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Oxford county, Devils Horseshoe section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     6.8 miles
  This section of Bear in Oxford County is 6.8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. The starting location is a short drive from Berlin, as you can see on the road map further down. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. The wild scenery of the White Mountains is great. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Devils Horseshoe section is one
    of them. 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. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is
an area with plenty of places for that. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The natural beauty of Oxford County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. The average Maine whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so better not forget that  
many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding.

Briefly about the general area:
The Old Speck Mountain Trail offers hiking at its best, and lots of people from Andover come here. So much fun stuff in the White Mountains, just unbelievable. Don't leave Bear without first checking out Lightning Ledge It's always glorious to have a look at Screw Auger Falls. This river has it all. There's great hiking along the Table Rock Trail, and the best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of close by Sunday River. While staying at Bear you could always explore Mother Walker Falls Gorge, and Grafton Notch State Park is a nice location to stop by.

Bear, Devils Horseshoe road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Bear.
 Whitewater Near Bear:
Sunday River, Oxford County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Above Pool to Androscoggin)
Bear, Oxford County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.8 miles long (Devils Horseshoe)
Swift Cambridge River, Oxford County, 6 miles away
      Class II-V - 6 miles long (Route 26 to Dead Cambridge River)
Black Brook, Oxford County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4 miles long (Devils Den to Ellis River)
Rapid River, Oxford County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 5.25 miles long (Pond in River to Lake Umbagog)
Wild River, Oxford County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3 miles long (Hastings to Gilead)
Crooked River, Oxford County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 9 miles long (Albany to North Waterford)
Phillips Brook, Coos County, 18 miles away
      Class III - -blank- miles long (Milan)
Crooked River, Oxford County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (North Waterford to East Waterford)
Androscoggin River, Coos County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 0.5 miles long (Errol Rapids)
 Ski Areas Near Bear:
Sunday River, Maine , 6 miles away, 2340 foot drop, 18 lifts, 128 runs
Mount Abram, Maine , 16 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 5 lifts, 39 runs
Black Mountain, Maine , 19 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
Shawnee Peak, Maine , 26 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Black Mountain, New Hampshire , 27 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 2112 foot drop, 4 lifts, 47 runs
Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 10 lifts, 39 runs
Saddleback, Maine , 31 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 64 runs
Balsams Wilderness, New Hampshire , 33 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Attitash Bear Peak, New Hampshire , 34 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
 Marinas Near Bear:
Kezar Lake Marina, Lovell , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Bear:
Grand Summit Resort Sunday River, Bethel , 8 miles away
The Victoria Inn Bed And Break, Bethel , 11 miles away
Chapman Inn, Bethel , 11 miles away
The Bethel Inn Resort, Bethel , 11 miles away
The Perennial Inn, Rumford , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bear:
Baldpate Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Andover, 2 miles away
Mahoosuc Private Reserve Land - Slide Mt, West Bethel, 3 miles away
Frye Notch Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Andover, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Bear:
Table Rock Trail, Oxford , 4 miles away
Old Speck Mountain Trail, Oxford , 5 miles away
Speck Pond Trail, Oxford , 8 miles away
Mahoosuc Trail, Oxford , 9 miles away
Mahoosuc Trail, Coos , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bear:
Grafton Notch State Park, Maine , 3 miles away
Rangeley Lake State Park, Maine , 22 miles away
Moose Brook State Park, New Hampshire , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bear:
Sunday River Golf Club, Newry , 4 miles away
Lake Kezar Country Club, Lovell , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Bear
Success Pond, Coos , 11 miles away
Lower Richardson Lake, Oxford , 11 miles away
Umbagog Lake, Coos , 14 miles away

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