The Allagash Wilderness Waterway recently unveiled a new Google Earth network link. The link is available from the AWW homepage at the Division of Parks and Public Lands website. Just click on the find a park feature on the website, select the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and then scroll down until you find the link to Google Earth. You can type in the following URL and it will take you directly to the waterway homepage: maine.gov/allagashwildernesswaterway.
The Google Earth link is also available from the North Maine Woods website at www.northmainewoods.org.
The new link is very exciting. Just click on the link and Google Earth will open. When you double click on the State of Maine, the program will start zooming in on the waterway. Just keep double clicking until the campsite symbols show up or you can use the tool on the right side of your screen to zoom in or out on the waterway.
Now click on a campsite. A window will open with a description and a picture of the actual campsite. If you click on a historic site, like the trains between Chamberlain and Eagle Lakes, the program will open the Division of Parks and Lands Web page on the history of the Eagle Lake and West Branch Railroad.
The Google Earth network link is really neat and fun to play around with, but the real reason we developed the link is to help people prepare for a visit to the waterway.
First-time visitors, who would like to see how the campsites are set up, can actually see one. Those people looking for opportunities for solitude and watching wildlife can read the campsite description and select their campsite accordingly.
Not all AWW campsites are set up to accommodate the maximum group size of 12 people. The Google Earth link will help direct the larger groups to campsites with ample space for pitching tents.
Eagle Lake Ranger Patrick Emery took the Google Earth project from an idea to a reality. He spent many hours editing campsite descriptions, copying and pasting pictures and making sure all the links work correctly. This is above and beyond what is expected from an Allagash Ranger; well done Patrick.
If you see any errors or omissions with the project, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org describing the problem and we will do our best to correct it ASAP.
For general information on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, visit http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/, call 941-4014, email email@example.com or write to the Division of Parks and Public Lands, 106 Hogan Road, Bangor 04401.
Matthew LaRoche is superintendent of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.