Source to the Sea Trek 2013

ARWC and Androscoggin Events

The Androscoggin Source to the Sea Trek

The Androscoggin Source to the Sea Trek is the ARWC's signature event, happening each summer since 1995.  Each year we paddle the majority of the Androscoggin's 170+ miles, welcoming paddlers to join us for one day or many as we celebrate how far the Androscoggin has come in the past generation. The river is an incredible resource for paddling and fishing, home to abundant wildlife on every stretch, and an asset to the communities on its banks, and we believe the best way to understand the river is to experience it first-hand. 

To see how much fun we have on the Trek, relive 2011's event through pictures here.  

Upcoming events

    • Friday, July 07, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, Errol, NH
    Come join us for an evening paddle from the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge to Steamer Diamond to kick off the 19th annual Source to the Sea.

    Lots of opportunities for wildlife and bird sightings - bring your binoculars! 

    Meet at the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Route 16 (Dam Road) north of Errol at 3 p.m.

    Trip Leader: Steve Wight and Perry Risley
    Put in GPS location: N 44' 49.919" W 071' 04.572"
    Take Out: Steamer Diamond

    Presentation Christian Kishida loon biologist at Umbagog Wildlife Refuge will talk about loons, nesting loons and other work the refuge does along the upper Magalloway and Androscoggin River. Bring your binoculars for possible loon, osprey, eagle and other wildlife sitings. 

    The Loon Preservation Committee
    works to preserve loons and their habitats in New Hampshire through programs of monitoring, research, management, and public education, all fostered by an extensive grassroots network of dedicated members and volunteers.

    Biodiversity Research Institute assesses emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers.

    Click below for map location of Umbagog Wildlife Refuge.

    • Saturday, July 08, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Errol, NH

    Saturday July 9th

    In cooperation with the Mahoosuc Inn, the Source to Sea is offering an introduction to white water.

    8:30AM Meet at the Mahoosuc Inn on Rt. 16 just north of the center of Milan. This will be an intro to white water paddling with registered guide Mark Peabody. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to read the river, paddling strokes and enjoy rapids.

    Experienced paddlers, feel free to join in the fun. This is a beautiful stretch of the Androscoggin with fun rapids to keep you on your toes or paddles as the case may be.

    American Canoe Association is also a sponsor of this day's event. Please click the link to sign a waiver for todays paddling clinic.

    Whitewater Clinic
    Adult waiver:  Here
    Minor waiver:  Here

    There is a fairly large parking lot off Millsfield Road across Rt. 16 from the next bridge down river known as the Seven Islands Bridge. Please park in this parking lot and not on the roadside next to the bridge.

    Paddling distance 4 miles.

    Water usually moves fast on most of this section depending on the river level.  Should be able to complete paddling in about 2.5-3 hours.

    There are several sections of class I-II+ rapids on this stretch of river, depending on water levels. 

    This section is part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and a detailed description of it is available in their guidebook.

    Trip leader: Mark Peabody of Mahoosuc Outdoors
    Presenter:  Mark Peabody on white water paddling.

    Put in: N44°44.618' W 071°08.713'

    Take out: N 44°42.841 W 071°10.428'
    • Sunday, July 09, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Pontook Reservoir, Milan, NH

    White Water Run from Pontook Dam to Bofinger

    Sunday July 10th
    As part of the Source to Sea we are offering a run down the white water below Pontook Dam.
    For those hard core paddlers, you can put in below the dam and paddle down to Bofinger Conservation Area since the dam releases water on weekends for recreational boaters. Please arrive at the Mahoosuc Inn at 8:30 AM prior to going to Pontook Reservoir. This section has some class three rapids when there is a water release but can be a very bony paddle during the week when the water release is much lower. The take out point would be
    Bofinger N44º36.885 W071º13.326’
    Click below for map to Bofinger Conservation Area
    Pontook Dam to Boffinger

    White water paddlers will be led by registered guide, Mark Peabody. Check out Mahoosuc Outdoors to learn more about Mark and the outdoor adventures he offers year round.The whitewater leg offered today starts after 10:00 AM when Brookfield will release water from Pontook Dam for white water adventurists. Click here for more information on water releases on Pontook and other dams throughout the year.

