Paddling Your Heart Out in Northern Maine
The Allagash Canoe Adventure is for young women who want to challenge themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally in a spectacular region of Maine. Participants receive ongoing instruction in paddling techniques, river reading, map and compass, and skills of wilderness travel. As with all Chewonki trips, the “Leave No Trace” ethic underlies our approach to the places we visit. As a result, participants learn to live and travel responsibly in the outdoors.
Our journey follows historically significant Native American canoe routes through vast, quiet expanses of northern Maine. This is an area rich in natural history as well as human stories; we explore their interconnections as we learn. Moving by canoe is an age-old practice on these waterways. Enjoying the world around us, we refine paddling techniques and outdoor skills as we travel through the historic waters of the West Branch of the Penobscot and the Allagash. We begin on the West Branch and paddle that river for one week before portaging into the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, which we follow for the rest of our trip, finishing in the village of Allagash. Highlights include pristine Eagle Lake, Chase Rapids, historic logging sites and settlements, and wildlife encounters with moose, loons, and bald eagles.