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“Fun time sluicing for gems”

Bethel Outdoor Adventure
Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Bethel
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A campground for tenting, RVs, all pull through sites, big rig friendly. On the banks of the Androscoggin River. Canoe and kayak rentals. Shuttle service. Fishing. a Mineralogy sluice on site.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

While my daughter and I are rockhounds and love to visit mines for gems and rocks, while driving through Bethel we didn't have the time or clothes/equipment to do it on this trip. The next best thing was stopping here to sluice a bucket of tailings from a local mine.

Ron (I hope I have his name right) was a great host showing us the sluicing ropes as well as interacting with us the entire time. He really knew his local mines and rocks and could tell us what mine he thought every rock we found was from. We found a lot of stuff including tourmaline in 3 colors, amethyst and quartz crystal ranging from small rocks to one the size of the palm of your hand.

2  Thank TexasTraveller56
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

The owners are terrific. The briefing was short and simple. Made you feel like they were being helpful and not giving a lecture. All in all a great day on the river. Saw an Eagle, an Osprey and several ducks.

1  Thank cjd
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

We rented a 2 person kayak form this company and could not have had a more pleasurable experience. From the moment we arrived until we drove off their property they made everything easy and enjoyable. The equipment was top notch as well as the way they treat their guests. We had a wonderful talk with patty Patterson who is one of the owners. They drop you off up river and you kayak back down to them. The Androscoggin river was beautiful!! Clear water and beautiful scenery for the entire ride. Stay to the left of the little islands as you go down the river to avoid highway noise. In fact once we figured that out, we heard nothing much but beautiful silence. Had a nice lunch on a sandy beach.... A perfect afternoon.

1  Thank billiepearl
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Reviewed 8 August 2013 via mobile

We rented kayaks for an 18 mile trip down the Androscoggin River (there are shorter trips)and we had a blast! Upon arrival we were greeted by very friendly and helpful staff. On the river you will have the ability to see many great views and wildlife. There are river otter, moose, bear, Bald Eagles, Gold Eagles, and snapping turtles to be seen. We only saw sign if the moose and river otter but saw many eagle and snapping turtles. Be prepared to spend the day out there. It is definitely well worth the cost. The other awesome thing is that there is no time limit!! I highly recommend this!!

4  Thank Ryan O
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

I've booked two kayak trips with these folks and have had a great time. Both times we used a kayak. The trip down the river is wonderful and changes with the seasons. We are lucky enough to live on the river so we are able to paddle from the house but when we want the full adventure or have a group of friends with us we have Bethel Outdoor Adventure host the trip.

Depending on the time of year and the river flow the trip can be exciting or leisurely. I don't think there has been a trip where we didn't see at least one bald eagle, usually several. Moose sightings are a little more rare on mid-day trips but frequent on early morning or late afternoon paddles.

The 8 mile stretch can be covered in two hours by experienced paddlers maintaining a steady pace. Take your time, stop for a picnic on the many islands and you can spend 4 to 6 hours or more. With all the islands and side currents you can paddle the river several times and not see the same scenery. There are very few times when you will see evidence of human activity. Just a few houses and the occasional glimpse of a hillside road.

I'd describe this section of the river as a series of ponds connected by sections of faster water. There are a few sections that might challenge a novice paddler at high water but for most of the year it is a family friendly trip.

1  Thank kevin w
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