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Maine whitewater, Machias River

Washington county, Fifth Machias Lake to Maine 9 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     40 miles
 
The machias river trip is 3rd machias to rt9 .not 5th machias to rt9 as stated.

The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Bangor, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This section of Machias River in Maine is 40 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come.
    The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Maine are often easier than in other states, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. The beautiful scenery of Washington County and the cool fresh
water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. The Fifth Machias Lake to Maine 9 section is one of many paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
If you want to hit the beach, Dawn Marie Beach is around here, and Big Sand Beach is pretty close by if you're in a beach type of mood. Machias River usually gets a large amount of precipitation. November is the month that gets the most rain, and the driest month of the year is June. During the warmest time of the year at Machias River temperatures are usually in the 70's. Through the dark hours of summer temperatures plunge down into the 50's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 20's with winter lows in the 0's overnight here at Machias River.

Machias River, Fifth Machias Lake to Maine 9 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 County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 40 miles long (Fifth Machias Lake to Maine 9)
Machias River, Washington County, 4 miles away
      Class I-IV - 36.5 miles long (Maine Route 9 to Machias)
Old Stream, Washington County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Second Lake to Machias River)
Mopang Stream, Washington County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.8 miles long (Maine 9 to Machias Eddy)
Machias River - West Branch, Hancock Washington County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.2 miles long (Lower Sabao Lake to Machias River)
Mopang Stream, Washington County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.3 miles long (Mopang Lake to Maine 9)
Grand Lake Stream, Washington County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (West Grand Lake to Big Lake)
Pleasant River, Washington County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 33.5 miles long (Pleasant River Lake to Columbia Falls)
East Machias River, Washington County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 35 miles long (Crawford to East Machias)
Narraguagus River, Washington County, 17 miles away
      Class I-V - 17.3 miles long (Deblois to Cherryfield)
 Ski Areas Near Machias River:
New Hermon Mountain, Maine , 74 miles away, 360 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Bigrock, Maine , 76 miles away, 980 foot drop, 5 lifts, 28 runs
Camden, Maine , 96 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
 Beaches Near Machias River:
Dawn Marie Beach, Washington , 8 miles away
Big Sand Beach, Washington , 13 miles away
Campbell Shore, Washington , 19 miles away
Hold Shore, Washington , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Machias River:
PROPERTY OFFLINE-11571, Bar Harbor , 38 miles away
West Street Hotel, Bar Harbor , 38 miles away
Primrose Inn-Historic Bar Harb, Bar Harbor , 38 miles away
Bar Harbor Villager Motel, Bar Harbor , 38 miles away
Anchorage Motel, Bar Harbor , 39 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Machias River:
Machias River Corridor Private Reserve Land - First Machias Lake, Wesley, 1 miles away
Machias River Corridor Private Reserve Land - River Rd #1, Columbia Falls, 2 miles away
Machias River Corridor Private Reserve Land - River Rd #2, Columbia Falls, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Machias River:
Lead Mountain Trail, Hancock , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Machias River:
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor - ME , 39 miles away
Maine Acadian Culture, Bar Harbor - ME , 39 miles away
Roque Bluffs State Park, Maine , 31 miles away
 Lakes Near Machias River
Clifford Lake, Washington , 13 miles away
Upper Sabao Lake, Hancock , 16 miles away
Sysladobsis Lake, Washington , 16 miles away

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