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Paddling the Aroostook River.

Paddling the Aroostook River.


The Aroostook River originates at the confluence of Millinocket and Munsungan Streams in northern Maine,north of Baxter State Park. It meanders for 100 miles east and northeast through Aroostook County—past Ashland, Presque Isle, Caribou and Fort Fairfield—before crossing theCanadian borderinto theprovince of New Brunswick, where it enters the St. John River.

Upper Section

The upper 17 miles of the Aroostookflow through undeveloped forestlandfromthe river'sorigin downstream to Oxbow. This section is noted for its wild brook trout fishery,butthere's a chanceyou mayalsocatchlandlocked salmon.You must release all salmon you catch alive because of the ongoing efforts to restore Atlantic salmon to the Aroostook River drainage.Duringthehigh water associated with spring runoff,most anglers fish this section from a canoe. As the water recedes, you may be able to wadelater in the season.

Oxbow to Washburn

From Oxbow downstream past Masardis and Ashland to Washburn,the river flows through forest and occasional fields. Early in the season,it is possiblefor youto travel this sectionby motorboattotroll for native brook trout. Several access points along this 44-mile section make it possible to fish upstream and downstream using a single access point or to take an extended fishing trip between two or more access points. As the water level recedes,it is also possiblefor youto fish by wading at many locations in this section.During the high water inthe spring, you can find trout throughoutthe river.During the summer,however,you'll findtroutin cool water areas associated with tributaries and springs.

Washburn to Fort Fairfield

From Washburn to the dam in Caribou, and then down to Fort Fairfield, the Aroostook flows for 37 miles through farmland, villages and towns. Roads follow the river for most of this length.Numerous access points make it possiblefor youto fish short stretches in a day or take longer trips between two points.