Austin Stream - South Branch to Bingham

Austin Stream, Maine, US


South Branch to Bingham (Austin Falls)

Usual Difficulty III-V(V+) (for normal flows)
Length 0.2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 390 fpm

Austin Stream

Austin Stream
Photo of Jeff Sharpe by Patti Sharpe taken 08/07/06 @ low-med

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level

River Description

Source: Greg and Sue Hanlon's Steep Creeks of New England, which has more info on this run.

Directions: Drive North on Rte. 201. At the edge of town, bang a right onto Rte. 16 just before crossing Austin Stream. Continue upstream along the river-left bank about 0.8 miles and hang a left onto a dirt road that rises away from the river. Follow this dirt road 5.8 miles to Austin Falls. Park in the pull-off on the left. For this 0.2-mile stretch, ain't no shuttle necessary.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-08-04 20:46:58

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 29 2009 (3428 days ago)
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The strainer/log jam below the double drop in the photo has now flushed out making the drop it had
obstructed good to go.
May 25 2007 (4194 days ago)
Jeff SharpeDetails
The strainers were there last summer as well. They are not going anywhere. Pretty much a non factor
at lower flows when only the "gorge" section goes (see picture for an idea). At higher levels, the
strainers could pose a big problem. Definitely set safety. Also, it looks like the vertical
waterfall downstream of the strainers goes at these levels. The run looks like it maintains an
average 100 fpm of gradient all the way down to Bingham. I would suspect it would make for a pretty
good Class IV-V run at appropriate levels, although we couldn't motivate for a late afternoon start
after running the E. Piscataquis in the AM the one time I was there at higher flows. Even a very
small amount of rain will make the "gorge" section worth doing if you are in the area. Look for
flows on the Carrabassett to be above 2000 and on the Piscataquis to be above 600 before attempting
the entire run.
May 15 2007 (4204 days ago)
Michael McWhirterDetails
We looked at this on May 13, 2007. There was a very large tree forming a serious strainer in the
drop after the crux. I think the strainer will be there for a long time due to the size of the

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