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Difficulty I-II+(V+)
Length 0.3 Miles
Gauge Saco River at Cornish, Maine
Flow Range 250 - 20000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 43 minutes ago 3240 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 10/05/2010 3:58 pm

River Description

Excellent Surf Wave Below the bridge at High Flows and two amazing waves upstream of the bridge. One of the Waves is in the Center of the river, you can't miss it. The second in off a ledge right next to shore and is eddy serviced. This is an super fun spot in the spring and during high flows.

Beware that at higher flows, a killer hydraulic forms over the ledge that is visible during low water.

Rapid Descriptions


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Skip Morris
1 year ago

Originally from:Tim Jones; Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 12:52 PM; To:; This has a great reputation as a high-water play spot. But at lower levels (750-2000+ cfs) the big features have disappeared and the deep, obstacle-free current line just above the bridge becomes a near-perfect spot for practicing ferrying, eddy peels, beginning surfing, and rolling in current and waves.

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Josh Geib
14 years ago

Steep Falls is sick at high water 10,000+ we paddled the wave at 13100cfs yesterday and it was great....kinda hard to set up sometimes but a crazy shoulder thats really steep the entry onto the wave is kinda like dropping into a half pipe. Just make shure u watch out for the trees in the eddy they can be a real pain. Also try to say away from the left side of the wave its really flushy..there is a big wave hole thing in the middle of the river that can be fun....

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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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