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St. John River Trip


St. John river

Beginning about 100 miles south of Allagash Village the St. John River flows north through Maine’s most remote woodlands. As the Baker branch grows from a modest stream into a full fledged river due to its numerous tributaries, paddlers see the character of the river change. As the stream transforms it creates many challenging sections certain to test all paddlers. Traveling downstream is like paddling through a living museum, paddlers can observe old trappers cabins long forgotten or camp at the remnants of major farming homesteads that were once the backbone of this region. Coupled with the abundant wildlife sightings and late spring fishing the St. John is a canoe trip you will talk about for many years. Due to the nature of the river, no dams or lakes to adequately supply water flow after spring snow melt the best paddling conditions occur throughout the month of May but are unreliable after that.  Click on the Canoe Trip Planning page for more information and helpful links.

Our Transportation service means that you drive to our base in the town of Allagash where the Allagash and St. John Rivers meet, we will load your gear into our vehicle and drive you to the desired starting point on the river to start your paddle back to Allagash.  You have the choice to camp on our property, rent a cabin the night before your trip or drive in the day you arrive.

Our Shuttle service means that you drive into your desired starting point with your vehicle and we drive it to Allagash or another location while you are paddling on the river.  In most cases we ask that you to mail a key to us prior to the trip along with a description of the vehicle and deposit.  Prices are based per vehicle with a discount for multiple vehicles.

Transportation Rate Shuttle Rate
$340.00 5th St. John Pond – 7 days / 142 miles $240.00
$310.00 Baker Lake – 6 days / 114 miles $215.00
$280.00 10 Mile Bridge – 5 days / 94 miles $195.00
$230.00 Moody Bridge – 4 days / 79 miles $175.00
$190.00 Priestly Bridge – 3 days / 56 miles $135.00
$165.00 Big Black River – 2 days / 36 miles $115.00

Cabin Rental cabins are available for rent on a nightly basis, the cost is $80.00 per night for 1 – 4 people, more than 4 add $10.00 per person.

North Maine Woods camping fees: Resident $8.00 / Non – Resident $10.00 per night

North Maine Woods Day Use Fee: Resident $7.00 / Non – Resident $12.00 per day

North Maine Woods charges a camping fee and Day Use fee for each day on the river.

We are located ½ mile from the confluence of the Allagash and St. John Rivers. Vehicle parking during your trip is free and camping on our property is free.

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