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, July 27, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Valentine Farm, North Road, Bethel, ME
    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
    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 for more information.

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

    : 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°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.

    • Sunday, August 11, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Auburn, ME
    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.

    • Saturday, September 07, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Mill Street Boat Launch in Brunswick
    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

    Put in is at Bay Bridge Landing 44.56:4448  60.53:17664

    From US Rte 1 Take Cook's Corner Exit.  Stay in the far left lane.  Turn left onto Bath Rd stay in the left lane.  At the second traffic signal turn left onto Old Bath Road.  About 2 miles down the road you will come to Bay Bridge Estates Turn left into Bay Bridge Estates on Driscoll Rd.  You will come to a stop sign take a left onto Bay Bridge Rd.  Follow to the end into gravel parking lot.  There is plenty of parking.

    River Event: End of S2S will be determined closer to paddle date.

    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  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 will be after the paddle.

    See you there!

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