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Difficulty II-III
Length 6.75 Miles
Gauge N/A
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Reach Info Last Updated 12/17/2014 5:08 am

River Description


This Upper section of the Cross has a lot of flatwater, low-grade rapids, and at least 50' of drop in less than a half-mile. Expect that wood (deadfall/snags) may be a major concern, especially in the early going.

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: 45 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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Approximate drainage (based on personal measurement via online planimeter and topomaps) just downstream of listed put-in, at confluence with (and thus including) Fourmile Creek.

Half-Mile Rapids

Class - II+ Mile - 0.5
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NOTE: All information is tentative, based solely upon online aerial views. In particular, rapids ratings are purely conjecture, and could be considerably misleading! Anyone who has paddled this section and who can supply more accurate (first-hand) information is encouraged to help out your fellow boaters via the "Add a comment" button (which should appear below for all logged-in users) or by contributing a photo, video, or other report!

About a half-mile into the run (just after Fourmile Creek enters from the left), gradient picks up, and you should have nearly a half-mile of fairly continuous good gradient (rapids). There is nothing apparent which indicates anything 'big' through here, so I'm guessing continuous class II-ish, maybe pushing places/times into III-ish territory.

Major Gradient

Class - IV Mile - 2.7
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After something near 1.5 miles of rather uninterrupted flat water paddling, some gradient is encountered. Indeed, topos show something near 50' of drop in about a half mile. So, again, it is purely conjecture, but I'm guessing that someplace down through here, it's more than just class II or III. (Online aerial views are inconclusive.)

End of shot of gradient

Class - N/A Mile - 3.445
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The steepest half-mile on this upper reach comes to an end.

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Penobscot River Dams to be Removed!

12/1/2003
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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