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Difficulty I-III
Length 4 Miles
Gauge Swift stage gauge as a function of East Branch of Pemi flow
Flow Range 0.60 - 4.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 26 minutes ago -0.4033 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/02/2018 2:29 pm

River Description

Mike Gatewood:
This section starts of with a lot of flatwater paddling, the scenery is great and you are away from the Kanc so there is no road noise. It gradually builds into class II and then is class III by the time you get to the takeout above Rocky Gorge/Upper Falls. You want to scout the takeout to get your bearings; the river is continuous class III here and a mistake will put you over the falls. I know a guy who had the misfortune of swimming the falls this spring. He got beat up pretty bad, but was paddling the following weekend. We said to him "now that you've swum it, running the falls probably won't be too bad--at least you know the consequences of a swim."

See also the Middle Swift and Lower Swift.

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1190983 04/25/08 Skip Morris n/a
1196396 11/02/09 Mark Lacroix
1209454 05/02/18 Alex Barham Location
1198288 09/30/10 Skip Morris