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© Jim Perry 1950Our waterfront is a very popular part of camp. The Saco River is spectacularly unpolluted — the word ”pristine” comes to mind. It is also a protected waterway in both New Hampshire and Maine so its waters run clear and cool.

Our dock is attached to the bank via a railed walkway on © Jesse White 2011our side of the river, with an essentially private sandy beach on the other side. A float line demarks the downstream side of our swimming area. We have several canoes, as well as some masks, snorkels, and fins for campers to use.

The day begins with the Polar Bear Club taking a © Nancy F. Little 1998pre-breakfast dip. There is lifeguarded swimming from 2:30-5:00 every day except on Outing Day when there is often a day-long canoe trip or tubing trip down the river. Not to mention the Alice F. Vigerstad Memorial Old Lady Canoe Trip in which our elder women and their escorts are taken on a leisurely afternoon trip from camp down to the town beach where beach chairs, wine and cheese, and other snacks await them.

© FNCA 2013Campers are allowed to swim at other times in groups of three or more teens or adults with permission of a lifeguard or the Activities Director, and are allowed to take a canoe upstream during their free time under the same circumstances. It is also not unusual for a bit of fishing to be going on downstream from our swimming area now and again.

NEW photos on this page in recent months:
Title or Theme                              Year       Posted  
"Late Afternoon at..." [2nd pic]      1995     11/11
"High Water During Camp"            2023       8/25
"Waterfront Closed"                      2023       8/25
"Spring Flood"                              2022       5/30
"Good Form on the Rope Swing"    1987       6/5


2020  2022  2023
2010  2011  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  2018  2019
 2000  2007  2008  2009
 1993  1995  1998
 1983  1986  1987
 1972  1973
 1960  1965
 1950  1953  1956
1937  early 1930s



"Waterfront Closed"

© Trevor 2023

Due to massive rainfall during July and August, the river was a raging torrent during camp this year, so our waterfront was closed during the entire session.


"High Water During Camp"

© Trevor 2023




"Spring Flood"

© FNCA 2022

This photo was taken May 1, 2022. It is where the ramp down to the Dock is during camp. The Spring snowmelt flood was very high this year. It overflowed the banks on the other side of the river and completely covered the entire field over there. This happens every few decades or so.



"New Sandbar Formations at the Waterfront 6/26"

from the Woof Cabin porch

© Trevor 2020

from the bank looking straight over where the Dock goes

© Trevor 2020


from the bank looking below where the floatline goes

© Trevor 2020


from the bank looking upstream

© Trevor 2020



"Polar Bear Swim from the Circle"

© Michelle Velazquez 2019




"The New Ramp"

© Ian Woofenden 2018



© Beki Greenwood 2018



"Colors on the Dock"

© Jesse White 2017


"View from the Taft Cabin"

© Bob Perry 2017


"Taking Out the Dock:
Ahhhhh, This is the Life!"

© Jesse White 2017



"Putting in the Dock"

© Sarah May Grams 2016



© Sarah May Grams 2016



"Water Circles"

© Sarah May Grams 2015


"Sparks Girls Alligators"

© Sarah Grams 2015

"The Girls Off to Find Frogs"

© Sarah Grams 2015


"In the Shadows"

© Nancy F. Little 2015




"Papa Bear"

© Jesse White 2014



"The Saco in May"

© Jesse White 2013


"Sierra Canoeing"

© Beki Greenwood 2013


"Deane Says Hi"

© Jesse White 2013


Nothing Like Canoeing on a
Sunny Day in Maine"

© Jon Cousins 2013




"Float Line"

© Jesse White 2011



© Beki Greenwood 2011


"Dan Cook Ferrying McNaughtons"

© Beki Greenwood 2011


"A Private Moment"

© Jesse White 2011



"The View Is Better From Up Here"

© Beki Greenwood 2010


"Busy Dock on a Hot Day"

© Beki Greenwood 2010



© Beki Greenwood 2010


"Water Ballet

© Emily Woofenden 2010

"Happy Camper"

© 2010


"More Than 40 Campers Are
In the Water Right Now!"

