Brandon Cain contributes:
While this area is not very appealing to the river runner, it is an excellant play spot. On river right below the putin is Typewriter. On river left on the other other side of the island are some killer surf waves. The river-left side of the waves are easy and they get harder towards the right.
This could use an update. Great works and Veazie dams have been removed, making the Penobscot continuous to the Ocean from Milford dam. There is also a new, further upstream put in at a park in Old Town. There are 5 rapids on this section, 2 of them being one either side of French Island so you only get one of them. I have a detailed google map with rapids/photo and put in / take outs here:
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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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