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Difficulty II(III)
Length 0.5 Miles
Gauge Androscoggin River near Auburn, Maine
Flow Range 8000 - 30000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 7820 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/03/2014 4:46 pm

River Description

One putin is at Licoln St., just upstream of Dresser Rips. Probably this is the easiest takeout, also; other takeouts may be many miles downstream.
If anyone has info re. playable levels and the best access points, please post a comment.

Rapid Descriptions

Dresser Rips

Class - II Mile - 0
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As far as I know, this is a relatively played spot. I am trying to gather information. I'm watching the water levels change looking for playable waves. Foam pile looks steep.  Looks good for flat spins, maybe more.  I HAVE NOT BEEN ON THIS WAVE YET.  If anybody out there has, I'm looking for any info I can find.

There are other small elements that have formed in along the river right shore but it's shallow on that side. On the river left side there is a large tree in the water.

40,000 CFS -Flood Stage! NOTE: I have only scouted from shore, I have not paddled these waves.

There were several elements to look at. Some nice looking waves to surf, some good sized, fast waves with nice foam piles, but not much for eddy service. A person could hit several waves in one run then walk back up. One major keeper, it's not wide, but there is a powerful looking upstream flow. The ledges down the river right shore are under water, there are some small trees and one good sized tree; watch out for them.


Gage Descriptions

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Directions Description

There is room for a car to park at the top or the bottom of the rapid.  It's an easy walk on the side of the road back to your car.

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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

Robert Nasdor

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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Nick Lipowski


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1203203 04/03/14 Matt Muir Added lat/lon for putin, takeout, & rapid.
1190663 03/12/09 n/a n/a