Location: Bethel, Maine
Webpage: RV Park
General Description: Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground is a combination canoe/kayak rental and campground. The main attraction is its location on the Androscoggin River in highlands of east central Maine where they rent canoes, kayaks, tubes, and stand-up paddleboards to take trips down the river, which is a fast flowing river. The campground has only a few sites for RVs and tents, which are primarily for camping out while relaxing on the river. All of the RV sites are pull-throughs with full hookups (30 amp). There are very few amenities except a restroom/shower and the boat rentals.
1) The campground is nice with adequate room between the sites and easy to pull in and out of, even with large rigs. There is very little landscaping in the campgrounds as they are primarily for those camping out while they are traveling on the river.
2) The staff are exceedingly friendly and helpful. They were a real joy when we checked in and rented kayaks to travel the river.
3) The restroom/shower facilities are old and cramped, although they do clean them every morning and keep them well stocked.
4) We did take advantage of the kayak rental to spend 4 hours relaxing on the Androscoggin River. They have two trips available, a 4 mile and a 10 mile trip. Due to the speed of the river it took us 4.5 hours to float down 10 miles from the Gilead landing back to the take out at the campground. Since we went on a Wednesday morning, we were the only ones on the river and did not see anyone until near the end of the trip. We did very little paddling, letting the river do most of the work. There were only a couple of simple ripples to navigate. The biggest challenge was deciding which way to go around the islands in the river, some of which are over 10 acres in size.