Question of the month: Where did the 30 Mile River get its name?

May 23, 2024

No matter where you are located in the watershed, we’re all connected through a chain of lakes, ponds, and streams called the 30 Mile River. This waterway was used long ago by Native Americans and pioneers traveling from the Androscoggin River to the Sandy River Valley. The name dates back to circa 1750, when timber hunters paddled from Lewiston up the Androscoggin River and to the north end of Echo Lake in what is now the town of Mt. Vernon, estimating they had traveled 30 miles. 

Since 2010, we’ve hosted our annual Paddle Trek for the community to come together and experience 15 miles of the beautiful waterway. The Trek goes from the northern end of Minnehonk lake, down and through Hopkins Pond, Hopkins Stream, Taylor Pond, Echo Lake and its Mill Pond, Lovejoy Pond, Lovejoy Stream, Pickerel Pond, and Pocasset Lake, ending in Wayne Village’s Mill Pond. We’re excited to welcome past and new paddlers for our 15th Annual Paddle Trek this summer on Saturday, July 27th! 

This article was included in 30 Mile’s May 2024 newsletter. To view the full newsletter, click here.

Photo Credit: Josh Robbins (Banner)