    Brookfield Energy is a supporter of the Source to Sea so click here to see hydro and wind renewable energy in action at Brookfield sites on the Androscoggin River and around the world.

    Shuttle directions to Bofinger–turn left out of Pontook Reservoir parking lot and travel 8.2.miles to Bofinger  on the left. 

    Put in:
    N44°38.022' W071°14.846'
    Take Out:
    N44º36.885 W071º13.326’

    Trip leader: Mark Peabody
    River Event:
    White Water Run from Ponttook to Bofinger  and
    Dam Safety presentation by Brookfield Renewable Energy

    • Thursday, July 13, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dummer, NH
    In cooperation with the Mahoosuc Land Trust, the Source to Sea scheduled a hike up Mt. Jasper in Berlin. A day to experience a new trail in Berlin on Mt. Jasper. Hike leader will be Steve Wight and Jean Bass from the Mahoosuc Land trust.   Come learn about the local area, Native American history of the area and get a great view of the Berlin Valley

    Hikers should meet at the Berlin High School parking lot located at the end of Madison Street in Berlin NH at 8:30 AM. The trail head is at the far end of the parking lot near the track. The hike is short but moderate and offers a great view of Berlin from the top of the mountain. 

    The hike is early so that those who wish can join the Source to Sea for their noontime paddle from Bofinger to Nansen Wayside starting at the Mahoosuc Inn at 11:00 AM.

    Click below for a map to the school parking lot from Gorham, NH and from Rt. 16 North.

    Put in: N44º36.885' W071º13.326'
    Take out: N44º31.864' W071º09.860'

    • Thursday, July 13, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Dummer, NH
    A new leg of the Source to Sea for paddlers this year—Bofinger Preserve to Nansen Wayside. Guided by Mark Peabody of the Mahoosuc Inn and North Woods Rafting, come and enjoy a leisurely noon-time trip through a popular fishing section of the Androscoggin River. We will be meeting at the Mahoosuc Inn where you can rent kayaks and enjoy shuttle service provided by Mahoosuc Inn staff.

    If you like you may continue paddling from Nansen Wayside to Berlin for PaddleMania, sponsored by the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce or you can take out at Nansen and drive to PaddleMania.  There is a nominal fee for PaddleMania and a cash bar will be available. Please see the separate event entry on our website for PaddleMania. No need to register with us for that event.

    Click the link below to find out more about the Northern Forest Heritage Park in Berlin where PaddleMania is be held.

    Put in: N44º36.885' W071º13.326'
    Take out: N44º31.864' W071º09.860'

    • Thursday, July 13, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Berlin, NH
    Registration is closed
    A short and lovely evening paddle in Berlin. 
    Meet at Nansen Wayside Park at 5:00 p.m
    and finish up at Northern Forest Heritage Park for the annual PaddleMania with the NH Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    Click the link below to find out more about the Northern Forest Heritage Park in Berlin

    This afternoon/evening event is sponsored by the  Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce in Berlin, NH. There is a small fee to attend PaddleMania after paddling down the river and there will be a cash bar.

    Put in: N44º31.864' W071º09.860'
    Take out: Northern Forest Heritage Park in Berlin, NH

    • Friday, July 14, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Gilead & Bethel, ME
    A morning paddle for all of those who want to take a lazy river paddle and follow up with an afternoon in Bethel. We will be back in plenty of time for enjoying shopping and dining in the Bethel area.
    It is  beautiful, easy paddle through the hills with lots of interesting islands.

