Saco - Limington Rips

Saco, Maine, US


Limington Rips (Limington Rips)

Usual Difficulty II+(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 0.5 Miles

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Photo of Brenda and John Emerson by Mark Lacroix taken 10/07/06 @ 750 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Saco River at Cornish, Maine
usgs-01066000 2000 - 15000 cfs II+(IV) 34d11h06m 2630 cfs (running)

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2006-10-15 20:48:47


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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.3Middle HoleII+Playspot
0.4Prom DateIV+Hazard

Rapid Descriptions

Door#2 (Class III+, Mile 0.2)
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)
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.

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

Prom Date (Class IV+, Mile 0.4)
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.

G-Spot (Class III, Mile 0.5)
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.

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
July 17 2013 (1646 days ago)
Bill Blauvelt Details
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
October 21 2008 (3376 days ago)
Penobscotman (149377)
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!
October 21 2008 (3376 days ago)
Penobscotman (149377)
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.
October 12 2008 (3385 days ago)
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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

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