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Difficulty I-II
Length 7.3 Miles
Flow Range 100 - 800 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 55 minutes ago 21.2 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/28/2011 3:09 pm

River Description

Put-in: above 1650'
Take-out: at 1510'
Total drop: ~140'

 Topo maps reveal a series of marked rapids on this stretch, and satellite view seems to show additional areas of likely rapids. We have no specific knowledge or information other than what can be gleaned from Google satellite views. Thus, class/rating is strictly conjecture (until/unless we get first-hand info from someone). The river looks to be fairly good sized and fairly 'open' (not badly overhung by trees, therefore appears fairly clear of problems with deadfall -- obviously subject to change).

Resolution on Google Satellite view is pretty good. Go to the 'Maps' tab, click 'Satellite', double-click near the put-in (not on the icon, just right near it), and zoom in to near maximum resolution, then drag/scroll to do a 'virtual walk' of this stretch of river.

Have your seen this stretch? Have you boated it? Can you provide any details? Add a comment or report! Photos (if you have them) would be great!

Rapid Descriptions

marked rapids

Class - N/A Mile - -7.17
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(This is more than seven miles upstream of listed put-in. There does not appear to be good access to this location. There may be logging roads or other means (which are not 'known' to Google and not apparent on satellite view) that will get you here. They are being listed/shown here only for information for any more intrepid explorers.)

Coming west out of Seven Beaver Lake, the river turns sharply south along the railroad. The topo map shows a marked rapids here. Nothing is particularly obvious from satellite view other than that the river narrows significantly through here.

marked portage!

Class - N/A Mile - -6.66
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At this location on the topo maps, there is a marked "Portage"! This suggests there may be some good rapids or falls in the next section of river which early explorers needed to portage in their craft. Sounds like it could be an opportunity to explore at good water levels!

marked portage!

Class - N/A Mile - -5.97
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Another marked 'portage', suggesting another stretch of potentially interesting river!

marked rapids #1 - Upper Island Drop

Class - N/A Mile - 1.35
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Greater flow appears to go left of an island at this location, lesser flow goes to the right. Check out each for possible run/play. After a brief pool, the gradient picks up again. The river drops more than 20' in less than a half-mile (from above the island to the end of the boulderbed below the mid-pool). OK, that's not major gradient, but it should be good for some good low-grade rapids.

marked rapids #2 - Downstream of RR

Class - N/A Mile - 4.63
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After passing under the Duluth-Masabi Rail line a number of islands will be encountered. The river hooks to the left (south) and narrows considerably. There are apparent ledges and boulderbed down to the next wider pool.

marked rapids #3 - Islands and shoals

Class - N/A Mile - 6.46
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Apparent ledges and boulderbed, and a series of islands to split the flow.

marked rapids #4 - Lower Island drop

Class - N/A Mile - 7.13
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Another large island splits the river. Rocky rapids appear to populate both channels.


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Penobscot River Dams to be Removed!

Kevin Colburn

Atlantic Salmon and other imperiled fish species will soon have hundreds of additional miles of habitat. A recent decision between a power company, NGO's, tribes, and government agencies calls for the removal of two dams on Maine's Penobscot River and the bypassing of a third. American Whitewater applauds this huge win for rivers and is recruiting volunteers to assist with our work on the project. There is a public meeting December 2nd.



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1199948 04/28/11 Rob Change default class/rating to conjectured rating.