    Shallow and relatively fast with lots of islands and sand bars for lunch.
    Guide: Jeff Parsons Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground
    Event: Maine Forest Ranger Jay Bernard
    Look for the blue Androscoggin River Trail sign on Route 2 in Gilead.
    Put in:
    N44º23.843’ W070º58.325’
    Take Out:
    N44º25.124’ W070º47.845’

    We will be coordinating with Bethel Outdoor Adventure for shuttles
    They offer canoe & kayak rentals, shuttle services, and camping. For more information contact:

    Other Source to the Sea sponsors offering discounts if you choose to camp with them while paddling with us include the following camp grounds:

    Pleasant River Camping in West Bethel
    Stony Brook Camping

    If you are looking for more creature comforts please support the local area inns that support the Source to the Sea:
    Bethel Inn:
    Sudbury Inn:
    Chapman Inn:
    Rostay Inn:
    Mill Hill Inn:

    Click below for map.

    • Saturday, July 15, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Shelburne, NH & Gilead, ME
    With great mountain views & wildlife this section is considered to be one of the most beautiful paddles of the Source to Sea. Fast and shallow.
    Depending on water levels there may be the opportunity for some easy quickwater.
    Distance: approximately 7 miles

    Trip Leader: Perry Risley

    Presenter: Jeff Stern on Brook Trout Habitat
    Put-in: Shelburne Bridge/Village N44º24.292 W071º04.008’

    Take out: N44º23.843’ W070º58.325’

    • Sunday, July 16, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Bethel & Newry, ME
    Mostly flat with some quickwater to Class I rapids near the mouth of the Bear River. 
    Meet at 8:30 am at Bethel Outdoor Adventure on Rte. 2 in Bethel. Take out at Moran's Landing in Newry. Lunch sponsored by Stony Brook Campground at Moran's Landing before the wind farm tour.

    Guide: TBD
    Speaker: Patriot Renewables Wind Farm Tour
    For more information about Patriot Renewables to to:

    Distance: 6 miles

    This section generously supported by:
    Patriot Renewables
    Stony Brook Recreation and Campground.
    Anna's Greenhouse, Newry, ME
    Good Food Store, Bethel, ME
    Bethel Outdoor Adventures and Campground:

    Please support the businesses that support the Androscoggin River Trail Source to Sea. Thank you.

    Click below for a map.
    Bethel to Moran's Landing

    • Thursday, July 20, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Route 2, Rumford Center, ME
    Registration is closed
    Take a hike up the Mahoosuc Land Trust's most recent trail development. Glassface MT. in Rumford  center is a short steep hike to views of the Androscoggin River and surrounding watershed. Our guides will be Mahoosuc Land Trust members/volunteers who have helped create the trail and support the preservation of lands for all people to enjoy.  

    This is a special day to invite you to come and hike trails in the Androscoggin River watershed. This beautiful hike offers great nature rewards and a  view at the top. Come join us for a morning hike to get your metabolism pumping. Just another way to promote "Healthy Environment-Healthy Lifestyle" our continuing theme for the Androscoggin River Trail Source to Sea.

    Meet at Hastings Landing in Rumford Center to have a guided hike up Glassface with hosts from the Mahoosuc Land Trust.

    Click below for map

    • Friday, July 21, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Mexico, ME & Dixfield, ME
    Flat water & surprisingly beautiful with potential for eagle sightings. Start in downtown Mexico and transition into rural farm fields and hills. 

    Meet at 8:30 am at the NEW boat launch behind the Family Dollar on Main St./Route 2 in Mexico Take out is at the Verso boat launch on the Canton Point Road in Dixfield.

    Put in: Mexico
    N44º33.336 W 070º32.558

    Take out:
    N44°30.229' W70°23.471'

    Distance: 9.2 miles
    Trip leader: TBD

    Camping and boat rentals are available at the Pejepscook Campground on Route 2 in Dixfield. 

    On River Event: TBD

    Click below for a map.

