Penney Road in New Gloucester, downstream to Wescustogo Park (Route 231) in North Yarmouth
We have not yet put this stretch of river on one map, after securing the Penney Road access in late 2017. Most of this stretch of river is on this easily printed PDF map, while the northern-most section is on this second map.
This eight mile trip is delightful at the right water levels, but strainers (fallen trees) can present considerable challenges at any water level. Hunters and paddlers maintain some of the trip with hand-saws, but seasonal changes or recently fallen trees will always present challenges. This stretch of river includes the remarkable landscape of Pineland Farms, Pineland Public Reserved Lands, and is further protected by conservation deeds or unique ownership of Maine DEP, the Town of North Yarmouth, the Town of New Gloucester, and various water districts. The confluence with the clear spring water of Collyer Brook, along with bubbling groundwater springs just below Depot Road, create good fishing. Granite abutments, old brick mills, old fords, and other features illustrate the history of the communities that line the river.
There is no public take-out in the long stretch between Penney Road and Wescustogo Park. Interim takeouts typically require express landowner permission, or steep scrambles up embankments at bridges or other sites. Please respect “no
trespassing” and other signs at some river crossings.