The Allagash Wilderness Waterway will be taking winter camping registrations on Saturday, December 12.

The state park encompasses a 92-mile-long ribbon of lakes, lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams that wind through northern Maine's vast commercial forests. A total of 48 camp sites will be available at Chamberlain Bridge and Kellogg Brook, according to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

The camp sites will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis until the campground capacity is reached. Registration will take place at 8 a.m., Saturday at the Chamberlain Bridge ranger station.

DACF Commissioner Walt Whitcomb noted that winter camping in the Allagash draws visitors year after year and is just one of many winter recreational opportunities available at Maine parks and lands.

“Our ‘Take it Outside’ program encourages Maine's children and families to reconnect with nature, promote health, and have fun in the great Maine outdoors. Winter park and public lands activities include: cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, nature walks, and guided hikes on New Year’s Day,” said Whitcomb.

Campsites are available for a rental fee of $50 per month, plus an 8 percent meal and lodging tax. Eight sites are reserved in the parking lot for short term use at the regular camping fee of $4 per person, per night for Maine residents and $8 for nonresidents. The water access campsites on the lakes are available for use in the winter as well as summer; the same fees apply to these sites.

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway provides: public drinking water, vault toilets, and snow plowing at the Chamberlain Bridge and Kellogg Brook winter campgrounds. A groomed snowmobile trail is marked from the parking lot to the south end of Chamberlain Lake and to Round Pond/Telos lakes.

For more information on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, go to: www.maine.gov/allagash call 207-695-3721 ext. 3 or 207-941-4014.

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