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Difficulty II-III(IV)
Length 9.2 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 04/29/2015 4:07 pm

River Description

From this far upper access, you may find much headache as many parts of this reach may be subject to deadfall. Indeed, looking at the online aerial views, often it is impossible to tell where the river is. (It is possible that may be due to the perspective/angle of those aerials as well, but one must anticipate at least equal likelihood of wood.) Expect a few flatwater/ponded areas, but also expect a few great worthwhile sections of gradient.

All information provided for this section is strictly conjecture, from online maps and satellite views. We have no first-hand knowledge of what you'll actually find. Have you done this section (or scouted it in some fashion)? Please add a comment below, or furnish a report (with photos/videos, if possible). Let your fellow paddlers know if this is a worthwhile addition to the whitewater options of the area, if it is a total disaster to even attempt, or something you may do once but vow "Never again!"

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: 12 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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At uppermost listed put-in (based on personal measurement via online planimeter and topomaps.)

Head of upper gradient

Class - N/A Mile - 0.98
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It is seriously difficult to see (on aerial views online) the river through here. That could be in part due to the time of year and angle/perspective of the stellite views, but at least as much because this is high up on the watershed and the river is small/narrow here. Thus, expect that there may be much problem with overhanging trees/shrubs, as well as significant opportunity for deadfall and snags blocking your path. That could make this first area of good gradient very problematic. Proceed with caution!


Class - N/A Mile - 3.83
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Balsam Creek

Class - N/A Mile - 6.05
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Balsam Creek enters from river-right, and signals you are nearing a marked (on topo maps) rapids just downstream.

Head of rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 6.13
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Confluence, S.Br.Manitou

Class - N/A Mile - 6.46
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Powerline & RR Crossing

Class - N/A Mile - 6.68
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A major powerline roughly parallels a railroad crossing the river here. Aerial views show plenty of evidence of double-track access at this area. Unknown how viable it may be to actually get in/out to here (I.E., whether roads are gated or maked as private).

By my best reckoning, drainage at this point may be up to 18 square miles.

Confluence, Moose Creek

Class - N/A Mile - 7.47
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Moose Creek comes in from river-left.

Head of gradient

Class - N/A Mile - 8.67
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Directions Description

This shuttle is nearly an 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 two full hours) 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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