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

    • Saturday, July 04, 2015
    • 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Steamer Diamone Launch, Errol, NH
    Come join us for an evening pre-paddle from Steamer Diamond around wildlife inlets and down to Errol, NH in time for 4th of July Fireworks. 

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

    Meet at Steamer Diamond on Route 16 (Dam Road) north of Errol at 3 p.m.

    Trip Leader: Perry Risley
    Put in GPS location:

    • Friday, July 10, 2015
    • 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: TBD
    Put in GPS location: N 44' 49.919" W 071' 04.572"

    Presentation TBD

    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 11, 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Errol, NH

    Saturday July 12th

    8:30AM Meet at center of the town in Errol in the parking lot on the north side of the Route 26 bridge over the Androscoggin River.
    Paddle 8 miles down river over fast moving water.

    There is a fairly large parking lot at the next bridge down river known as the Seven Islands Bridge.

    Paddling distance 8 miles

    Water moves fast on most of this section.  Should be able to complete paddling in about 3 hours.

    For experienced paddlers only.  There are several sections of class I-II+ rapids on this stretch of river, depending on water levels.  The toughest section is right at the put in, and it can be avoided by carrying boats down a path which leads to a put-in spot below the rapids. 

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

    Trip leader: Larry Ely
    Presenter:  TBD.

    Put in: N44°46.711' W 071°07.949'

    Take out: N 44°42.841 W 071°10.428'

    Click below for map

    • Sunday, July 12, 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 7 Islands Bridge in North Woods, Milan, NH

    7 Islands Bridge to Pontook Dam

    Sunday July 12th
    8:30 AM Meet at parking lot by 7 Islands Bridge 7.7 miles south of the center of the town of Errol off of Route 16.
    Paddle 9.2 miles into the Pontook Reservoir . There are a few sections of quick water early on but the river flattens out and slows down as you approach the dam. Take out is above Pontook Dam.

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

    Put in: N 44°42.841 W 071°10.428'
    Take Out: N44°38.022' W071°14.846'

    Trip leader: Perry Risley
    River Event:

    Click below for map

    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. 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
    • Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Berlin NH
     A day to experience a new trail in Berlin on Mt. Jasper. Hike leader will be Sally Manikian from the Mahoosuc Intiative.  Come learn about the local area, history of the area and possibly view an archaeological dig. 

    Hikers should meet at the Berlin High School parking lot located at the end of Madison Street in Berlin NH at 11:00 AM. The trail head is at the far end of the parking lot near the track. Sally Manikian of the AMC will lead us up the short but moderate hike to the top of Mt. Jasper where we will have plenty of time to take pictures, picnic and hear about the history of the area and the development of the trail. Coiincidentally there is an archaeological dig going on at the base of the mountain. For those who may want to stay later this could provide some added interest. We should be down from the hike at approximately 2:00PM.

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

    Put in: N44°38.022' W071°14.846'

    Take out: N44º36.885 W071º13.326’

    Click below for map.

    • Thursday, July 16, 2015
    • 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Berlin, NH
    Join us for a fun mid-week summer night out with this short and lovely evening paddle in Berlin. 
    Meet at Nansen Wayside Park at 3:00 p.m

    and finish up at Northern Forest Heritage Park for a cookout with The NH Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    This year the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce has a Paddle-Brew Fest planned with beer tasting from 5-7 PM. Free if you paddle with the Source to the Sea. $10:00 at the gate if you don't paddle. Register online with us to get free entry into the beer tasting. Cash bar after 7PM.
    Shuttle provided by the Mahoosuc Inn, Milan, NH.
    Put in: N44º31.864' W071º09.860'
    Take out: Northern Forest Heritage Park in Berlin, NH

    Click below for map.

    This afternoon/evening event is generously sponsored  Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce in Berlin, NH. We thank them for their generosity.

