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Maine whitewater, Penobscot River - West Branch

Penobscot county, Quackish Dam to Shad Pond section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     6.5 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Penobscot County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. This section of Penobscot River - West Branch in Penobscot County is 6.5 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Quackish Dam to Shad Pond section is just one of them. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. 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. Lodging is available near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular
destination. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're
 
here at Penobscot River - West Branch you can take a hike along the Gray Ledge Dam Trail, and a visit to Grand Falls will fill your soul with good feelings. People from Millinocket love to come to Penobscot River - West Branch, and on a fine day you can take a hike along the Cedar Lake Trail. At this river you will never have a bad time. Summer at Penobscot River - West Branch arrives with high temperatures in the 70's while nighttime lows are mostly in the 50's. For the duration of the winter highs are in the 20's, and night lows in the 0's for Penobscot River - West Branch. Penobscot River - West Branch gets a normal amount of annual rain.

Penobscot River - West Branch, Quackish Dam to Shad Pond 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 - West Branch.
 Whitewater Near Penobscot River - West Branch:
Whitewater Outfitter - New England Outdoor Center, Penobscot County, 1 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Penobscot River - West Branch, Penobscot County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.5 miles long (Quackish Dam to Shad Pond)
Millinocket Stream, Penobscot County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Millinocket Lake to Shad Pond)
Wassataquoik Stream, Penobscot County, 14 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Deasy Pond Outlet to East Br. Penobscot River)
Penobscot River - East Branch, Penobscot County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 20 miles long (Whetstone Falls to Medway)
Sandy Stream, Piscataquis Penobscot County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Lower Togue Pond to Millicocket Lake)
Piscataquis River, Piscataquis County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.4 miles long (Medford to Maxfield)
Schoodic Stream, Piscataquis County, 20 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (Schoodic Lake to Miol-Howland Road)
Penobscot River, Penobscot County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II - 2 miles long (Mattawamkeag to Winn)
Shin Brook River, Penobscot County, 25 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 6 miles long (Lower Shin Pond to Seboeis River)
 Ski Areas Near Penobscot River - West Branch:
New Hermon Mountain, Maine , 42 miles away, 360 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Big Squaw, Maine , 44 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Bigrock, Maine , 74 miles away, 980 foot drop, 5 lifts, 28 runs
Camden, Maine , 74 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 76 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near Penobscot River - West Branch:
The Young House Bed And Breakfast, Millinocket , 2 miles away
Katahdin Inn And Suites, Millinocket , 2 miles away
Baxter Park Inn Millinocket, Millinocket , 2 miles away
Milford Motel On The River, Milford , 33 miles away
Black Bear Inn And Conference Center, Orono , 35 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Penobscot River - West Branch:
Hidden Springs Campground, Millinocket, 2 miles away
Allagash Gateway Campsite, Millinocket, 6 miles away
Big Moose Campground, Piscataquis County, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Penobscot River - West Branch:
Gray Ledge Dam Trail, Penobscot , 7 miles away
Cedar Lake Trail, Penobscot , 8 miles away
Ragged Mountain Trail, Penobscot , 11 miles away
Lake Trail, Penobscot , 11 miles away
Shore Road Trail, Penobscot , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Penobscot River - West Branch:
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor - ME , 69 miles away
Maine Acadian Culture, Bar Harbor - ME , 69 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Penobscot River - West Branch:
Hillcrest Golf Club, Millinocket , 2 miles away
JATO Highland Golf Course, Lincoln , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Penobscot River - West Branch
Millinocket Lake, Penobscot , 6 miles away
South Twin Lake, Penobscot , 11 miles away
Mattanawcook Pond, Penobscot , 20 miles away

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