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River Access

The mighty Kennebec River creates Madison's western boarder, winding it's way through 5 miles of beautiful scenery.  Fishing is great in spots and eagles abound along the treetops.  There are several access points.

The Historic Pines Trail:  Kayak/Canoe portage only.  Walk in.  Some parking is available near the picnic area on Father Rasle Road.  Follow the trail to the river access point.  From there paddlers can navigate up the Sandy River, or take a 6 mile float down to the Norridgewock Boat Landing at Oosoola Park.  On a mid-summer day the float will take approximately two and a half hours.

Thompson's Point:  Located off River Road, this property is managed by Somerset Woods Trust which allows access for parking and canoe/kayak portage.  From there one can paddle down to the Madison Boat Landing above the dam.  Make sure to stay to the right as this portion of the river winds around Weston Island.

Madison Boat Landing: Located on Nathan Street in Madison, there is ample parking for trucks and trailers and a concrete ramp for motorized boat access.  From there boats can travel up river to North Anson for fishing and recreation.  The landing also has picnic areas and access to wade into the river.  

Anson Boat Landing:  Cross the bridge into Anson, take a right and then bear right onto Kennebec Road and you will head toward the boat landing.  Parking is limited and the concrete ramp is steep, but this is the local access for motorized boats below the dam.  

Solon Bridge:  Follow Route 16 up from North Anson and you will come to the Solon Bridge.  This is a popular spot for folks to put in canoes/kayaks for a float down to North Anson.  Parking is along the side the road and be prepared to bottom out in a few spots when the river is low.