Allagash Falls (photo ©Jeff McEvoy)
Allagash Action Alert:
St. John Data:
Length: 410 miles (210 in Maine)
Drainage area: 21,230 square
miles (7,360 in Maine)
Visit the EPA
page for the upper St. John watershed.
Employees for Environmental Responsibility Warn of Danger to Allagash
Streams, and Lakes in the St. John Watershed:
of the largest river basins on the East Coast, the St. John drains
over 21,000 square miles of land. Its upper portions are some of the most remote
stretches of river in all New
The French explorer Samuel de Champlain named the river after sailing into its mouth on the Nativity of St. John the Baptist day in 1604.
A tributary, the Allagash, is a favorite canoeing destination. To protect this remarkable river, the state of Maine created the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, a Federally-designated "Wild and Scenic River."
Visit NRCM's Allagash
Page, including petition to the state to improve management of the
See the Allagash
River Feature, including a report on threats to the river's future.
Read a guest editorial on the Allagash from the Bangor Daily News.
Read Jeff McEvoy's first-hand account and see images of his May 2000 canoe trip down the St. John.
Visit the National Park Service's Allagash page.
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