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Maine whitewater, Union River - West Branch

Hancock county, Great Pond to Goodwin Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     17 miles
  If you're coming from Bangor it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The wonderful Maine scenery and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The campgrounds here at Union River - West Branch are pretty good. This
    is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camp stove. The Great Pond to Goodwin Bridge stretch of Union
River - West Branch in Hancock County is 17 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
There is a good hiking trail close to Union River - West Branch called the Peaked Mountain Trail; a day at beautiful Jesse Beach near Union River - West Branch is a delightful thing to do. Going for a hike on the Eagle Lake Trail is always a magnificent adventure; you can spend the day on the beach at Dunn Beach. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. Union River - West Branch is a place with many visitors from Ellsworth. Carter Bluff is an exciting location to stop at while at Union River - West Branch. All the water falling down from the sky makes Union River - West Branch a wet place.

Union River - West Branch, Great Pond to Goodwin Bridge 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 Union River - West Branch.
 Whitewater Near Union River - West Branch:
Sunkhaze Stream, Penobscot County, 5 miles away
      Class -blank- - 15 miles long (headwater to Penobscot River)
Union River - West Branch, Hancock County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 17 miles long (Great Pond to Goodwin Bridge)
Tannery Brook River, Hancock County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 180 to Graham Lake)
Union River - East Branch, Hancock County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 19.4 miles long (Steep Landing to West Branch)
Narraguagus River, Washington County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Deer Lake to Deblois)
Union River, Hancock County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 0.5 miles long (Ellsworth Falls to Ellsworth)
Passadumkeag River, Penobscot County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 0.8 miles long (Saponac to Upper Lord Brook)
Nicatous Stream, Hancock County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.8 miles long (Nicatous Lake to Pistol Green)
Narraguagus River - West Branch, Hancock Washington County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (Denbow Peat Mine to Sprague Falls 1)
Branch Lake Stream, Hancock County, 18 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Branch Lake to Infant Street in Ellsworth)
 Ski Areas Near Union River - West Branch:
New Hermon Mountain, Maine , 40 miles away, 360 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Camden, Maine , 63 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Big Squaw, Maine , 81 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 89 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Bigrock, Maine , 90 miles away, 980 foot drop, 5 lifts, 28 runs
 Beaches Near Union River - West Branch:
Dunn Beach, Hancock , 11 miles away
Jesse Beach, Hancock , 12 miles away
Black Beach, Hancock , 18 miles away
Hales Beach, Hancock , 19 miles away
Marlboro Beach, Hancock , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Union River - West Branch:
Comfort Inn Ellsworth - Bar Harbor, Ellsworth , 16 miles away
Hampton Inn Ellsworth-Bar Harbor, Ellsworth , 16 miles away
Ramada Ellsworth, Ellsworth , 16 miles away
The Eagle's Lodge Motel, Ellsworth , 16 miles away
Twilite Motel, Ellsworth , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Union River - West Branch:
Great Pond Outdoor Recreation Area, Aurora, 6 miles away
Eastbrook Campground, Eastbrook, 10 miles away
Parks Pond Campground, Eddington, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Union River - West Branch:
Peaked Mountain Trail, Penobscot , 10 miles away
Eagle Lake Trail, Hancock , 13 miles away
Old Gold Mine Trail, Penobscot , 14 miles away
Lead Mountain Trail, Hancock , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Union River - West Branch:
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor - ME , 24 miles away
Maine Acadian Culture, Bar Harbor - ME , 24 miles away
Lamoine State Park, Maine , 20 miles away
Fort Point State Park, Maine , 38 miles away
Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park, Maine , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Union River - West Branch:
White Birches Motel & Golf Course, Ellsworth , 17 miles away
Bar Harbor Golf Course, Trenton , 18 miles away
Lucerne Golf Course, Holden , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Union River - West Branch
Beech Hill Pond, Hancock , 12 miles away
Upper Lead Mountain Pond, Hancock , 13 miles away
Green Lake, Hancock , 15 miles away

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