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Paddling & Boating in the Bethel, Maine Area

The Androscoggin River is the mightiest in the Bethel area. It begins at the outlet of Lake Umbagog in the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge on the ME/NH border, then meanders through the northern New Hampshire wilderness before taking a sharp eastern turn towards Maine. The Upper Andro, as it’s sometimes called, is home to some excellent trout fishing that’s still kind of a secret, and very scenic paddling. For the adventurous, whitewater rafting is only about an hour’s drive, and several outfitters in the immediate Bethel area will be happy to offer canoes, kayaks, tubes, stand-up paddleboards, and shuttle services.

Many area ponds and lakes offer boat launches. Peruse the links below for ideas.

Canoes on the beach
Canoeing Group
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