    • Saturday, July 22, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Hanover & Rumford, ME
    A nice winding paddle around Rumford point and through Rumford Center with hill & farm views, and a very high chance of eagle sightings.

    Meet @ behind the Hanover Town Hall on Route 2 at 8:30 AM in Hanover.  
    Takeout at the Rumford boat launch, just west of McDonald's on Route 2 in Rumford.

    Put in Hanover N44o29.653 W070o41.705’
    Take our: Rumford N44o30.939 Wo070o33.562’


    Distance: 9.2 miles

    Activity: Dedication of Hastings Landing the new Mahoosuc Land Trust launch site in Rumford Center.

    For more information about the Mahoosuc Land Trust go to:
    Mahoosuc Land Trust

    To find out more about the work of RVHCC go to:

    Click below for a map of the put in and take out.

    • Saturday, July 22, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Rumford boat Launch
    • 20
    A nice day to get out on the Androscoggin River and learn to paddle a kayak. Minimal flow on the river at this launch site. Free kayaks, paddles, life jackets will be provided compliments of Outdoor Adventure and Campground. Lunch provided by the River Valley Healthy Communities (RVHCC). You just might spot an eagle or a loon. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Registration is limited. First come first served.

    Meet @ the Rumford Boat launch, a left turn just west of MacDonalds on Route 2  in Rumford at 10:00 AM.
    Rumford boat launch:  N44o30.939 Wo070o33.562’
    Distance: An out and back paddle

    Activity: Family day Learn to Paddle

    To find out more about the work of RVHCC go to:

    Thanks to the Oxford County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation for a generous grant to fund this event.

    • Sunday, July 23, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Canton and Jay, ME
    All employees of the Verso Androscoggin Mill are encouraged to participate. Water conditions permittig, we may get to paddle around Steven's Island. 

    Put In : N44º28.854’ W070º16.571’ Approximately 2 miles from the junction of Rt. 140 and Canton point road heading toward Jay; or approximately 2 miles from Riley Dam heading toward Canton. Look for blue street sign Dorey Rd. on the river side of the road.

    Distance: Out and Back paddle
    Presentation: Ken Gallant

    Verso Paper on water quality and eagle habitat restoration.
    Presented by their head of the environmental management for the Androscoggin Mill, Kenneth Gallant

    Click below for map.

    • Thursday, July 27, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Livermore Falls and Leeds Maine
    Though longer than most of our legs, this idyllic paddle through West Central Maine farmlands is interrupted by two class two rips. Experienced paddlers only, please.
    Meet at 8:30 at the Livermore Falls put-in off foundry Road just below the Livermore Fallls Dam

    Trip leaders: Perry Risley and Ken Gallant

    Livermore Falls to Twin Bridges (Leeds)


    Put in: Beneath Livermore Falls Dam off Foundry Road in Livermore Falls.  Small dirt parking lot.  N44°28.850' W070°12.050'

    Take out: Twin Bridges (Googin’s Island) in Turner.  A paved lot on the island.  Take out on river left side of the island. N44°20.516' W070°11.261'

    Total paddling distance: 11.2 miles

    Shuttling directions: Turn right out of the parking lot.  After .3 miles, make a slight right onto Route 133.  After 5.1 miles, turn right onto Route 106/County Road.  After 4.3 miles, turn right onto Route 219.  After 2.1 miles, cross the first of the Twin Bridges and turn left into a parking lot on Googin’s Island. 


    A long paddle.  The river is distant from the road so it is very quiet.  A few stretches of rapids up to class II+.  The first stretch is known as the Tolla Walla rapids.

    Click below for map.,+-70.18338/44.341923,-70.1874414/@44.3811471,-70.1684032,28507m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m8!4m7!1m5!1m1!1s0x0:0x0!2m2!1d-70.18338!2d44.46498!1m0?hl=en

    • Thursday, July 27, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Otis Mill in Jay
    It is a great way to get out and do some meeting, greeting, and talk about the river while paddling. The Androscoggin Land Trust is our evening's sponsor and you can find out more about ALT from any of their paddling members.

