While technically not in the White Mountains, this is by far the wildest and longest quietwater paddle available for those visiting the Whites, and for paddlers who relish wildlife watching, it is well worth the hour-long drive from the Gorham, N.H., area. This trip follows 3 miles of the Androscoggin River and then explores the shallow, wildlife-rich marshy area where the Androscoggin meets Umbagog Lake and the Magalloway River.
Along the way, it is common to see moose, loon, and osprey, and during most of the summer, you are also likely to see bald eagles that nest in the area. This is a long paddle that can be even longer if the winds are above 12 or 15 miles per hour, so wear a healthy dose of sunscreen and bring plenty of water and snacks to keep your energy level high.
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