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Difficulty I-II
Length 25 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 04/04/2020 3:06 pm

River Description

This long reach may be shortened substantially via a number of road crossings.
Reportedly, there are some technical boulder garden rapids and a few good playable waves (particularly near CR131/133).

I have no firsthand knowledge of this reach, but analysis of topo maps suggests the following:

From County Route 4 to County Route 14 (5.0 miles at 6 FPM): Mostly lower gradient through (what appears to be) a marshy area.
From County Route 14 to Hwy.73 (5.8 miles at 11 FPM): Gradient picks up a bit. River is narrow and winding, with one rapids after another.
Just above the confluence of the West Branch (above CR 131) there is 1 mile at 23FPM, though the flow from the West Branch may be needed for good paddling at lower flows.
From Hwy.73 to Hwy.27 (5.1 miles, at 13 FPM): Gradient continues good. There is 1 mile at 25FPM flanking Hwy 27 bridge.
From Hwy.27 to County Road 66 (5.1 miles at 9 FPM): Gradient slacks off.
From County Route 66 to County Route 52 (4.2 miles at 9 FPM): Prior gradient continues, flattening out towards the end.

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Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: 56 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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Drainage area at our listed put-in is approximately 56 sq.mi. (as calculated via USGS StreamStats Beta software).


No Gage

Gage Descriptions

There is reportedly a gauge at County Route 12.
Readings between 2.5' and 4.0' provide good paddling.
(May be possible higher and lower.)

Directions Description

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Penobscot River Dams to be Removed!

Kevin Colburn

Atlantic Salmon and other imperiled fish species will soon have hundreds of additional miles of habitat. A recent decision between a power company, NGO's, tribes, and government agencies calls for the removal of two dams on Maine's Penobscot River and the bypassing of a third. American Whitewater applauds this huge win for rivers and is recruiting volunteers to assist with our work on the project. There is a public meeting December 2nd.



Matt Muir


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1208669 01/03/18 Rob remove table from description, putting info into simple statement/paragraph form.
1214580 04/04/20 Rob updated description
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