Difficulty II-IV
Length 4 Miles
Flow Range 300 - 500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 101 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/02/2019 11:00 am

River Description

Section contains:

The Chute, a twisting 10' drop over a ledge and large boulders, followed by an undercut cliff (left) and an undercut rock (right) (class III-V). Scout the Chute river left...watch out for lots of Poison Ivy on trail.

Between these named drops lie 0.4 mile of boulder bed rapids (class II-III).

The Gorge, two steep ledges and a narrow canyon with sheer 50' walls (class III-V). Start extreme right through the upper 2 ledges. Move to river left to go through the gap on the far left for ledge #3. Then aim toward center of the narrow "throat" section of the Gorge.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Can be done down to 300 CFS. At levels over 500 CFS the Vermilion starts to roar.

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.



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