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

    • Monday, July 23, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Livermore Falls and Leeds Maine
    Due to weather and low water, this leg has been cancelled. However, the tour at Norlands is still on. Please register on line for the tour as we will be providing lunch. Tour starts at Norlands at 1:30PM. Click this link to Norlands Living History Center.

    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

    After the paddle we will tour the Norland's Living HIstory Center in LIvermore. Click here to view the website and address. The Center has been kind enough to open for us on this leg of our journey down the river. The center will be open from 1:30 to 4 for our group to tour. If the paddle gets cancelled either due to too low water levels or rain, we will still tour the Norland's Living History Center. 290 Norlands Road, Livermore Maine 04253.

    Trip leaders: Perry Risley

    River Event: Experienced Paddlers Only 

    Livermore Falls to Twin Bridges (Leeds) followed by Norlands Living History Center 1:30 PM. You do not have to paddle the section to go on the tour of Norlands.

    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

    • Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    • 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.

    : TBD
    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 28, 2018
    • 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: Judy Marden on the Riverlands State Park
    Trip Leader: Judy Marden

    Put in:
    N44°15.436' W070°10.963'
    Take out:
    N44°11.420' W070°12.119'

    River Event:  Riverlands and Family Day (Lunch provided)
    Trip Leader: Judy Marden

    For more information about Androscoggin Riverlands State Park

    Click below for map

    • Sunday, July 29, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Auburn, ME
    A mellow and scenic round-trip paddle from Auburn to Rancourt and back.  

    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 downtown Auburn), paddle to the Androscoggin Land Trust's David Rancourt Preserve, take a short hike on the preserve.

    Trip Leader: Judy Marden 

    Put in and take out: N44°27.977' W070°13.513'

    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.

    • Monday, July 30, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Durham, ME & Lisbon Falls, ME
    A short paddle with some quick water 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: Ice Cream in Lisbon Falls 
    Presenter/ On River Activity: TBD
    Click below for map.

    • Thursday, August 02, 2018
    • 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.
    • Saturday, August 04, 2018
    • 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: BTLT

    On river event: Brunswick Topsham Land Trust

    Click below for a map

    • Sunday, August 05, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Brunswick, ME
    Put in is in  Water Street, Brunswick,ME: N43º57.05' W69º57.22'

    Take out in Merrymeeting Bay in Woolrich, ME
    N43º58'52" W69º49' 06"

    River Event: End of S2S Dave Wallace will lead us through the Chops and back to Brunswick with the tide. Here are some directions and a link to google maps.

    If you have a Delorm map it could be helpful to you. Map 6

    From the Bath Bridge go 3/8 mile to Rt 127 on your left.

    2.2 miles to Rt 128 on your left

    3 miles North on 128 to Temple Road on your left.

    Go 3/8 mile to store and field. 

    From the North from 197/128 corner in Dresden go 8 miles south on 128 to Temple Road on your right. 

    3/8 mile to store and field. 

    I looked it up on the New River Trail Guide link on our website. It shows Temple Road which the Delorm did not label. We will be adding the put in site once we all know exactly where it is and can provide a picture and guide directions. 

    Here is a link to google maps if you don’t have a Delorm. 

    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.

    See direction to Woolrich ME put in here

    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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