Oyster, Maine, US
Beechwood St to Rt 131
||II-III+(V+) (for normal flows)
This run starts out with a bang as you come around the corner from the putin and back to back are
the two most significant rapids that you will paddle. There is an island that splits the first
rapid (Split Ends). The left or right line is good to go with nothing significant to say about
them. There is a good eddy on river right to set up for the next rapid (Twisted Toupe).
For Twisted Toupe, there is a conservative line that avoids the twisting main current if you punch
through the big eddy halfway down on the right or you can ride the meat straight through. There is
a large wave/hole at the bottom, though it does not look like it would keep you. There is a large
eddy just downstream on the right.
After this, the river mellows out to nice class II action. There are a bunch of great little surf
waves and great places to practice ferrying eddy turns. The river here weaves its way through the
forest, almost completely isolated from any development in the area. A real gem. There is a spot
with a single wide trailer up on the hill above river left and there is a great surfing wave at the
There is one last ledge drop that can be easily run and then when you see the rock and concrete
wall on river left, get out on river right and portage Great Falls. Great Falls is about 25 feet
and does not seem to have a clear, safe line through it. The portage does cross private land at the
very end of Patterson Mill Road. They have given permission to portage through their property in
the past, and I encourage you to stop by and ask and thank them if you are planning to do this.
After Great Falls, the river returns to its nice continueous class II style. There are a number of
nice little spots to play until you hit the flatwater. The flatwater goes on for about 2 miles?
until you reach the takeout on Rt 131. This is also on private property and the house on river
right as allowed me to cross their property and leave vehicle.
This river is a definite gem. There is very little evidence of development along the river and the
variety of canopy and openness along with the great water quality makes it a joy to paddle. It is
suitable for class II boaters, they can portage the first two drops fairly easy on river right and
then enjoy the fun stuff and the scenery.
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Last Updated: 2006-06-12 10:12:25