A trip to Maine’s remote Allagash Wilderness Waterway is certainly one of the Northeast’s great wilderness experiences. If you’ve been there, or you’ve thought about going there, you probably have images of exploring the region in the summer time, under the warm sun, surrounded by trees with thick green leaves.
But a trip to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway during the winter is a unique, and perhaps even more exhilarating, experience.
Allagash Waterway Superintendent Matthew LaRoche recently penned a guest column for the St. John Valley Times in which he painted a picture of why the region is an amazing place to explore in winter. (And, FYI, early spring in the area looks a lot like winter.) It’s a picture of bald eagles grabbing fish near ice fishermen, of ice rumbling as it expands, of white, icy landscapes, and cold, starry nights warmed by open fires. It’s enough to make you wish winter would stick around a little longer (almost).