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Difficulty I-II
Length 6.5 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 02/08/2015 8:31 pm

River Description

Fairly continuous class II (+/-) water.

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: 137 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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(Based on personal measurement via online planimeter and topomaps.)

Temperance River Campground (TRC)

Class - N/A Mile - 1.35
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This might actually make a better starting point, cutting off 1.35 miles of flat/flowing/tripping water (maybe a few riffles but no real rapids). We leave the section description as listed only for 'continuity' with the upstream listed section of this river, but parenthetically indicate mileage deduction distance to here.

Light Boulderbed Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 1.7
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(0.35 down from TRC)


Class - N/A Mile - 2.05
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(0.7 down from TRC)

A pretty fair sized island splits the flow almost evenly. Left may be slightly more water and ever so slightly shorter/preferable. (No rapids to either side.)

Light Boulderbed Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 2.3
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(0.95 mile downstream from TRC)

Confluence, Pancake Creek

Class - N/A Mile - 4.45
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(3.1 miles downstream from TRC)

Pancake Creek enters from river-right, as the light boulder-bed rapids continue!


Class - N/A Mile - 5.45
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(4.1 miles downstream from TRC)
The river takes a hard-right just as it encounters the head of an island. Boulderbed rapids continue, but diminish considerably not far downstream.

Large Island

Class - N/A Mile - 6.6
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(5.25 miles downstream from TRC)

A few random relatively smaller islands precede this spot. As the river bears to the right, a very small channel (likely blocked by wood) splits to the left around a rather larger island. Scattered light rapids continue.

Six Mile Creek

Class - N/A Mile - 8
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(6.65 miles downstream from TRC)

Six Mile Creek enters from river-left, signaling that the take-out for this run is just downstream.


No Gage

Gage Descriptions

Visual inspection. If rapids along Sawbill Trail (Hwy.2) look reasonable, the run should be fine.

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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1190759 08/26/04 n/a n/a
1204116 02/08/15 Rob Minor edit; add waypoints (features/rapids)
1203916 12/15/14 Rob rename/resequence