The Royal River Water Trail from Sabbathday Lake to Casco Bay provides a variety of paddling experiences and public water access points for paddling, swimming, birding, fishing, hunting, fiddlehead harvesting, picnicking, skating, and shoreline hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and biking on conserved lands and parks. Click on the icons on the map below or on the pages to the right for information on each segment of the Royal River Water Trail. More information is also available on Maine Trail Finder.
The Royal River Water Trail connects by water to the Maine Island Trail in Casco Bay, and by land to Yarmouth’s West Side Trail and the shoreline paths of Royal River Park. The Water Trail is best experienced as a series of day trips, with the best overnight options at local inns or campgrounds. There is a campsite for boaters at Lanes Island at the mouth of the Royal River. Day trip options include flat water paddling for youth or novices with no necessary car shuttle. Other options for experts only include exciting white water under the right conditions.