Allagash Lake and Johnson Pond

Allagash, Maine

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Allagash Lake is at the top of our list, one of our very favorite lakes in Maine. It is a large lake, subject to heavy winds, but the lake geometry prevents waves from building up as much as they do on some other large lakes in the region. And wind does not affect the large number of protected areas on the lake. There are several reasons Allagash Lake is so great. It is beautiful, of course: nestled beneath Allagash and Poland mountains, lined with moss-covered rocks, marshy inlets, and—everywhere—deep, wild forest. But Allagash is also special because you will not hear the putt-putt of motors, you will not see or hear automobiles, you will not even see float planes landing here. Allagash Lake is the only body of water in Maine to exclude all motors (even electric motors). Prominent fish species: brook trout and lake trout.
Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition

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Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition

by John Hayes & Alex Wilson (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Allagash Lake is at the top of our list, one of our very favorite lakes in Maine. It is a large lake, subject to heavy winds, but the lake geometry prevents waves from building up as much as they do on some other large lakes in the region. And wind does not affect the large number of protected areas on the lake.

There are several reasons Allagash Lake is so great. It is beautiful, of course: nestled beneath Allagash and Poland mountains, lined with moss-covered rocks, marshy inlets, and—everywhere—deep, wild forest. But Allagash is also special because you will not hear the putt-putt of motors, you will not see or hear automobiles, you will not even see float planes landing here. Allagash Lake is the only body of water in Maine to exclude all motors (even electric motors). Prominent fish species: brook trout and lake trout.

©  John Hayes & Alex Wilson/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Allagash
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip, camping available
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Bureau of Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Allagash Lake, Tramway
Driving Directions: Directions to Allagash Lake and Johnson Pond

Recent Trail Reviews

5/18/2007
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Put in at Johnson Pond and paddled through to the outlet into Allagash Stream. Pretty tight in some spots in trying to get into the stream from Johnson Pond but we didn't have to portage. Drifted down the stream into Allagash Lake which provided good fishing. Good size brook trout in the stream at the mouth of the lake. Paddling back proved a little more difficult in some spots due to current. Great for a an extended weekend trip to get away from busier fishing spots.


8/18/2004
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