Class: IV (V at High Flows)
Orbeton Stream is a tributary to the Sandy Stream (Smalls Falls near the Phillips and Madrid reach) and can be located on Map 19 of the Maine Gazetteer. Put in is on the Reeds Mills Road, take out on Toothaker Rd. below the bridge.
At the low levels this run is class IV. However, it will get beefy and more consequential at higher levels (moving towards class V).
Overall a great river with continuous boulder-garden style rapids
a video of a low water run can be viewed here : http://youtu.be/RNxxmyNIPqI
Orbeton is actually a tributary to Sandy River, not Sandy Stream
Named rapids in sequence are Grisham Falls, First Island, Second Island and Bridge Rapid.
Grisham is a short rapid with potential for injury or pinning. Scouting and set up safety is s good ides here. 8 of 12 opted to portage o my trip in June of 2013.
We scouted First Island, which is long but manageable.
Bridge Rapid can be viewed from the bridge at the takeout. If you run the slot at left of the main current to enter the rapid, you will be set up to easily work left for a clean run.
There is a gauge on the takeout bridge on the Toothaker Rd. 1-2 ft. is low and fun. The rapids at this bridge are a good indicator of the nature of the river; if they look runnable, the rest of the river will be. If they look beefy, bring your "A" game.
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