    Free munchies compliments of Androscoggin Land Trust and The Granary. Cash bar for beer and wine. Thanks to Mary Howes of the Granary for continuing to make this happen

    Put in at Otis Mill: N 44°28.850' W 070°12.050'
    Just behind Main Street in Jay, Maine.

    Event sponsor: Androscoggin Land Trust

    Click below for a map location of Otis Mill.

    • Friday, July 28, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Turner, ME
    Beautiful, rural paddling from Leeds to Turner.  Ends at the gateway to Androscoggin Riverlands State Park. A great section for bird sightings. Bring a lunch to enjoy at the take out in Turner where we will have Tom Mapletoft speaking about Brookfield Renewable Energy and dam safety. 

    Meet at 8:30 am on Googin's Island (between the Twin Bridges) on Route 219 in Leeds.

    : Tom Mapletoft will talk about Dam safety and Brookfield Energy
    Trip Leader: Scott Andrews

    Twin Bridges (Leeds) to Center Bridge (Turner)


    Put in: Googin’s Island between the Twin Bridges on Route 219.  A path leads to the downstream tip of the island, avoiding some rapids underneath one of the bridges.  A good sized paved parking lot.  N44°20.516' W070°11.261'


    N44°20Take out: The Leeds side of Center Bridge has a boat launch maintained by Brookfield with many parking spaces. N44°15.436' W070°10.963'

    Total paddling distance: 6.7 miles

    Shuttling directions: Turn left out of the parking lot.  After going over the bridge, stay left on Route 219.  After 1.7 miles, turn left to stay on Route 219.  After 4.3 miles, turn left on Route 117/North Parish Road.  After 2.1 miles, turn left on Center Bridge Road.  The boat launch is on the Leeds side of the bridge.

    Notes:  A quick, easy paddle.  We plan to arrive at the takeout by lunch at a good clip.

    • Saturday, July 29, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Turner and Green ME
    An easy and nice 10 mile paddle bordering one of Maine's newest state parks, the Androscoggin Riverlands. Adam McKay will meet paddlers at the Picnic Meadow in the park for a short discussion on the development of the park. After a another stop in the park to view the old foundations,  we will continue on to Cherry Pond. Once at Cherry Pond you will be able to try paddle boards or boats compliments of Shaker Hill Outdoors.  Invite your friends to come and check it out.  

    Meet at 8:30 am at Center Bridge (on Center Bridge Road) in Turner. Take out will be at Cherry Pond.   
    Distance:  approximately 10 miles.  
    Presentation: Adam McKay, Riverlands Ranger
    Trip Leader: Judy Marden

    Put in:
    N44°20.516' W070°11.261'
    Take out:
    N44°15.436' W070°10.963'

    Presentation: Hike in the Riverlands State Park/presentation in the park
    Trip Leader: Judy Marden

    For more information about Androscoggin Riverlands State Park

    Click below for map

    • Saturday, July 29, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Auburn, ME
    A day to get out of the city and enjoy the Androscoggin River at Cherry Pond where you will be able to try paddle boards or kayaks compliments of Shaker Hill Outdoors.  Free kayaks, paddle boards, paddles and life jackets provided. A light lunch will be provided after paddling when you will meet up with paddlers on the Source to Sea. 

    Registration is limited. First come first served. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. 

    Meet at 10:00 am at at Cherry Pond.   
    Distance:  Out and back paddle
    Put in: N44°15.436' W070°10.963'
    Thanks to the Kay E. Dopp Fund of the Maine Community Foundation for a generous grant to fund this event.
    • Sunday, July 30, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Auburn, ME
    A mellow and scenic round-trip paddle in Lewiston/Auburn.  

