Notes: A couple of years ago, one of my blog readers suggested I explore the Salmon Falls River. He said it was a slow moving river, unique because of its status as a river that defines the border between Maine and New Hampshire. The paddle was worth the trip and as silly as it is, I admit that as I paddled from shore to shore, I would think, 'I'm in Maine'... 'Now I'm in NH!" It was fun...
This is the view to the right just after putting in, towards the dam. Obviously you need to paddle to the left, AWAY from the dam.
Before coming to this river I had googled it to see what I could find... I found a post (maybe from the blog reader who suggested this river) that said there was a territorial swan in the area and to bring bread to feed it... I brought the bread, but didn't find the swan. I was a bit sad about that, but there were a lot of other endearing elements of this trip. When I first put in, the river was pretty wide but narrowed soon and there are several places, smaller offshoots to explore... loyal blog readers know I prefer the offshoots to the wide open areas, so that's where I spent most of my time.
I did this trip on Labor Day, so there was still plenty of greenery and several white lilies.
There were a lot of people using the river this day... I saw a tandem kayak team, a canoe with a family of three, another kayaker and his young child who was giggling about being on the water... and there were several people at the park who were swimming and spending time on the shore. It seems to be a well used park.
The draw, I think, of this river, would be that it is a border between Maine and New Hampshire. I would imagine that in the fall, once the colors start coming, it would be a wonderful place to explore.
I cannot say that this is one of my favorite spots...only because of the large amounts of milfoil and the tires and metal in the water... but I really enjoyed the many off shoots to explore!