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GRLT Special Weekend at Maine Sport

Posted March 07, 2019

Georges River Land Trust will present two programs at Maine Sport Outfitters on Route 1 in Rockport in conjunction with their special winter non-profit series during the weekend of March 22, 23, and 24. Both programs are free and open to the public. Maine Sport Outfitters will donate 5% of the weekend’s gross sales to Georges River Land Trust, which will be used to help build phase two of the Oyster River Multi-Use Trail in the Thomaston Town Forest. There will also be a free raffle for a 4-person guided paddle with the land trust. 

On Saturday, March 23, at 10 am, Carey Kish, author and editor of The Quintessential Guide to Hiking in Maine, will lead us on a whirlwind tour of mountain hiking in Maine through incredible pictures and lively stories, and will have signed copies of the Guide for sale. Kish is a veteran hiker, outdoors and travel writer, photographer, Registered Maine Guide and certified funmeister. He has completed some two-dozen long distance trails in the United States, Canada and Europe. He is the longtime hiking and camping columnist for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and writes the outdoor adventure blog “Maineiac Outdoors” at MaineToday.com.

For more than half a century, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Maine Mountain Guide has been hikers’ and backpackers’ quintessential printed resource for trails in Maine’s spectacular mountains. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, featuring 175 new trails, 50 new mountains, and 13 additional in-text maps, capturing Maine’s booming trail building and expansion during the past five years.

On Sunday, March 24, at 1 pm, Meg Rasmussen, Land Trust Executive Director, will present Waterlovers! Meet the St. George River Canoe Trail, a photographic overview of the area featured in our new river trail map covering 36 miles for those interested in canoeing and kayaking this beautiful river. We’ll have copies on hand of the printable brochure that shows the river in four sections and highlights access points, rapids, portages and historical points of interest, and helps in planning your boating season on the St. George River.

The St. George River boasts some amazing boating opportunities including fast rips, large, wide lakes, tranquil pools under nearly closed tree canopies, and six portages. The river is the lifeblood of the watershed that winds its way from its headwaters in Lake St. George and Frye Mountain in Waldo County to its mouth where it flows into Muscongus Bay in Knox County. The 51-mile river falls from coastal mountains through rich farmlands, ten towns, and flows through seven lakes.

Maine Sport Outfitters will donate 5% of their sales on March 22-24 to Georges River Land Trust to help extend the Oyster River Multi-Use trail in Thomaston, which has grown increasingly popular with fat-bikers, trail runners, and students. So if you are looking for a new kayak or any other significant purchase, please shop on these dates to create a gift to local conservation and trails.

Georges River Land Trust is committed to protecting the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region. For additional activities and more information, visit georgesriver.org or phone (207) 594-5166.