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Hancock county, Branch Lake to Infant Street in Ellsworth section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     4 miles
  The Branch Lake to Infant Street in Ellsworth section of Branch Lake Stream in Hancock County is 4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-V section of whitewater. The wonderful Hancock County scenery and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The starting location is
    a reasonable drive from Bangor, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so you'd better
keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular  

Briefly about the general area:
This is a popular location for folks from Surry, and a perfect beach nearby is Hales Beach. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Branch Lake Stream; Blue Hill Trail is a great local trail. A day at Jesse Beach close to Branch Lake Stream is time well spent, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Bald Mountain Trail. Going to Lamoine State Park near Branch Lake Stream is a great thing to do. During the summer, highs typically are in the 70's at Branch Lake Stream, and through the night it cools down to the 50's. Highs during the wintertime are typically in the 20's, and nighttime lows in the 0's for Branch Lake Stream.

Branch Lake Stream, Branch Lake to Infant Street in Ellsworth 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 Branch Lake Stream.
 Whitewater Near Branch Lake Stream:
Branch Lake Stream, Hancock County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Branch Lake to Infant Street in Ellsworth)
Union River, Hancock County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 0.5 miles long (Ellsworth Falls to Ellsworth)
Tannery Brook River, Hancock County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 180 to Graham Lake)
Blue Hill Falls, Hancock County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 1 miles long (Route 175 - Tidal Reversing Falls)
Narramissic River, Hancock County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 16.3 miles long (Denham to Alamoosook Lake)
Sunkhaze Stream, Penobscot County, 18 miles away
      Class -blank- - 15 miles long (headwater to Penobscot River)
Penobscot River, Penobscot County, 22 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Old Town 2nd Dam to Veazie Dam)
Stillwater River, Penobscot County, 23 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Gilman Falls)
Union River - West Branch, Hancock County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 17 miles long (Great Pond to Goodwin Bridge)
Goose Falls, Hancock County, 25 miles away
      Class II - 0.2 miles long (Goose Falls Fd to same)
 Ski Areas Near Branch Lake Stream:
New Hermon Mountain, Maine , 33 miles away, 360 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Camden, Maine , 48 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 80 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Big Squaw, Maine , 82 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Branch Lake Stream:
Abel Henry R & CO Yacht Yard, West Tremont , 16 miles away
Great Harbor Marina, Southwest Harbor , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Branch Lake Stream:
Hales Beach, Hancock , 3 miles away
Jesse Beach, Hancock , 6 miles away
Dunn Beach, Hancock , 7 miles away
Birchhead Shore, Hancock , 14 miles away
Lamoine Beach, Hancock , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Branch Lake Stream:
Twilite Motel, Ellsworth , 3 miles away
Homestead Motel And Cottages, Ellsworth , 4 miles away
Comfort Inn Ellsworth - Bar Harbor, Ellsworth , 5 miles away
Ramada Ellsworth, Ellsworth , 5 miles away
Hampton Inn Ellsworth-Bar Harbor, Ellsworth , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Branch Lake Stream:
Hospitality Woods RV Park, Ellsworth, 2 miles away
The Gatherings Family Campground, Surry, 3 miles away
Patten Pond Camping Resort, Ellsworth, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Branch Lake Stream:
Blue Hill Trail, Hancock , 10 miles away
Bald Mountain Trail, Hancock , 10 miles away
Eagle Lake Trail, Hancock , 13 miles away
Peaked Mountain Trail, Penobscot , 13 miles away
Great Long Pond Trail, Hancock , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Branch Lake Stream:
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor - ME , 20 miles away
Maine Acadian Culture, Bar Harbor - ME , 20 miles away
Lamoine State Park, Maine , 13 miles away
Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park, Maine , 24 miles away
Fort Point State Park, Maine , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Branch Lake Stream:
White Birches Motel & Golf Course, Ellsworth , 4 miles away
Bar Harbor Golf Course, Trenton , 8 miles away
Lucerne Golf Course, Holden , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Branch Lake Stream
Green Lake, Hancock , 4 miles away
Beech Hill Pond, Hancock , 6 miles away
Thurston Pond, Hancock , 17 miles away

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