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To access the Turner Boat Launch, take ME-117 east out of Turner. At the triangle where ME-117 turns North, bear right onto Center Bridge Road. The launch is on the right, after you pass over a channel of the Androscoggin River, and before the trestle bridge.  This provides convenient upstream and downstream access to a section of the river known as Gulf Island Pond.

The East Waterman Road hand-carry boat launch is at the end of that road, which is a right turn off of ME-4, 5.5 miles north of downtown Auburn.  It is located river-right for those that had paddled from the Turner Boat access.

Gulf Island Dam Portage Trail offers a means to continue downstream around the dam and is located on river-left in the city of Lewiston.  The trail sweeps around the dam and places you back on Switzerland Road where signs will direct you back to the river.

Deer Rips Dam Portage trail is available on river-right in the city of Auburn to support the continued paddle downstream of the impoundment between Gulf Island and Deer Rips Dams.

The North River Road Boat Launch is on the right 0.2 miles north of that road's intersection with ME-4, 0.5 miles north of downtown Auburn.  It provides access to the impoundment between the Lewiston Falls Dam (or Great Falls) and Deer Rips Dam.  No portage yet exists for the Lewiston Falls Dam; to paddle downtown, access the river from behind Festival Plaza in downtown Auburn or at Little Andy Park.

Little Andy Park's hand-carry boat launch can be accessed by following ME-136 south out of Auburn. Immediately after ME-136 turns left onto Mill Street, take a left onto Second Street and park. A path to the park and the Little Androscoggin River extends past the end of the street.

To access the Lincoln Street hand-carry boat launch, take Lincoln Street 1.6 miles south from US-202/ME-100 in Lewiston (just east of the river). The access is on the left, just before the turn to the Lewiston-Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority Access Road.

Description

This Androscoggin River Greenway water trail encompasses the section of the Androscoggin River from the communities of Turner and Leeds south through Lewiston and Auburn.  Planning is underway to expand it north through Canton and south into Lisbon.  The Greenway links land and water trails, undeveloped riverfront areas, working forests and farms, municipal parks, and open spaces with the communities along the river while telling the story of the community’s heritage.

A variety of amenities currently exist to experience the Greenway, which are further described in the Trailhead section.

Other Information

The Androscoggin Greenway is a cooperative effort, led by the Androscoggin Land Trust, that includes residents, landowners, municipalities, businesses and government agencies along the Androscoggin River corridor. These groups are working together to preserve open space along the Androscoggin River and its tributaries, revitalize the urban and village waterfronts such as those in Jay-Livermore Falls, Lewiston-Auburn and Lisbon Falls, create access to the river for recreation and transportation and provide a riverfront setting for community life.

Trail Manager

Visit Androscoggin River Watershed Council online for more information or contact:

Androscoggin Land Trust
86 Main Street, Suite 201
PO Box 3145
Auburn, ME 04212
Phone: (207) 782-2302

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