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Saco River Canoe & Kayak Rentals: Safety & Code of Ethics

Saco River Canoe & Kayak Rentals: Safety & Code of Ethics

Safety is our number one concern at Saco River Canoe & kayak. We want everyone to have an enjoyable time, but we also want everyone to have a safe experience. For this reason, the following guidelines are in place:

  • Under NO circumstance will four or more adults be allowed in one canoe.
  • Early in the spring and late fall, no more than two adults will be allowed in one canoe.
  • Small children will NOT be allowed in canoes or kayaks in the early spring or during high-water conditions. Saco River Canoe & Kayak management will make the final decision in these situations.
  • Due to fluctuating river conditions, we reserve the right to refuse rentals at any time we deem unsafe. One inch of rain brings the river up one foot.
  • Children 10 years or younger MUST wear a life jacket in a watercraft, no exceptions. For all others, the life jacket must be kept within arms reach when in the watercraft. This is state law.

Saco River Canoe & Kayak is a member of the Saco River Recreational Council. The mission of the Council is to maintain a clean, family friendly river that allows maximum enjoyment for all users of the Saco River. In the spirit of the Council, Saco River Canoe & Kayak adheres to the following code of conduct for all guests:

  • We will refuse rental due to intoxication or disorderly conduct of any members of the renting group. There will be no exceptions.
  • Any report of intoxication, disorderly conduct, nudity, excessive noise, littering, or other disrespectful behaviour may result in the refusal of future rentals to ALL members of the group.

Shallow and deep by turns, and swift and slow, There I behold the winding Saco flow. In early spring, when showers increase its tides, And melted snows pour down the mountains’ sides, I’ve seen it, raging, boisterous, and deep, O’erflow, its banks and through the upland sweep…

“The Village” by Enoch Lincoln, 1816. A resident of Fryeburg, he later became a Member of Congress and the third Governor of Maine.