Fall Foliage Paddle in Downtown Lewiston-Auburn
October 2, 2011
Fall Foliage Paddle in Downtown Lewiston-Auburn to be offered Sunday
Androscoggin Land Trust partners with Bates Outing Club and invites the public, Bates College parents, to join in the adventure
Lewiston-Auburn, Maine - As the colors of fall settled into Maine, there may not be a more unique place to take in the view of the changing foliage than downtown Lewiston-Auburn, where the trees create a colorful line for the backdrop of historic mills and canals. In partnership with the Bates College Outing Club, the Androscoggin Land Trust (ALT) is announcing a paddle this Sunday, October 2nd, taking off from behind Festival Plaza in Auburn.
While the paddling distance is relatively short, a round-trip along the shores in this section offers an experience of the industrial revolution landscape of Lewiston-Auburn. ALT staff and volunteers will lead a guided paddle and share the stories of how this area of the Androscoggin, once dominated by salmon runs and Native American activity, transitioned to a national powerhouse in textiles and shoes through the harnessing of the Androscoggin River and its canals.
"The emergence of the downtown riverfront in L/A is certainly to become a calling card to attract visitors, new residents and even college students to the area; renovated mills, and great downtown recreation among the relics of local history. The Androscoggin Land Trust is excited to be partnering with Bates College to co-lead this trip and invite Bates students and their parents to join us," states Jonathan LaBonte, executive director of the land trust.
For those seeking more information, calls can be made to the Androscoggin Land Trust at 207-782-2302.
Sunday October 2nd - 11 AM to 1 PM
Meet at Festival Plaza river access off Main Street, Auburn
Paddlers should unload boats and park on Main Street or in the Mechanics Row parking lot
Continental Mill - A view of the sluiceways of the Continental Mill, as seen from the river (photo courtesy Christina Epperson)
The Androscoggin Land Trust is a membership supported land conservation organization dedicated to protecting, through land conservation and stewardship, the important natural areas, traditional landscapes and outdoor experience in the Androscoggin River watershed. ALT currently conserves over 4,750 acres and nearly 10 miles of frontage on the Androscoggin River. The Great Falls Paddling Society, a program of ALT, was created in 2009 to offer local paddlers in the Androscoggin River corridor a means to connect with other paddlers for outings throughout the watershed.