Trail Ethics

Carry In – Carry Out

Respect Private Property

Leave No Trace

Carry In – Carry Out:  ARWC, the managers and owners of the access sites, and all property owners along the river appreciate your thoughtfulness in protecting our resources and reducing site maintenance costs by your carrying out all waste that you generate during your river trip.

Respect Private Property:  Almost all of the shoreline and land surrounding access sites is privately owned.  Please respect both private and public property.  Many property owners have cooperated with access site providers and river users during development of the trail.  Respect for their property will ensure good landowner relations for years to come.

Leave No Trace:  Leave No Trace principles are a product of and copyrighted by the Center for Outdoor Ethics (www.lnt.org).  More information on the principles listed below can be found on the web site. 

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surface (Camping along the shoreline or on islands is discouraged.  As noted the shoreline and islands are all privately owned.  ARWC and landowners appreciates your using commercial campgrounds that can be found along the way).
  • Leave What you Find
  • Dispose of Waste Properly (Carry In – Carry Out)
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts (Campfires are not allowed on private lands and islands.  Permits from local fire wardens are required for any open fires.  Therefore, we suggest that users confine campfires to commercial campgrounds).


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


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