Results from Allagash Wilderness Waterway survey available

Cover page of Miscellaneous Report 449The Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station has published MR449: Allagash Wilderness Waterway Visitor Survey 2019.


John J. Daigle, University of Maine
Ashley Cooper, University of Maine


Quality in outdoor recreation can be defined as the degree to which recreation opportunities provide the experiences for which they are designed and managed. Key to protecting the backcountry experiences is an understanding of the different types of visitors to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, each one with different needs and expectations, and the different levels of importance they place on recreation opportunities and conditions. In this report, visitor management implications and suggested further research focus on the diversity of use of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway in order to maximize the quality of the visitor experiences while protecting the unique natural setting.