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Maine whitewater, Sandy River

Franklin county, Smalls Falls to South Branch section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     5.5 miles
 
Today I finished a kayak trip from Strong, Maine and took out at Osoola Park in Norridgewock. It took a day and three quarters. The bridge in New Sharon is by far† the largest waves just under the bridge. Tired arms went through that at the near end of day. The water after that is fast for about an hour after that. Need to pay attention. Says Joe

The put-in location is a short drive from Lewiston-Auburn, as you can see on the road
    map further down. This section of Sandy River in Franklin County is 5.5 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Maine and the water flowing gracefully
down Sandy River attract people from near and far. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The beauty of the White Mountains is a great plus for this river. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. 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. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too.

Briefly about the general area:
Have a tremendous hiking adventure along the Brook Trail, and a day on the slopes of Saddleback is just what you need.

Sandy River, Smalls Falls to South Branch 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 Sandy River.
 Whitewater Near Sandy River:
Sandy River - South Branch, Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 2.8 miles long (Number Six Road to ME 4)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.5 miles long (Smalls Falls to South Branch)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.8 miles long (South Branch to Phillips)
Orbeton Stream, Franklin County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.8 miles long (Barnjum Stream to Sandy River)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 17 miles long (Phillips to Fairbanks Bridge)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 2.5 miles long (Phillips through town)
Dead River - South Branch, Franklin County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.8 miles long (Dallas School to Langston Mill)
Bowley Brook, Franklin County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 0.25 miles long (between Weld and Dryden)
Swift River, Oxford County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 13 miles long (Rt 17 Bridge to Mexico)
Dead River - South Branch, Franklin County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Green Farm Br. to Flagstaff)
 Ski Areas Near Sandy River:
Saddleback, Maine , 6 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 64 runs
Sugarloaf USA, Maine , 15 miles away, 2820 foot drop, 15 lifts, 129 runs
Black Mountain, Maine , 17 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
Titcomb, Maine , 23 miles away, 350 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Mount Abram, Maine , 28 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 5 lifts, 39 runs
Sunday River, Maine , 32 miles away, 2340 foot drop, 18 lifts, 128 runs
Lost Valley, Maine , 38 miles away, 240 foot drop, 2 lifts, 17 runs
Shawnee Peak, Maine , 45 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Black Mountain, New Hampshire , 58 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Balsams Wilderness, New Hampshire , 59 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Sandy River:
The Perennial Inn, Rumford , 21 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Wilton , 24 miles away
Mount Blue Motel, Farmington , 25 miles away
Colonial Valley Motel, Farmington , 25 miles away
Blackberry River Inn, Norfolk , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sandy River:
Piazza Rock Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Oquossoc, 4 miles away
Poplar Ridge Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Stratton, 6 miles away
Dummer's Beach, Weld, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Sandy River:
Piazza Rock Trail, Franklin , 4 miles away
Brook Trail, Franklin , 7 miles away
Chimney Trail, Franklin , 8 miles away
Bigelow Range Trail, Franklin , 15 miles away
Angel Falls Trail, Franklin , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sandy River:
Mt. Blue State Park, Maine , 8 miles away
Rangeley Lake State Park, Maine , 17 miles away
Grafton Notch State Park, Maine , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sandy River:
Evergreen Golf Club & Golf School, Rangeley , 10 miles away
Sugarloaf Golf Club, Carrabassett Valley , 15 miles away
Oakdale Country Club, Mexico , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Sandy River
Webb Lake, Franklin , 8 miles away
Haley Pond, Franklin , 11 miles away
Mountain Pond, Franklin , 12 miles away

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