961 Main StreetBerlin, NH, 03570Phone: 603-228-0836
Perfect places to paddle: Androscoggin area offers rivers, wildlife refuges
One of the joys of being outdoors in the Androscoggin Valley, NH is seeing the beauty of Mother Nature from a canoe or kayak. At Great Glen Trails, enjoy a half or full day on the flat water of the beautiful Androscoggin River, keeping your eyes out for moose, eagles, osprey and other animals. Experienced guides will accompany your tour, giving you ample time at the end to explore on your own in a solo or tandem kayak. At ELC Outdoors & White Water Rafting, there is whitewater rafting on all classes of waters. Or, paddle down the Androscoggin in a five-mile stretch formerly a thoroughfare for log drives. You can glide through the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge in a canoe or explore the 72 miles of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
439 River RoadPittsburg, NH, 03592Phone: 603-538-6965
Good for fishing, boating, paddling, and camping
Lake Francis State Park lies on the shores of Lake Francis a 2,000 acre lake near the Connecticut Lakes. Popular for fishing and hunting and boating. The lake has a boat launch and canoes are available for rent.
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235 East Route 26Cambridge, NH, 03579Phone: 603-482-7795
Rated one of the five top locations in New England for kayaking and paddling
The Boston Globe rated Lake Umbagog the fifth-best kayaking locationin New England. Canoes, kayaks, and rowboats are available for rent.
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Nansen Wayside Park
Route 16Milan, NHPhone: 603-823-7722 Ext - 75
Located near the banks of the Androscoggin River, Nansen Wayside Park is a popular place for picnicking, fishing, and boating. The park spans 14 acres and is the site of the 170-foot steel-framed Nansen Ski Jump, seen towering over the area. Nansen Wayside Park is unstaffed but is open to the public year-round at no charge. There is no winter maintenance. A boat launch is available. Information: www.nhstateparks.org