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The put in was quick and effortless from the grass next to the bridge and before we knew it we were scooting along on the fast moving water and just appreciating being here. A couple miles or so below the put in we passed under a scenic covered bridge that connects a secondary dirt road to a very nice campground on Route 16. As we paddled south we observed many of the native inhabitants of the area who all seemed oblivious to our presence. It was about eight or ten miles to the Route 16 bridge at the border of New Hampshire and Maine and then another several miles to the Offices of the Magalloway Area in Wentworth Location. From here it was another eight or so miles to the head of Lake Umbagog. It was as though all the birds and animals knew we were tourists to this area and all decided to make their presence known to us. Once at the lake we opted to paddle a ways down the eastern shoreline for a ways but soon turned back because of the inclement weather. Still cool and damp we headed down the Androscoggin River towards Errol and our eventual take out about five miles away.
Anyone planning a trip to this area to enjoy the awesome scenery and paddling should call ahead for lodging, as there are a very limited number of accommodations available. These paddlers highly recommend the Mt. Dustin General Store and Cottages. The cottages are clean and comfortable and the prices very reasonable. There is also a nice apartment above the store that can accommodate as many as eight or more people and offers one the opportunity to prepare home-style meals. The store is also very convenient offering about everything one could want from food items to shoes. Remember, don't leave your refuse behind and respect the area wildlife and you will enjoy many paddling adventures here.
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