The St. John is the longest free flowing river east of the Mississippi River. Due to the fact that it has no dams for water control it is really only caneoable during periods of high water in the spring and early summer. The Allagash is caneoable all summer and is the choice of many mid to late summer paddlers.
Both rivers have maintained camp sites. The Allagash does have its own set of rules and visitors should go to the North Maine Woods web site for more information. Numerous vehicle shuttle services and canoe liveries can be found in St. Francis and the Town of Allagash. Registered Maine Guides are also available to canoe trippers if they so desire.
There are numerous day paddles of varying lengths available to visitors. These trips are not only on the St John and Allagash but also on the Fish River Chain of Lakes and its thoroughfares. These are easy sections of water to paddle even for beginners. Local businesses in Fort Kent and Eagle Lake rent canoes and kayaksand offer shuttle services for the Fish River Chain.
For the photographer and wildlife viewer moose, deer, beavers, eagles, waterfowl and other birdlife are sure to be encountered.