Sebago to the Sea Trail: Presumpscot River Paddling Route

The Sebago to the Sea Trail connects Sebago Lake and Casco Bay, on both land and water. Between South Windham and Westbrook, it is a paddling route on the scenic and calm Presumpscot River.
Trail Activity
Length
4.8 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Easy
Towns
Gorham, Westbrook, Windham
Surface
River/Stream
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

The Sebago to the Sea Trail enhances a variety of natural and recreational resources in this growing suburban area and helps link the city of Portland to the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake. For 5 miles, the Trail becomes a paddling route along the Presumpscot River. 

This reach of the Presumpscot is considered Class B by the State of Maine; it is suitable for fishing and swimming. Shorelands are heavily wooded and there are no bridges across the river the entire length of the paddle. About a mile downstream from the put in, the Little River enters river right. This river and its headwater streams offer excellent fishing and are considered a high priority for conservation by the Presumpscot River Watershed Coalition. Exploring the Little River is a good side trip for those with more time. Owls and signs of wildlife are common along both the Presumpscot and Little Rivers. The Little River, like the Village of Little Falls, was named not for its size but for Moses Little.

Other Information

The Sebago to the Sea Trail project has been publicly supported by area towns, non-profits, and collaborating agencies, including: the towns of Falmouth, Windham, Standish, and Gorham; the cities of Westbrook and Portland; and the Portland Water District, Healthy Maine Partnerships, Portland Trails, and the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust.

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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

Visit Sebago to the Sea Trail online for more information and a printable map or contact:

Presumpscot Regional Land Trust

Presumpscot Regional Land Trust
PO Box 33
Gorham, ME 04038
Phone: (207) 839-4633
info@prlt.org

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Trailhead Information

To access the paddling route from South Windham, take US-202 south to ME-237 south. Take your first left onto Mallison Street, then right onto Canal Street to the Sappi parking area on the left. Use caution if launching here, as the site is infrequently maintained, steep, and eroded.

Alternatively, there is a hand-carry boat launch at the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust's St. Pierre Property onto Little River which shortly joins the Presumpscot. Take US-202 south to ME-237 south and continue south for about 1 mile. Turn in to St. Pierre Property just before a small bridge crosses the Little River.

The paddling route ends 4.8 miles downstream, at the Lincoln Street Ice Rink in Westbrook at a small landing just before the white house on the left. Paddlers must take out before the dam, which is marked by overhead wires and orange buoys. The rink can be accessed by following Bridge Street north from ME-25B/Main Street in Westbrook; turn left onto Lincoln Street and look for the rink and parking on your left.

Upon arriving in Westbrook, there is also an alternate takeout river right on Mill Lane, just a block off of Main Street. This takeout is maintained by Sappi under its FERC license for the Saccarappa hydropower station. Look for it just before the warning cable stretched across the right-hand channel leading to the power station and a short dam. Avoid this takeout during periods of high water and high flows.

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Maine Trail Finder
January 18, 2019
tbennett - glad you're enjoying the site! You can continue from where this posting ends by portaging around the first dam (Saccarappa) but there is no official portage trail around the next dam (Sappi's Cumberland Mills Dam). The next official put-in is where US-302 crosses the Presumpscot. You can see a bit more about paddling upstream and downstream from this paddling route on our more comprehensive Presumpscot River Paddling Trail Posting (https://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/presumpscot-river-paddling-trail). Hope this helps!
Ted Bennett
January 14, 2019
Hi. I just discovered this site and it's excellent. Could you please tell me if it's possible to portage around the dam at Sappi and then continue the rest of the way down the Presumpscot? Thanks.
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