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Are best in late May and June(and incidently that's the height of blackfly season---moose and deer known to jump off cliffs--driven mad by the flies.) But is ok later in the season---I've done it as late as October and below Churchill dam, where the river begins(as opposed to the lakes above it) it can still be done, albeit with a little bump or two on the rocks. The saving grace is the dam which is soley for the purpose of regulating the flow for recreational paddlers. Your best bet is to call the Allagash Waterway Authority and ask what the water level is like before you drive to Maine.
Other good trips that time of year are the St. Croix in Washington county(from East Grand/Spednic lakes, down through Vanceboro to Loon Bay---if you do the lake maybe 3-4 day trip(there is more ww than the Allagash but with the exception of Big Falls not terribly difficult and even BF can be run---scout first though.) and possibly the Aroostook River if there has been a wet August---forget the St. John after the 3rd week of June---even in a wet summer it is dry.
Another river that's good late in the year is the West Branch of the Penobscot---but this trip has some heavy duty white water, some of which would have to be portaged if youre in a canoe.
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