Seeking a perfect detour from the crowds and the chaos in this most challenging of summers? Water is the remedy.
You don’t need to travel to the north country to get your river fix on. In 1989, Zoar Outdoor pioneered whitewater rafting trips on the Deerfield River in Massachusetts. The company has since expanded to the West River in Vermont, the Millers River and the Concord River in Massachusetts and the Great Falls section on the Connecticut River in Connecticut.
Northern New England has a vast number of bodies of water that will satiate your thirst for hydro fun. One of the most popular recreational river destinations in all of the north country, the Saco River’s mostly gentle 136 miles of twists and turns draws thousands of people each summer weekend to its banks that stretch from New Hampshire to Maine.
Originating on Mount Washington and Saco Lake in Crawford Notch, N.H., the river flows south-southeast, crossing into Maine and ultimately dumping into the Atlantic Ocean at Saco Bay. Most rafting and canoeing on the river takes place between Swan’s Falls, the former Appalachian Mountain Club area now maintained by the Saco River Recreation Council, to Brownfield, Maine.