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Maine whitewater, Saco River

Cumberland county, Steep Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II+(V+)     0.3 miles
  The Steep Falls section of Saco River in Cumberland County is 0.3 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II+(V+) section of whitewater. The starting location is a short drive from Portland-South Portland, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The average Maine whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot
    of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. The Steep Falls stretch is one of a few paddling stretches
in this river system. The nature scenery of Cumberland County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This is an extremely short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. No matter if you're whitewater rafting  
or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
Saco River is near Sebago Lake State Park which is a delightful place, and Cold Bowling Spring is an inspiring spot to explore while you're here. You're sure to bump into some great people from East Baldwin here. Summertime highs at Saco River commonly tend to be in the 70's; through summer nights temperatures are in the 50's. Through the winter highs are commonly in the 20's while the cold winter nights at Saco River are in the 0's. Saco River is a wet spot that gets a large amount of precipitation.

Saco River, Steep Falls 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 Saco River.
 Whitewater Near Saco River:
Saco River, Cumberland County, 0 miles away
      Class I-II+(V+) - 0.3 miles long (Steep Falls)
Saco River, York County, 2 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 0.5 miles long (Limington Rips)
Crooked River, Oxford Cumberland County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 15 miles long (Scribners Mill to US 302)
Crooked River, Oxford Cumberland County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 17 miles long (East Waterford to Scribners Mill)
Presumpscot River, Cumberland County, 21 miles away
      Class I-IV - 2.5 miles long (Sebago Lake to Pleasant Hill)
Little Ossipee River, York County, 21 miles away
      Class -blank- - 28 miles long (Balch Pond to Saco River)
Little River, York County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (US202 to Lord Road)
Crooked River, Oxford County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (North Waterford to East Waterford)
Ossipee River, Oxford York County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.5 miles long (North Highway border to Saco River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid River Rafting, Carroll County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Saco River:
Shawnee Peak, Maine , 17 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Mount Abram, Maine , 30 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 5 lifts, 39 runs
King Pine, New Hampshire , 30 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
Lost Valley, Maine , 31 miles away, 240 foot drop, 2 lifts, 17 runs
Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire , 34 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 10 lifts, 39 runs
Sunday River, Maine , 36 miles away, 2340 foot drop, 18 lifts, 128 runs
Black Mountain, Maine , 39 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
Black Mountain, New Hampshire , 40 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 40 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
Attitash Bear Peak, New Hampshire , 42 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
 Marinas Near Saco River:
Long Beach Marina, Sebago , 7 miles away
Long Lake Marina, Naples , 10 miles away
Moose Landing Marina, Naples , 10 miles away
Kettle Cove Marina, South Casco , 11 miles away
Mooselanding Marina, Casco , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Saco River:
Highland Lake Resort, Bridgton , 14 miles away
Pleasant Mountain Inn, Bridgton , 14 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Windham, Windham , 15 miles away
Holiday Inn Express BIDDEFORD, Biddeford , 19 miles away
Oakwood Inn Town Motel, Sanford , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saco River:
Acres Of wildlife Camping, Steep Falls, 0 miles away
Sebago Lake Family Campground, Standish, 4 miles away
Nason's Beach and Campground, Sebago, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saco River:
Sebago Lake State Park, Maine , 9 miles away
Range Ponds State Park, Maine , 25 miles away
Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park, Maine , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saco River:
Naples Golf & Country Club, Naples , 8 miles away
Frye Island Golf Course, Raymond , 10 miles away
Salmon Falls Restaurant Motel & Golf Club, Hollis Center , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Saco River
Little Watchic Pond, Cumberland , 4 miles away
Sebago Lake, Cumberland , 8 miles away
Bryant Pond, Oxford , 12 miles away

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