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Allagash Wilderness Waterway

Allagash Wilderness Waterway

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) was first established by the Maine Legislature in 1966.  Protection of the AWW was further enforced in 1970 when it became the first state-administered component of the National Wild and Scenic River System. The focus of the AWW is to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural beauty, character, and habitat of this unique watershed.

The AWW is 92 miles long and consists of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams that meander through the heart of the North Maine Woods region.  Hundreds of boating, fishing, and canoeing enthusiasts visit the AWW each year.  If you would like more information on the AWW, please click HERE

Trip Planning

Before you plan your visit, please review the rules of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway by clicking HERE

Camping Fees

The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry contracts with North Maine Woods, Inc. for the collection of AWW and PRC camping fees.  The fees below include the 9% Maine lodging tax, and fees can only be paid by cash or check upon entering a NMW checkpoint:

Camping Fees for the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW):

Maine Resident

$6.54 per person/night
  • (includes the 9% lodging tax)

Non-Resident

$13.08 per person/night
  • (includes the 9% lodging tax)

Children under 10 years of age

Free Camping
  • (includes the 9% lodging tax)

Camping Fees for the Penobscot River Corridor (PRC):

Maine Resident

$6.54 per person/night
  • (includes the 9% lodging tax)

Non-Resident

$13.08 per person/night
  • (includes the 9% lodging tax)

Children under 10 years of age

Free Camping
  • (includes the 9% lodging tax)

Additional Fees

In addition to camping, a one-time NMW day-use fee is charged for each person entering the AWW or PRC who exit the NMW region by canoe (EXAMPLE:  You finish your canoe trip in the town of Allagash or Ripogenous Dam on the PRC).  This is referred to as a “ONE-WAY” fee.    
If you enter the AWW or PRC and leave the North Maine Woods region by vehicle, a day-use fee will be charged for the day you enter the waterway and exit the waterway.  This is referred to as a “TWO-WAY” fee. (EXAMPLE:  You finish your trip at Michaud Farm and exit the NMW region via automobile through the Allagash Checkpoint).  

North Maine Woods Day-use Fees

Maine Resident

$11 /day

Non-Resident

$16 /day

All persons under 18,
and 70 and older

Free day-use

Examples of AWW Fee Calculations

EXAMPLE 1:  A group of 4 Non-Residents between the ages of 18 and 69 are camping for 5 nights on the AWW and are taking out in the town of Allagash.

Based on a per-person fee, each individual would pay $13.08 X 5 nights camping + $16 (day-use fee “ONE WAY”) = $81.40 per person.  The TOTAL group (4 people) would pay $325.60

EXAMPLE 2:  A group consisting of 2 Maine Residents and 2 Non-Resident between the ages of 18 and 69 are camping for 3 nights and taking out at Michaud Farm.

Based on a per-person fee, each Maine Resident would pay $6.54 X 3 nights camping + $11 +$11 (day-use fee for 2 days “TWO-WAY”) = $41.62 per person.  Non-Residents would pay $13.08 X 3 nights camping + $16 + $16 (day-use fee for 2 days “TWO-WAY”) = $71.24 per person.  The total group would pay ($41.62 X 2) + ($71.24 X 2) = $225.72