riverfacts.com
US Whitewater > Maine > Penobscot River - West Branch

MORE INFOMAPSTATSSAFETY

      
   
   
   

Maine whitewater, Penobscot River - West Branch

Piscataquis county, Ripogenus Gorge to Debsconeag section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-V     17 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. This section of Penobscot River - West Branch is 17 miles long and is a class III-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number
    of good rivers. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Ripogenus
Gorge to Debsconeag section is just one of many. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your sleeping bag. The scenic beauty of Piscataquis County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. 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. The nearby hotels are a bit away from  
the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
The Blue Trail is a good hiking trail close to Penobscot River - West Branch, and there is a good hiking trail close by called the Abol Trail. During the summertime at Penobscot River - West Branch highs are generally in the 70's, and through the night it cools down to the 50's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 20's; overnight lows at Penobscot River - West Branch during the wintertime usually descend into the-10's. The amount of precipitation that falls at Penobscot River - West Branch is close to the national average.

Penobscot River - West Branch, Ripogenus Gorge to Debsconeag road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

Map
map
Detailed Map


Stats
map
Stats for this river stretch


Weather
weather
Local weather forecast


OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Penobscot River - West Branch.
 Whitewater Near Penobscot River - West Branch:
Nesowadnehunk Stream, Piscataquis County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Little Niagara to Penobscot River)
Nahmakanta Stream, Piscataquis County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.3 miles long (Nahmakanta Lake to Pemadumcook Lake)
Penobscot River - West Branch, Piscataquis County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V - 17 miles long (Ripogenus Gorge to Debsconeag)
Nesowadnehunk Stream River, Piscataquis County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 13 miles long (Nesowadnehunk to Daicey Pond Brook)
Pleasant River - East Branch, Piscataquis County, 13 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Guernsey Brook to Upper Ebeemee Lake)
Sandy Stream, Piscataquis Penobscot County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Lower Togue Pond to Millicocket Lake)
Webster Brook, Piscataquis County, 16 miles away
      Class I-V - 15 miles long (Telos Landing to Grand Lake Matagamon)
Pleasant River - East Branch, Piscataquis County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.5 miles long (Lower Ebeemee to Brownville Junction)
Millinocket Stream, Penobscot County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Millinocket Lake to Shad Pond)
Penobscot River - East Branch, Penobscot County, 23 miles away
      Class III-V - 38 miles long (Grand Lake Matagamon to Whetstone Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Penobscot River - West Branch:
Big Squaw, Maine , 19 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
New Hermon Mountain, Maine , 51 miles away, 360 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 64 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Camden, Maine , 78 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Bigrock, Maine , 91 miles away, 980 foot drop, 5 lifts, 28 runs
Sugarloaf USA, Maine , 94 miles away, 2820 foot drop, 15 lifts, 129 runs
Titcomb, Maine , 96 miles away, 350 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near Penobscot River - West Branch:
The Young House Bed And Breakfast, Millinocket , 26 miles away
Katahdin Inn And Suites, Millinocket , 27 miles away
Baxter Park Inn Millinocket, Millinocket , 28 miles away
Brewster Inn, Dexter , 42 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Penobscot River - West Branch:
Penobscot River Corridor - Horserace Brook, Brownville Junction, 0 miles away
Penobscot River Corridor - Salmon Point Group, Brownville Junction, 1 miles away
Penobscot River Corridor - Horserace Pond, Brownville Junction, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Penobscot River - West Branch:
Blue Trail, Piscataquis , 2 miles away
Abol Trail, Piscataquis , 7 miles away
Abot Trail, Piscataquis , 8 miles away
Abol Trail, Piscataquis , 8 miles away
Telephone Trail, Piscataquis , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Penobscot River - West Branch:
Peaks-Kenny State Park, Maine , 31 miles away
Lily Bay State Park, Maine , 36 miles away
 Lakes Near Penobscot River - West Branch
First Debsconeag Lake, Piscataquis , 6 miles away
South Twin Lake, Penobscot , 17 miles away
Chesuncook Lake, Piscataquis , 19 miles away

Copyright © Stratus-Pikpuk, Inc.
Some content, including Reach Name, Class, Coordinates, and Length, comes from American Whitewater with permission.