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Bethel Outdoor Adventure

Bethel, ME, USA
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About Bethel Outdoor Adventure
A campground for tenting, RVs, all pull through sites, big rig friendly. On the banks of the Androscoggin River. Canoe and kayak rentals. Shuttle service. Fishing. a Mineralogy sluice on site.
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Bob S wrote a review Aug 2020
Hoboken, New Jersey3 contributions1 helpful vote
Our families had a wonderful time on the Androscoggin River with canoes and kayaks from Bethel Outdoors. We did a 10 mile trip down the river with a shuttle to Gilead and got the trip off to an unforgettable start with the rope swing. The equipment was in good shape, the staff were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and friendly and the safety instructions clear. I highly recommend this to anyone wishing to spend a day in the great outdoors!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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kst wrote a review Jul 2020
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This campground was a terrible experience for us and our friends. THE BATH HOUSE IS A HORROR SHOW!! It is small, has no privacy, felt extremely exposed, no toilet paper at times which is totally unacceptable!! There should be outdoor showers for people coming back from trips on river. Campsites too close-especially during these times and some were sharing fire rings-what's with that?
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Date of experience: May 2020
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momtrends wrote a review Sep 2019
New York, New York, United States97 contributions15 helpful votes
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Bethel Outdoor organizes all sorts of water excursions. You can canoe, kayak, tube and more. There's a reception area staffed with a few young folks who will help you pick an adventure suited to your family and give you a brief overview of the day. This is also a good place to drop off your keys. You can pick up sunscreen and water here in the small gift shop. Though walk-ins are welcome, I'd suggest calling ahead to book a reservation. After you register, you'll get a briefing that includes a very simple safety demo -- the big takeaway is that if you fall in the water, keep your nose and toes up and NEVER take off your life jacket. After the demo, pick up a life jacket and get in the shuttle van. The shuttle service takes you to the launch areas (there are two) and all the adventures end back at the campground. We opted for the shorter kayak excursion. From the West Bethel drop area the adventure took about 90 minutes. If you pick the 10-mile kayak, allot 4 to 5 hours. We hopped on a shuttle and were driven upstream to our launch area. From the West Bethel drop point we had about 4 miles of kayaking. We had an inexperienced 11 year old kayaker with us and she was phenomenal. Initially my daughter found it challenging to steer, but with a bit of instruction, she mastered controlling her own boat. The currents are very gentle and this is a great river to learn kayaking and gain confidence. At times as she had to navigate in a current and got a little stressed. But there are no rapids and no real turns to miss. There are a lot of life lessons to be learned on the river. My daughter learned to trust herself and her strength. .The winding river took us along the stunning Mahoosucs mountain range. We saw a variety of birds and were awed by the silence and the scenery. This is a can't-miss excursion in Bethel, Maine. Ninety minutes was just perfect for our kayak and we safely ended back at the campground and dragged our boats up to the check-in area. Friendly volunteers work the camp -- it's a work-to-stay program. Retirees work the shuttles and the launch areas; in return they are given access to free camping. These older folks bring a love of the outdoors and a genuine interest in people to the concession. It's a cool business model. For more on Maine, be sure to visit the link in my bio to check out Momtrends.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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707tracyl wrote a review Sep 2019
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We were staying for a couple days in the area and just stopped in to do the sluicing. After we checked in and paid at the office, the gentleman at the activity location provided equipment and instructions and the just let us take it from there. He came back and checked in with us a few times and helped us identify a few of the items were found (got to take home the items we found as a nice momento to remember our vacation). Everyone in our group, which included adults and our teenage son, all really had fun. Other families with younger and older family members all seemed to be enjoying this activity as well.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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julia s wrote a review Aug 2019
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Beautiful place, very nice staff. We took a couple of boats and went canoeing on the river for 4 hours, stopping along the way for pick ice and swimming. There was a slight hiccup on the staffs’ part that got us delayed, so the owner apologized and offered a full refund without us even asking for it. Still we had a great time Would definitely recommend
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Date of experience: August 2019
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