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Maine whitewater, Depot Stream

Aroostook county, Depot Lake to Big Black River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     19 miles
  The natural beauty of Aroostook County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Depot Lake to Big Black River stretch of Depot Stream in Maine is 19 miles long and has been rated as a class II section by American Whitewater. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The campgrounds
    here at Depot Stream are pretty good. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Depot Lake to Big Black
River stretch is one of them. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with not too many other spots for that. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack  
your camping stuff.

Briefly about the general area:
Depot Stream gets a typical amount of precipitation. Through the month of July you get the most rain around here, and the driest month is February. For the period of the warmest time of the year here at Depot Stream, high temperatures mostly reach the 70's, and the overnight is a tad cooler of course, commonly in the 50's. Throughout the winter this place gets highs in the 20's; winter nights come with lows in the-10's to Depot Stream.

Depot Stream, Depot Lake to Big Black River 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 Depot Stream.
 Whitewater Near Depot Stream:
Big Black River, Aroostock County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 22.5 miles long (Depot Stream to Saint John River)
Depot Stream, Aroostook County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 19 miles long (Depot Lake to Big Black River)
St. John River, Aroostook County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 100 miles long (American Realty Road to Fort Kent)
Chemquasabamticook Stream, Aroostock County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 27 miles long (Ross Lake to Long Lake)
Baker Branch, Somerset County, 28 miles away
      Class I-II - 18 miles long (Baker Lake to SW Branch St. John River)
 Ski Areas Near Depot Stream:
Big Squaw, Maine , 60 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Le Massif, Quebec , 62 miles away, 2526 foot drop, 4 lifts, 49 runs
Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec , 80 miles away, 2050 foot drop, 13 lifts, 63 runs
Sugarloaf USA, Maine , 92 miles away, 2820 foot drop, 15 lifts, 129 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 98 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs

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