River Talks Series 

Friends of the Presumpscot River offers the following free public events to highlight this natural treasure in our own backyard. We encourage everyone in our community to embrace and contribute to the long-term biodiversity and sustainability of the Presumpscot River and its shore lands.

PAST RIVER TALKS

  •  Restoring the Great Fish Migrations of the Atlantic Rivers, John Waldman
  • The Ecology and Physiology of the Anadromous Fish with Theo Willis and Ciaran Shaughnessy
  •  The Economic and Environmental Benefits of River Restoration with Dwayne Shaw, Rachel Bouvier, and Ted Ames
  • The Abenaki of the Presumpscot with Lisa Brooks; and Penobscot Connections to Place by James Francis.

River Floats Series

 

Every summer we partner with professional river guides from Portland Paddle and Maine Path & Paddle Guides to offer opportunities for the public to paddle the waters of the Presumpscot River. Each river float explores a different stretch of the river, and many feature guest experts who offer knowledge about natural features and history. Limited spots are available and registration is typically required. 

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Goat & Float, Mallison Falls to Saccarappa - an after work float

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 5:30 - 8pm
Lincoln Street  boat launch, Westbrook,ME

Join Friends of the Presumpscot River and Portland Paddle for a river float, paddling from Mallison Falls to the Lincoln Street boat launch in Westbrook.  Then join us afterwards at The Farm at Conant Homestead, at 89 Conant Street in Westbrook for sunset at the farm, with light refreshments and conviviality.  During the float,  we will highlight features along the river. 

Meet at the Lincoln Street Boat Launch (near ice rink) in Westbrook on Thursday, at 5p.m.  Boats will be transported to Mallison, and it will be a two hour float to Saccarappa Falls.  Limited amount of kayaks are available onsite or bring your own boat. Paddlers are responsible for bringing water, sunscreen or any other necessary personal items for the float. PFDs will be required, as well as signing a realease form regardless of wether you bring your own boat.  A suggested donation of $20 for the float will include an annual membership with Friends of the Presumpscot River.

For questions or directions call 207-329-5042 or email, info@presumpscotriver.org

Eventbrite - Float & Goat, FOPR evening paddle with farm gathering
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Brown Street River Float & Cookout

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 5:00 PM  8:00 PM

Brown Street, Westbrook, ME

Families and kids are all welcome for a fun afternoon on the river. Meet at Brown Street Boat Launch where Friends of the Presumpscot River and professional river guides from Portland Paddle and Maine Path & Paddle Guides will have canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards to try for free! The event will include a neighborhood cookout by the river.


Registration is not required for this event. Just show up and have fun!

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River Cleanup and Social

Sunday, August 26, 2018, 10:30 AM  3:00 PM

Presumpscot River Trail Boat Launch, Forest Avenue, Westbrook, ME (map)

Meet at the Presumpscot River Boat Launch off Forest Avenue, RTE 302, across from Riverton Trolly Park. . Take out is at the Brown Street Boat Launch in Westbrook. Boat  available onsite or bring your own boat. Paddlers are responsible for bringing water, sunscreen or any other necessary personal items for the float. PFDS are required., and all participants will be asked to complete a release form when they arrive.  Please remember to bring snacks.  After the float please join us at 89 Conant St., The Farm at Conant Homestead, for refreshments.