The upper portion of this run is a technical class V with vertical drops up to 18'. Some rebar, concrete, and old log cribbing can still be found here complicating some of the obvious clean lines. The easier (and more popular) class III section of this river can be accessed from a parking lot by a power plant about 1/2 mile south of the route 16 bridge over the river. Look for a dirt road between high banked dirt burns leading down to the access parking lot. At the parking lot hike down a trail that leads below the last of the class IV-V drops and put in here. From here the river is a technical class III through a boulder strewn rapid. Look out for pinning boulders. About a 1/2 mile down river there is a nice surfing wave formed at a ledge outcropping. More class II-III water continues with a few more difficult sections at rock ledges with large hydraulics to avoid. Take out downstream river right at the route 16 bridge overpass.
Put in elevation........1356' (1445Â Class V section)
Take out elevation......1256'
Total drop..............100' class III section, 89Â class V section
Average drop/mile.......67 ' class III section, 178Â class V section
Distance................1.5 miles (class III section);
2.0 including class IV-V section
River width average.....70'
River geology...........medium granite boulders and ledge
River water quality.....Good, clarity good.
Scenery.................Good to excellent,
Wildlife................Deer, moose, hawks, eagles.
1200 CFS 8/17/14 scouting from base of the dam to raft put-in at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6Joioq3n98
The Magalloway is a dam controlled river with several scheduled whitewater releases during the Summer. Releases were negotiated by American Whitewater regional director Tom Christopher.
2011 Magalloway Releases Updated 6/5/2011
Flows are from 10:00am to 3:00pm with little or no delay due to short distance between release and put in locations. For the latest flow information at other times of the year call (800) 557-3569 Dial 2 for Androscoggin then dial 3 for Aziscohos Dam
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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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