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Broad Based Conservation & Preservation for the Saco River Corridor

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About the Saco River
KEEPING THE RIVER CLEAN

Please Let's Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

THERE IS NO TRASH COLLECTION ON THE RIVER ALL TRASH AND EQUIPMENT MUST BE CARRIED OUT, NOT LEFT ON BEACHES! Photobucket
TRASH RECEPTACLES AND OUTHOUSES ARE LOCATED AT MOST ACCESS POINTS
Get rid of your trash at these points as you are going along.

From the Maine Inland and Fisheries website

DON'T BE A LITTER BOAT!

Maine Litter Control Act: Title 17, M.R.S.A., 2264

No person shall throw, drop, deposit, discard or otherwise dispose of litter in any manner or amount: in or on any public highway, road, street, alley, public right-of-way or other public lands, except in containers, receptacles, or on property that is designated for disposal of garbage and refuse; or in any fresh water lake, river, or stream, tidal or coastal water or on the ice over the water. When litter is thrown or discarded from a watercraft both the operator of the watercraft, unless it is a watercraft being used for the carriage of passengers for hire, and the person actually disposing of the litter are in violation of this section. This subsection does not prohibit persons who fish, lobster, or otherwise harvest from the water from returning to the water harvested products, bait, and similar materials that naturally originate in the water.


If you can not use an outhouse or a portable toilet, human waste must be buried at least 6" in the soil,
NOT ON THE SANDY BEACHES.
PLEASE HAVE AN ENJOYABLE TIME ON THE RIVER WHILE BEING SAFE.

Respect other visitors. If you are courteous to them they will be so to you!

LIFE VESTS REQUIRED FOR ALL CANOERS AND RAFTERS, CHILDREN 10 AND UNDER MUST WEAR THEM!

"PFD's are designed to put on, not fart on." - John Campbell; Master Maine Guide and canoeing Instructor, after seeing a novice sit on his PFD in a canoe.

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CALL 911 FOR EMERGENCIES AND KNOW WHICH MILE MARKER YOU ARE NEAR SO THEY KNOW WHERE TO FIND YOU!

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Remember the quickest way to get help is to get to the closest take out point. Bear in mind that this point may be UPSTREAM of where you are.
TREES IN STREAMS ARE GOOD FOR FISH. BUT WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL NEAR THESE TREES. PEOPLE WHO CANOE CALL TREES FALLEN INTO THE WATER "STRAINERS".

TOWING ITEMS AND STRAINERS
AVOID STRAINERS AT ALL COSTS
A strainer has nothing to do with washing vegetables.-Tom Hayowyk ~
>Strainer on the river

~ Branches are for ducking under, not grabbing onto.-Tom Hayowyk


If you find yourself stuck against a strainer, do not worry about your canoe or boat. A boat can be replaced. You can't be! Get out of the boat and pull yourself on top of the strainer and sit there. It will be easier to find you sitting on top of the strainer than looking for you as you float down the river or stream.
Boats and rafts tied together or towed inflatables do not steer well and are more likely to get caught in strainers. The water flows through the tree and holds a canoe or a person against the tree.
SOUND STEWARDSHIP


The Saco River ecosystem is diverse and beautiful, but also fragile. Visitors can easily cause eroded soils, trampled vegetation, displaced wildlife, and polluted waters. While enjoying the Saco River, please follow these seven LEAVE NO TRACE principles:

•PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you are visiting; prepare for extreme weather and emergencies; schedule trips to avoid times of high use; visit in small groups; repackage food to minimize waste; use plastic-NOT GLASS-containers for beverages.

•TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
Travel on the water and put ashore only at durable sites. -the area along the banks of the river (the riparian zone) is fragile; it is best to put ashore on non-vegetaded beaches, sandbars, or sites below high water line; good campsites are found, not made - altering a site is not necessary.

•DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
Dumpsters are available at all access points; do not burn or bury trash - pack it in, pack it out - including trash, litter, leftover food and garbage. Latrines are available at all access points; if facilities are otherwise not available, human waste should be deposited in "catholes" dug 6 to 8 inches deep and at least 200 feet from the water. Carry wash water away from the river, use biodegradable soap, and dispose of in the soil at least 200 feet from shore or other nearby water sources.

•LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
Preserve the past; examine, but do not touch, cultural or historical structures or artifacts; leave natural objects (rocks and plants) as you find them; avoid introducing or transporting non native species - clean off watercraft and watercraft trailers away from waterways before and after use.

•MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
Fire permits can be obtained for free at Swan's Falls Campground or Quinn's Jockey Cap Country Store in Fryeburg. Campfires can cause lasting and unnecessary impact - use a gas or propane stove for cooking; where fires are permitted.No cutting of trees dead or alive! Fire permits required on the Saco River,use established fire areas; keep fires small; put out all campfires completely, then scatter cooled ashes.
Do not leave fires burning
NOTE: Fire permits are required and fires are not allowed in the woods under any circumstances.

• RESPECT WILDLIFE
Treat the river bank with care; do not pick or trample plants or flowers; respect the wildlife - view from a safe distance and never feed.

• BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS
When on the river, avoid landing on posted and unposted private property, respect other visitors and respect the quality of their experience, be courteous. Please clean up after yourself! It is a privilege to be able to camp along the river and we do not wish to have all land owners post their property because of a few bad apples.
Let nature's sounds prevail - avoid loud voice and noise.
All motorized watercraft must be registered in the state of Maine.~ Maine invasive plants stickers required~Maine fishing license requirements.
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FIREWOOD ALERT-Invasive Beetles-Maine Forest Service.
BeetleBusters
Do Not Move Firewood

BARGE PERMITS REQUIRED-$250 DEPOSIT

Date launching barge________________
Date removing barge_________________
Reciept #_________________

I the undersigned am registering a barge or manmade water craft for recreational use on the Saco River in Fryeburg, Maine.

I understand the Town of Fryeburg has passed an ordinance requiring registration of all manmade “barges” or “flotillas” used for recreational purposes on the Saco River in Fryeburg, Maine.
All manmade “barges” or “flotillas” must obtain a refundable $250 permit to be carried with them on the river. These permits can be obtained at Swan’s Falls Campground. Refunded at Swan’s Falls with proof of removal off the river. Any barge permittees who do not remove barges from the river will forfeit their deposit.

If the barge has a motor Maine State law requires it to have a boat registration and milfoil sticker. This form must be kept with you on the barge and returned to the Saco River Recreational Council upon return. Failure to have required permits could result in fines or further actions by the Saco River Patrols.

Barges that are deemed to be dangerous or a hazard will not be allowed. Failure to remove the entire barge and follow all laws may result in fines or further police action. Manmade barges and “flotillas” are not recommended by the Saco River Recreational Council or any local or state agencies. These vessels are difficult to maneuver in this river and are the full liability of the registered owner/s. Go to sacorivercouncil.org or to Fryeburg police website for details on this ordinance

Form of Payment: Cash or preapproved credit card payment only

Will be returned to you with proof of removal off river and ID.

Name_____________________________ Signature______________________
Address___________________________
City and State_____________________
Phone number_____________________
This form must be filled out completely



What sets a canoeing expedition apart is that it purifies you more rapidly and inescapably than any other travel. Travel a thousand miles by train and you are a brute; pedal five hundred miles on a bicycle and you remain basically a bourgeois; paddle a hundred miles in a canoe and you are already a child of nature. - Pierre Elliott Trudeau

2009 Photos of the Week
campfire on the beach Fiddlehead at sunset Swans Falls heading south Swans Falls at sunset
May 31, 2009~Campfire on the beach~~Fiddlehead at Sunset~~ June 6,2009 at Swan's Falls on the Saco~
scouts on the river Scouts at Swans Falls for cleanup weekend 2009 Cleanup 2009 Troop 87 Groveland, Ma
~Scout Cleanup weekend 2009~
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July 4, 2009 ~Open House with Leave No Trace and our flooded river.~
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Swan's Falls July 4, 2009 Swan's flooding 7/4/9 Swan's flooding 7/4/9

Swans Falls heading south enjoying a day on the river scouts on the river

July 18-19, 2009
July 26,2009 What are they doing? Swan's Falls Dam during high water
~August 18 in the Saco River in Fryeburg~
Fryeburg PD on Lovewell's Pond Swan's Falls Campground and Outdoor Education facility Canoeing on the Saco River in Fryeburg Photobucket