Best and prettiest and teeming with wildlife (densest moose population in the state), try your hand at the Roach River (class 3, natural flow)...small, wild, continuous w/w for @ 10 miles from Kokadjo dam to Moosehead Lake (Spencer Bay, MFS campsite/road access), everything can be scouted from your craft. You have to catch this at Spring runoff as "fishing conditions" govern the small dam's output. My first run down this one was solo (alone), I encountered a bear & cub, several moose...and busted up a favorite paddle on this bouldery beauty! I'm not worried about talking about this river publicly, as it's overshadowed by more widely reknowned rivers (Kennebec / Dead / W.Br. Penobscot) within the same area of Maine and at its end it literally dumps you into Moosehead Lake (ocean like) and requires a mile or so paddle up lake to the first road access campsite..tough on a windy day in a playboat.
It's continuous whitewater, small size, deep woods isolation, wildlife (and more than likely your party will be the only ones to paddle it that day/week?)...this one is will leave you touched.
Bear (see below) shares: "There is a gauge at the small Kokadjo (pop. ~ 20) dam, but I've never found it to be listed with USGS, and it may just be a local gauge. It's a Spring freshet/iceout river...and all I can say is walk downstream as far as one can (don't judge from pool at dam)...and if it looks runnable at the first rapid, then it is a go."
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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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