Planning Your Saco River Adventure

Beat the heat this summer by floating or boating your way down the Saco River. From tubing and kayaking, to swimming and picnicking, everyone is sure to have a blast. Here are some of our tips for planning your Saco River adventure!

Boat or Float?

Before you head down to the Saco River, choose your manner of flotation! Inner tubes, kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, they are all great! Plenty of local stores offer rentals, or you can bring or buy your own.

Go With the Pros

There are several companies in North Conway that do the planning for you. Park in their lot, get shuttled to a drop-off point, spend a lazy day on the provided boat or tube, and land back at the pick-up spot. At the end of the trip, you will be shuttled back to your car, just in time for dinner at a delicious local restaurant. Simple! Click here to learn about trip options from Northern Extremes, Saco Bound, and the Saco River Tubing Company.

Camp Out

Want a multi-day adventure? Camp out on the banks of the Saco River! While planning your Saco River adventure, be sure to follow all the camping rules. Camping is allowed from Swan’s Falls to Hiram. No camping on sections of the river posted with No Trespassing signs. Follow leave-no-trace principles, and pack out anything you bring in. Click here to learn more about camping on the Saco River.

Dogs Can Float, Too!

One of the best parts of the Saco River, is that it’s dog friendly! It’s not uncommon to see a furry face floating past you on a canoe on the river. Make sure to take safety precautions, including life jackets for your dog, available at Four Your Paws Only in North Conway. Did you know that Pinkham Vacation Rentals has dog-friendly vacation homes available to rent? Click here to check them out!

Be Prepared

Don’t forget the essentials while planning your Saco River trip! Sunscreen is a must, as is water. Dehydration and sun poisoning put a quick stop to fun on any vacation. Bring a life vest for any floaters who aren’t strong swimmers, especially children. When packing a cooler, please don’t bring glass bottles. On that note, shoes are recommended as there can be sharp rocks and other objects on the river bottom. Most importantly, check the forecast before you head to the river!


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