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Maine whitewater, Machias River - West Branch

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

 

CLASS I-III     11.2 miles
  The Lower Sabao Lake to Machias River stretch of Machias River - West Branch in Maine is 11.2 miles long and it is classified as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. If you're coming from Bangor it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. The wonderful Maine
    scenery and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. The campgrounds here at Machias River - West Branch are pretty good. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too.
There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The average Maine whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip,  
so pack your camping stuff. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
A delightful beach in the vicinity of Machias River - West Branch is Big Sand Beach; close by you hit upon the Lead Mountain Trail which is a delightful hiking trail. Dawn Marie Beach is a beach near Machias River - West Branch that you can take a look at. Machias River - West Branch is a quite wet place typically with a large amount of rainfall. Most of the rain falls through November, and June on the other hand is the driest.

Machias River - West Branch, Lower Sabao Lake to Machias 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 - West Branch.
 Whitewater Near Machias River - West Branch:
Machias River - West Branch, Hancock Washington County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.2 miles long (Lower Sabao Lake to Machias River)
Mopang Stream, Washington County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.8 miles long (Maine 9 to Machias Eddy)
Mopang Stream, Washington County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.3 miles long (Mopang Lake to Maine 9)
Machias River, Washington County, 7 miles away
      Class I-IV - 36.5 miles long (Maine Route 9 to Machias)
Pleasant River, Washington County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 33.5 miles long (Pleasant River Lake to Columbia Falls)
Machias River, Washington County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 40 miles long (Fifth Machias Lake to Maine 9)
Old Stream, Washington County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Second Lake to Machias River)
Narraguagus River, Washington County, 12 miles away
      Class I-V - 17.3 miles long (Deblois to Cherryfield)
Narraguagus River - West Branch, Hancock Washington County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (Denbow Peat Mine to Sprague Falls 1)
Grand Lake Stream, Washington County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (West Grand Lake to Big Lake)
 Ski Areas Near Machias River - West Branch:
New Hermon Mountain, Maine , 69 miles away, 360 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Bigrock, Maine , 77 miles away, 980 foot drop, 5 lifts, 28 runs
Camden, Maine , 91 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
 Beaches Near Machias River - West Branch:
Dawn Marie Beach, Washington , 10 miles away
Big Sand Beach, Washington , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Machias River - West Branch:
PROPERTY OFFLINE-11571, Bar Harbor , 34 miles away
West Street Hotel, Bar Harbor , 34 miles away
Primrose Inn-Historic Bar Harb, Bar Harbor , 34 miles away
Anchorage Motel, Bar Harbor , 34 miles away
Chiltern Inn, Bar Harbor , 34 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Machias River - West Branch:
Machias River Corridor Private Reserve Land - River Rd #2, Columbia Falls, 4 miles away
Machias River Corridor Private Reserve Land - River Rd #1, Columbia Falls, 4 miles away
Machias River Corridor Private Reserve Land - First Machias Lake, Wesley, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Machias River - West Branch:
Lead Mountain Trail, Hancock , 13 miles away
Eagle Lake Trail, Hancock , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Machias River - West Branch:
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor - ME , 34 miles away
Maine Acadian Culture, Bar Harbor - ME , 34 miles away
Roque Bluffs State Park, Maine , 35 miles away
Lamoine State Park, Maine , 36 miles away
 Lakes Near Machias River - West Branch
Upper Sabao Lake, Hancock , 11 miles away
Nicatous Lake, Hancock , 12 miles away
Sysladobsis Lake, Washington , 14 miles away

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