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Date Of This Posting
July 2, 2015

Current Water Level
3300 normal 542 cfs

Water Temperature
62 °F

River Condition

Thursday will be high water with age restrictions. Call for details

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.


Summer 2015

Saco Canoe Rental Company offers shuttle service from Fiddlehead Campground. This service is available for registered Fiddlehead campers only. If you are not staying at Fiddlehead there is free camping along the sandy shores of the Saco River. Fiddlehead Campground has 3 miles of river frontage just past Canal Bridge.

Fiddlehead Campground

Fiddlehead Campground in Fryeburg, Maine offers some of the best Canoeing/Camping in New England. Fiddlehead Campground is the perfect base for a multi-day excursion on the Saco River. Fiddlehead Campground is a primitive campground that has 3 miles of river frontage on the Saco River. Primitive campgrounds means that you will get a large campsite with a picnic table and a nearby privy, that keep with the great scenery and that ’get away from it all‘feeling. In addition, you will have to carry in your water and other supplies. The weekend clientele tends to be the young, party-on-the-beach crowd. However, from Sunday to Thursday, the campground is much quieter, a more ideal time for family camping.

Weekend reservations are required
Fiddlehead Reservations 877-343-3534

Fiddlehead Campground Rates
Rates Are Per Person Per Night.

Midweek: $10
Weekends: $20 (Children under the age of 12 free)
July 12-13,19-20,26-27 (2 night Minimum)
August 2-3,9-10 (2 night Minimum)

Weekend Canoe Trips

Swan’s Falls to Lovewell Pond
Length: 14.5 miles
Day 1: Pick up at the Fiddlehead Campground store and shuttle to put-in location at Swan’s Falls.  The first day is a 4 mile paddle back to Fiddlehead Campground.
Day 2: 10 mile paddle to Lovewell Pond where you will be picked up and shuttled back to Fiddlehead Campground.
5 or more canoes $75 per canoe

Canoe Day Trips (Minimum 2 canoe rental)

Swan’s Falls to Fiddlehead 
Length: 4 miles
Pick up at the Fiddlehead Campground store and shuttle to put-in location at Swan’s Falls, paddle back to Fiddlehead Campground

Fiddlehead to Lovewell Pond
Length: 10 miles

Canoes are dropped off at Fiddlehead Campground and you paddle to Walker’s Bridge where we pick you up and shuttle you back to Fiddlehead Campground.

Prices for Weekend Canoe Trips

Swan’s Falls to Lovewell Pond
(2 Days) 14.5 miles
Canoe rental $95
Depart on Saturday and pick up on Sunday

5 or more canoes $75 per canoe

Fiddlehead to Lovewell Pond
(Day Trip) 10 Miles

Canoe rental – Saturday: $60
Kayak – Saturday: $45

Canoe rental –
Sunday thru Friday: $45
Kayak rental –
Sunday thru Friday: $30

Unfortunately Saco Canoe Rental Company will not be allowed to access Walker's Bridge Summer of 2014.

Prices include transportation, lifevest and paddles.

Prices do not include camping at Fiddlehead Campground. Individuals must make reservations at Fiddlehead.

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