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Difficulty II-III(IV)
Length 10.85 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 04/29/2015 3:22 pm

River Description

At the listed put-in, the river is likely small and may have regular problems with downed trees, strainers, sweepers, and log-jams. Expect some (significant) areas of flatwater, but you can also look forward to some areas of significant gradient. With overall gradient near 55 FPM, and max (full-mile) somewhere near 115 FPM, I would expect at least good class II-III, with likely a spot or two entering class IV territory (but that is all conjecture). 

The listed take-out (and put-in for the next section) is labeled both as CR5 and CR11 (and is Penn Blvd within nearby Silver Bay).

SO . . . anyone ever paddled this stretch? Help out your fellow boaters with a comment ("Add a Comment" button below, for all logged-in users), or via a report, with photos/video if possible!

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: ~18 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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At the put-in drainage area is about 18 square miles (to the best I can do using online planimeter and topomaps).


Class - N/A Mile - 0.4
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First off, all which follows is solely via online aerial views. All 'names' listed here (except "Pancake Falls") are really more just descriptors and way-points. Anyone with additional (ideally, first-hand) information is strongly encouraged to "Add a Comment" below, or provide photo(s)/video(s) or other report.

The early going (nearly a half-mile) may be brush bashing or snag-filled portage fest (based solely on aerial view on which it is difficult to see the stream through the foliage). There is at least 25' of drop in this stretch (60-80+FPM), so there may be rapids, or at least swiftwater, which could make any obstructions extremely tricky. At about 0.4 mile, you should break free of the major tree cover for a bit, as the river takes a sharp left bend, and encounters a series of islands. Swiftwater and compression waves may form through some of this area, particularly in the event of high flows.


Class - N/A Mile - 3.3
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At this point, the river is split into a number of channels by a number of islands. At least as of the date of the aerial views, there is a major accumulation of woody debris at the head of these islands. Proceed with caution to determine if there is safe passage on any water route, but be prepared to portage.

This may act as an early warning for Pancake Falls about a half-mile downriver.

Pancake Falls

Class - N/A Mile - 3.8
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Anyone have any info or photos on this?

Snowmobile Bridge

Class - N/A Mile - 5
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Class - N/A Mile - 6.8
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Possible alternate take-out/put-in.

Significant rocky outcrop

Class - N/A Mile - 7.7
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As the river hits the 1200' topo line, it encounters a significant rocky outcropping, and drops something near 50' in the next quarter-mile, with another 60' in the half-mile after that. Expect some good action, and be ready to scout and/or portage!

Restricted bridge

Class - N/A Mile - 8.5
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As the gradient peters out, you'll encounter a bridge. On the aerial/topo maps, this is marked "Restricted" and indicates "Gate" at CR4. It appears there is a cemetery (?) just north of this road, which might be possible to use as ingress/egress.


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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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