Difficulty III+(V)
Length 2.6 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 04/02/2019 10:31 am

River Description

A stretch of flatwater paddling starts this run. The first drop starts with a steepening technical drop, leading to a short ledge which has a sticky center hole. Run either far left (with aggression), or far right (over a stepped ledge) then choose from a couple of exit routes. Just below, most of the river is a jumble of broken rock, with the deepest channel being far right alongside a high wall of rock.

A brief paddle leads a major horizon line. Take out (river right) to scout a triple of large falls, the undeniable highlight of the run. The first is a jumbled irregular steep-sliding falls into a large, hanging (steep-sided, little chance for egress) pool. Out of this pool, the river is funnelled to the right to pour out a narrower spout into another larger pool. The river turns back to the left and (shortly downstream) drops over a wide, mostly sheer-vertical falls. (Generally this is run about 1/3 from the right, though other routes should be possible.) All three of these have been run, the first two generally at minimal levels, and the third at virtually any (river runnable) level.

Immediately downstream, a private road and pipeline cross overhead. Numerous smaller (all boat scoutable, but very fun) rapids ensue.

Take-out is via a short paddle on the ('main') Beaver River (upstream, to the right/west, in a flatwater section), encountered just downstream of a railroad crossing high overhead.

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: ~45 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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At the put-in drainage area is about 45 square miles (to the best I can do using online planimeter and topomaps).

Head of gradient

Class - N/A Mile - 0.75
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Start of Three Falls Sequence

Class - IV+ Mile - 1.1

Pipeline Service Road

Class - N/A Mile - 1.18
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Not far downstream, more moderate (generally boat-scoutable class III) rapids continue for a half-mile or more.

Silver Bay Golf Course

Class - N/A Mile - 1.7
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OK, technically the property lines appear to be somewhat upstream of this point, however until the point marked on the map, the banks are entirely wooded. From the point indicated by this marker, you are within the actual golf course. (Expect to pass under a number of cart bridges.)


Class - N/A Mile - 2.4
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Some paddlers may opt to take-out here to hike up the tracks back to the road and their vehicle(s). Others will paddle down to the confluence, then paddle UPSTREAM (low current) to reach the road.


No Gage

Gage Descriptions

Measure down from downstream center of bridge at put in.
Minimum is about 13.8' down, while 12.0' down is a good level.

Some folks find 'measure down' readings confusing (since less 'down' is more 'up'), so I recommend subtracting your 'measure down' from 14.0' and recording/reporting that value. Thus 13.8' down is 14.0 - 13.8 = 0.2' up, and 12.0' down is 14.0 - 12.0 = 2.0' up.
This makes 0.0' (or 0.2') bare minimums, and 2.0' a 'good' level.

Directions Description

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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.



Matt Muir


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