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Difficulty II-IV(V+)
Length 6.66 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 04/29/2015 2:01 am

River Description

OK, I've been asked a few times "What's up with the Caribou?" "Everything else of any decent size up the North Shore is listed on AW . . . Why isn't this?" And, frankly, I have to say I don't know. A USGS sampling site near Hwy.61 lists drainage of 23 square miles . . . bigger than the Stewart, French, and Amity (all of which are boated). Yeah, there's a BIG unrunnable (I think . . . or?) falls, but that's nothing new for North Shore runs. Looks like it's got access for a good run. Aerial views online hint there may be a problem with wood . . . is that it? Too many snags? Or . . . maybe the other listed smaller watersheds all channel up nicely through their gradient and this one has too many broad areas of rocky shoals making for scraping or portages?

Anyone with the lowdown is encouraged to help out your fellow boaters with some info here. Save someone the bother of trying for it (if it's not worth the doing) or . . . if it has merit, let us know that too!

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Possible alternative access

Class - N/A Mile - -0.5
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North Shore Trail Bridge

Class - N/A Mile - 1.41
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Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) bridge

Class - N/A Mile - 6
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Caribou Falls

Class - N/A Mile - 6.1
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Get out plenty early to scout/portage this (river-left, on SHT).

Various info says it's a 3/4th mile hike (from Hwy.61 parking) to this 35' waterfall.

Check out this YouTube video:


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Directions Description

This shuttle is somewhere near a half-hour (each way). We highly recommend meeting at take-out, gearing up, swapping boats and boaters to as few vehicles as possible (to leave 'drop vehicles' there), then driving to put-in to run river. This gets you on water without the delay which would result from meeting at put-in, having to run shuttle down and back up (while some boaters wait somewhere near a full hour) before putting on river!

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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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