Saco Bound, Northern Waters & Rapid River wants everyone to have
a fun and safe excursion on the water. Conditions can change quickly,
so be prepared whenever you are in a natural environment.
THE RISKS MENTIONED
BELOW ARE SOME OF THE MOST OBVIOUS SPECIFIC RISKS AND ARE MEANT TO
BE HELPFUL TO YOU IN MAKING YOUR DECISION TO GO BOATING BUT
ARE NOT IN ANY WAY A FULL LIST OF RISKS ON A RIVER TRIP.
GOOD JUDGMENT: Exercise
good judgment while crossing roads, swimming, (DIVING, BANK JUMPING),
using rope swings or in other potentially dangerous situations. Saco Bound,
Inc., is not to be held responsible for poor judgment on my part. I
realize the river environment is constantly changing and requires judgment
decisions on my part.
JACKETS: Each person
must possess a PFD by law. Although the Saco is normally shallow,
there are deep holes. Therefore, we strongly recommend all persons,
and especially non-swimmers and children wear their life jacket any time
they are near the water. There are no life guards at any Saco River
water and air temperatures are cold, the risk of hypothermia is great
during a capsize. Numbness and loss of use of arms and legs can occur within
seconds under these conditions. Make sure to stay warm and dry
WATER: When the
river is higher than normal trees that have fallen into the river pose
an extreme danger as you can get swept and be pinned indefinitely resulting
in hypothermia or drowning. Deep swift water has obvious dangers
in terms of swimming to safety.
SWAN'S FALLS DAM: Swan's
Falls Dam is 6.5 miles downstream from Saco Bound. You must carry
your boats around the dam on the right side. I realize there is danger
to my life if I try to pass over or near the dam‚s edge, and that this
danger is substantially increased in high water when
the current is swift.
put-ins and take-outs require negotiating STEEP STEPS, that should be done
carefully, especially when the steps are sandy and/or wet. Also, steps
and docks negotiability can be affected by changing river conditions.
RAINFALL: Heavy rainfall
may result in rapidly rising water levels and dangerous river conditions. Camp
on high ground and tie your canoe to a live tree (sandbars are not high ground). Rivers
can rise many feet.
KAYAK RENTERS: Kayaks
are more unstable than canoes, creating more risk for upset and more difficulty
in exiting once capsized. The Saco, in general, is not a very rocky river,
but there are some rocks and a small rocky rapid (see WALKER'S RIP description). Capsizing
around rocks presents the risk of hitting your head. We do rent helmets,
if you choose.
WALKER'S RIP: 2.7
miles downstream from Walker‚s Bridge (Route 302), there is a short rapid
called Walker's Rip. This rapid can
break your boat into pieces, especially when the water is low. Be sure
to pull out above this rapid and scout it before running, if you
have any doubts about your ability to successfully negotiate this rapid, you
should carry around, especially kayak renters.
nature and leave NO trace! The river valley is a delicate ecological environment.
Please practice NO TRACE principals. Pack out everything you bring
in and always protect all vegetation and habitat areas
be sure to carry out ALL that you carry in.
HUMAN WASTE: Bury
human waste in 6 inches of soil, not in the sandy beaches.
respect the rights of others. Some people want to enjoy the PEACE
AND QUIET of the river. Keep noise to a low level.
PRIVATE LAND: I realize
that all of the land along the Saco River is private property. This
includes the beaches. Most land owners do not mind if you stop
along the river on their land, some do. Please respect the
rights of those land owners who have posted their land and stay off
and keep private property free of trash.
FIRES: A MAINE FIRE PERMIT IS REQUIRED
FOR ALL OPEN FIRES(sandbars
not cut live trees -- Use dead and down wood for fires.
NARROW ROADS: Many
of the take-out and put-in roads are one lane. Please drive conservatively
ETIQUETTE: The take-outs can be very busy. Please move
your gear and canoes as quickly as possible and adhere to River Runner
and Saco Bound staff directions
of Liability can be found on our web page and must be signed by
all of our customers. You can save time at check in by downloading
the form and having it signed and ready when you arrive.
All youth groups must
bring signed parental release forms.
It is against Saco Bound policy
to consume alcohol in excess.