Difficulty IV-V+
Length 4.3 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 04/02/2019 10:53 am

River Description

First three miles is easier access paddle (with brush-bashing), on a meandering stream in willow-thicket upland marsh-like area. (It may be possible to access the head of the real gradient via Fredenberg Creek. This would shorten the trip to 1.36 miles, with 460 feet of drop!).

A (potentially runnable) slide of approximately 70' is most awesome. Also impressive are three other big falls which generally occur as the river dives into culverts under various switch-backs of the railroad (serving the taconite plant at the lake). At least two of these have been run, but most boaters will choose to portage.

Most boaters will end their trip above Hwy.61. There are more rapids and falls between there and the lake, but to run them means one must carry back to the highway by trespassing, climbing up and down a high, steep embankment for the railroad (covered in loose skree) right before the river enters the lake (bay).

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: 19 sq.mi.

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Drainage area at our listed put-in is about 19 square miles (per USGS StreamStats Beta software).


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Gage Descriptions

Visual of run-out drops approaching Hwy.61. These should be meaty, but runnable, to consider the run.

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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