Packing List for an Allagash River Canoe Trip

The list below are only suggestions based on our preferences as outfitters.  You will need to pack according to your needs.  Just remember you will be loading and unloading your canoe at least twice a day.

Canoes and Kayaks

old-town-kineo-canoeThe Old Town Discovery 174 or 169 hits the sweet spot for river trips.  At almost 17″ it can carry a nice load of gear while still being efficient, maneuverable and stable on the river. It slide off rocks nicely and can take a pounding.  Canoes of all sorts and sizes have successfully paddled the Allagash River but a 17″ polyethylene material canoe is the industry standard for good reason.

Pick a recreational kayak like the Dirigo or Loon Series from Old Town.  Stability in the water and ample storage space for your gear should be considerations.


  • Paddles and spares
  • PFDs
  • Throw bag
  • Hatchet/bucksaw
  • Dry bags
  • Tent (ropes, stakes, repair kit)
  • 2 tarps
  • Sleeping bag in stuff sack
  • Sleeping pad/air mattress
  • Daypack
  • GPS or compass, map
  • First aid kit
  • Knife
  • Water filter or purifier tablets or pot for boiling
  • Water bottles
  • Duct tape
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Nylon rope
  • Trash bags:  Allagash Wilderness Waterway is carry in-carry out

Cooking Essentials

  • Matches/lighter
  • Nesting pots/pans
  • Dutch oven
  • Fry pan and spatula
  • Pot holder
  • Can opener
  • Stove/fuel
  • Bowls/plates
  • Cups – include measuring cup
  • Personal utensils
  • Dishpan/soap
  • Pot scrubber
  • Ziplock bags
  • Pail


  • Sandals with heel strap or wet shoes for river crossings
  • Dry shoes for around camp: crocs, sneakers, lightweight hiking boots
  • Sturdy boots for portage
  • Long pants:  no denim, something quick drying
  • Shorts:
  • Long sleeved shirt:  synthetic, fleece, wool, nylon
  • Short Sleeve shirts
  • Set synthetic/poly long underwear, top and bottom
  • Lightweight jacket:  fleece, synthetic, wool
  • Rain gear
  • Brimmed hat  for sun protection
  • Bandanna
  • Heavy socks
  • Gloves
  • Lightweight socks
  • Stuff sack for clothes
  • Stuff stack for dirty clothes


Just a few guidelines as food is a personal choice

Bring lots of non perishable items like pasta, rice, oatmeal, peanut butter, nuts, dried fruit

If your bring a cooler, freeze items ahead of time and eat them as they thaw