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Difficulty II+(IV)
Length 0.5 Miles
Gauge Saco River at Cornish, Maine
Flow Range 2000 - 15000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 21 minutes ago 7270 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 10/15/2006 8:48 pm

River Description

Phil Urban sez, "Limington is a short section of the Saco. I've only been there once, but I
believe it would be fair to call it one 'long' rapid. It's full of play spots.
This is basically a park-and-play section, runnable at a variety of levels.

Rapid Descriptions


Class - III+ Mile - 0.2
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One of two wide holes at the top of the main rapid. Offers excellent play at certain levels, however it can be very retentive and may offer a working.

Middle Hole

Class - II+ Mile - 0.3
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Small hole, at lower levels this feature is shallow but good for blasting and spins,at levels above 9000cfs the feature is larger and allows cartwheeling and loop initiation.


Class - III Mile - 0.4
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Excellent surf wave for beginner to expert. Level= 7000-9000cfs

Prom Date

Class - IV+ Mile - 0.41
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Prom Date is the only major hazzard at Liminton Rips and is located below the rt.25 bridge on the river left side. It is a 20ft wide hole with a very powerful backwash. Use extreme caution when paddling nearby. It is recomended to stay to the river right below the rt. 25 bridge. When the water is very low experienced paddlers familiar with the feature will find some tiring cartwheeling play.


Class - III Mile - 0.45
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G-Spot is a small wave-hole enjoyed since the creation of the flatspin. Eddy access at lower levels allows for spins, side surf, blasting, blunts, back blunt's, backstab's and cartwheeling in the sweet spot. Make sure to tuck tight on rolls and be advised there are rocks downstream you will contact on a delayed roll. When the level is higher over 4500cfs the hole becomes larger and more retentive, the eddy flushes out and each ride will require a walk back up the side.


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Bill Blauvelt
6 years ago

There is also a very nice rapid on the Little Ossipee just below the Hardscabble Rd bridge. This is an alternate putin if you just want to play at the bottom of the Rips. I found this by looking at the satellite version of the map on this page. You can see the rapid just before the Little Ossipee runs into the Saco. I like this rapid better than anything on the Saco myself. Bill Blauvelt Portland, ME

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Maine Guide
11 years ago

10-7-08 I paddled the section below the Rt. 25 bridge in an OC-1. The level was around 2800 cfs and was fantastic for open boating! Excellent surfing in the bottom two rapids. Also at this particular level I would definitely downgrade Backbreaker, Prom Date, and G-Spot to a II, III and II. The hole at Prom Date is still prevalent at 2800 but there is a very safe sneak route that opens up on far river left. Somewhat boney but overall a fantastic day!

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Maine Guide
11 years ago

Thank you for the info Brenda. I'm new to the sport at 37. John is certainly an inspiration to those of us starting past our prime. I found this online, I hope you don't mind my posting it. People should know the history of the places they paddle. With the dedication of this launching site John has become part of the history at Limington.

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11 years ago

Take care where you park this fall when the Limington Rips rest area closes. The normal put in at the top of the rapids is private property and the parking situation there is a little touchy but all boaters are welcome to park on the road near John Emerson's Memorial Put in which is at the halfway point. Thanks! Brenda Emerson

Gage Descriptions

Saco River Flow information

Low: 1000 cfs

Medium: 4000 cfs

High: 8000 cfs

Waterline: 1-800-452-1737 site code:  231196

Directions Description

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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

Robert Nasdor

A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy. 

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