Wild River (Androscoggin River)

The Wild River is a 17.2 mile long (27.6 km) river in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine in the United States. It is a tributary of the Androscoggin River, which flows east and south to the Kennebec River near the Atlantic Ocean.

The Wild River rises at No Ketchum Pond in the township of Bean's Purchase, New Hampshire and flows northeast through a mountain valley separating the Carter-Moriah Range to the northwest and the Baldface-Royce mountains to the southeast. The river reaches Maine Highway 113 near the site known as Hastings, then turns north paralleling the highway to reach the Androscoggin River at Gilead, Maine.

In the summer and early fall, this river becomes little more than a trickle. However, it does hold native trout that eagerly attack small dry flies, much to the delight of fly fishermen that visit.

A visit in early spring or late fall should be pursued with caution as Route 113 is not maintained in the winter. It is a long way around if you get there and find the road closed.


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