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Welcome to the Androscoggin!

The mission of the Androscoggin River Watershed Council is to continuously improve environmental quality, encourage stewardship, and promote healthy and prosperous communities in the Androscoggin Watershed.

This is achieved through our 5 Goals


About the River: The Androscoggin flows for nearly 170 miles, beginning at Lake Umbagog on the Maine/New Hampshire border, continuing south through northern New Hampshire, heading east through western Maine, then turning south again before joining with the Kennebec in Merrymeeting Bay and emptying into the Atlantic.  It has a rich geological and human history.  Having once been rated as one of the most polluted rivers in the country, it served as the inspiration for the Clean Water Act and now boasts great fishing, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities.  The Androscoggin River Watershed Council encourages collaboration among industry, conservation groups, landowners, and other interests to ensure that the Androscoggin continues to be a healthy asset to the communities on its banks and the wildlife it supports.

COVID-19 Update

The 2020 Source to Sea will consist of self-guided paddles. See the S2S link below for more details

All environmental programs continue to function with construction of improved fish passage projects in New Hampshire and Water Quality Sampling and other programs in Maine

Click the link above to view the interactive web mapper

Photo Courtesy of Judy Gervais

Click here for the 

2020 self-guided Source to Sea itinerary.

Highlighted Sections:


Streamer Pond // Lake Umbagog Headwaters

└ Headwaters of Gulf Island Pond, with three alternative routes


└ Out and back paddle in the middle of Lewiston/Auburn!


└ Explore historic homesteads by boat and picnic in this State Park


└ Point-to-point or out-and-back in Merrymeeting Bay

The Androscoggin River Watershed Council is a member of:

Bethel Area Nonprofit Collaborative, CORE-Inspire Community, the Androscoggin River Committee, and Maine West

Thanks to 2020 ARWC Program Sponsors
Brookfield; Pixelle Specialty Paper Solutions; L.L.Bean; TransCanada Corporation; Eagle Creek Renewable EnergyPoland Springs Bottling; The Betterment Fund;  Otis Federal Credit Union; Mahoosuc Realty; Norway Savings Bank, Bethel Branch; W.J Wheeler; Pleasant River Campground;  Town and Country Inn; L. L. Cote; Outdoor Adventure and Campground; Shaker Hill Outdoors; Stony Brook Campground;  Good Food Store; Local Hub;  Holiday House; Bethel Inn; Sudbury Inn.

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