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Maine whitewater, Penobscot River

Penobscot county, Old Town 2nd Dam to Veazie Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     6 miles
  The Old Town 2nd Dam to Veazie Dam stretch of Penobscot River in Penobscot County is 6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-III section. The scenic beauty of Penobscot County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. The put-in location is a short drive from Bangor, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system,
    the Old Town 2nd Dam to Veazie Dam section is one of them. There's camping available near Penobscot River. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels
fill up quick. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good places. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Bald Mountain Trail is always a perfect adventure, and a forest
 
nearby is University Forest. There is a good hiking trail in the vicinity of Penobscot River called the Old Gold Mine Trail, and lots of people from Orono come here. This is such a wonderful river. During the summertime at Penobscot River highs are ordinarily in the 70's with night lows in the 50's. For the period of the winter highs are in the 20's, and overnight lows in the 0's for Penobscot River. Penobscot River usually gets a good deal of precipitation. Most of the rain falls through November, and February is the month with the least moisture.

Penobscot River, Old Town 2nd Dam to Veazie Dam 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 Penobscot River.
 Whitewater Near Penobscot River:
Penobscot River, Penobscot County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Old Town 2nd Dam to Veazie Dam)
Stillwater River, Penobscot County, 4 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Gilman Falls)
Kenduskeag Stream, Penobscot County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 6 miles long (Rt. 15 to Bangor)
Penobscot River, Hancock Waldo County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 14 miles long (South Orrington to Sandy Point)
Souadabscook Stream, Penobscot County, 16 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 3.8 miles long (Manning Mill Bridge to Hampden)
Narramissic River, Hancock County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 16.3 miles long (Denham to Alamoosook Lake)
Tannery Brook River, Hancock County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 180 to Graham Lake)
Kenduskeag Stream, Penobscot County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Kenduskeag to Route 15)
Sunkhaze Stream, Penobscot County, 19 miles away
      Class -blank- - 15 miles long (headwater to Penobscot River)
Branch Lake Stream, Hancock County, 19 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Branch Lake to Infant Street in Ellsworth)
 Ski Areas Near Penobscot River:
New Hermon Mountain, Maine , 18 miles away, 360 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Camden, Maine , 46 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Big Squaw, Maine , 62 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 66 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Bigrock, Maine , 99 miles away, 980 foot drop, 5 lifts, 28 runs
 Marinas Near Penobscot River:
Hamlin's Marina Hampden, Hampden , 11 miles away
 Beaches Near Penobscot River:
Hales Beach, Hancock , 19 miles away
Dunn Beach, Hancock , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Penobscot River:
University Inn Academic Suites, Orono , 0 miles away
Black Bear Inn And Conference Center, Orono , 2 miles away
Milford Motel On The River, Milford , 4 miles away
Hampton Inn Bangor, Bangor , 5 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Bangor, Bangor , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Penobscot River:
Greenwood Acres Campground, Eddington, 3 miles away
Pushaw Lake Campground, Orono, 6 miles away
Wheeler Stream Campground, Bangor, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Penobscot River:
Old Gold Mine Trail, Penobscot , 10 miles away
Bald Mountain Trail, Hancock , 12 miles away
Peaked Mountain Trail, Penobscot , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Penobscot River:
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor - ME , 40 miles away
Maine Acadian Culture, Bar Harbor - ME , 40 miles away
Fort Point State Park, Maine , 23 miles away
Swan Lake State Park, Maine , 27 miles away
Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park, Maine , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Penobscot River:
Hidden Meadows Golf Course, Old Town , 5 miles away
Lucerne Golf Course, Holden , 10 miles away
Bangor Municipal Golf Course, Bangor , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Penobscot River
Holland Pond, Penobscot , 9 miles away
Pushaw Lake, Penobscot , 11 miles away
Thurston Pond, Hancock , 12 miles away

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