Directions: From Portland go South on 95 and take the Kennebunk Exit (Exit 25). This is the same exit as the rest area, but you will bear right and go behind the rest area and stay on Rt. 35. At the intersection of 35 and Alfred Rd. (Cummings Market on the right) Turn Right onto Alfred Rd. for 0.8 miles. At the four way stop, turn left onto Mill St. Drive for about a half mile and you will see the bridge that crosses the river. The area where I parked was immediately before the bridge. (It looked like it could be a driveway, and there is a driveway that goes off and up to the right, but there is a narrow road down to the water with parking.
Boat Launch: Gravel/rocky launch area. the bank that goes into the water is a little steep. The water level was low when I was here, and getting into my kayak was a bit tricky because the water level gets deep quickly, a bit of a drop off.
Parking: The launch is down a short, narrow road with a few parking spots for vehicles. There are a couple of parking spots that are off the road, but just deep enough for vehicles. There is another launch across the bridge that appeared to have a few parking spots as well.
Wildlife: Heron, frogs, turtles, signs of beaver and raccoon, probably deer and otters
Notes: Thanks to a family friend, Elaine, for posting some of her photos from paddling here and sharing her directions with me so I could enjoy this river. Thank you!! She told me that she rarely sees people on this, non-tidal, part of the Moussam. When I got here, there were two kayakers and a boat leaving. While on the water I saw two canoes and three kayakers, but it felt like I was alone on the river because there is a lot of area to paddle.
Thank you to Kennebunk Light & Power for allowing public use!
Rain has been a rare occurrence in Maine this summer. As a result the river was really low. I could tell from the roots of the trees and the vegetation that the water here is usually quite a bit higher. There were a lot of off shoots that were almost dried up, but I bet in the spring or in years with more rain there would be more options to get into even quieter areas. The river was very slow moving and winded through the area. I liked getting to a corner and wondering what would be around it!