The Androscoggin River is located in the northern part of New England and is located in Maine and New Hampshire. The river passes through Auburn, Berlin and Lewiston.
Androscoggin River Facts:
The Androscoggin River is 164 miles long and starts in Errol, NH and flow into the Atlantic Ocean through Kennebec River.
The source of the river is Umbagog Lake and the mouth is Kennebec River.
Androscoggin River History:
The word Androscoggin comes from the Abenaki term that means “river of cliff rock shelter.”
According to the United States Geological Survey, there have been several variations of the names through the years. Some of the names have been Ambrose Coggin, Andros Coggan, Pescedona, Amos Coggin and Amoscommun.
For a long time, the river was used for transporting industrial and municipal waste down the river. For this reason, the river was named one of the most polluted rivers in the U.S. in the 1960’s. But since regulations were set by the Water Pollution Control Act, the river has done a complete cleanup and is now a popular recreational area.
Androscoggin River Recreation:
Boating is a huge pastime at the river. There are three parks that allow access to the river on the NH side, along Route 16. The Androscoggin Wayside Park is not staffed and is a common unloading spot for canoes. Nansen Wayside Park is unstaffed and there is a boat launch there. And Mollidgewock State Park is perfect for those who are canoes or kayakers who are expert or novice. At this park there are also 42 tent sites. They have a full time staff between May and October.
Fishing is great at the Androscoggin River. Coldwater species include brook trout, rainbow trout and brown trout. Warm water fish includes minnows, crayfish