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Androscoggin Riverlands

Guidelines for Use of LMF Properties

Walking/Hiking Wildlife Observation/Study Cross-country skiing/Snow-shoeing Horseback Riding Dog-Walking Mountain Biking Hunting/Trapping Snowmobile Trails ATVs 

Project Description

When a timber company with lands along the Androscoggin River began to divest itself of its Maine holdings in the late 1980s, local residents grew concerned that the woods they had long enjoyed for traditional recreation might be subdivided and developed. They circulated petition drives, created a video about the property, and sought help from the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Program, which provided four grants over 6 years to purchase two riverfront properties – a 1,909-acre tract in Turner and a 336-acre parcel in Leeds.

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands now manages these lands, and the Androscoggin Riverlands parcel in Turner has 15 miles of multiple-use trails and 8 miles of trails dedicated to hiking. Its “Homestead Trail” offers walkers a chance to explore the property’s interesting history, going by the foundations of numerous houses that lined the shores of the river from the 1870s until 1927 (when they were razed to make way for rising waters behind the newly constructed Gulf Island dam). Area students and other young people have played a major role in creating this trail–with high school students laying it out, Maine Conservation Corps members building it, and Bates College students doing the historical and ecological research for an informative brochure (available on site or through the Androscoggin Land Trust).

The community effort to protect these properties helped spark formation of the Androscoggin Land Trust, a regional organization that is working to protect additional riverfront and important open space in the region.

Please note: Outside of snowmobile use in winter, motorized vehicles are allowed on the land only between May 15 and December 15. Between the end of snowmobiling season and May 15, the road into the property is closed and gated by rule, with foot traffic only allowed. A property map shows multi-use trails and hiking trails.