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City Officials Welcome Canoe and Kayak Business to Waterfront on Temporary Basis
City Officials Welcome Canoe and Kayak Business to Waterfront on Temporary Basis

As the Androscoggin River continues to gain momentum as a recreational destination in the heart of the Twin Cities, city officials from Auburn and Lewiston welcomed Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground’s newest venture, Lewiston Auburn Canoe and Kayak Rentals, and their rental fleet of canoes and kayaks to downtown Auburn on a temporary, trial basis over the next few weeks and possibly months.  

 Director of Economic Development for the City of Auburn, Roland Miller, believes the time is right for increased economic development downtown and along the river. “Representatives from both sides of the river came together today to recognize the importance of supporting a business that will serve not just local citizens, but tourists and those from away,” said Miller. “The river is an asset and an experience, one that truly joins the two cities and strengthens our community as a destination for growth.”

Those attending and speaking at the event included City of Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte, City of Auburn Director of Economic Development Roland Miller, Lewiston City Councilor Craig Saddlemire, Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce President Chip Morrison, Director of Sales for the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch Amanda Theberge, and owner of Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground Jeff Parsons.

Master Maine Guide and owner of Bethel Outdoor Adventure, Jeff Parsons, was encouraged by the turnout and positive response to his newest venture. “We’ve been operating our business in Bethel for the last 16 years,” said Parsons. “We are delighted to work with the Twin Cities to make this dream a reality and couldn’t be happier with the opportunities.”

Representing the cutting edge of recreation on the Androscoggin River, Lewiston Auburn Canoe and Kayak Rentals will rent canoes for $20.00 per hour and kayaks for $15.00 per hour, seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. behind Festival Plaza.

Jonathan LaBonte, Auburn City Mayor and Executive Director for the Androscoggin Land Trust stated “it is exciting to welcome the first such business to the banks of the Androscoggin River in downtown Auburn. This is confirmation that the tremendous efforts over the last few years to promote the river, steward our recreational sites and develop additional ones are paying off.” Added LaBonte, “we will become Maine’s urban playground.”

For more information about Bethel Outdoor Adventures, please visit or call (207) 824-4224.

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