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Fall foliage paddle on Saturday
RUMFORD -- Paddlers of all ages and abilities are invited to experience the Androscoggin River on Saturday. The Androscoggin River Watershed Council, the Mahoosuc Land Trust, and the River Valley Growth Council will host a day of paddling in Rumford.
Jessie Perkins, who organizes the Androscoggin River Watershed Council’s annual Source to the Sea Trek, said, “The section of river between Hanover and Rumford is a perfect, easy but beautiful paddle that anyone can enjoy. With foliage nearing its peak on the surrounding hillsides, it should be a fantastic day.”
Paddlers can choose one of two options. More experienced paddlers with their own boats should meet at 9:00 a.m. at the boat landing at the Hanover Town Hall, which is located just west of the village of Hanover on Route 2.
Those wishing to try the sport but do not have their own boats can meet at the Madison Motor Inn on Route 2 in Rumford. There, Bruce Powell, owner of Stony Brook Recreation & Campground of Hanover, will lend canoes and kayaks at no cost. To reserve a canoe or kayak please contact Jim Rinaldo at 364-2983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The end destination is the Rumford river access near McDonald’s. There, outdoor outfitter Ecopelagicon of Rangeley will have kayaks to try out for free from 10 a.m. until noon. Instructors will be on hand. Once the paddling groups reach the endpoint, the River Valley Growth Council will cook up a free barbecue for all involved.
Shuttling will be available to shuttle paddlers back to their vehicles.
Jim Rinaldo, member of the River Valley Growth Council, said, “We’re so excited about this event because the Androscoggin is such a great asset to our community, and we want to encourage people to get out and enjoy it.
We’re hoping for a big crowd for this free, fun event during one of the most gorgeous time of year."