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Maine whitewater, Nicatous Stream

Hancock county, Nicatous Lake to Pistol Green section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     7.8 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Bangor, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The beautiful scenery of Hancock County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better
    reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The average Maine whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to
be easier to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. The Nicatous Lake to Pistol Green stretch of Nicatous Stream in Hancock County is 7.8 miles long and is a class I-III section of whitewater according  
to American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Eagle Lake Trail. Nicatous Stream sees pretty high levels of rainfall. The wettest month of the year is commonly November, that's the one that rains the most, and the driest month is February. For the period of the long summer days here at Nicatous Stream, high temperatures generally get into the 70's. During the dark hours of summer temperatures descend down into the 50's. Daytime highs during the wintertime are in the 20's, and during the dark hours in the winter at Nicatous Stream temperatures descend to the 0's.

Nicatous Stream, Nicatous Lake to Pistol Green 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 Nicatous Stream.
 Whitewater Near Nicatous Stream:
Nicatous Stream, Hancock County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.8 miles long (Nicatous Lake to Pistol Green)
Passadumkeag River, Penobscot County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 0.8 miles long (Saponac to Upper Lord Brook)
Narraguagus River, Washington County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Deer Lake to Deblois)
Union River - West Branch, Hancock County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 17 miles long (Great Pond to Goodwin Bridge)
Union River - East Branch, Hancock County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 19.4 miles long (Steep Landing to West Branch)
Mattawamkeag, Penobscot County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12.5 miles long (Kingman to Mattawamkeag)
Sunkhaze Stream, Penobscot County, 17 miles away
      Class -blank- - 15 miles long (headwater to Penobscot River)
Machias River - West Branch, Hancock Washington County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.2 miles long (Lower Sabao Lake to Machias River)
Penobscot River, Penobscot County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 2 miles long (Mattawamkeag to Winn)
Mopang Stream, Washington County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.3 miles long (Mopang Lake to Maine 9)
 Ski Areas Near Nicatous Stream:
New Hermon Mountain, Maine , 51 miles away, 360 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Bigrock, Maine , 72 miles away, 980 foot drop, 5 lifts, 28 runs
Camden, Maine , 78 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Big Squaw, Maine , 81 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 98 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
 Beaches Near Nicatous Stream:
Big Sand Beach, Washington , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Nicatous Stream:
Milford Motel On The River, Milford , 31 miles away
University Inn Academic Suites, Orono , 34 miles away
Comfort Inn Ellsworth - Bar Harbor, Ellsworth , 34 miles away
Hampton Inn Ellsworth-Bar Harbor, Ellsworth , 34 miles away
The Eagle's Lodge Motel, Ellsworth , 34 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nicatous Stream:
Cold Spring Campground, Hancock County, 3 miles away
Maple Grove Campground, Penobscot County, 3 miles away
Sleeping Bear Camping, Lee, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Nicatous Stream:
Eagle Lake Trail, Hancock , 8 miles away
Lead Mountain Trail, Hancock , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nicatous Stream:
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor - ME , 38 miles away
Maine Acadian Culture, Bar Harbor - ME , 38 miles away
Lamoine State Park, Maine , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near Nicatous Stream
Nicatous Lake, Hancock , 11 miles away
Upper Sabao Lake, Hancock , 12 miles away
Sysladobsis Lake, Washington , 15 miles away

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