Olivia Partridge 7th grade
Maine is called “Vacationland” because of its unique natural setting, an amazing coast, and a woodsy, mountainous, interior. A visitor at the state of Maine can find an
endless amount of activities to do. You will run out of time to do all of the fun exploring in Maine. There is nothing quite as beautiful in Maine than the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. If canoeing is your thing, then Allagash Wilderness Waterway is your place to be. For canoeing fans, “The Allagash is breathtaking.” If you’re not a canoeing person, you can always try fishing, bird-spotting, or even hike a trail.
The Allagash has lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams, a 92-mile-long corridor of bodies of water winding through tremendous forests for over 100 years. The Allagash was established by the Maine Legislature in 1966 to protect its character habitat and natural beauty. Some people say that the Allagash isn’t their favorite, but other people, including the famous Henry David Thoreau, have enjoyed its beauty and magnificent waters.
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is part of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which connects to waterways of New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine. The state of Maine is making sure that this area will be maintained forever. If you wake up early enough, you might be lucky enoughto spot a moose wading in the water.
The Allagash beckons people with its intriguing ice caves, fossils and evidence of ice flows from 20,000 years ago. Along the Waterway are reminders of the region’s longhistory. Travelers come determined to protect it for future generations. Protection of the Waterway was enhanced when in 1970, was named the first state-administered component of the Scenic River System and National Wild, and people are showing their respect by leaving no trace.
Not so into canoeing? The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is a favorite in winter too, there’s snow boarding and ice fishing surrounded by the beautiful snow-covered pines. In fact, the snow along this corridor of frozen fjords tempt guests to blaze their own trails. Why not you?