RUMFORD — The 15th annual Androscoggin Source to the Sea Canoe Trek, organized by the Androscoggin River Watershed Council, will paddle through the Rumford area July 22 to 25. The paddling public is invited to come along to celebrate the revitalization of the Androscoggin as a natural and economic resource.

The trek began July 9 near Errol, N.H., and will meander downriver through Berlin, N.H., Bethel and points in between before reaching Rumford, Jay and Livermore Falls. Dates in the area include:

Thursday, July 22: Leaving from behind the Hanover Town Office to paddle to the boat launch near McDonald’s in Rumford. Participants will learn about brook trout restoration from Jeff Stern.

Friday, July 23: Paddling from the boat launch in Mexico to the Verso launch in Dixfield.

Saturday, July 24: Leaving from the Verso launch to paddle to Riley Dam on the Jay-Canton line. Featuring a talk from Jeremy Stultz of Integrated Forest Management and Jonathan LaBonte of the Androscoggin Land Trust about their sustainable forestry and conservation work in the area.

Sunday, July 25: Paddling from Riley Dam to Spruce Mountain in Jay. Canoes and instructors will be available for newcomers to learn to paddle. To preregister, call 754-8158 or e-mail [email protected]

After taking out, paddlers and the public are invited to join the Androscoggin Land Trust at 1 p.m. at the Maine Paper and Heritage Museum for a presentation of future plans for Chisholm Trails. Refreshments will be provided.

Meeting times are at 9 a.m. at the launch point. Participation is free for trekkers, who need to bring their own paddle-powered boats, PFDs, other appropriate gear and lunch. A voluntary, tax-deductible donation of $10 is requested to support the nonprofit Watershed Council to support the costs of organizing the trek. Participants will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win paddling related merchandise.

More information on logistics, special events and registration is available at www.androscogginwatershed.org. Paddlers may register by filling out an online form on the website or by calling 754-8158.


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