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Maine whitewater, Machias River

Washington Hancock county, Big Machias Lake to Aroostook River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     32 miles
  The Big Machias Lake to Aroostook River section of Machias River is 32 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Maine tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. Now this is a pretty long section, so it looks like you will be camping out. There are some good
    stretches to paddle in this river system, the Big Machias Lake to Aroostook River stretch is one of them. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have
reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The put-in location is a short drive from Bangor, as you can see on the road map further down. The natural beauty of Washington Hancock County and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people.

Briefly about
 
the general area:
If the weather is pleasant here at Machias River, you can go for a hike along the Webster Brook Tote Road; if you're here you will meet lots of people from close by Portage. You ought to unquestionably explore striking Gilman Beach while you're here at Machias River, and the Round Trail is a wonderful hiking trail nearby. This river is so good. The warmest time of the year at Machias River comes with high temperatures in the 70's. When the night sets in temperatures fall down into the 50's. For the period of the wintertime the highs are usually in the 10's while Machias River night low temperatures all through the winter are in the-10's.

Machias River, Big Machias Lake to Aroostook 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 Machias River.
 Whitewater Near Machias River:
Machias River, Washington Hancock County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 32 miles long (Big Machias Lake to Aroostook River)
Fish River, Aroostook County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.5 miles long (Round Pond to Ferguson Brook)
Squa Pan Stream, Aroostook County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 3 miles long (Squa Pan Lake to Aroostook River)
Seboeis River, Penobscot County, 21 miles away
      Class I-IV - 22.3 miles long (Hay Brook to East Branch Penobscot)
Millinocket Stream, Penobscot County, 22 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Millinocket Lake to Libby Camp)
Fish River, Aroostook County, 24 miles away
      Class I-V - 10.5 miles long (Soldier Pond to Saint John River)
Shin Brook River, Penobscot County, 26 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 6 miles long (Lower Shin Pond to Seboeis River)
Salmon Brook, Aroostook County, 28 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (New Dunn Town Road to Aroostook River)
Penobscot River - East Branch, Penobscot County, 28 miles away
      Class III-V - 38 miles long (Grand Lake Matagamon to Whetstone Falls)
Mattawamkeag River - West Branch, Aroostook County, 29 miles away
      Class I-II - 39 miles long (Route 11 to Haynesville)
 Ski Areas Near Machias River:
Bigrock, Maine , 52 miles away, 980 foot drop, 5 lifts, 28 runs
Big Squaw, Maine , 67 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
New Hermon Mountain, Maine , 90 miles away, 360 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
 Beaches Near Machias River:
Gilman Beach, Aroostook , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Machias River:
The Northeastland Hotel, Presque Isle , 40 miles away
Presque Isle Inn And Convention Center, Presque Isle , 40 miles away
Hampton Inn Presque Isle, Presque Isle , 40 miles away
Crown Park Inn, Caribou , 43 miles away
Baxter Park Inn Millinocket, Millinocket , 47 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Machias River:
Homestead Lodge, Oxbow, 11 miles away
Umcolcus Sporting Camps, Oxbow, 11 miles away
Mystic Acres Campground, Oxbow, 15 miles away
 Trails Near Machias River:
Webster Brook Tote Road, Aroostook , 9 miles away
Round Trail, Aroostook , 10 miles away
Island Pond Trail, Aroostook , 14 miles away
Millinocket Lake Tote Road, Penobscot , 17 miles away
Fox Brook Trail, Aroostook , 18 miles away

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