent.
A few extra days built in are a good because of the lake portion of the trip...you may have to wait out the wind and waves.
Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:38 PM
Posted 08 August 2012 - 10:16 AM
Posted 08 August 2012 - 11:20 AM
Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:02 PM
Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:52 PM
It is more fun, (at least IMHO)...because it is all downhill...and you don't have to deal with all the lakes....
the problem with the St John however is the water level, you have to go when there is water.
Right now, I have a friend who wants to run it, in fact we talked with the last couple of days...we talked about doing the "Gash....but he and I both have a flexible schedules and are willing to move fast in the next month or so depending on the waether....if we get hurricane coming through with heavy rain?...we are gonna run up there and ride the pulse down.....
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