Directions (From Portland, ME): Head West on Rt. 25 (Brighton Avenue) towards Westbrook/Gorham. Pass Kohl's plaza on Rt. 25 coming into Westbrook. You will pass Amato's on your left and McDonald's on your right. Stay straight. Pass Dairy Queen on your left, go straight at the light. You will come into a rotary type traffic pattern. You will take the third off option to stay on Rt. 25, Almost going around Rite Aid. (passing up the option to turn onto Warren Ave. and River Road by the mill). Stay on Rt 25 coming into Main St. Westbrook. (Subway and Riverfront park on your right, then Cumberland Farms & Dunkin Donuts on left) At light by post office & Big Apple, go straight. Come down into Main St. Turn Right at the light onto Bridge St. (just beyond CVS, Fajita Grill/Frog & Turtle restaurants)
Once on Bridge St. You will pass mill on left. Once Bridge St. begins to curve to the right, you will turn Left onto Lincoln St. You will pass some condos on your left and will see an outdoor hockey rink. You will park here, at the hockey rink.
Boat Launch: This is a carry in boat launch. There is a wide path that leads to the river, passing by the side of the hockey rink. You will walk to the river and the boat launch itself is dirt. You can not see the river from the parking area, but once you walk towards the river you will easily find your way. It is a bit of a walk to the river from the parking area. (This time of year this path is pretty muddy. It looks like someone had tried to get in there with a vehicle when it was too soft...be careful!)
Parking: Free. There is a lot of parking available next to the hockey rink.
Wildlife: Turtles, Ducks, many birds, deer, beavers (I did not see any beavers, but saw signs!) Great plant life, including pink lilies, late August/Early September.
Notes: This is one of my frequent destinations. It is close to home and I always see something different! I have posted this spot often on the blog so won't go into too many details, but I will say the water level was the highest I have seen it...at least while paddling. I was able to access places I usually cannot. I also had a better view of the farmland up the river a bit being up a bit higher than usual.
Things still look so drab, but the buds are ready to explode. With a few sunny days the leafs will be out and the reeds will begin to grow.