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Maine whitewater, Machias River

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

 

CLASS I-IV     36.5 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Bangor, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of Machias River in Washington County is 36.5 miles long and is a class I-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Washington County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Since you're on
    this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There are plenty of other sections in this river system
that can be paddled as well. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Maine is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so better  
bring your camping gear along.

Briefly about the general area:
Nothing beats kicking back at Roque Island Ledge; a trip to Dyer Point Riffles will fill your spirit with good feelings. People from Jonesboro love to come to Machias River; Hardwood Point is very near and is a great place to explore. At this river you will never have a bad time. Hit the beach if you want, Sandy River Beach is practically right here It's always delightful to visit Holmes Falls. Machias River is in the vicinity of Roque Bluffs State Park which is a pretty spot. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 70's to Machias River.

Machias River, Maine Route 9 to Machias 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:
East Machias River, Washington County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 35 miles long (Crawford to East Machias)
Old Stream, Washington County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Second Lake to Machias River)
Machias River, Washington County, 14 miles away
      Class I-IV - 36.5 miles long (Maine Route 9 to Machias)
Northern Inlet, Washington County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.5 miles long (Rt. 191 to Mud Landing)
Cathance Stream, Washington County, 20 miles away
      Class I-V - 18 miles long (Lake Cathance to Dennysville)
Machias River, Washington County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 40 miles long (Fifth Machias Lake to Maine 9)
Chase Mills Stream, Washington County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 1.5 miles long (Gardner Lake to East Machias)
Grand Lake Stream, Washington County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (West Grand Lake to Big Lake)
Mopang Stream, Washington County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.8 miles long (Maine 9 to Machias Eddy)
Pleasant River, Washington County, 22 miles away
      Class I-III - 33.5 miles long (Pleasant River Lake to Columbia Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Machias River:
Bigrock, Maine , 86 miles away, 980 foot drop, 5 lifts, 28 runs
New Hermon Mountain, Maine , 88 miles away, 360 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
 Beaches Near Machias River:
Sandy River Beach, Washington , 13 miles away
Roque Island Ledge, Washington , 13 miles away
Pobblestone Cove, Washington , 13 miles away
Little Pond Beach, Washington , 14 miles away
Ballast Island Ledge, Washington , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Machias River:
PROPERTY OFFLINE-11571, Bar Harbor , 43 miles away
Primrose Inn-Historic Bar Harb, Bar Harbor , 44 miles away
Bar Harbor Villager Motel, Bar Harbor , 44 miles away
West Street Hotel, Bar Harbor , 44 miles away
Chiltern Inn, Bar Harbor , 44 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Machias River:
Sunkhaze Campground, Washington County, 9 miles away
Sunkhaze Campground, Jonesboro, 9 miles away
Great Cove Golf Course and RV Park, Roque Bluffs, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Machias River:
Mud Hole Trail, Washington , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Machias River:
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor - ME , 44 miles away
Maine Acadian Culture, Bar Harbor - ME , 44 miles away
Roque Bluffs State Park, Maine , 15 miles away
Cobscook Bay State Park, Maine , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Machias River:
Great Cove Golf Course, Jonesboro , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Machias River
Second Lake, Washington , 11 miles away
Hadley Lake, Washington , 14 miles away
Clifford Lake, Washington , 14 miles away

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