Articles by matthew laroche


Eagle Lake one of the jewels of the Allagash

By matthew laroche on Aug. 14, 2015, at 9:23 a.m.
Known as Big Eagle by locals, Eagle Lake is 9,500 acres in size with a maximum depth of 124 feet. With outstanding conditions for fishing for brook trout, lake trout — also known as togue — and whitefish, the lake has beautiful, remote shorefront campsites scattered along the shoreline of …
If you're interested in introducing your child to hunting, there are plenty of ruffed grouse in the North Maine Woods.

The Allagash region offers unparalleled grouse hunting for new and experienced hunters alike

By matthew laroche on Oct. 30, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is a great place to take a young or inexperienced hunter grouse hunting — or as I like to say, “bird hunting.” There is nothing quite as encouraging to a young hunter as bringing home something to eat. I think it satisfies a primeval desire to …
Allagash Falls in a recent photo.

Education video series set to inform, inspire others to visit Allagash Wilderness Waterway

By matthew laroche on July 09, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is truly the jewel of Maine’s legendary northwoods. The waterway is a remote 92-mile long river and lake area that is managed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The Allagash is one of the premier canoe trips in the eastern United States. The …
A new ice angler shows off the togue she caught while fishing Eagle Lake in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

An introduction to ice fishing

By matthew laroche on Feb. 05, 2014, at 2:57 p.m.
Ice fishing is a great sport that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. All you need is a willingness to get outside and some basic ice fishing equipment. The first thing you will need is a tool for making a hole in the ice. Most seasoned ice fishermen …
An aerial view of Telos Dam.

‘The Dam in the Woods’ plays important role

By matthew laroche on Oct. 30, 2013, at 6:56 a.m.
In 1840, William Parrot and Zebulon Bradley were engaged by the owners of T6 R11 WELS to explore the feasibility of redirecting the flow of water on the Allagash headwater lakes. They determined that if a dam was constructed at the natural outlet of Chamberlain Lake — now called Lock …
Participants in the Chewonki Foundation's ultimate Maine canoe trip put their poles to good use.

Chewonki offers ultimate Maine canoe trip

By matthew laroche on Aug. 30, 2013, at 10:53 a.m.
Every summer, the Chewonki Foundation sponsors the canoe expedition of a lifetime — the “Thoreau Wilderness Trip.” This excursion traverses the largest undeveloped forest east of the Mississippi River, and in my opinion, the best canoeing Maine has to offer. The seven-week trip follows the traditional travel routes used by …
The site of the Long Lake Dam on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, as it appears now.

Long Lake Dam site an Allagash gem

By matthew laroche on May 24, 2013, at 1:52 p.m.
One of the most beautiful spots on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is Long Lake Dam. The actual dam is long gone, having washed out many years ago but the remnants still remain. The St. John Lumber Company built the first dam at the outlet of Long Lake in 1907, but …
Matthew LaRoche poses with two nice Allagash brook trout.

If you like to fish or watch wildlife, Umsaskis Lake is an Allagash treasure

By matthew laroche on April 05, 2013, at 1:24 p.m.
Nestled in the heart of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is one of the jewels of the waterway, Umsaskis Lake. The lake is surrounded by rolling hills and Priestly Mountain off to the west. Umsaskis is smaller than the large headwater lakes that make up the southern section of the waterway, …

Taking a canoe trip? If you prepare, you can eat well

By Matthew LaRoche on July 06, 2012, at 12:04 p.m.
When you are out on a canoe trip, you don’t have to be restricted to eating freeze-dried food cooked on a single-burner camp stove in order to have a decent meal. The canoe enables you to explore remote areas in relative comfort and plenty, and if you take time to …
AWW Ranger Patrick Emery (left) and AWW Superintendent Matt LaRoche sit on a stack of pre-fabricated wood parts for winter hauling into the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

Winter on the Allagash a time to haul

By Matthew LaRoche on Feb. 29, 2012, at 3:43 p.m.
Winter in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway affords rangers an opportunity to bring supplies and materials into locations that are very difficult to access in the summer. It is much easier to bring propane and gasoline into Allagash Lake with a snowmobile in the winter than walking it in on the …
This drawing shows how Lock Dam looked from 1920 through the 1940s.

The dam that pine built

By matthew laroche on Feb. 01, 2012, at 4:54 p.m.
Nestled on the northeast shore of Chamberlain Lake is a historic dam that changed the course of water that originally flowed down the Allagash and into the St. John River; this water now flows south down the East Branch of the Penobscot. In the early years of Maine’s statehood, the …
John and Ruth Snell of Carthage have been fishing, hunting and trapping on the Allagash since 1969 (courtesy of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands).

Early brookies usually plentiful in AWW headwaters

By matthew laroche on Jan. 07, 2011, at 5:56 p.m.
Brook trout on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway headwater lakes usually bite fast and furious during the first few weeks of the ice fishing season.