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Maine whitewater, Swift River

Oxford county, Rt 17 Bridge to Mexico section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     13 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Maine and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Maine are often easier than in other states, so better not forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. The Rt 17 Bridge to Mexico section of Swift River in Maine is 13 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. You might
    be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good rivers for that around here. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and
if you make reservations in advance you're all set. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Rt 17 Bridge to Mexico stretch is one of them. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. The put-in location is a short drive from Lewiston-Auburn, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page  
so you wonít get lost. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. The river winds through the White Mountains and you get great scenery.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Swift River without first going for a hike along the Chimney Trail. A good place like Mt. Blue State Park close to Swift River is too great to leave out, and tremendous hiking is available along the Brook Trail. This river is a great place to visit. This is a popular location for people from Rumford, and a day on the slopes of Black Mountain is just what you need.

Swift River, Rt 17 Bridge to Mexico 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 Swift River.
 Whitewater Near Swift River:
Swift River, Oxford County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 13 miles long (Rt 17 Bridge to Mexico)
Nezinscot River - West Branch, Oxford County, 10 miles away
      Class -blank- - 17 miles long (Headwaters to Buckfield)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.5 miles long (Smalls Falls to South Branch)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.8 miles long (South Branch to Phillips)
Sandy River - South Branch, Franklin County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 2.8 miles long (Number Six Road to ME 4)
Little Androscoggin River, Oxford County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Bryant Pond to Tubbs School)
Bowley Brook, Franklin County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 0.25 miles long (between Weld and Dryden)
Little Androscoggin River, Oxford County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (West Paris to South Paris)
Black Brook, Oxford County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4 miles long (Devils Den to Ellis River)
Orbeton Stream, Franklin County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.8 miles long (Barnjum Stream to Sandy River)
 Ski Areas Near Swift River:
Black Mountain, Maine , 4 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
Mount Abram, Maine , 15 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 5 lifts, 39 runs
Saddleback, Maine , 16 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 64 runs
Sunday River, Maine , 21 miles away, 2340 foot drop, 18 lifts, 128 runs
Titcomb, Maine , 28 miles away, 350 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Sugarloaf USA, Maine , 28 miles away, 2820 foot drop, 15 lifts, 129 runs
Lost Valley, Maine , 31 miles away, 240 foot drop, 2 lifts, 17 runs
Shawnee Peak, Maine , 32 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire , 46 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 10 lifts, 39 runs
Black Mountain, New Hampshire , 47 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
 Hotels Near Swift River:
The Perennial Inn, Rumford , 8 miles away
Blackberry River Inn, Norfolk , 15 miles away
The Bethel Inn Resort, Bethel , 19 miles away
Grand Summit Resort Sunday River, Bethel , 19 miles away
The Victoria Inn Bed And Breakfast, Bethel , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Swift River:
Coos Canyon Cabins and Campground, Byron, 6 miles away
Mount Blue State Park, Weld, 9 miles away
Mountain View Campground, Dixfield, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Swift River:
Chimney Trail, Franklin , 5 miles away
Brook Trail, Franklin , 6 miles away
Angel Falls Trail, Franklin , 12 miles away
Bemis Stream Trail, Franklin , 14 miles away
Piazza Rock Trail, Franklin , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Swift River:
Mt. Blue State Park, Maine , 14 miles away
Rangeley Lake State Park, Maine , 18 miles away
Grafton Notch State Park, Maine , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Swift River:
Oakdale Country Club, Mexico , 6 miles away
Evergreen Golf Club & Golf School, Rangeley , 17 miles away
Paris Hill Country Club, South Paris , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Swift River
Webb Lake, Franklin , 9 miles away
Haley Pond, Franklin , 14 miles away
Mountain Pond, Franklin , 14 miles away

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