    • Friday, July 17, 2015
    • 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 Trek. 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: Russ Cohen: "These are Your Edible Wild Plants" Come and learn about the many edible wild plants in our region along the Androscoggin River.
    Put-in: Shelburne Bridge/Village N44º24.292 W071º04.008’

    Take out: N44º23.843’ W070º58.325’

    • Saturday, July 18, 2015
    • 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 Mollyockett Day Festivities in the afternoon. We will be back in plenty of time for evening fireworks!

    It is  beautiful, easy paddle through the hills with lots of interesting islands. Jeff Stern of Fiddlehead Consulting will discuss Sustaining Brook Trout programs and Environmental Quality.

    Shallow and relatively fast with lots of islands and sand bars for lunch.
    Guide: Jeff Parsons Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground
    Event: Cathy Johnson on the proposed North Woods National Park

    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.

    • Sunday, July 19, 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Bethel & Hanover, ME
    Mostly flat with some quickwater to Class I rapids near the mouth of the Bear River. 
    Meet at 9am at Bethel Outdoor Adventure on Rte. 2 in Bethel. Take out at the boat launch behind the Hanover Town Hall. Lunch sponsored by Stony Brook Campground at Moran's Landing on the way to Hanover.

    Guide: Steve Wight
    Speaker: Jeff Sterns on Brook Trout Habitat

    Distance: 10.5 miles

    This section generously supported by:
    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 the Sea. Thank you.

    Click below for a map.

    • Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Grafton Notch in Newry, ME
    Take a short hike to Step Falls and hear about the Mahoosuc Land Trust's initiative to acquire Step Falls as protected land. We will join Peak a Week, a hiking organization from Rumford on their weekely hike. Check back for more details.

    This is a special day to invite you to come and hike streams and tributaries of the Androscoggin River and surrounding area. This beautiful hike offers great nature rewards. Come join us for an afternoon hike to get your metabolism pumping. Just another way to promote "Healthy Environment-Healthy Lifestyle" our theme this year for the Androscoggin River Trail Source to the Sea.

    Click below for map
    • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    • 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.  

    Distance: 9.2 miles

    Activity: Representatives from Patriot Renewables, one of our major sponsors, will paddle with us and talk about their area projects and wind energy in general. River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition will sponsor a post paddle healthy eating gathering at the Rumford Boat launch.

    For more information about Patriot Renewables to to:

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

    Many thanks to Sunday River for providing shuttle service for this leg of the S2S. For more information about Sunday River summer and winter events go to:

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

    • Friday, July 24, 2015
    • 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 9 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: Nancy Carpenter and William Clumi

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

    On River Event: River bugs and fish by William Clumi

    Click below for a map.

    • Saturday, July 25, 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Dixfield & Canton, ME
    A lovely paddle through very rural farmland around Canton Point with lots of potential for eagle and heron sightings.  

    Put in: N44°30.229' W70°23.471'
    Meet at the Verso boat launch on the Canton Point Road in Dixfield at 9 a.m.

    Take out at Canton IFW boat launch:
    N44º28.854’ W070º16.571’

    To reach the take out point follow Canton Point Road to Rt. 140; take a left on 140 and go approximately 2 miles to the  IFW boat launch on Dorey Road on your right. The road is marked with a blue street sign but the public boat sign is not easy to see unless you are right at the road.

    Trip leader: Ken Gallant

    Presentation: Dr. Ellen Cowie of the NE Archaeology Research Center in Farmington on the early Indian settlements in Canton region along the Androscoggin River.
    Distance: 10 miles

    Click below for map
    • Sunday, July 26, 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Canton and Jay, ME

    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.

    Take Out: Snoopy Landing in front of Verso Mill in Jay just before Pine Island

    Trip Leader: Ken Gallant
    Presentation: TBD

    Click below for map.

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


    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.



    • 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.

    : 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°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.

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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 for more information.

    Put in: N44º05.764' W070º13.513'
    Click below for location of put in.
    • 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: TBD

    After Paddle Activity: Short hike on the Papermill Trail with Verla Brooks at the take out.

    Presenter/Activity: TBD

    • 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

    • 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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