Allagash Winter Campsites Expected to be Snapped Up in Just a Few Hours
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway will begin taking winter camping registrations December 10. Part of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands, the AWW is a 92-mile-long ribbon of lakes, lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams that wind through northern Maine's vast commercial forests. The AWW will make a total of 48 camp sites available at Chamberlain Bridge and Kellogg Brook.
The camp sites will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis until the campground capacity is reached. Registration for the campgrounds will take place at 8 a.m., Saturday, December 10, at the Chamberlain Bridge ranger station.
Governor Paul LePage says winter camping in the Allagash provides anglers with extraordinary access to great winter ice fishing. “Visitors traveling that far north are rewarded with a breathtaking outdoor experience and memories that will last a life-time. They also have the opportunity to catch trophy fish.”
Parks and Land Commissioner Walt Whitcomb says the Allagash winter camping experience draws repeat visitors year after year. “The opening of Allagash winter camping registrations marks the beginning of our winter programming. Other winter park and public lands activities include: cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, nature walks, and guided hikes on New Year’s Day.”
Waterway Superintendent Matt LaRoche anticipates renting most of the 48 available campsites by noon on the first day of registration. To be sure of getting a site, LaRoche suggests that campers arrive at Chamberlain Bridge before 8 a.m. on December 10.
Campsites are available for a monthly rental fee of $75 for Maine residents and $100 for nonresidents $100.00, plus 9-percent meal and lodging tax. Eight sites are reserved in the parking lot for transient use at the regular camping fee of $6 per person per night for Maine residents and $12 for nonresidents. The water access campsites on the lakes are available for use in the winter as well as summer; the same fees apply to these sites.
LaRoche says The Allagash Wilderness Waterway provides public drinking water, vault toilets, and snow plowing at the Chamberlain Bridge and Kellogg Brook winter campgrounds. A groomed snowmobile trail is marked from the parking lot to the south end of Chamberlain Lake and to Round Pond/Telos lakes.
For more information on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, go to their website, or call 207-695-3721 x3 or 207-941-4014. You can also send inquiries by mail to Allagash Wilderness Waterway, PO Box 1107, Greenville, ME 04441.
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