Sandy Stream - Stony Brook to Michael Stream (Lexington Township)


Sandy Stream, Maine, US

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Stony Brook to Michael Stream (Lexington Township)

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles

Josh Geib on the Crusher


Josh Geib on the Crusher
Photo taken 10/05/10

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Carrabassett River near North Anson, Maine
usgs-01047000 2000 - 8000 cfs IV-V 00h28m 145 cfs (too low)


River Description

Jeff Sharpe shared on 5/25/07:
This is a surprisingly high-quality run tucked away in a little valley near the confluence of the Carrabassett and the Kennebec. The nature of the river is smooth granite bedrock slides and falls, of which there are many, separated by pools. There are some big drops on the section including a near-vertical 15-footer with a shallow landing and a few other bigger sliding falls. Everything was run in my one descent of the river. Most drops are Class IV, but there are maybe 10 or so Class-V rapids. Portaging and scouting is very easy and the scenery is quite good with only an occassional glimpse of a seldom traveled dirt road that parallels the river for the entire run.  The initial descent was by Dave Gatz with Bill and Joan Hildreth in 1991.
Shuttle: The dirt road to the takeout is obvious on a Maine gazetteer. I believe it is called Sandy Stream Road. Leave a car where the river turns to class 1 and 2. To get to the takeout, it is wise to head back to the paved road and continue a few hundred feet further to a second dirt road that is much better than the takeout road. This road looks steep and rocky initially but quickly becomes more gentle and well maintained than the takeout road, which was in very bad shape at the time of this writing. The two roads in question join together approximately one mile above the takeout.
Follow upstream five miles to a T in the road, go right, over a bridge, and then put in at the next bridge.
Water Levels: We ran it when the Carrabassett was 2000 and dropping. Supposedly ideal levels are in the 2400 range. 2000 was still quite fun, and although low, all the drops were still very fluid.

 


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Last Updated: 2012-05-09 11:23:45

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.5Auto BoofIV+Waterfall Photo
1.0Slip and SlideIV+Waterfall Photo
1.2California Dreamin'IVPhoto
1.5Cat and MouseVPhoto
2.0CrusherVWaterfall Photo
2.2Rope SwingIVPhoto
2.5AeratedIVPhoto

Rapid Descriptions

Auto Boof (Class IV+, Mile 0.5)

Auto Boof

Auto Boof
Photo by Josh Geib taken 10/05/10

This very fun and big auto boof has a twisty III+-IV entrance rapid just above it.  Very fun!



Slip and Slide (Class IV+, Mile 1.0)

Slip and Slide

Slip and Slide
Photo by Josh Geib taken 10/05/10

A riverwide near vertical waterfall that runs out onto ledge.  It can be floated down the middle or the right, and the transition is very soft.



California Dreamin' (Class IV, Mile 1.2)

California Dreamin Right Boof

California Dreamin Right Boof
Photo taken 10/06/10

Clean boof into either a slide on the right, or boulder garden on the left.  Both gorgeous and classic!



Cat and Mouse (Class V, Mile 1.5)

jdube sets safet at "Cat and Mouse"

jdube sets safet at "Cat and Mouse"
Photo by Thomas Perkins taken 05/20/11

Cat and Mouse is also referred to as the "Mini-Gorge"  Run the cats paw starting left, then working right to avoid a small sieve. Many set safety here (see pictures).  Below lies the exit:  The mouse gets the cheese, a nice 4-6ft boof into a pool!



Crusher (Class V, Mile 2.0)

Josh Geib on the Crusher

Josh Geib on the Crusher
Photo taken 10/05/10

Crusher is not burly slide, but the entire sequence.  Scout right. Portage right (or left to have a fun seal launch at the bottom).  Man set safety at the pool just above the crusher slide, and the entry rapids are a little rocky.  The very top drop is regularly run by some, but sneaked right into a cool room on the right.



Rope Swing (Class IV, Mile 2.2)

Josh Geib and jcass having fun at "Rope Swing"

Josh Geib and jcass having fun at "Rope Swing"
Photo taken 05/20/11

Boof center, or take the challenging fade move on the left. Very clean!



Aerated (Class IV, Mile 2.5)

jdube gets aerated

jdube gets aerated
Photo by Thomas Perkins taken 05/20/11

This is the double ledge drop after Rope Swing.  Boof into an aerated hole, there is a low angle slide following this rapid.




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