Even though summer is mostly behind us, we are still seeing summer-like weather.  In fact, some people would call the temperatures we have been getting over the last few days a heatwave.

Because it has been so warm, you have probably been tempted to take the kids on an after school trip to the local swimming hole.  Can you think of a better, cheap, way to cool off?  Yeah, we didn't think so.

Obviously, you always want to be safe around water, but you need to use extra caution when swimming at places in the great outdoors.  There is a big difference between swimming in a pool and swimming on a river or in a swimming hole.

That's why we've put together a list of some places that you want to use extra caution when swimming.  We are not saying that you should not bring your kids here, but we are urging you to be extra cautious when (if) you do.


1. Moxie Falls

Moxie Falls, located east of The Forks, is one of the largest waterfalls in New England.  These stunning falls plunge about 90 feet to the pool below.

While swimming under the falls is allowed, it should only be tried by the strongest swimmers and only in the height of summer (when the water flow is at its lowest).

Honestly, if you have smaller kids, you'd be better off just enjoying the hike and the amazing views.


2. Frenchman's Hole

Located in Bingham, the walk from the parking lot to this swimming spot is about half a mile.  The trail itself is very easy to traverse, too.

The falls are not all that tall and the area itself is very beautiful.

As for swimming, though, you may want to only allow the bigger kids to partake.  The issue is not necessary with jumping into the water and swimming, but being able to get out of the water.



3. Coos Canyon

Located in the Town of Byron, Coos Canyon features a series of smaller falls on the Swift River.  The largest of these drops is only 15 feet.


Many spots on the canyon are great for swimming.  However, you always want to check to make sure the water is deep enough if you plan to jump / dive.  This is especially true during the warmest part of the summer, when the water flow is the lowest.


4. Kennebec River

Once the dumping ground of many large mills, over the last few decades, the river has become much cleaner than it once was.  People now boat and fish on the river all the time.  But, what about swimming in it?

Because of the strong currents in much of the river, you should always use caution when swimming in it.  Also, keep in mind, that it is illegal to swim in some parts of the river.  In Augusta, for example, you need the permission of the harbormaster to swim in the river.

Cooper Fox
Cooper Fox


Wherever you choose to swim, please be safe and watch out for each other.  We don't want to see anyone get hurt.

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