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Maine whitewater, Moose River - South Branch

Franklin county, Peaked Mtn to Skinner section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     7 miles
  The scenic beauty of Franklin County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Lewiston-Auburn, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that
    the rivers in this state are less demanding. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Peaked Mtn to Skinner stretch is one of them. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great
reasons to come. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
Moose River - South Branch you come across the Arnold Pond Trail which is a fine hiking trail; going for a hike on the Morrell Trail is always a magnificent adventure. From a rainfall point of view Moose River - South Branch is a relatively common place. The wettest month of the year is generally July, that's the one that rains the most; February on the other hand is the driest. All through the long summer days at Moose River - South Branch highs are mostly in the 70's. For the period of the moonlight hours it's ordinarily in the 50's. Daytime highs throughout the winter are in the 20's; throughout the dark hours in the winter at Moose River - South Branch temperatures drop to the-10's.

Moose River - South Branch, Peaked Mtn to Skinner 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 Moose River - South Branch.
 Whitewater Near Moose River - South Branch:
Moose River - South Branch, Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Peaked Mtn to Skinner)
Parlin Pond Stream, Somerset County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (Parlin Gorge)
Dead River - North Branch, Franklin County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 19 miles long (Chain Lakes to Eustis)
Spencer Stream, Somerset County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Logging Br to Dead River)
Cupsuptic River, Oxford County, 19 miles away
      Class V+ - 8 miles long (Big Canyon to Big Falls)
Dead River - South Branch, Franklin County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Green Farm Br. to Flagstaff)
Penobscot River - South Branch, Somerset County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 11.5 miles long (US Route 201 Bridge to Canada Falls Lake)
Little Spencer Stream, Somerset County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Spencer Lake to Spencer Stream)
Kennebago River, Franklin Oxford County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Kennebago Lake to Bridge)
Dead River - South Branch, Franklin County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.8 miles long (Dallas School to Langston Mill)
 Ski Areas Near Moose River - South Branch:
Saddleback, Maine , 27 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 64 runs
Sugarloaf USA, Maine , 28 miles away, 2820 foot drop, 15 lifts, 129 runs
Black Mountain, Maine , 44 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
Titcomb, Maine , 50 miles away, 350 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Sunday River, Maine , 53 miles away, 2340 foot drop, 18 lifts, 128 runs
Mount Abram, Maine , 55 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 5 lifts, 39 runs
Balsams Wilderness, New Hampshire , 60 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Lost Valley, Maine , 69 miles away, 240 foot drop, 2 lifts, 17 runs
Shawnee Peak, Maine , 71 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 75 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near Moose River - South Branch:
The Perennial Inn, Rumford , 48 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Moose River - South Branch:
Cathedral Pines Camping Area, Eustis, 9 miles away
Chain of Ponds Private Reserve Land, Eustis, 10 miles away
Natanis Point Campground, Chain of Ponds Township, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Moose River - South Branch:
Arnold Pond Trail, Franklin , 13 miles away
Morrell Trail, Franklin , 13 miles away
Arnold Trail, Franklin , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Moose River - South Branch:
Rangeley Lake State Park, Maine , 29 miles away
Mt. Blue State Park, Maine , 39 miles away
 Lakes Near Moose River - South Branch
Bugeye Pond, Franklin , 9 miles away
Round Pond, Franklin , 11 miles away
Holeb Pond, Somerset , 13 miles away

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