Allagash - Eagle Lake 3-Day
Posted by: rwills81 on May-09-13 9:00 AM (EST) Category: Destinations
Just found this website, it's been hard finding information around Eagle Lake in the Allagash wilderness. I have a bunch of question of the are and would appreciate any advice. I have been researching a ton and just want to know everything I need to know before going out there.
First off I want to say that a buddy and I will be going up there eiter the weekend after memorial weekend or during the week after memorial day. Are purpose is to explore in he vast wilderness we are both photographers and really want to check out the locomotives and the surrouning wildlife. I have hiked/camped in the Whites and the Glades and I have paddled Key We and the Ipswich river/Charles river so we are not going in raw.
My first thought was to drive, park and venture on foot from camp site to camp site around Eagle Lake so my next few questions are in regards to that....
-Can I drive the car to Eagle Lake(Telos road?) and is there parking near Eagle Lake or would I have to park at the Chamberlain Bridge and hike to Eagle Lake?
-Are there hiking trails/foot paths (official or unofficial) to get to the surrounding lakes and to walk around the lakes(especially Eagle) itself or is it all back country bushwack....Is it bushwack-able?
-If I were driving around Golden and Telos Road can I just pull off to the side of the road and hike? How long can I leave the car there if I can(multi-days or just hours)?
-Are the campsites crowded or is there privacy? Is it safe to leave the tent and explore via foot/canoe and come back?
My next set of question revolves around the idea that hiking in is not the option and instead getting an outfitter to drop a canoe and us at Eagle Lake and then pick us up in the same spot 3-days later. I have done plenty of canoeing but never in any sort of rapids which is why I would stay in Eagle Lake but wouldn't mind getting my beak wet.
- I have seen videos of Chase Rapids were the canoe tips over. What of my gear? I figure to have a bag with 3-days worth of provisions and change of clothes, last thing I need is that and my camera going over into the water. How is Indian Stream that goes into Eagle Lake? I would like to check out ome of these streams that go into or branch off just worry about the gear.
-Is it better to do 2 solo canoes or 1 canoe with 2 people with our bags in the middle? Figure to explore all of Eagle Lake, Round Pond, Churchhill but not go down to Chase Rapids and stay at different campsites both nights.
-Are there any other streams or lazy rivers that go into or branch off of Eagle Lake without going upstream? How long does it take to explore Eagle? Should I incorporate more?
-What about from Allagash stream to Allagash lake to Chamberlain Lake to Eagle Lake?
Thanks all for any help you can be
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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Your questions are very broad in scope|
Posted by: rpg51 on May-09-13 7:25 PM (EST)
Posted by: MrTee on May-09-13 9:36 PM (EST)
That's what I would do if I only had three days . . . put in at Churchill and paddle into Eagle then back.
I would insert at Indian Pond|
Posted by: kayamedic on May-09-13 10:33 PM (EST)
some guided trips do that for access. You are on Eagle almost immediately.
Remember if you put in a Chamberlain|
Posted by: rpg51 on May-10-13 5:57 AM (EST)
Bridge and paddle down into Eagle that you will have to deal with getting back up into Chamberlain which is certainly doable but it is a chore and chews up time. Also, I agree that a put in at Chamberlain Bridge and then down into Eagle and back out is too much for 3 days. You would be doing nothing but paddling and then the carry back into Chamberlain the entire time and might not make it at that. Not my idea of the best way to sample the area.
Some More Questions|
Posted by: rwills81 on May-10-13 6:52 PM (EST)
I answered the gear shuttle q|
Posted by: kayamedic on May-10-13 9:11 PM (EST)
elsewhere but the rest of your questions best need be directed to specific outfitters.
Posted by: rwills81 on May-13-13 3:43 PM (EST)
I found 1 outfitters in Medway called Nicatou Outfitters and they charged 25 a day for canoe which is fine wit me but the shuttle to drop off at Indian Pond and pick up at Umsaskis Lake is 375 dollars. Is that right or is that high? I wasn't thinking it would be that much to shuttle.
Suggest try |
Posted by: rpg51 on May-13-13 6:00 PM (EST)
Posted by: rwills81 on May-13-13 8:52 PM (EST)
Check with Norm and see |
Posted by: rpg51 on May-13-13 10:10 PM (EST)
what he will do. He might drop a boat at a put in spot and then pick it up later when you are done. Not sure, you have to check with him. Or, you could rent a boat maybe from someone in Millinocket and put it on your car, drive to a put in on the waterway, park your car and then return to the same spot.
Will try him|
Posted by: rwills81 on May-14-13 8:46 AM (EST)
Posted by: kayamedic on May-14-13 8:49 AM (EST)
but careful with your car.. Four years ago the road was in awful shape.
All true - and remember|
Posted by: rpg51 on May-14-13 6:43 PM (EST)
you will have to pay a daily fee when you drive in. Make sure you have a good spare tire.
How bad are these roads|
Posted by: rwills81 on May-14-13 8:34 PM (EST)
So Norm got back to me and he can leave a canoe for me at Churchill Dam for no shuttle fee so now canoeing Churchill/Round/Eagle are back on
Dont worry about the parking space - but|
Posted by: rpg51 on May-14-13 9:39 PM (EST)
Posted by: rwills81 on May-14-13 10:24 PM (EST)
Thanks for the great info, I have a map with all the campsites all across Eagle and the others. Im worried about parking the car around churchill Dam, what time should I try to be there to secure a parking spot near the ranger station
Capsizing in Eagle can be fatal|
Posted by: kayamedic on May-15-13 12:25 AM (EST)
Its unlikely there will be anyone else around. Its a big deep lake. If the Ranger warns you about conditions, pay attention. Let him know of your plans.
Eagle Lake Links|
Posted by: sweeper on May-15-13 8:00 PM (EST)
By the way -|
Posted by: rpg51 on May-15-13 8:24 PM (EST)
when are you planning to do this?
Sounds about right|
Posted by: kayamedic on May-13-13 10:27 PM (EST)
if that price includes both drop off and pick up.
Posted by: tdaniel on May-10-13 10:05 PM (EST)
was how I used to access Eagle Lake. You got a nice contrast from a small brook to a large lake. The brook itself is seasonal but usually ran in June. Don't know how the roads are- haven't done it in almost 30 years. Assuming you have fair weather, the prevailing winds are usually at your back as you travel up the lake. You can check the locomotives without having to actually do portage. You can take out on Churchill after running chase rapids empty and carrying back to the dam. Three or four leisurely days would be about right.