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 11, 2014
    • Sunday, August 10, 2014
    • Starts at Umbagog Wildlife Refuge north of Errol, NH

    ARWC is looking forward to continuing and improving the Androscoggin River Trail Source to the Sea, attracting more participants, encouraging healthy lifestyles, improving informational presentations about the river, watershed, and its communities. 

    Over its 20 day path from Lake Umbagog, participants can paddle one day, every day, or any combination of days.  Most paddles are from 2 to 4 hours in length covering from 3 to 8 miles of the river.  Each section provides a wonderful experience, whether it be whitewater of a few days or great wildlife viewing on most, we offer something for everyone from beginner to experienced paddler. 

    A full schedule of events is listed below and registration is now open. Final details will be added as schedules and events are confirmed, so check back for updates.   


    • Friday, July 25, 2014
    • 9:00 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: Perry Risley

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

    Presentation: River Valley Healthy Communities will be talking about healthy eating habits and optimum snacks for quick energy during outdoor activities.

    Click below for a map.

    • Saturday, July 26, 2014
    • 9:00 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: Androscoggin Land Trust

    Distance: 10 miles

    Click below for map
    • Sunday, July 27, 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Canton and Jay, ME
    Todays adventure on the river is an afternoon for picnics,  fishing and paddling. All employees of the Verso Androscoggin Mill are encouraged to join in the fun.

    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.
    Trip Leader: Mike Auger (Androscoggin Land Trust)
    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

    Many thanks to Shaker Hill Outdoors who will be bringing boats for people to try their hand at paddling. Come give river paddling a try at this family day event. See Shaker Hill Outdoors on Facebook.

    Click below for map.

    • Wednesday, July 30, 2014
    • 9:00 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 31, 2014
    • 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 will give an overview of their work, which includes the acquisition of the Androscoggin Greenway Community Forest properties as well as our ongoing efforts to steward conserved properties and recreation sites along the river within their service area.

    Free munchies compliments of Androscoggin Land Trust and Otis Mill Restaurant.

    If you want dinner you can purchse really good meals at the Otis Mill Restaurant.

    Put in at Otis Mill: N 44°28.850' W 070°12.050'

    Event sponsor: Androscoggin Land Trust

    Click below for a map location of Otis Mill.

    • Friday, August 01, 2014
    • 9:00 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 9 am on Googin's Island (between the Twin Bridges) on Route 219 in Turner.

    : Judy Marden
    Trip Leader: Scott Andrews and Perry Risley

    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°20TTake 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 02, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Auburn, ME
    An easy and nice paddle bordering one of Maine's newest state parks, the Androscoggin Riverlands.

    Meet at 9 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: Rex Turner on the SCORP program and Ken Gallant will discuss environmental improvements on the river.
    Activity: Hike in the Riverlands State Park

    For more information about Androscoggin Riverlands State Park

    Click below for map

    • Sunday, August 03, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Auburn, ME
    A mellow, surprisingly scenic round-trip paddle in Lewiston/Auburn.  

    You just might see an eagle or two.  
    Meet at 9 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: Walk and visit David Rancourt Preserve

    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.

    Click below for map.

    • Thursday, August 07, 2014
    • 5:00 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 08, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Durham, ME & Lisbon Falls, ME
    A short paddle with some quickwater and two eagles' nests.  

    Meet at 9 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

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

    Presenter/Activity: Margaret Curtis from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (NOAA)
    Margaret will talk about the mission of NOAA, summer weather forecasting, including thunderstorms, and how to prepare for outdoor adventures. 

    NOAA's Mission:
    Science, Service, and Stewardship.
    To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts.
    To share that knowledge and information with others, and
    To conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

    • Saturday, August 09, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Lisbon Falls, ME & Brunswick, ME
    Finish the S2S with 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 and take out location details to follow.

    • Sunday, August 10, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 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.  

    Details to follow.

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

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