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Maine whitewater, Dead River

Somerset county, Spencer Falls to West Forks section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(IV)     13.3 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Augusta-Waterville, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The Spencer Falls to West Forks section of Dead River in Maine is 13.3 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class
    II-III(IV) section of whitewater. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. You can pitch a tent
or park your RV at a nearby campground. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The nature scenery of Somerset County and the water flowing gracefully down Dead River make the trip here worthwhile.

about the general area:
This is a popular place for folks from Rockwood, and the Arnolds Trail offers hiking at its best. An average amount of rain falls at Dead River. July is the month that gets the most rain, and the driest of the months is February. All through the months of summer at Dead River highs are ordinarily in the 70's; through summer nights temperatures are in the 50's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 20's while Dead River overnight low temperatures through the winter are in the-10's.

Dead River, Spencer Falls to West Forks 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 Dead River.
 Whitewater Near Dead River:
Pierce Pond Stream, Somerset County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (Pierce Pond to Kennebec River)
Enchanted Stream, Somerset County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 9 miles long (to Dead River)
Cold Stream, Somerset County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 11.5 miles long (Tomhegan Stream to Kennebec River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Northern Outdoors, -blank- County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Crab Apple Whitewater., Somerset County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Outdoors Northern, Somerset County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Moxie Outdoor Adventures, -blank- County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - New England Outdoor Center, Somerset County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Dead River, Somerset County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 13.3 miles long (Spencer Falls to West Forks)
Carrying Place Stream, Somerset County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 2.3 miles long (Carrying Place Township)
 Ski Areas Near Dead River:
Sugarloaf USA, Maine , 20 miles away, 2820 foot drop, 15 lifts, 129 runs
Titcomb, Maine , 33 miles away, 350 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Saddleback, Maine , 35 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 64 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 43 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Black Mountain, Maine , 51 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
Big Squaw, Maine , 57 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Lost Valley, Maine , 59 miles away, 240 foot drop, 2 lifts, 17 runs
Mount Abram, Maine , 62 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 5 lifts, 39 runs
Sunday River, Maine , 66 miles away, 2340 foot drop, 18 lifts, 128 runs
Shawnee Peak, Maine , 79 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
 Hotels Near Dead River:
Bingham Motor Inn, Bingham , 20 miles away
Colonial Valley Motel, Farmington , 34 miles away
Mount Blue Motel, Farmington , 34 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Wilton , 34 miles away
The Towne Motel, Skowhegan , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dead River:
Pierce Pond Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Rockwood, 5 miles away
Northern Outdoors, The Forks, 8 miles away
West Carry Pond Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, New Portland, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Dead River:
Arnolds Trail, Somerset , 8 miles away
Sally Mountain Trail, Somerset , 16 miles away
Fire Warden Trail, Somerset , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dead River:
Mt. Blue State Park, Maine , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Dead River:
Sugarloaf Golf Club, Carrabassett Valley , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Dead River
Otter Pond, Somerset , 5 miles away
Flagstaff Lake, Somerset , 9 miles away
Grace Pond, Somerset , 9 miles away

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