    You just might see an eagle or two.  
    Meet at 8:30 am at the North River Road boat launch (behind Wendy's on Center St. in Auburn), paddle to the Androscoggin Land Trust's David Rancourt Preserve, take a short hike on the preserve.

    Trip Leader: Judy Marden 

    Activity: Short hike on the preserve and lunch at Rolly's after the paddle.

    Put in and take out: N44°06.488' W070°13.401'

    Notes: Put in at the North River Road launch in Auburn and paddle about 1.75 miles upstream until you reach a small sand beach on the Lewiston side of the river.  This is the Androscoggin Land Trust's David Rancourt Preserve, which has some trails through the woods.  Paddle back to the start.  Current is slow to non-existent because the put-in is just above Great Falls Dam and the Rancourt Preserve is just below the Deer Rips Dam. Plans to meet at Rolly's, a local diner for lunch after the paddle.

    Click below for map.

    • Thursday, August 03, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Festival Plaza Boat Launch
    This event is sponsored by the Androscoggin Land Trust.

    Always a fun time and a great way to meet and talk river talk with the folks from the Androscoggin Land Trust. Munchies provided at Gritty's after the paddle compliments of ALT, but opportunities nearby to get a meal if you need one before or after you paddle.

    The Androscoggin Land Trust is a non-profit membership-supported organization dedicated to protecting through land conservation and stewardship, the important natural areas, traditional landscapes, and outdoor experience in the Androscoggin River watershed.

    The land trust currently conserves approximately 4,850 acres of land, including over ten miles of riverfront along the Androscoggin River.  We also work with municipalities to help steward trails and other recreation sites throughout our service area.

    Please visit for more information.

    Put in: N44º05.764' W070º13.513'
    Click below for location of put in.
    • Friday, August 04, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Durham, ME & Lisbon Falls, ME
    A short paddle with some quickwater and two eagles' nests.  

    Meet at 8:30 am at the Durham boat access on Route 136.
    N44°00.851' W070°10.089'

    Take out will be at the mouth of the Sabbattus River at Miller Park in Lisbon Falls.
    N44°00.697' WQ070°05.160'

    Trip leader:Perry Risley

    After Paddle Activity: Short hike on the Papermill Trail and/or ice cream treat at the local ice cream shop.
    Presenter/ On River Activity: NOAA Weather Station in Gray Maine will be on board to paddle down the river with us an impart  weather knowledge to us. There is one set of rips that can be quite delightful and an easier stretch through them for the timid paddler.  It is a great trip down the river and a great place to get some ice cream just a short walk down the river walk from the take-out. Come join us for the fun.

    • Saturday, August 05, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Lisbon Falls, ME & Brunswick, ME

    Join us for a  nice paddle that feels like you're getting away from it all, with definite eagle sightings.  One portage over Pejepscot Dam.  

    Put in: N43º59.451' W070º02.838'

    Take out: N43º54.834' W069º58.600'

    Trip leader: Perry Risley

    On river event: Brunswick Topsham Land Trust

    Click below for a map

    • Sunday, August 06, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Brunswick, ME
    Put in is in Merrymeeting Bay in Woolrich, ME
    N43º58'52" W69º49' 06"
    Take out is on Water Street, Brunswick,ME: N43º57.05' W69º57.22'

    ARWC will draw names for the numerous gift card and vouchers donated to the Source to the Sea by area businesses.  

    Alternatively if you do not want to paddle through the chops, you can Put in at Water Street, Brunswick,ME: N43º57.05' W69º57.22'paddle around the islands and back to Water Street.

    River Event: Brunswick Topsham Land Trust: Charlie Spies

    Come join us for the fun paddle, celebration at the Sea Dog and the drawing for many door prizes. By signing up with us to paddle you are automatically entered for a chance to win.

    Put in time is 09:00 AM and party At Sea Dog starts between noon and 1PM.

    See you there!

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