ST. GEORGE RIVER

Paddlers invited to explore Thomaston-Warren stretch

The beautiful tidal reach of the St. George River between Thomaston and Warren will be explored by paddlers led by the Georges River Land Trust on Saturday.

This stretch of the St. George River is surprisingly undeveloped and bordered by dense woods and marshlands.

Wildlife is plentiful along this section of the river, and sightings of seals, water birds, and birds of prey are typical. Bald eagles and ospreys find good feeding in these rich waters, and eagles nest in the tall pines along the river. At places on the bank, paddlers can catch a glimpse of the right of way for the old trolley line that ran from Rockland to Union.

Boaters will pass two of the land trust’s conserved properties, a farm on Route 1 and the Oyster River Wine Growers on Route 131.

This trip, led by Dick Matlack, a trust board member, is suitable for canoes and kayaks. Boaters should bring their boat, personal flotation device, and snack or lunch to the Thomaston Town Landing for a 9 a.m. launch in order to take advantage of the incoming tide. From head of tide in Warren, paddlers will return to Thomaston on the outgoing tide.

To learn more about land trust activities, go online to www.grlt.org/calendar.html or call 594-5166.