or somewhere down the Penobscot like Lobster stream unless you really want a trip that is mostly lake after windy lake. The Mud Pond Carry is a bear but it's part of the Allagash experience as far as I am concerned. Chesuncook is spectacular lake to visit and you'll see more moose and game on these sections than down below. You might also poke up into Lobster lake....one you can get into in the late season.
On both the gash and the Penobscot you will find lots of opportunities to scuff up your boat and if the water is low at Chase, you will be doing a lo t of maneuvering in the first miles. I would use a boat you don't mind scratching and beating up....but we used a wood and canvas last time we did the trip and it was fine. A lighter boat would have been nice at Mud Pond, but the rest of the trip it was a real pleasure to paddle.
An earlier trip would be better for water levels.
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