Directions (from Portland, ME): Head south on 95 and take the Saco Exit, Exit 36. Take the Rt. 1 South Exit into Saco. At the light at Beach Street stay straight, which is Rt. 9, through Saco's downtown area. Follow the signs, staying on Rt. 9, which eventually becomes Pool St. Stay on Pool Street and keep your eyes out for a public boat landing sign on the left and turn left onto Marblehead Lane which brings you to the boat launch.
Boat Launch: The boat launch is designed for boats of all sizes.
Parking: There is ample parking here and there are bathroom facilities.
Wildlife: Many birds, cormorants, heron, sea gulls, ducks, etc.
Notes: This part of the Saco River is tidal. The water level changes often and the current can be very strong. I would not recommend this adventure for beginners, especially solo paddlers. Because the tide changes and the current strong in some places it is important to be a strong paddler. Given the time of day and the tide chart, we arrived as the tide was close to being high. The smarter choice would have been to paddle up the river, towards Saco, paddling with the current and then we could have waited for the tide to shift and could have ridden the tide back to the boat launch. But the friend I was with really loves the ocean and wanted to paddle out to the Atlantic. I warned her that I have paddled against a strong current before, that it was hard work, but if she wanted to I would go out to the ocean. She wanted to so we headed down river. There were several places to explore on the way down the river. There were a few areas where we could get in behind some of the grass and get close to the shore.