Outdoors & Nature

Androscoggin River Adventure

  • Brunswick to Merrymeeting Bay

  • Six rivers converge in Merrymeeting Bay, forming a 9,000-acre wonderland of mud flats and sand bars. Home to several species of endangered and protected wildlife, there are sightings of bald eagles and ospreys, and fishermen will find shad, smelt, striped bass, river herring, and salmon. The bay and its tributaries are also favored breeding grounds for Canada geese, herons, and other wading birds, not to mention many species of ducks.

    The kayak is the perfect craft for this stretch of the Androscoggin River, with its many sand bars and some passages only a few inches deep. Whether you want to paddle for a few hours or a full day, this stretch of water running for about five miles provides surprising variety, landscape, and exploration opportunities. Several islands seem to fill the river: Cow, Cornish, Driscoll, as well as smaller ones that you could spend an entire day exploring.

    Check a local tide chart so you can plan your trip downriver to coincide with the ebbing tide and your return upriver on the incoming flow as the combination of the river current and an outgoing tide can make the return trip a little strenuous.

    TIP: Plan your Androscoggin paddle for an early Sunday morning—if the tides cooperate—so you can end your trip with a visit to the Sea Dog Brewing Company in the old Bowdoin Mill in Topsham. Their sumptuous buffet brunch alone is worth the trip.
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    Maine Outdoor Adventure Guide

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Six rivers converge in Merrymeeting Bay, forming a 9,000-acre wonderland of mud flats and sand bars. Home to several species of endangered and protected wildlife, there are sightings of bald eagles and ospreys, and fishermen will find shad, smelt, striped bass, river herring, and salmon. The bay and its tributaries are also favored breeding grounds for Canada geese, herons, and other wading birds, not to mention many species of ducks.

The kayak is the perfect craft for this stretch of the Androscoggin River, with its many sand bars and some passages only a few inches deep. Whether you want to paddle for a few hours or a full day, this stretch of water running for about five miles provides surprising variety, landscape, and exploration opportunities. Several islands seem to fill the river: Cow, Cornish, Driscoll, as well as smaller ones that you could spend an entire day exploring.

Check a local tide chart so you can plan your trip downriver to coincide with the ebbing tide and your return upriver on the incoming flow as the combination of the river current and an outgoing tide can make the return trip a little strenuous.

TIP: Plan your Androscoggin paddle for an early Sunday morning—if the tides cooperate—so you can end your trip with a visit to the Sea Dog Brewing Company in the old Bowdoin Mill in Topsham. Their sumptuous buffet brunch alone is worth the trip.


 

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Maine Outdoor Adventure Guide

Unlike most guides, which focus on specific regions or specific activities, the Maine Outdoor Adventure Guide is a trip-oriented guide, with each entry focusing on a specific activity at a particular location.

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