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, May 25, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, Errol, NH
    Register
    Come join us for a leisurely paddle from the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge to Steamer Diamond to kick off the 24th 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 9:30 AM.

    Trip Leader: 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.
    http://www.loon.org/loon-center.php

    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.
    http://www.briloon.org


    Click below for map location of Umbagog Wildlife Refuge.




    • Saturday, May 25, 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Milan, NH
    Registration is closed

    Saturday May 25th

    In cooperation with  Mahoosuc Outdoors, the Source to Sea is offering White Water Rafting Trips from Pontook Dam to Boffinger. These trips are a fund raiser for the Androscoggin River Watershed Council. Thanks to the generosity of Mark and Kim Peabody, Mahoosuc Outdoors owners, $50.00 of your registration will be donated to ARWC to promote the organization and the continuous working programs along the Androscoggin River Watershed

    This is a fun trip you don't want to miss! The Guides are expertly trained and so much fun on the river.

    12:30 PM Meet at the Mahoosuc Outdoors on Rt. 16 just north of the center of Milan. You will enjoy two raft trips down the river and enjoy a great meal after rafting. The cost is $79.00, all inclusive, and you must register on Mahoosuc Outdoors website. You will be required to give credit card information to reserve a space on the raft trip. No shows are non refundable. Check their website to register or call for more information.

    Everyone should feel free to join in the fun. This is a beautiful stretch of the Androscoggin with fun rapids to enjoy the fast water only available on weekends.
    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
    Pontook Dam to Boffinger
    Shuttle provided by Mahoosuc Inn
    Raft trips are led by trained Mahoosuc Outdoors guides. Check out Mahoosuc Outdoors to learn more about the outdoor adventures he offers year round.The whitewater leg offered today starts at 12:30PM. Brookfield begins releasing water from the dam after 10AM from Pontook Dam for white water adventurists. Click here for more information on water releases on Pontook and other dams throughout the year.
    I have done this trip a couple time and it is always a great ride down the river. You will be guided by trained white water guides and wet suits will be provided.

     After rafting, the Mahoosuc Inn serves a great meal choice of chicken, salmon or steak; potato salad, green salad and the best chocolate chip cookies ever. Beer and wine are available on a cash basis. When you sign up with Mahoosuc Outdoors, you can choose your meal choice.

    Trip leader: Mark Peabody of Mahoosuc Outdoors
    Presenters: Mahoosuc Outdoors White Water Guides.





    • Sunday, May 26, 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Milan, NH
    Register

    Sunday May 26th

    In cooperation with  Mahoosuc Outdoors, the Source to Sea is offering White Water Rafting Trips from Pontook Dam to Boffinger. These trips are a fund raiser for the Androscoggin River Watershed Council. Thanks to the generosity of Mark and Kim Peabody, Mahoosuc Outdoors owners, $50.00 of your registration will be donated to ARWC to promote the organization and the continuous working programs along the Androscoggin River Watershed

    This is a fun trip you don't want to miss! The Guides are expertly trained and so much fun on the river.

    12:30 PM Meet at the Mahoosuc Outdoors on Rt. 16 just north of the center of Milan. You will enjoy two raft trips down the river and enjoy a great meal after rafting. The cost is $79.00, all inclusive, and you must register on Mahoosuc Outdoors website. You will be required to give credit card information to reserve a space on the raft trip. No shows are non refundable. Check their website to register or call for more information.

    Everyone should feel free to join in the fun. This is a beautiful stretch of the Androscoggin with fun rapids to enjoy the fast water only available on weekends.
    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
    Pontook Dam to Boffinger
    Shuttle provided by Mahoosuc Inn
    Raft trips are led by trained Mahoosuc Outdoors guides. Check out Mahoosuc Outdoors to learn more about the outdoor adventures he offers year round.The whitewater leg offered today starts at 12:30PM. Brookfield will release water from Pontook Dam after 10:00AM for white water adventurists. Click here for more information on water releases on Pontook and other dams throughout the year.
    I have done this trip a couple time and it is always a great ride down the river. You will be guided by trained white water guides and wet suits will be provided.

     After rafting, the Mahoosuc Inn serves a great meal choice of chicken, salmon or steak; potato salad, green salad and the best chocolate chip cookies ever. Beer and wine are available on a cash basis. When you sign up with Mahoosuc Outdoors, you can choose your meal choice.

    Trip leader: Mark Peabody of Mahoosuc Outdoors
    Presenters: Mahoosuc Outdoors White Water Guides.





    • Monday, May 27, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Dummer, NH
    Register
    A beautiful leg of the Source to Sea—Bofinger Preserve to Nansen Wayside. Guided by Mark Peabody of the Mahoosuc Inn and North Woods Rafting, come and enjoy a leisurely trip through a popular fishing section of the Androscoggin River. Please meet at the Mahoosuc Inn at 9:30 where you can rent kayaks and enjoy shuttle service provided by Mahoosuc Inn staff. Please indicate if you will need a kayak for the day's paddle.


    After taking out at Nansen Wayside, lunch will be served at Mahoosuc Inn for $10.00 your choice of salmon, steak or chicken. Beer and wine available at the Inn. Cash bar.

