Androscoggin River Trail: Mahoosucs

The Mahoosucs section of the Androscoggin River Trail begins in Gilead and meanders fairly gently with occasional quickwater, passing through some of Western Maine's larger towns.
Trail Activity
Length
52.2 miles, Normal
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate, Advanced
Towns
Bethel, Canton, Dixfield, Gilead, Mexico, Peru, Rumford
Surface
River/Stream
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

The Mahoosucs section of the Androscoggin River Trail begins at the Maine border in Gilead.  It meanders fairly gently with occasional quickwater through the towns of Gilead, Bethel, and Hanover before reaching the largest falls east of Niagara in the active paper mill town of Rumford.  From there, it continues east through Mexico and Dixfield, jogs north for a bit towards Canton, then turns south through the paper mill town of Jay, and continues through Turner before reaching Androscoggin Riverlands State Park.

Paddlers will most commonly visit portions of the Androscoggin River Trail most suited to their skills and available time, rather than paddling the entire navigable trail. Please refer to the Androscoggin River Trail's interactive River Trail Map to find the most up-to-date information to plan your trip, including information about access points and river conditions upstream and/or downstream from these points. Sites along the Androscoggin River Trail are regularly being improved and added. Maps are also located at kiosks at popular access points. 

The Androscoggin River Trail also exists upstream (North Woods) and downstream (Greenway-Riverlands) from this section; see "Connector Trails" for more information.

Other Information

The Androscoggin River Watershed Council is working with numerous groups and individuals to promote a water trail along the full length of the Androscoggin River from Lake Umbagog in Northern New Hampshire to the easterly end of Merrymeeting Bay in Maine. The trail provides access for a wide variety of uses including paddling, fishing, and motor boating in appropriate parts of the river.

The Androscoggin River flows 168 miles and there are more than 40 mapped, publicly-available access sites to the river which provide access to most of the river. Full development of the trail will include improvements to existing sites and the establishment of new sites. In addition, there are plans for improved portages, water-access only sites, and day use areas.

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This trail was made possible in part with funds from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund (MOHF). For more information about MOHF and the wildlife and conservation projects it has contributed to, please visit the MOHF webpage.

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the Androscoggin River Watershed Council online or contact:

Androscoggin River Watershed Council

Androscoggin River Watershed Council
PO Box 1541
Bethel, ME 04217
Phone: (207) 754-8158
arwc@androscogginwatershed.org
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Trailhead Information

Many trailer or hand-carry boat launches are available on this stretch of the Androscoggin River. Please refer to the map to find their specific locations. For more detail about launch sites, refer to the Androscoggin River Trail's interactive River Trail Map. 

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Paddling conditions will vary according to the weather and season, so always exercise caution and always wear a lifejacket. With good judgment and proper equipment, the risk associated with paddling can be minimized. Respect the natural world and the rights of landowners, and be considerate of other outdoor enthusiasts. Paddlers should seek to avoid causing erosion, trampling vegetation, disturbing wildlife, and harming water quality.
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