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Maine whitewater, Rapid River

Oxford county, Pond in River to Lake Umbagog section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     5.25 miles
 
The map shows the put in, but how do you get to it?† What roads do you take?† Appreciate any directions anyone can give me. Says Bruce

If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. This stretch of Rapid River in Maine is 5.25 miles long and has been rated as a class IV section
    by American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Maine and the cool fresh water beats anything. The beautiful White Mountains scenery is an added bonus. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter,
this is an area with plenty of places for that. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There's camping available near Rapid River. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. The put-in location is a short drive from Berlin, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Pond in River to Lake Umbagog  
section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Rapid River you will meet lots of folks from close by Andover. There's magnificent hiking along the Table Rock Trail; don't leave without dropping by Grafton Notch State Park. This river is a wonderful place to visit. Good hiking is available along the Old Magalloway Trail. Rapid River gets a typical amount of rainfall. August is the month that gets the most rain, and February is the month with the least moisture.

Rapid River, Pond in River to Lake Umbagog 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 Rapid River.
 Whitewater Near Rapid River:
Rapid River, Oxford County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 5.25 miles long (Pond in River to Lake Umbagog)
Swift Cambridge River, Oxford County, 7 miles away
      Class II-V - 6 miles long (Route 26 to Dead Cambridge River)
Magalloway River, Oxford County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Aziscohos Dam to Wilsons Mills)
Bear, Oxford County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.8 miles long (Devils Horseshoe)
Diamond River, Coos County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Swift Diamond to Wentworth Location)
Black Brook, Oxford County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4 miles long (Devils Den to Ellis River)
Androscoggin River, Coos County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 0.5 miles long (Errol Rapids)
Androscoggin River, Coos County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 17 miles long (Bragg's Bay to Pontook)
Sunday River, Oxford County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Above Pool to Androscoggin)
Phillips Brook, Coos County, 15 miles away
      Class III - -blank- miles long (Milan)
 Ski Areas Near Rapid River:
Sunday River, Maine , 17 miles away, 2340 foot drop, 18 lifts, 128 runs
Black Mountain, Maine , 26 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
Balsams Wilderness, New Hampshire , 26 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Mount Abram, Maine , 26 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 5 lifts, 39 runs
Saddleback, Maine , 31 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 64 runs
Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire , 32 miles away, 2112 foot drop, 4 lifts, 47 runs
Black Mountain, New Hampshire , 33 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Shawnee Peak, Maine , 37 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire , 37 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 10 lifts, 39 runs
Attitash Bear Peak, New Hampshire , 39 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
 Marinas Near Rapid River:
Haines Landing Marina, Rangeley , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Rapid River:
Grand Summit Resort Sunday River, Bethel , 19 miles away
The Victoria Inn Bed And Breakfast, Bethel , 22 miles away
Chapman Inn, Bethel , 22 miles away
The Bethel Inn Resort, Bethel , 22 miles away
The Perennial Inn, Rumford , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rapid River:
Umbagog Lake State Park, Newry, 8 miles away
Frye Notch Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Andover, 8 miles away
Baldpate Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Andover, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Rapid River:
Old Magalloway Trail, Oxford , 3 miles away
Table Rock Trail, Oxford , 10 miles away
Old Speck Mountain Trail, Oxford , 10 miles away
Speck Pond Trail, Oxford , 12 miles away
Speck Pond Trail, Coos , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rapid River:
Grafton Notch State Park, Maine , 9 miles away
Rangeley Lake State Park, Maine , 18 miles away
Dixville Notch State Park, New Hampshire , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rapid River:
Sunday River Golf Club, Newry , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Rapid River
Lower Richardson Lake, Oxford , 2 miles away
Sturtevant Pond, Oxford , 6 miles away
Umbagog Lake, Coos , 7 miles away

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