This was an event organized by the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust. I had never paddled this part of the Presumpscot. I did not know it was accessible. I will definitely be back!!
Body of Water: Presumpscot River, Gorham, Maine. [Maine Gazetteer Map 5, Between E2 and E3]
Drive about .3 miles to the end of the road and you will find a small parking area on the left along with a kiosk with some information about the area.
Notes: Despite the forecast calling for rain just over 20 people joined the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust on their first ever paddling event! I am not certain of the age range, but there were a couple of young kids (maybe 4 years old) and there were participants who could have been grandparents to those kids! (A creative way to avoid trying to estimate the age of people on the trip!)
As loyal blog followers know I love the Presumpscot River. It is one of the places I paddle most often. I love watching the seasons change from the perspective of being on the water. In researching places for the book I thought I had paddled all of the easily accessible legs of the Presumpscot, but I was wrong! (Sometimes I love being proved wrong!) Sandy and I were invited to join this event to share our book and when I got the information about where we were paddling I was a little confused because I didn't realize this stretch of the water was accessible... my confusion quickly turned to excitement when I realized it is accessible! It is more narrow than other parts (Westbrook and Shaw Park) and feels very protected. Today one of my favorite sights was seeing the green grass under the water, it was beautiful... unfortunately I did not get a great photo of that!
I often paddle solo... and while I do believe it is safe to do so I think this is a place where I would prefer to paddle with someone else. There are a few houses along the river close to the launch site, but then there are no other houses along the way. With more water hazards than some other places I have paddled (downed trees, etc.) combined with some stronger currents than in other places to which I am accustomed, just makes me feel like this would be a good place to go with someone else... just in case!
Here are some photos from today!