Difficulty I-II at this flow (II(III) normally)
Length 0.1 Miles
Flow Range 10000 - 30000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 42 minutes ago 4340 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/02/2019 10:44 am

River Description

A set of wave/holes ("Center Wave", "Spin Hole", "Half-way Wave", and "Dream Hole") form under the 1st Street bridge, depending upon the water level:
3,500 - 10,000: Playable, but tame. (Pretty much just flatspins and surfs.) Many may consider this 'too low'.
10,000-15,000: Two waves are well-formed. Generally still too shallow for vertical moves, but still decent play.
15,000 - 20,000: Great surfs and spins in the big wave. Retendos are possible, but generally still a bit shallow for full vertical moves. "Halfway Wave" appears, steep, narrow and green.
20,000 - 30,000: Dream Hole begins to form, but may be irregular and changing moment to moment.
30,000+: Well, what can we say . . . DREAMLAND! Imagine, a cartwheeling hole 100' wide and friendly as could be!

Enjoy the following YouTube video featuring just a bit of what may be available here:

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Opinions will obviously vary on what's 'good' here. 'Personal minimums' will no doubt be different from the 'minimum' specified here. While some boaters suggest a minimum of 10,000cfs, other contacts have suggested it's fine down to 8,000, and still others report the wave is still there as low as 3,500 cfs. (Do I hear a 'lower bid'?)

"Maximum" is set more as an indicator of AWESOME levels, where full-out rodeo boaters will be in their glory.

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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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