Sunday, July 31, 2011
Yarmouth, Maine: The Royal River
Body of Water: Royal River, Yarmouth, Maine [Maine Gazetteer Map 5, D5] *There are various places from which you can launch your kayak. I put in at the Yarmouth Water District located at 115 East Elm St. in Yarmouth, but there are other places.
Directions (from Portland, ME): North on I-295, take Exit 15 to Rt. 1 North. Turn onto Rt. 115, which becomes Main St. Turn Right onto East Elm St. The water district building will be on your left and the parking area/park is on the right.
Boat Launch: Asphalt driveway then drops off into the river. The edge is somewhat steep when putting in, but manageable.
Parking: You can not park at the water district, however you can unload/load your kayaks at the water district then park across the street at the Royal River Park.
Wildlife: Turtles, ducks, blue heron
Notes: Looking at the river, you want to paddle upstream (to your left).You will go under a couple of railroad trestles and can paddle for hours! There is little to no current on this part of the river. The river twists and turns a lot and is a lot of fun. The water is cloudy, and there are lots of logs in the water making many places for turtles to sun themselves. If you do this paddle during the day it is nice to go inside the office at the water district to ask if it is okay to launch from there. I am sure they have a lot of people launching from their building and appreciate people being courteous about using their launch site. I paddled up the river, lazily, for over two hours and could have gone much longer before turning around. This would also be a great place for beginners, little current and enough turns in the river to practice steering, yet lots to see to satisfy more seasoned paddlers.
Looking up the river. You can't see too far ahead at one time because of all the turns.
Some Canada Geese welcomed me to the river.
A duck family...
Pind weeds! (I am sure there is a more technical term, but that's what I call these purple flowers.)
I am not sure what these are, but they were cool!
A blue heron. I was excited to see this guy. He was the first blue heron I saw in the summer of 2011.
There are a lot of logs in the water. Many are really a light gray color.
Another bend in the river !