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Canoe/Kayak River Guide

Cubic feet per second (cfs)
100 - 450 cfs: Very slow moving water (no rapids)
450 - 1000 cfs: Gentle current perfect conditions for all Trips
1000 - 1600 cfs: Quicker water with small ripples. No childern under age of 8
1600 - 2600 cfs: Adults Only. Previous canoe/kayak experience recommended

This is a only a general guide. Water levels change on a daily basis.

Saco River Campgrounds & River-side Lodging
Fiddlehead Camping Area 

Web Packages Available

Saco Canoe Lodge & Suites
Canoe & kayak right outside your room.
(603) 447-3720

Beach Family Camping Area
(603) 447-2723
"Best campground for tubing"

Blue Moose Vacations

Shannon’s Sanctuary 
(207) 452-2274

Walker’s Falls Campground
(207) 441-2593

Swan Fall’s Camping Area
(207) 935-3395

Pine Knoll Campground
(603) 447-3131

White Ledge Campground
(603) 447 5448

Overnight Canoe Trips & Camping

The Saco River offers miles of pristine sandy beaches for wilderness camping. Most areas are free camping so all you will need is a fire permit. or paddle to one of the area's campgrounds.

Canoe Trips Length
Swans Fall's to Fiddlehead Campground
Pick up at Fiddlehead Campground, shuttle to Swan’s Falls, paddle back to Fiddlehead.
4 miles
Fiddlehead to Lovewell Pond
Drop off at Fiddlehead, paddle to Lovewell Pond, shuttle back to Fiddlehead.
10 miles
Swans Fall's to Lovewell Pond
This trip is the most popular trip with an easy exit at Lovewell Pond
14.5 miles
Canal Bridge to Lovewell Pond
Great starting point for groups who don't arrive until after 11 am on Saturday
12 miles
Swan's Fall's to Brownfield Bridge
This trip is a good 2 night/3 day canoeing trip
19 miles
Swan's Fall's to Hiram
This trip is 2 full days of paddling
30 miles
Lovewell pond to Hiram
Great trip for people looking to escape weekend crowds.

Weekends can be very busy on the river. Best time for families is midweek or starting at Lovewell Pond to Hiram.

Saco River Family Trips

The Saco River can be very busy on summer weekend so for families and individuals looking for a less crowded wilderness experience, we recommend the following trips. We also have included a couple of nice camping areas which offer limited services.

Canal Bridge to Brownfield Bridge
2 days/1 night

Length: 15 miles Paddle time: Approx. 7-12 hours
Start at Canal Bridge and paddle 8 miles to the more secluded Walker’s Falls Camping Area. This small campground offers porta-toilets and fire rings. Great swim hole. On your second day you  paddle 7 miles to Brownfield Bridge. Free camping can be found along the river.

Canal Bridge to Hiram
3 days/2 nights

Length: 26 miles Paddle time: Approx. 12-6 hours

Start at Canal Bridge and paddle to Walker’s Fall’s for your first night. On your second day you can paddle 10 miles and stop at Shannon’s Sanctuary for a full service campground. ($30 for river front site)  Day 3 would include an 8 mile paddle to Hiram to finish your trip.

These trips can be customized. Please call for information.

Canoe & Camp Rates

Weekend Midweek
2 Days $95 $60
3 Days $120 $75

Group Rates: 5 or more Canoes
2 Days $75
3 Days $95

July and August weekends tend to be very busy, advanced reservations are highly recommended.

Group Bookings
Please Call 447-4275

Camp & Canoe Special

2 Day Rental includes
roundtrip transporation $75


River Map:
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Maine Section:
Fryeburg to Hiram


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