River info provided by Nate Warren:
DIRECTIONS: Takeout at the bridge over the Piscataquis in the center of Blanchard, the same spot as the East Piscataquis takeout. As an alternate to the Crossover Road put-in, follow West Rd. westbound out of Shirley. This will turn into CCC road. If you can make it to the junction of CCC road and Clouse Allen Road (where gates & snow may hinder you), you are near the put in. Hike west down hill on CCC road until you find the bridge across the river. This upper put-in would also be a great place to camp. From here, enjoy the flatwater, birds and scenery as you meander through miles of Quebec-esque wilderness. Use this GoogleMap as a reference.
DESCRIPTION: The West Branch of the Piscataquis is a long river run with epic flat sections, long, continuous class 3 sections, a few class four rapids thrown in for fun, and one very solid class 5 (Hell Hole), about 3/4 of the way down. Hell hole is a 10 foot ledge funneling into a very deep and violent hole. Scout or portage on the left. Just below is a IV-V double ledge drop, then more continuous boogie water down to the confluence with the East Pis above Blanchard. Though not as challenging as the East Pis, this is a great wilderness river run with a few fun and challenging rapids.
Put-in & Takeout coordinate info from John Porterfield
1100 CFS on the Piscataquis at Blanchard is a fun low side of medium.
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West Pis Hell Hole
West Pis Put In
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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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