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Canoe Trips

Androscoggin River from Gilead to West Bethel

Androscoggin River in Gilead (2013)

This relatively brief canoe trip makes about five of its six miles through the town of Gilead.  Infrequent Class I rapids are involved; shallows where the river divides around several small islands require one’s attention. Launching is near Bridge Road … Continue reading

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Baxter State Park

Location Map for Baxter State Park

is a 202,733 acre area operated and maintained for the use and enjoyment of the people of Maine in accordance with the wishes of its donor Percival P. Baxter. It is the largest acreage east of the Mississippi River devoted … Continue reading

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Canoe Trips

Canoe trips can range from several days in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway or on the Androscoggin, Kennebec, or Penobscot Rivers, to pleasant day trips often close to home. Here are few samples of accessible canoeing in Maine. (Click the film … Continue reading

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Cold River Canoe Trip

Deer Hill Road Bridge (2014)

The Cold River Canoe Trip begins in the White Mountain National Forest in Stow, Maine, then to Fryeburg. The river has frequent twists and turns, channel blocking fallen trees, producing several “opportunities” for short portages. Follow Route 113 north from … Continue reading

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Dennistown

Location Map for Dennistown

A scenic location for mountain bicyclists 84 miles north of Skowhegan, it is adjacent to Jackman. See photos. Two ponds with boat launches are several miles west of U.S. Route 201 in its interior. The sparsely populated plantation’s organization was confirmed formally in 1895. Continue reading

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Durham

Durham Community School on the Royalsborough Road (2013)

The 1835 Union Church was a community meeting house, then in 1922, the Town Office, and recently home of the Durham Historical Society. The early 20th century religious movement known as the Sandfordites, after their leader Frank W. Sandford, built their 1897 temple “Shiloh” here. Runaround Pond offers a pleasant canoe trip through water lilies and bird life. See video and photos. Continue reading

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Moose River Bow Canoe Trip

The Moose River Bow Trip

This August 2006 canoe trip included several days of modest rapids, portages and camping. Holeb Falls and a friendly river otter were among the sights along the way. The trip began at Holeb Pond in Holeb Township and ended by … Continue reading

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Mud Brook Canoe Trip

April Canoe Launch site in August 2014

Mud Brook, with origins in Stacyville, flows south into Herseytown Township and then to Soldiertown Township in Penobscot County where it joins the Penobscot River East Branch. In April 2014 the brook was still at spring flood stage, making access … Continue reading

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Nequasset Brook Canoe Trip

Nequasset Brook This canoe trip begins where the brook crosses the Old Stage Road in Woolwich. Heading upstream, one might detour to a meadow through a narrow passage. After winding through the woods, the landscape opens to fields as a … Continue reading

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Nezinscot Canoe Trip: Buckfield to Turner Center

This portion of the Nezinscot River canoe trip begins in Buckfield Village and terminates in Turner Center Village. Entrance to the canoe launch area is off Route 117 (Turner Street) in Buckfield, just downstream from the bridge, where the the … Continue reading

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Penobscot West Branch and Lobster Lake

Penobscot West Branch Lobster Lake Map (1954)

The Roll Dam campsite is a fine location from which to launch the brief trip to Lobster Stream and then to Lobster Lake.  The AMC River Guide notes that “This is the smoothwater section of the West Branch [of the … Continue reading

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Royal River Canoe Trip

Royal River Trip

The Royal River traces its origins to Sabbath Day Lake in New Glouceste. It is joined by several brooks on it way south through Auburn, back to New Gloucester, then to Gray, North Yarmouth and Yarmouth before entering Casco Bay. … Continue reading

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Sandy River, Phillips to Farmington

Below the Bridge in Phillips

This section of the Sandy River provides spectacular views of boulders, rock-strewn shores, and high banks sheltering cliff swallows. Beginning in Phillips well below the bridge, the river passes through Avon and Strong before arriving at Farmington. It is populated … Continue reading

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Sheepscot River Whitefield to Head Tide

Sheepscot River Map from Whitefield to Head Tide Village

canoe tripsThis is a pleasant, scenic, and sometimes challenging trip, on the Sheepscot River. Click on numbered canoe icons at right for video clips. The river at this point runs north to south for about six miles from the East … Continue reading

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St. Croix River Canoe Trip

Russell

Vanceboro, Maine in eastern Washington County is the starting point of this trip. The launch is in a private area where the narrow river is literally a stone’s throw across from St. Croix, New Brunswick, Canada. The river is managed … Continue reading

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T2 R10 WELS

Mount Katahdin from the Golden Road East of Millinocket Lake

Three Routes This township, officially known as T2 R10 WELS, is the crossroad of two major “highways” in Maine: The Golden Road and the Appalachian Trail. Both travel the Abol Bridge over the West Branch of the Penobscot River. The … Continue reading

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T6 R7 WELS

Bridge over the Sebois River inT6 R7 WELS at a parking and picnic area on the Grand Lake Road

This township is home to the Seboeis River canoe trip put-in on the Grand Lake Road. The 24-mile trip begins at a parking/picnic area near the bridge at N46° 8′ 37.07″ W68° 38′ 0.19″. The trip is most successful in … Continue reading

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Upper Cathance River Canoe Trip

Upper Cathance River begins at Bradley Pond in Topsham, flows through a marsh and then to farmland and wooded areas to U.S. Route 201. The full river continues through Bowdoinham and through the Cathance River Preserve, where it widens and … Continue reading

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