© Beki Greenwood 2010


"Emily With Her Cool Waterproof Camera Case"

© Beki Greenwood 2010


"Water Fight!"

© Emily Woofenden 2010

"Some of the Girls"

© Emily Woofenden 2010


"At the Rock"

© Emily Woofenden 2010


"Who Is That Masked Man?"

© Emily Woofenden 2010

"Who Is That Spectacled Man?"

© Emily Woofenden 2010



"The Saco in May"

© Lori Gayheart 2009

This photo was taken at the League Memorial Day retreat.

"Owen's First Time Polar Bearing"

© Beki Greenwood 2009

And he really wanted to go in, too!

"This is as Far as She Goes In Sometimes"


© Beki Greenwood 2009


"Look at THAT!"

© Beki Greenwood 2009

"Such Form! Such Grace"


© Beki Greenwood 2009



"Warm Day - Full River"

© Beki Greenwood 2009



"Polar Bear Swim Opening Sunday
Before the Dock is In"

© Nancy F. Little 2008




"Waiting to Sing the Polar Bear Song"

© Beki Greenwood 2007



"Two Canoes"

© Nancy F. Little 2000



"Polar Bear Club Record!"

© FNCA 1998

On middle weekend in 1998, camp was packed to the gills and it was quite warm that weekend, so we decided to try to set a Polar Bear Club record... and succeded grandly! That's Papa Bear(l) and Dan Dyer(r) on the Dock with 30 in the water so far out of a total of an all-time high of 41 Polar Bears that took the plunge that morning! The day's Polar Bear Quotient --- despite the high temperature --- an amazingly low 0.87!



"Late Afternoon at the Dock"

© Cornelia Shields 1995
© Cornelia Shields 1995


"Upstream at Twilight"

© Cornelia Shields 1995


"Canoeing Downstream"

© Cornelia Shields 1995




"Putting in the Raft"
© Dole 1993     © Dole 1993











"Good Form on the Rope Swing"

© Jesse White 1987



"Birch Trees and Railings"

© FNCA 1986




© Dorothy Young 1983
© Dorothy Young 1983



"Our Lifeguard"

© Lynn Zimmerman 1973

Debbie Sjostedt (now Debbie Cook) was one of our lifeguards for a good decade back then. Later, she became a Religion Class Teacher, then Camp Director, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for decades.

"Ray Guiu Showing How It's Done"

© Trevor 1973


"Jesse, Cammy, and Cindy at the Rope Swing"

© Trevor 1972

"Klara Shields on the Dock"

© Ian Woofenden 1972




"Heading Down to the River"

© FNCA 1964

r to l: Alicia, Stuart, Sarah, and Lois Dole



"High Water"

© FNCA 1960

Notice that the float line not only goes across the river, but goes upstream, too. This was to demark the shallow water from the deeper. Non-swimmers weren't allowed to cross that upstream line into the deeper water.



"Tina Paddling in the Bow"

© FNCA 1956

Fred Perry on the Dock, Nancy Perry in the water, Tina Guiu paddling in the bow.



© White 1953

Swimming in the Saco River has always been nice on a hot day!




© Jim Perry 1950

That's John Perry diving off the diving board with Joan Flynn on his back. After that (l to r), it's George Dole, Cal ?, Doug Daniels, Dave ?, Phil Lawrence, and Gretchen ?.


sometime in the

"Flame Boys Canoeing"

© FNCA 1940

That's Dave Alden in the stern and Joe Flynn second from the front.



"The Rapids"

© Velma Bates 1937


early 1930s

"The Waterfront in the Early Years"


© FNCA 1930s



"The Doles Canoeing on the Saco"

© FNCA 1921


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