Swim between waterfalls and pan for gold at this epic Maine camp

I was recently researching gold sites in New England and came across a truly unique area and experience known as Coos Canyon (campground and swimming area).

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Coos Canyon is considered one of the best places in all of Maine and New England to find gold. But Coos Canyon is much cooler than just a stream with little gold nuggets in the water.

Coos Canyon has a campground, waterfalls, cliff jumping sites, and some of the best swimming in Maine.

The Coos Canyon campground is full of amenities and fun.

At the campground in Byron, ME, you can choose from tent sites, RV sites, cabins, and lean-tos.

All sites appear to be very reasonably priced (tent sites start at $40/night). All sites have the typical features: a fire pit, picnic table, and a short walk to the riverfront.

The campsite also has toilets and showers. But if you're staying in Coos Canyon, you'll probably want to do some exploring, swimming, and panning for gold.

Locally or nearby, the Coos Canyon area offers swimming holes for jumping or splashing, waterfalls, caves and other cool activities to try.

Check out all the activities available on the site here.

Aside from swimming and cliff diving, searching for gold is one of the main reasons people head to Coos Canyon.

According to an article by Gold Prospects, Byron, Maine (where Coos Canyon Campground is located) is one of the best areas to prospect for gold. The city has had a “great track record since 1849, leading some to believe that the river flows through a yet-to-be-discovered vein of gold.”

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