The Kennebec River flows through the center of Maine starting at Moosehead Lake and running 100 miles south to Augusta.  From Augusta, the river is tidal south to Popham where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean.  From Moosehead Lake to Solon the river is a fisherman’s delight with trout, bass, salmon and shad. river The river is a popular whitewater rafting area from Indian Lake to Wyman Lake.  The flow here is controlled by the Harris Dam.  Below the Wyman Dam the river is known for the landlocked salmon and trout.  Striped bass swim all the way up the river to Waterville from the sea.

In addition to excellent fishing, whitewater rafting and canoeing, the Kennebec River is a delight to history buffs.

Fort Western is a 1754 National Historic Landmark fort, store and house on the river in Augusta. fort_river_r1_c4 It is New England’s oldest surviving wooden fort.  Benedict Arnold used the fort as a staging area for his attack in Quebec in the American Revolution.  The fort, store and house (an hour from the Ocean Point Inn) are full of interesting information  and worth a visit.

Fort PophamPopham entrance is a Civil War fortification at the mouth of the Kennebec River and is on the National Register of Historic Places (an hour from the Ocean Point Inn).  Construction of Fort Popham popham interiorbegan in 1861 with granite blocks quarried at nearby islands.  The design was crescent shape with a 30 foot wall facing the river.

The fort was to have 42 heavy guns and a mix of Rodman guns.  However, construction stopped in 1869 and only two tiers were completed.  The canon is still there.  Fort Popham is only two miles from the lovely Popham Beach State Park.  Visiting both makes a great day trip from the Ocean Point Inn.

A fascinating book with more suggestions of places along the Kennebec is Forgotten on the Kennebec:  Abandoned Places and Quirky People by David Fiske.  It is available on Amazon.kenebecbook  The book  includes offbeat places such as Fort Baldwin in Phippsburg, Swan Island in Richmond and the former Federal Arsenal in Augusta.

Other activities along the river include a walk on the rail trail in Farmingdale, the Capitol and the Maine State Museum.  North of Skowhegan on Route 201 is the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway with great sight seeing and many Scenic Lookouts.  If you continue the road will take you to the Canadian border in Sandy Bay.   Route 201 follows the old river trading paths of the Abenaki Tribe.

The route is lovely duringkennebec river all seasons but I especially like the fall foliage season.  During your next stay at the Ocean Point Inn take some day trips along the Kennebec River and experience the past!

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Walking around Ocean Point is our favorite thing to do…with all the usual beautiful ocean views plus wildflowers are popping up all the time.  They are especially beautiful on cloudy spring days with their bright colors telling us that summer is on the way.

Masses of delicate little bluets are all around the grass now at the Ocean Point Inn. bluet Purple violets are popping up on the edges nearer the shade.  If onecm_violet1 had a teeny tiny vase they might be able to make a bouquet!

The marsh areas are brightened with the Marsh Marigolds blooming with cheery yellow blossoms.  marshmarigoldThey are always in very wet areas and hard to get near.

 

lady'sslipperA real favorite of mine are the pink Lady Slippers.  Years ago there were huge patches along Route 96, but unfortunately people dug them up and picked them.  There are still a few to enjoy as you walk along.

Another early favoritejackinthepulpit is the Jack-in-the-Pulpit. As a child I loved pulling it open to look for “Jack!”

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Trillium are also called Stinking Benjamin and for good reason.  Best enjoyed from a distance!

Star Flowers  partridge berry flowerand Solomon’s Seal appear early at Ocean Point with their lovely white blossoms.  dandelionSolomon’s Seal is also known as False Lily of the Valley. And, liked or disliked there is always the Dandelion which is pretty in a field but not in your lawn.

buttercupComing soon will be the Buttercup, black eyed susanDaisy, Black-eyed Susan and the White Clover.  You will see all of these as you walk around daisythe shore at Ocean Point.

 

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Even later you will see Golden Rod, goldenrodIndian Paintbrush,devilspaintbrush Queen Anne’s Lace and Wild Asters. easternfleabane It is fascinating to see how the wildflowers change as we go from spring to fall.

 

One other flower, loosestrifePurple Loosestrife, is beautiful in the salt marsh on the front of the Point but is prohibited in many states and should never be cultivated.

Look for these common wildflowers, as well as some not so common,  at Ocean Point on your walks.  We are lucky to be able to take walks with all of this natural beauty along the roads.

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