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“Great Summer Activity”
Review of Saco River

Ranked #769 of 1,267 things to do in Maine
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Owner description: Maine river ideal for canoeing.
Reviewed 14 September 2014

Talked about floating down the Saco River in Fryeburg, Maine for several years. Finally did it this summer and it was lots of fun. We put in at Swans Falls and exited at the Canal Bridge. After waiting so long to finally go down the river, we went 4 times in 3 weeks. It's hard to think of a better way to relax, but we also snorkeled when wanting more activing. I recommend bringing a small cooler for drinks and snacks. Also, be sure to apply sunscreen as you are primarily directly in the sun. I have heard stories of crazy floating parties but we did not encounter anything untoward. Some people say to avoid weekends but we were there 2 different weekend days and had no issues at all. It takes about 4 hours to float the section that we used, but there are many routes that can be taken. This summer the water level has been low during July and August and that may be discouraging some activity. Great activity for all ages. Tubes and transportation are available locally and are reasonably priced, but free if you have your own equiptment and a way to get back to the start point. If you are on any type of tube, canoe, kayak, etc you must have a life jacket within arm's reach for each person. Must be a Coast Guard approved device. Have fun!!!

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Reviewed 6 August 2013

I was always said I love Maine until last saturday 4,august. I went to Frieburg, Maine for kayaking the Saco river. It's was incredible:lot of people were drunk and doing dirt things. It's not for families. How the city of Frieburg and the Police can tolerate that on this beautiful river??? where is the patrol if it exist?? I think they simply lost the control of the situation. I will never return.

23  Thank oljo1957
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Reviewed 8 June 2013 via mobile

Great place to walk. Never have seen it crowded. There's even a picnic table. It's in the area where the mills are and has a small waterfall.

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Reviewed 4 March 2013

If you want to have a good time with friends and some older family. SACO is the place to good on the canoes. Bring a tent and some food and the all the beer you get in the boat and have funny going down the SACO river. You will want to do it every year in August. SACOOOOOOOOOO

6  Thank Pokkerjoe
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

We went canoeing on the Saco River in August! We stayed at the Woodland Acres Campground. They provide shuttles and canoe rentals . We tented and canoed and had a great time for the most part. The river that was once a beauty has fallen to people who have no respect for nature! I used to canoe on this river every year many years ago and it was pristine! Now there is nothing but beer cans and litter all along. You use to be able to stop at the sand bars but now you are not sure what you will find there. Some people leave their whole camp sites abandoned . There are groups who feel this is a place to have wild drunken parties. They should patrol this river regularly and start fining these DIRTY PEOPLE!! Don't ruin a place that is such a beauty that should be for everyone to enjoy.

17  Thank estr49
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