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Maine whitewater, Dead River - North Branch

Franklin county, Chain Lakes to Eustis section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     19 miles
  The wonderful Maine scenery and the cool fresh water beats anything. The Chain Lakes to Eustis section of Dead River - North Branch in Franklin County is 19 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. Getting some good exercise
    and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. There's camping available near Dead River - North Branch. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because
these hotels fill up quick. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your camping stuff. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Lewiston-Auburn, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.

Briefly about the general area:
 
Dead River - North Branch is right by the Morrell Trail; do take a hike on the Arnold Pond Trail. From a rainfall point of view Dead River - North Branch is a reasonably normal place. The wettest month of the year is usually July, that's the one that rains the most; February is the month with the least moisture. During the summer at Dead River - North Branch temperatures are regularly in the 70's. When the night sets in temperatures plunge down into the 50's. Through the winter the highs are usually in the 20's while the cold winter nights at Dead River - North Branch are in the-10's.

Dead River - North Branch, Chain Lakes to Eustis road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Dead River - North Branch.
 Whitewater Near Dead River - North Branch:
Moose River - South Branch, Franklin County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Peaked Mtn to Skinner)
Dead River - North Branch, Franklin County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 19 miles long (Chain Lakes to Eustis)
Cupsuptic River, Oxford County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 8 miles long (Big Canyon to Big Falls)
Dead River - South Branch, Franklin County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Green Farm Br. to Flagstaff)
Kennebago River, Franklin Oxford County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Kennebago Lake to Bridge)
Dead River - South Branch, Franklin County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.8 miles long (Dallas School to Langston Mill)
Parlin Pond Stream, Somerset County, 18 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (Parlin Gorge)
Spencer Stream, Somerset County, 21 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Logging Br to Dead River)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.5 miles long (Smalls Falls to South Branch)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.8 miles long (South Branch to Phillips)
 Ski Areas Near Dead River - North Branch:
Saddleback, Maine , 19 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 64 runs
Sugarloaf USA, Maine , 26 miles away, 2820 foot drop, 15 lifts, 129 runs
Black Mountain, Maine , 35 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
Sunday River, Maine , 43 miles away, 2340 foot drop, 18 lifts, 128 runs
Mount Abram, Maine , 45 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 5 lifts, 39 runs
Titcomb, Maine , 45 miles away, 350 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Balsams Wilderness, New Hampshire , 52 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Shawnee Peak, Maine , 62 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Lost Valley, Maine , 62 miles away, 240 foot drop, 2 lifts, 17 runs
Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire , 65 miles away, 2112 foot drop, 4 lifts, 47 runs
 Marinas Near Dead River - North Branch:
Haines Landing Marina, Rangeley , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Dead River - North Branch:
The Perennial Inn, Rumford , 38 miles away
Grand Summit Resort Sunday River, Bethel , 43 miles away
The Victoria Inn Bed And Breakfast, Bethel , 45 miles away
Chapman Inn, Bethel , 45 miles away
The Bethel Inn Resort, Bethel , 45 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dead River - North Branch:
Cathedral Pines Camping Area, Eustis, 2 miles away
Chain of Ponds Private Reserve Land, Eustis, 2 miles away
Natanis Point Campground, Chain of Ponds Township, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Dead River - North Branch:
Morrell Trail, Franklin , 5 miles away
Arnold Pond Trail, Franklin , 7 miles away
Arnold Trail, Franklin , 11 miles away
Bigelow Range Trail, Franklin , 18 miles away
Milrose Trail, Oxford , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dead River - North Branch:
Rangeley Lake State Park, Maine , 19 miles away
Mt. Blue State Park, Maine , 32 miles away
Grafton Notch State Park, Maine , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Dead River - North Branch:
Evergreen Golf Club & Golf School, Rangeley , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Dead River - North Branch
Bugeye Pond, Franklin , 2 miles away
Round Pond, Franklin , 6 miles away
Loon Lake, Franklin , 13 miles away

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