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Maine whitewater, Piscataquis River - West Branch

Piscataquis county, Oakes Bog to Blanchard section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     9 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. The Oakes Bog to Blanchard section of Piscataquis River - West Branch in Piscataquis County is 9 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Augusta-Waterville, if you're not familiar with the
    area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's good length for a morning trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large
number of good spots. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. The wonderful Piscataquis County scenery and the cool fresh water have people coming here. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system,  
the Oakes Bog to Blanchard stretch is just one of many. The campgrounds here at Piscataquis River - West Branch are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Piscataquis River - West Branch you'll probably meet some people from Abbot, and Piscataquis River - West Branch is right by the Intake Trail. Take a hike on the Big Squaw Mountain Trail. Piscataquis River - West Branch gets a normal amount of yearly rainfall. July is the wettest month with most rain while February is mostly the driest month. Summertime at Piscataquis River - West Branch arrives with high temperatures in the 70's with nighttime lows in the 50's.

Piscataquis River - West Branch, Oakes Bog to Blanchard 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 Piscataquis River - West Branch.
 Whitewater Near Piscataquis River - West Branch:
Piscataquis River, Piscataquis County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Blanchard to Upper Abbot)
Piscataquis River - West Branch, Piscataquis County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9 miles long (Oakes Bog to Blanchard)
Piscataquis River - East Branch, Piscataquis County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 2.5 miles long (Shirley Mills to Blanchard)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness Expeditions, Piscataquis County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Kingsbury Stream, Piscataquis County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (Kingsbury Pond to Coles Corner Road)
Big Wilson Stream, Piscataquis County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9 miles long (Lower Wilson Pond to Bodfish Crossing)
Big Wilson Stream, Piscataquis County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Bodfish Crossing to Willimantic)
Austin Stream, Somerset County, 14 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 0.2 miles long (South Branch to Bingham)
Big Wilson Stream, Franklin County, 16 miles away
      Class I-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Willimantic to Earley' Landing)
Kennebec River - East Outlet, Somerset County, 17 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3 miles long (Moosehead Lake Route 15 Bridge to Indian Pond)
 Ski Areas Near Piscataquis River - West Branch:
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 25 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Big Squaw, Maine , 30 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Sugarloaf USA, Maine , 48 miles away, 2820 foot drop, 15 lifts, 129 runs
Titcomb, Maine , 48 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 , 63 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Saddleback, Maine , 64 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 64 runs
Lost Valley, Maine , 72 miles away, 240 foot drop, 2 lifts, 17 runs
Black Mountain, Maine , 76 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
Mount Abram, Maine , 86 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 5 lifts, 39 runs
 Marinas Near Piscataquis River - West Branch:
East Cove Marina, Greenville , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Piscataquis River - West Branch:
Bingham Motor Inn, Bingham , 20 miles away
The Towne Motel, Skowhegan , 26 miles away
Brewster Inn, Dexter , 27 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Waterville Grand Hotel, Waterville , 35 miles away
Fireside Inn And Suites Waterville, Waterville , 35 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Piscataquis River - West Branch:
Horseshoe Canyon Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Abbot, 1 miles away
Moxie Bald Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Bingham, 8 miles away
Balsam woods Campground, Abbot, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Piscataquis River - West Branch:
Intake Trail, Piscataquis , 9 miles away
Big Squaw Mountain Trail, Piscataquis , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Piscataquis River - West Branch:
Lily Bay State Park, Maine , 15 miles away
Peaks-Kenny State Park, Maine , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Piscataquis River - West Branch:
Piscataquis Country Club, Guilford , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Piscataquis River - West Branch
Whetstone Pond, Piscataquis , 6 miles away
Big Indian Pond, Piscataquis , 10 miles away
Morse Pond, Somerset , 16 miles away

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