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Maine whitewater, Piscataquis River - East Branch

Piscataquis county, Shirley Mills to Blanchard section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     2.5 miles
  The Shirley Mills to Blanchard section of Piscataquis River - East Branch in Maine is 2.5 miles long and is a class V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Maine and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Maine you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers
    in this state are good for beginners. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Shirley Mills to Blanchard
stretch is just one of them. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This is a somewhat short section so no need to bring snacks. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Places like
 
Lily Bay State Park are great to have a look at, and the nice people of Abbot like to hang out nearby. The Big Squaw Mountain Trail offers hiking at its best, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Piscataquis River - East Branch; Intake Trail is a good local trail. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. Piscataquis River - East Branch gets a typical amount of rainfall. The wettest month of the year is regularly July, that's the one that rains the most, and February is the month with the least moisture. During the warmest time of the year, highs commonly are in the 70's at Piscataquis River - East Branch while nighttime lows are ordinarily in the 50's.

Piscataquis River - East Branch, Shirley Mills to Blanchard road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Piscataquis River - East Branch.
 Whitewater Near Piscataquis River - East Branch:
Piscataquis River - East Branch, Piscataquis County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 2.5 miles long (Shirley Mills to Blanchard)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness Expeditions, Piscataquis County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Piscataquis River, Piscataquis County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Blanchard to Upper Abbot)
Piscataquis River - West Branch, Piscataquis County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9 miles long (Oakes Bog to Blanchard)
Big Wilson Stream, Piscataquis County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9 miles long (Lower Wilson Pond to Bodfish Crossing)
Kingsbury Stream, Piscataquis County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (Kingsbury Pond to Coles Corner Road)
Big Wilson Stream, Piscataquis County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Bodfish Crossing to Willimantic)
Big Wilson Stream, Franklin County, 14 miles away
      Class I-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Willimantic to Earley' Landing)
Kennebec River - East Outlet, Somerset County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3 miles long (Moosehead Lake Route 15 Bridge to Indian Pond)
Kennebec River - West Outlet, Somerset Piscataquis County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Moosehead Lake to Indian Pond)
 Ski Areas Near Piscataquis River - East Branch:
Big Squaw, Maine , 27 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 28 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Sugarloaf USA, Maine , 50 miles away, 2820 foot drop, 15 lifts, 129 runs
Titcomb, Maine , 51 miles away, 350 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
New Hermon Mountain, Maine , 55 miles away, 360 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Camden, Maine , 64 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Saddleback, Maine , 66 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 64 runs
Lost Valley, Maine , 75 miles away, 240 foot drop, 2 lifts, 17 runs
Black Mountain, Maine , 78 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
Mount Abram, Maine , 89 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 5 lifts, 39 runs
 Marinas Near Piscataquis River - East Branch:
East Cove Marina, Greenville , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Piscataquis River - East Branch:
Bingham Motor Inn, Bingham , 23 miles away
Brewster Inn, Dexter , 28 miles away
The Towne Motel, Skowhegan , 29 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Waterville Grand Hotel, Waterville , 38 miles away
Fireside Inn And Suites Waterville, Waterville , 38 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Piscataquis River - East Branch:
Horseshoe Canyon Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Abbot, 3 miles away
Little Moose Private Reserve Land, Greenville Junction, 7 miles away
Leeman Brook Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Monson, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Piscataquis River - East Branch:
Intake Trail, Piscataquis , 7 miles away
Big Squaw Mountain Trail, Piscataquis , 9 miles away
Number Four Mountain Trail, Piscataquis , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Piscataquis River - East Branch:
Lily Bay State Park, Maine , 12 miles away
Peaks-Kenny State Park, Maine , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Piscataquis River - East Branch:
Piscataquis Country Club, Guilford , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Piscataquis River - East Branch
Whetstone Pond, Piscataquis , 8 miles away
Big Indian Pond, Piscataquis , 10 miles away
Moosehead Lake, Piscataquis , 15 miles away

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