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Allagash Gateway Campground & Cabins, Ripogenus Lake, ME
Allagash Gateway Campsites & Cabins are located on Ripogenus Lake, about 33 miles from Millinocket. There are 2 ways to get there but by Millinocket is the best. The other way is a very rough dirt logging road. By going through Millinocket you will pass Baxter State Park and have views of My Katahdin which is the highest mountain in Maine & the end of the Appalachian Trail (AT). Allagash Gateway Campground is a great place to use as a base camp for canoeing, kayaking, hiking and great views.
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For complete driving directions and details important to you, please go to their web site which we have listed below.
675 Chesuncook Lake Rd
Ph: 207 723 9215
Alt: 207 692 7317
Campsites & RV Sites
Recommended campsites for views, launching etc.
There are RV sites on the lower level where the launching area is. This area has water and electric, both of these are limited but adequate, as they are powered by the camp generator.
There are many wooded sites in the upper area as well as several cabins. Many of these also have Elec.
There is a small store in the office area & swimming is available at the dock and launching area.
Canoes and kayaks are available for rental & there is a shuttle service available to the West Branch of the Penobscot River. Many people use this as a base for starting and finishing the West Branch River trip on the Penobscot River into the northern end of Chesuncook Lake and back down to the camp ground.
There is also a dump station for RV’s.
Places to Kayak, Canoe & Hike
All of these lakes are very large and should be greatly respected for the ability to build up wind and very rough conditions very quickly. It is advised you carry overnight emergency equipment in the event you need to get off the water.
The campground is actually on Ripogenus Lake which is a very nice lake with several islands & a dam at the far end – This makes for a quick, convenient & interesting place to paddle. It is connected to Chesuncook Lake.
Chesuncook :Lake is the 3rd largest lake in Maine. It has nice camp sites and many nice beaches (this varies with water level).
Caribou Lake is very close and runs parallel to Chesuncook Lake. The north end of Caribou Lake joins Chesuncook Lake about a quarter of the way up Chesuncook.
Ragged Lake Is about 20 or 30 min away and is a lovely lake with many islands and interesting inlets.
All 4 of these lakes have great views of Big & Little Spencer as well as Katahdinn & the entire range of mountains in Baxter State Park
Millinocket ,Ambajejus and Pemadumcook Lakes are a little further but well worth the trip. You will probably have seen them as you drove from Millinocket to the camp ground. The road actually goes between 2 of them.
All of these lakes have great views of Katahdinn & the entire range of mountains in Baxter State Park
This area is also the gateway to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. The Telos Road is a short distant from the campground (there is a toll gate part way up the Telos Road). The Telos Road takes you to Chamberlin Bridge which is the start to the Allagash. There is a parking area here if you are launching to go up the Allagash
You can continue to Umbazooksus Lake or a little farther to Umbazooksus Stream where there is a camping area and a launching area if you are going to the northern part of Chesuncook Lake.
If you launch from this camping area onto Umbazooksus Stream it’s a short paddle to the north end of Chesuncook Lake where you can paddle around Gero Island, stop at the Chesuncook Lakehouse,or paddle up Caucomgomoc Stream.
This is also the area where the Penobscot River Trip comes into Chesuncook Lake. Some people doing the river trip continue down the lake back to the Allagash Gateway Campground, others arrange for the campground to pick them up at this point. If you continue down the lake there are really nice wilderness campsites on the way down.
This area has so many hiking opportunities we would not be able to list them all.
The AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) will provide you with complete information, maps, books,& suggested trips for your skill and experience.
Baxter State Park is fantastic. Katahdin is the highest mountain in Maine and is the northern end of the Appalachian Trail which goes from Georgia to Maine. Most end to end hikers finish here as this allows them to start earlier in the spring by starting in Georgia. It takes most hikers the entire summer to complete the trail.
Baxter has a visitor center that is always very helpful. If you are thinking of Baxter it is best to call in advance as they require reservations for some areas. If you are thinking of an extended trip in Baxter it would be good to contact the park several months in advance. This is not because it is overcrowded, it’s because they limit the number they allow in to provide an enjoyable hiking and camping experience for everyone. This may seem inconvenient but it is well worth it.
We suggest you check with the campground for other hikes.
Any place in this area you may see Moose and or Bear as well as a variety of smaller animals. This includes on the roads so be prepared.