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 06, 2018
    • 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 Information by 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 07, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Errol, NH

    Saturday July 7th 

    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.

    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.

     Inn for the meal when we meet at the Inn in the morning.

    After paddling the Mahoosuc Inn will serve a meal. You can sign up, choose your entre and pay $10.00 directly to the Mahoosuc

    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 08, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Pontook Reservoir, Milan, NH

    July 8th Sunday 
    Put In:  7 Islands' Bridge N44º42.841 W071º10.428’
    Take Out: Pontook N44°38.022' W071°14.846'

    Trip leader: Mark Peabody
    River Event:

    • Monday, July 09, 2018
    • 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.

    Our guest speaker is Ron Oullette from the Amanoosuc Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

    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.

    Put in: N44º36.885 W071º13.326'

    Take out: N44º31.864' W071º09.860'

    Click below for map.
    Click the link below to learn more about the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce

    • Thursday, July 12, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Berlin, NH
    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 Paddle Mania 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
    • Saturday, July 14, 2018
    • 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: Steve White

    Presenter: TBD
    Put-in: Shelburne Bridge/Village N44º24.292 W071º04.008’

    Take out: N44º23.843’ W070º58.325’

    • Sunday, July 15, 2018
    • 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

    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.

    • Monday, July 16, 2018
    • 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: Perry Risley 
    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

    • Tuesday, July 17, 2018
    • 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

    Event:  Catalyst Paper
    Leader: Ken Gallant and Perry Risley 


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

    • Friday, July 20, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Route 2, Rumford Center, ME
    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.  

    Speaker: MLT

    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

    • Saturday, July 21, 2018
    • 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: Ferg Lea

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

    On River Event: Mollyockett Day Eagle Creek

    Click below for a map.

    • Sunday, July 22, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Canton, 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 : N44º30.229’ W070º223.471   Take Out: N44º28.854’ W070º16.571

    River Event: TBD 

    Presentation: Ken Gallant/ Perry Risley 

    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.

    • Monday, July 23, 2018
    • 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
    River Event: Experienced Paddlers Only 

    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

    • 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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