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Acadia Acadian

Acadian Landing Site in Madawaska (2003)

Originally a French colony, Acadian lands in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia were passed back and forth between the French and English by various treaties settling European wars. The last of these, the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, gave … Continue reading

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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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Attean Township

Attean Pond from Scenic Turnout in Jackman July 1970

Etienne Orson was a settler in the area around 1793.  McCauley reports that the name came from a mispronunciation of Etienne. In the township-range system it is T6 R7 NBKP. The U.S. Census reported a single resident in 1870, five … Continue reading

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Bethel

Location Map for Bethel

one of the oldest villages in western Maine, incorporated in 1796 from Sudbury Canada Plantation. Its name signifies the “House of God,” possibly inspired by its location among the Oxford Hills. The Middle Intervale Meetinghouse was built in 1816. West Bethel village is along a canoe trip route on the Androscoggin River. See photos. Continue reading

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Blanchard Township

Location Map for Blanchard

In the northern portion, the Appalachian Trail crosses the township following Bald Mountain Stream and the Piscataquis River, passing just north of the village, which is near the river and is accessible on the Blanchard Road from Monson village. See maps and photos. Continue reading

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Bowdoin College Grant East TWP

Location Map for Bowdoin College East TWP

The township is home to First and Second Little Lyford Ponds, an Appalachian Mountain Club lodge on the site of an historic logging camp, and an extensive section of the Appalachian Trail. The ponds and lodge are east of Greenville … Continue reading

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Bradstreet Township

Location Map for Bradstreet Township

Attean Falls on the Moose River and the nearby Attean Falls Campground are probably the biggest features that draw visitors to the township. For those taking the Moose River Bow Canoe Trip, this is the last campsite before entering Attean … 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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Farmington

Location Map for Farmington

From a trading center in the late 18th century, it saw rapid growth through the Civil War, largely with designation as the shire town of Franklin County, arrival of a few manufacturers, and founding of several educational institutions. It boasts a highly rated small college: the University of Maine at Farmington, near downtown. Originally the Farmington State Normal School, it was established in 1864. The town is the birthplace of renowned vocalist Lillian Nordica; the home of inventor Chester Greenwood and U.S. Representative Robert Goodenow. Continue reading

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Herseytown Township

Mount Katahdin from Herseytown (2012)

Herseytown Township should not be confused with the town of Hersey about 25 miles north on Route 11. Davidson, the only village in the township, is in the north at Davidson Pond on the Davidson Road off Route 11. Other … Continue reading

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Holeb Township

Location Map for Holeb Township

Holeb was and is a place for harvesting forest products. Amos A. Logging crews and camps were here and in the 19th century. See photos. Most of the shores on Attean and Holeb Ponds, and a significant length of the Moose River including Holeb Falls, lie within the Maine Public Reserved Lands. Canoe trips are frequent. Continue reading

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Island Falls

Location Map for Island Falls

William Sewall became a wildlife guide and companion to Theodore Roosevelt in the 1870′s. The town has frontage on almost half of Pleasant Lake. See photos. The nearby Walker Settlement hosts a golf course and residential development near the lake. Several large homes recall the heady days when potato was king in the County. One of those was that of Governor Carl E. Milliken. Island Falls has had industry in the form of lumber mills, grist mills and a starch factory. Continue reading

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Kennebunkport

Location Map for Kennebunkport

in York County, incorporated 1653 as Cape Porpoise. See photos. After early white settlers were driven away by Indian raids, it was reorganized as Arundel in 1718. In 1821 its name was changed to Kennebunk Port. It has long been an attraction for tourists and summer residents. Well-known residents included writers Booth Tarkington and Kenneth L. Roberts. 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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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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Nesourdnahunk Township

North Branch of Trout Brook on the Tote Road (2014)

Wholly within Baxter State Park, also known as T5 R10 WELS, it contains five mountains over 1,700 feet. Trout Brook flow through. Dwelley Pond is it only pond. The Dwelley Pond Trail follows the old Tote Road north to south from near Burnt Mountain to near Strickland Mountain for day hiking, canoeing and fishing. 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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Northeast Carry

Northeast Carry on the shore of Moosehead Lake (2008)

is a township on the northeast shore of Moosehead Lake, with a view of Mount Kineo (photo on left below – sharp cliff right of center). It connects the Lake with the West Branch of the Penobscot River by a … 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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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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Strong

Location Map for Strong

The main village is located about eleven miles north of Farmington on a big bend in the Sandy River at the junction of Maine Routes 4, 145, 149 and 234. Maine’s Republican Party was founded here on August 7, 1854 by a coalition of anti-slavery Democrats, other Democrats, and Whigs. Continue reading

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T2 R4 WELS

Bog on the 6000 Road in T2 R4 WELS (2014)

This township is just east of Silver Ridge Township in southern Aroostook County. Crisscrossed with dirt logging roads, its main thoroughfare is the 6000 Road from U.S. Route 2 in Silver Ridge Dixie Road in the east terminating on U.S. … 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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