    Put in: N44º36.885 W071º13.326'

    Take out: N44º31.864' W071º09.860'

    Click below for map.
    http://goo.gl/maps/3TKHN
    Click the link below to learn more about the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce


    • Thursday, June 20, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Shelburne, NH & Gilead, ME
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    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: Jeff Stern, Fish passage and trout habitat restoration.
    Put-in: Shelburne Bridge/Village N44º24.292 W071º04.008’

    Take out: N44º23.843’ W070º58.325’



    • Friday, June 21, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Gilead & Bethel, ME
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    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:
    http://www.betheloutdooradventure.com

    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
    http://www.pleasantrivercampground.com/
    Stony Brook Camping
    http://www.stonybrookrec.com/

    If you are looking for more creature comforts please support the local area inns that support the Source to the Sea:
    Bethel Inn: http://bethelinn.com/site/
    Sudbury Inn: http://www.thesudburyinn.com/
    Chapman Inn: http://www.chapmaninn.com/
    Rostay Inn:http://www.rostay.com/
    Mill Hill Inn: http://www.millhillinn.com/

    Click below for map.
    http://goo.gl/maps/DCNeC




    • Friday, July 12, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Mexico, ME & Dixfield, ME
    Register
    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 Eagle Creek boat launch on the Canton Point Road in Dixfield. After a quick lunch in Dixfield, compliments of Patriot Renewables, we will drive to the Saddleback Windfarm and tour the Patriot Renewables facility.

    For more information about Patriot Renewables go to:
    http://www.patriotrenewables.com/

    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: Patriot Renewables Saddleback Wind Farm tour.

    Click below for a map.
    http://goo.gl/maps/KmO9O


    • Saturday, July 13, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Dixfield to Canton Point IFW launch site, ME
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    All employees of the Verso Androscoggin Mill are encouraged to participate. Water conditions permittig, we may get to paddle around Steven's Island. Eight mile paddle about 3 hours. This is a beautiful paddle down river with views of boom piers used to funnel logs down the river to various paper or logging mills. 

    River Event: TBD 

    Guide: Perry Risley and Judy Gervais











    • Saturday, July 27, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Valentine Farm, North Road, Bethel, ME
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    Come enjoy a  bird watch with Mahoosuc Land Trust at their new home the Valentine Farm on North Road in Bethei. The Valentine Farm borders the Androscoggin River and MLT will be our bird watch guides for this early morning watch.

    Speaker: MLT

    This is a special day to invite you to come and enjoy and learn about the work the MLT does along the Androscoggin River watershed. This beautiful hike offers great nature rewards and an opportunity to view regional birds in their natural habitat. 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. Limited number of binoculars available so bring your own if you have them.

    Meet at Mahoosuc Land Trust at 7:00 AM for a two hour bird watch.
                                 

        


    • Thursday, August 08, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Festival Plaza Boat Launch
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    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 www.androscogginlandtrust.org for more information.

                                 
    Put in: N44º05.764' W070º13.513'
        
    Click below for location of put in.
    http://goo.gl/maps/F5Vhp
    • Saturday, August 10, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Turner, ME
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    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.


    Presentation/Activity
    : Ken Gallant on River Bubblers
    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°20.

    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.


    http://goo.gl/maps/k6tCm


    • Sunday, August 11, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Auburn, ME
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    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.
    http://goo.gl/maps/TYj3Y







    • Saturday, September 07, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Mill Street Boat Launch in Brunswick
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    Today's paddle has been changed to an out and back from the Brunswick Mill Street boat launch. Please check the River Trail Guide on our website for directions to where the Mill Street launch is. If you have signed up and decide not to attend for whatever reason, please call the trip leader, Michelle Moody,  at 207-406-5221.
    The paddle is about 4 miles one way to the Pejebscot Dam.  Please bring lunch and something to drink.  Lunch stop could be at the portage spot at the dam.  There's also an island on the way we could try to stop at.  If folks get tired or the current is too strong due to rain or dam flow, we will turn around sooner.  It will all be based on group ability and desire.-

     


    Put in:Click here and click on the Mill Street Access Point.

    Take out: same as put in


    Trip leader: Michelle Moody, AMC Maine Chapter Leader; 207-406-5221 for questions or information on the launch site or paddling leg.

    On river event: Highlights of the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust Conservation efforts.

    Click here for a map






    • Sunday, September 08, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Brunswick, ME
    Register
    Put in is on Water Street, Brunswick,ME: N43º57.05' W69º57.22'

    Take out TBD closer to date of paddle.

    River Event: End of S2S will start at Water Street in Brunswick and end at the Sea Dog in Brunswick for after S2S trip down the river.  After the paddle  we will hold our end of S2S  party at the Sea dog for raffle drawings and food and beverage. Booze is pay on your own. ARWC Will provide food.

    ARWC will draw names for the numerous gift card and vouchers donated to the Source to the Sea by area businesses.  

    Come join us for the fun paddle, and the drawing for many door prizes at the Sea Dog Brewery in Brunswick ME.  By signing up with us to paddle you are automatically entered for a chance to win.

    Put in time is 08:30 AM and party at Sea Dog will be at 2:00 after the  paddle.

    See you there!


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