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

    • Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Turner, ME
    Hello.

    Unfortunately, for safety reasons due to low water flow, we are cancelling the Wednesday paddle from Livermore Falls to Twin Bridges. Please join us Thursday evening at Otis Mill in Jay for an after hours out and back paddle followed by libation, light munchies and an opportunity to find out more about the land preservation work of the Androscoggin Land Trust.


    Becky Secrest


    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.


    Trip leaders: Perry Risley and Ken Gallant

    Livermore Falls to Twin Bridges (Turner)

     

    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. 

    Notes:

    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.

     https://www.google.com/maps/dir/44.46498,+-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

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    • Thursday, July 30, 2015
    • 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 Mill Street Cafe..

    If you want dinner you can purchase really good meals at the  Mill Street Cafe.

    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 31, 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Turner, ME
    Beautiful, rural paddling from one end of Turner to the other.  Ends at the gateway to Androscoggin Riverlands State Park. A great section for bird sightings.

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


    Presentation/Activity
    : TBD
    Trip Leader: Scott Andrews

    Twin Bridges (Turner) to Center Bridge (Leeds)

     

    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°20.

    N44°20Take out: The Leeds side of Center Bridge has a boat launch maintained by NextEra  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.  Could make it to the takeout by lunch at a good clip.


    http://goo.gl/maps/k6tCm


    • Saturday, August 01, 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Auburn, ME
    An easy and nice paddle bordering one of Maine's newest state parks, the Androscoggin Riverlands. Shaker Hill Outdoors will be joining us for this leg of the Androscoggin. Once at Cherry Pond they will have boat to try for those folks who may not have ever paddled a kayak. Invite your friends to come and check it out. Availability depending there may even be some paddle boards to try 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.  
    Trip Leader: Scott Andrews

    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
    http://goo.gl/maps/IjyFy

    • Sunday, August 02, 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Auburn, ME
    A mellow, surprisingly 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 David Rancourt Preserve and back. Bring a lunch as the sand beach is a great place to picnic.

    Trip Leader: Judy Marden 

    Activity: TBD

    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 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 a local diner for lunch after the paddle.

    Click below for map.
    http://goo.gl/maps/TYj3Y







    • Thursday, August 06, 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Lewiston/Auburn Area
    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 free of charge, 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.
    We currently conserve 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 www.androscogginlandtrust.org for more information.

                                 
    Put in: N44º05.764' W070º13.513'
        
    Click below for location of put in.
    http://goo.gl/maps/F5Vhp
    • Friday, August 07, 2015
    • 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 with Verla Brooks at the take out.

    Presenter/ On River Activity: Mike Kistner from the NOAA Weather Station in Gray Maine will be on board to paddle down the river with us an impart his 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. Last year we had great hot-dogs from a stand at the take-out and they were over the top delicious. 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 08, 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Lisbon Falls, ME & Brunswick, ME



    Join us for a surprisingly 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 leaders: TBD

    On river event: TBD

    Click below for a map

    http://goo.gl/maps/pOrLA

    • Sunday, August 09, 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Brunswick, ME
    Put in is on Water Street with a paddle around the islands and back to party with the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust at Pinette's Landing in Brunswick. Shaker Hill will be there with kayaks and paddle boards to demo while you enjoy general comraderie with fellow paddlers. This will be the closing ceremonies for the 2015 20th Annual Source to Sea. Come celebrate with us.

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

    Put in Water Street, Brunswick,ME: N43º57.05' W69º57.22'


    Come join us for the fun paddle, picnic in the park 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 in the park starts between noon and 1PM.

    See you there!



Androscoggin River Watershed Council - PO Box 1541 - Bethel, ME 04217 - (207) 754-8158 - email


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