About Riverbank Tent Sites
Pitch your tent on the banks of the Androscoggin River and let the calling loons and chirping crickets lull you to sleep. Enjoy hiking and biking the miles of trails on our private 400 acres of forests, fields and river frontage. Bring your birding Life List, we are sure you will see some new feathered friends to check off. Wildlife abounds both on the property and across the river at Riverlands State Park. Located just minutes from Lewiston-Auburn, Bates College, and local breweries. Quite often, a gentle breeze off the water will offer relief from black flies and mosquitoes, but the right bug repellent is recommended especially to fend off those pesky ticks that are so common in Maine.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 3
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
The vibe at Riverbank Tent Sites
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A truly incredible place. The care and energy that is clearly given to the incredible property makes the experience of camping feel like a private oasis. There were tons of walking trails and all three campsites are extremely well maintained. Definitely worth asking for the rental canoe to explore the river, and maybe take a dip if you're adventurous! We did, and it was incredibly warm! An absolute gem. I will stay here many more times without a doubt!
We had an INCREDIBLE time staying at the Riverbank Tent Sites.. We were warmly greeted at the gate by John and his wife where they gave us the tour and story of the property. I wont go into too much detail, but the short story is that John's dedication to preserving the land is a great story. Instead of letting a developer come in and build homes on the land he purchased the entire 400 acres to match the adjoining 350 acres that hid brother and him already own. This means that there are a total of 750 acres to explore, all naturally preserved between 3 tent sites. The small details stuck out to me ... like, the way John doesn't mow the grass until August so he doesn't disturb the animals and birds that nest there. Also the fact that he doesn't wish to create a large camping area, and wishes to keep it small and intimate. In listening to him talk, I couldn't help but to sort of feel like my grandfather was talking to me. He was so focused on gathering feedback at the end of our trip to make the place better, but both my wife and I could not recommend ANY suggestions. The place was everything we could have hoped for and then some. My wife and I relocated to Massachusetts about a year ago from my hometown, Seattle ... and this place really felt like home, minus the mountains. John has a canoe that is available for rent and it is a must if you didn't bring the kayaks. We hadnt intended on being on the river ALL day but we ended up cruising out to the islands that you can see to the left if you are standing in the waters edge. The islands were a great adventure, there is a Bald Eagles nest on the southern end of the big island and a couple of locals' hangout sites there as well. We walked the water around all of the islands and encountered a Beaver den/family on the eastern side of the big island. They were not aggressive and it was quite an encounter as we were caught off guard by them jumping in the water as we were looking up for Eagles. The fishing is great, my wife had never fished before, and on her 3rd cast ... caught a nice little red breasted sunfish. (Fellas, if your wife has never fished, dont teach her if you only have 1 pole ... you'll never get your pole back). We ended up catching 18 fish over the weekend, all of them safely released back into the water. Hint, there is a downed tree between site 1 and 2 that hangs into the water ... cast there. Plenty of Bass, Sunfish, and trout. Site 1 has a great canopy and shade, while there is plenty of sun that shines through the trees ... thats where we stayed. Highly recommend this site as we found a great spot to pitch a tent right on the water, underneath the big pine tree at the bottom. Site 1 and 2 offer plenty of places to put up a hammock and relax in the sun while listening to the small waves crash on the bank. Site 3 is grassy and open and probably has the best access to the river. No matter what site you pick, you're going to have a 10/10 experience. This 3 day weekend was exactly what we needed and there isnt a single thing I would change about this place. We will be back ... many times.
Brent and Paulina
Absolutelty spectacular people and location if you are in the Maine area looking for a beautiful camping area then this is your spot. I'm from West Virginia and these people had amazing hospitality, l was blown away. Thank you guys!
The Riverbank Tent sites are a little slice of paradise in Maine and I can't wait to go back. John and his family were so welcoming and accommodating. We even got to try some of the garlic from their garden which was awesome! The meadows, trails, river, and beach are perfect for exploring and wildlife watching. The land is very well kept, clean, and has everything you could need for a perfect camping trip. I can't recommend this place enough!!!
We stayed for three nights and had a lovely experience. John was extremely accommodating and warm and we felt very welcome as his guests. Our travel plans changed last minute and we ended up arriving well after dark, but John was there to greet us when we finally pulled up. He showed us to our site, which was well stocked with firewood, a brand new picnic table and fire pit and had the perfect flat spot to pitch a tent. The sites are private and secluded, but still close enough to one another that you will occasionally run into other friendly campers and their pups. Each campsite has a small path to the water for swimming/kayak-launching/water gathering purposes. John has canoes for rent. The fresh-water spigot is located just a short walk up the hill through the field.
During the day, we enjoyed exploring John's land. He has miles of trails that run through the the woods, all well kept. Apparently, many of the trails are old logging roads, so they're wide and not too challenging to hike. John will give you a marked map when you arrive which will help you find your way along the logging trails. However, we used google maps with the satellite layer turned on, to find some smaller trails and routes as well. There is so much to explore! Our favorite find was a small manmade lake that John pointed us to, which he created as a habitat for beavers and otters. It was absolutely beautiful and just a short 30 minute hike from our site. Being on John's land, you can really tell how much attention and care he puts into preserving the natural habitat. He keeps the meadows tall for nesting hawks and dots the woods with birdhouses for all kinds of smaller birds to inhabit. We even saw a few of the bald eagles that he has nesting down the river from our site! His land is a birdwatcher's dream.
Overall, we had an amazing experience and we will definitely be back!
It was a great site and with only 3 sites it was a very quiet and secluded. We had site 3 which was an open site with a great panoramic view of the river. Site 1 and 2 are more wooded.
John was a very hospitable host. He also has a great set of hiking trails.