The Allagash can be fine in September
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-28-12 7:14 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Nov-28-12 7:16 PM EST --
Actually we have run it once with a Kevlar UL Wenonah at 1500 cfs as measured at Allagash Village. Yes..Norm Pelletier said...."you weel wreck that boat". We did not hit a thing.
None of the rapids are technical. The portages are really not a big deal. You can either do the half mile Chamberlain to Eagle or go to Eagle at Lock Dam which is a 30 foot portage.
The big lakes are at their calmest in the AM. With good timing you can make Chamberlain to Lock Dam in three hours.
You do have to start your trip going the wrong way as there is no longer access at Telos Lake. You put in at Chamberlain Bridge and paddle back to Telos dam then back from whence you came and under the bridge and then onward.
Allagash Falls is 400 meters and like a sidewalk.
Here is the gauge I watch.
I suggest watching the water levels a couple of weeks before the trip. Be advised that if you get to Chase after noon, the water is shut off so the rapids are then mostly rocks and little water.
Below 500 cfs you will be dragging in spots. 1500 is great..everything is covered. 3500 its just about impossible to stop at a campsite on the river.