Androscoggin, New Hampshire, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||5 fpm|
|Max Gradient||12 fpm|
|Androscoggin River at Errol, NH|
|usgs-01053500||750 - 10000 cfs||I-II||00h40m||1500 cfs (running)|
This is a good novice/touring river. Mostly quickwater with an occasional easy rapid. Good area
to see moose, eagles and other wildlife. The river parallels the road all the way so there are
many other putin and takeout oppertunities along the way. The farther down the river one travels
the more sluggish the flow especially after passing 7 Islands Bridge. Mollidgewock Campground,
located about 4 miles downriver from Errol, provides a great stop-off or base for running this
section of the Androscoggin.
Check out the Androscoggin River Watershed Council for more information on this river.
Errol, NH, located in northern NH close to the Maine border, offers a wide range of boating
opportunities all summer long. This area offers some of the most remote regions in the eastern
US. Wildlife is plentiful and may include moose, bear, loons, bald eagles etc. In addition, Lake
Umbagog, located just north of Errol, is a federally protected National Wildlife Refuge .
The Errol rapid located on the east side of Errol is a short class-II section good for training and novices. Saco Bound (Northern Waters) has set up a small outfit here on the western shore with a campground, paddling school, and small boating shop. Water is controlled by a hydro dam just upstream from the campground and runs through this section every summer day. This section is onlabout 1/3 of a mile long and boaters usually carry back upstream and run it several times a day.
The Pontook section of the Androscoggin is about 15 miles south of Errol on Route 16. This section offers a longer and more interesting class II run. Pontook dam releases most weekends.
Starting in late June and ending in late August, the Magalloway and Rapid rivers offer more challenging boating.
The Magalloway, located 20 miles north of Errol in Wilson Mills Maine, offers class III and V boating on the upper stretch. Releases are on weekends starting in late June through the second week in July. The Rapid then has four release weekends until the middle of August then once again the Magalloway finishes up the month of August with weekend releases.
The Rapid River offers class IV boating in a remote setting. The Rapid can only be reached via a maze of logging roads just outside of Upton Maine about 10 miles east of Errol.
Campgrounds / Lodging /Rafting
Errol Motel, Main St, Errol, NH 03579, (603-482-3256)
Northern Waters (Saco Bound), Kayaking school, camping, excursions, paddling shop. Phone: 603.447.2177
Magalloway River Inn, Route 16, Errol, NH 03579, (603-482-9883)
Aziscohos Valley Camping Area, Route 16 Wilson Mills Maine (207-486-3271)
Mollidgewock State Park Campground , Route 16 Errol, NH Phone: 603-482-3373 Reservations: 603-271-3628
Lakewood Camps: 207.243.2959
Log Haven Campground: 603.482.3294
Umbagog Outfitters P.O. Box 268 Errol, NH 03579 phone: 603-356-3292
The Northern Exposure: Main St Errol, NH, 03579, (603) 482-3852
Errol Cream Barrel & Chuck Wagon 482-3258 Main Street, Errol NH 03579