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River Description

This is a tidal falls like Cohasset in Mass. and Blue Hill Falls in Hancock County, ME. Two wave holes are made by the tidal rip in a narrowing area pinched by two peninsulas (see the red "target" symbol in the attached TopoZone map, about 0.3 miles South of the bridge). In contrast to Cohasset, the fun here happens on an outgoing tide (which tends to make the water warmer than Maine ocean water). The higher the tide, the better, according to pjbuehner of the Northeast Paddlers' Massage Board. He also recommends driving slowly and being friendly in town. If you park at the Grange Hall by the bridge, and make the short paddle over to the Falls, you should be okay.
See the Trip Report in the NPMB Board for more info. But be warned that the Falls Road putin can be problematic; again, parking at the Grange Hall is a better option.

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10 years ago

My name is Joan Thompson and I have purchased the home in the background in the photos of the reversing falls in Sheepscot, Maine. I have torn the house down and built a new home designed by my husband William Thompson, architect (former resident architect of Colonial Willliamsburg). We will be opening a B&B, tear room/baker and antique shop here. We would be happy to rent rooms to kayakers , with gourmet breakfast included, eggs fresh from the chicken coop and picnic baskets for lunch on the shore. Please keep a look out. We will open summer of 2010.

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10 years ago

CMacleod I have not seen porpoises but this weekend we shared the the spot with a sunning seal. As we approached it was sunning itself on the river left ledge. We floated through the middle of the rapid and hung out lower in the eddy. It watched us and slipped into the water, then swam up the rapid a couple of times before climbing back up on the ledge and continued sunning. It kept one eye on us for a while as we came up the eddy to play. As the water dropped and the seal was elevated above us it paid less attention. Eventually there were six paddlers using the eddy. Combining with the great water (tide 10.5 ft.) and great fall weather, it was a magical afternoon.

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asa wagner
13 years ago

I have heard rumors from a couple sources that the porpoises will congregate and play in the waves here. Pods of these marine mammals are common on the coast in the summer and early fall. They tend not to be afraid of boats without motors. Also, I once saw a harbor seal sunning itself on the ledges nearby.

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Check out or to see the forecast tide for the day you're looking to go play. Put in about 2 hours after Portland high tide.

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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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Nick Lipowski


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