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Maine whitewater, Black Brook

Oxford county, Devils Den to Ellis River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     4 miles
  This stretch of Black Brook in Oxford County is 4 miles long and is a class IV-V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Lewiston-Auburn, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Maine are easier than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this
    state are less demanding. The campgrounds here at Black Brook are pretty good. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. On this section you do get some distance,
it's good length for a morning trip. The beautiful scenery of Maine and the cool fresh water beats anything. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. The White Mountains scenery is wonderful. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but  
if you don’t have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
The snow is good at Black Mountain, and there is a perfect hiking trail close by called the Angel Falls Trail. And that's not all you can do here in the White Mountains. Don't leave Black Brook without going to Grafton Notch State Park; nearby you stumble on the Bemis Stream Trail which is a delightful hiking trail. This river has so much to offer. A visit to Black Brook wouldn’t be complete without a journey to nearby Rangeley Lake State Park. Silver Ripple Cascade is a glorious local attraction; during your visit here you'll meet some folks from East Andover for sure.

Black Brook, Devils Den to Ellis River 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 Black Brook.
 Whitewater Near Black Brook:
Black Brook, Oxford County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4 miles long (Devils Den to Ellis River)
Swift River, Oxford County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 13 miles long (Rt 17 Bridge to Mexico)
Rapid River, Oxford County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 5.25 miles long (Pond in River to Lake Umbagog)
Sunday River, Oxford County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Above Pool to Androscoggin)
Bear, Oxford County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.8 miles long (Devils Horseshoe)
Swift Cambridge River, Oxford County, 15 miles away
      Class II-V - 6 miles long (Route 26 to Dead Cambridge River)
Crooked River, Oxford County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 9 miles long (Albany to North Waterford)
Little Androscoggin River, Oxford County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Bryant Pond to Tubbs School)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.5 miles long (Smalls Falls to South Branch)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.8 miles long (South Branch to Phillips)
 Ski Areas Near Black Brook:
Black Mountain, Maine , 11 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
Sunday River, Maine , 13 miles away, 2340 foot drop, 18 lifts, 128 runs
Mount Abram, Maine , 15 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 5 lifts, 39 runs
Saddleback, Maine , 20 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 64 runs
Shawnee Peak, Maine , 31 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Sugarloaf USA, Maine , 35 miles away, 2820 foot drop, 15 lifts, 129 runs
Black Mountain, New Hampshire , 38 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire , 40 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 10 lifts, 39 runs
Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire , 40 miles away, 2112 foot drop, 4 lifts, 47 runs
Titcomb, Maine , 40 miles away, 350 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Black Brook:
Haines Landing Marina, Rangeley , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Black Brook:
The Perennial Inn, Rumford , 10 miles away
Grand Summit Resort Sunday River, Bethel , 12 miles away
The Victoria Inn Bed And Break, Bethel , 14 miles away
Chapman Inn, Bethel , 14 miles away
The Bethel Inn Resort, Bethel , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black Brook:
South Arm Campground, Andover, 2 miles away
Hall Mt Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Andover, 5 miles away
Bemis Mt Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Oquossoc, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Black Brook:
Angel Falls Trail, Franklin , 6 miles away
Bemis Stream Trail, Franklin , 7 miles away
Bemis Trail, Franklin , 9 miles away
Chimney Trail, Franklin , 13 miles away
Milrose Trail, Oxford , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black Brook:
Grafton Notch State Park, Maine , 13 miles away
Rangeley Lake State Park, Maine , 13 miles away
Mt. Blue State Park, Maine , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black Brook:
Sunday River Golf Club, Newry , 13 miles away
Evergreen Golf Club & Golf School, Rangeley , 17 miles away
Oakdale Country Club, Mexico , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Black Brook
Mooselookmeguntic Lake, Oxford , 12 miles away
Mountain Pond, Franklin , 13 miles away
Lower Richardson Lake, Oxford , 13 miles away

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