Hollis Center Arm of the Saco River

Hollis, Maine

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The Saco River drains the White Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire, meandering southeast until it dumps into the Gulf of Maine at Saco. Whitewater dominates the upper reaches, but once it crosses from New Hampshire into Maine the Saco becomes a quiet-water paddler’s dream. Large deciduous trees line the shore and the hillsides around this wide lake, with a smattering of lofty conifers, mainly white pine, interspersed. Huge granite boulders poke up here and there along the shoreline. Numerous coves, some of them quite deep and with jagged shorelines, beg to be explored. With all of the maples, oaks, and other deciduous trees lining the banks and covering the hillsides, this should be a beautiful spot to paddle in the fall when the leaves are turning. Avoid midsummer weekends if possible, because this is a popular recreation spot. When we paddled here, there were canoes out on the water, but we saw only one small motorboat.
Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition

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Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition

by John Hayes & Alex Wilson (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

The Saco River drains the White Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire, meandering southeast until it dumps into the Gulf of Maine at Saco. Whitewater dominates the upper reaches, but once it crosses from New Hampshire into Maine the Saco becomes a quiet-water paddler’s dream. Large deciduous trees line the shore and the hillsides around this wide lake, with a smattering of lofty conifers, mainly white pine, interspersed.

Huge granite boulders poke up here and there along the shoreline. Numerous coves, some of them quite deep and with jagged shorelines, beg to be explored. With all of the maples, oaks, and other deciduous trees lining the banks and covering the hillsides, this should be a beautiful spot to paddle in the fall when the leaves are turning. Avoid midsummer weekends if possible, because this is a popular recreation spot. When we paddled here, there were canoes out on the water, but we saw only one small motorboat.

©  John Hayes & Alex Wilson/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Hollis
Distance: 4
Duration: Day trip
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Buxton Town Park
Local Maps: USGS Bar Mills
Driving Directions: Directions to Hollis Center Arm of the Saco River

Recent Trail Reviews

5/1/2010
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Nice place to kayak. Plenty of options and cool places to see. I don't recommend kayaking without a rudder on a windy day as it won't be much fun. There is a place to park but its a haul to bring your kayak down to the water if the gate is closed.



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