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“Every year for 10 years”
Review of Saco River

Ranked #772 of 1,273 things to do in Maine
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Owner description: Maine river ideal for canoeing.
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Love the river, been comming here for over 10 years. Durring the weekend it can get out of hand with the floating parties, but even durring that time you can get away from the crowds by heading from route160 down. During the week the river has low to no crowds. Bring lots of bug spray and plenty of sun screen. Lots of sand bars available for free camping, but please be mindfully of others and cary ut what you carry in

5  Thank Anna B
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Reviewed October 1, 2011

We went kayaking on the Saco River this fall to enjoy some flat river paddling and see the autumn colors. Since were alone, and only had one car, we took advantage of the shuttle service offered by Saco Canoe and Kayak in Fryeburg, Maine. After we dropped our kayaks my wife stayed with them and I was escorted, with my car, to the end point of our journey. (For us it was Walker's bridge where Route 302 crosses the Saco in Maine.) Then the shuttle took me back to our put-in spot. This way our car with racks was waiting for us at the end and we didn't have to worry about timing or calling anyone.

There is parking available at Swan Falls. There is also a campground, and a small store where you can purchase water, some snacks, and an excellent map of the river. (Highly recommended if you don't have one.) The attendant also reviewed the map and gave advice on navigating certain obstacles.

We put in just below Swan Falls, and paddled the 10.8 miles to the bridge in record time due to the high water and very strong current. What is listed as a 3-4 hour paddle took us just two hours. The river is calm with only a few obstacles due to fallen trees - an easy paddle for all ages. There are a lot of mosquitoes at the landings - bring plenty of bug repellent.

The Saco offers many camping spots along the river - be aware that during the summer the river can be VERY busy and VERY noisy with a lot of young people partying while floating down the river. But in October the river was empty and beautiful.

3  Thank leom5558
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

We went camping with a bunch of friends on the Saco River for the weekend and it was really fun. I'm used to more roughing it outdoors but the nearby campgrounds do have showers, water, and electricity. If you can you should reserve a camping spot on the river. We cooked our food right over the fire and it was delicious. On Saturday we rented canoes ( many services available - ours through the Woodland Acres Campgrounds) and a bus picked us up and drove us to the top of the river and we canoed the entire river until we reached our campsite. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and bug spray! The river can get packed just as a side note. Also- pack a lunch- it took us 5 hours to canoe, but we took breaks along the way to swim/play football, and eat. There are a few small waterways you can canoe through- be sure to check them out as they open into large ponds with mountain views. Absolutely beautiful!

2  Thank KeriS7
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