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Maine whitewater, Penobscot River

Hancock Waldo county, South Orrington to Sandy Point section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     14 miles
  The South Orrington to Sandy Point stretch of Penobscot River is 14 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-III section of whitewater. The put-in is not too far from Bangor, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The nature scenery of Hancock Waldo County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. 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. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The average Maine whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than
those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. The South Orrington to Sandy Point stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this  
river system. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
At Penobscot River you always meet someone from Bucksport; since you're here you have to have a look at Collins Cove. Swan Lake State Park is a good spot to stretch your legs a bit; if you're looking for a beach nearby we recommend Spragues Beach. Coming to this river is always a good idea. Penobscot River is close to Fort Point State Park which is a delightful spot. There's no such thing as a bad day of skiing at nearby New Hermon Mountain.

Penobscot River, South Orrington to Sandy Point 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 Penobscot River.
 Whitewater Near Penobscot River:
Penobscot River, Hancock Waldo County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 14 miles long (South Orrington to Sandy Point)
Souadabscook Stream, Penobscot County, 8 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 3.8 miles long (Manning Mill Bridge to Hampden)
Marsh Stream, Waldo County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.5 miles long (West Winterport to Frankfort)
Narramissic River, Hancock County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 16.3 miles long (Denham to Alamoosook Lake)
Kenduskeag Stream, Penobscot County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 6 miles long (Rt. 15 to Bangor)
Goose Falls, Hancock County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 0.2 miles long (Goose Falls Fd to same)
Marsh Stream, Waldo County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.5 miles long (Monroe Center to West Winterport)
Goose River, Waldo County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Route 141 to Belfast)
Kenduskeag Stream, Penobscot County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Kenduskeag to Route 15)
Penobscot River, Penobscot County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Old Town 2nd Dam to Veazie Dam)
 Ski Areas Near Penobscot River:
New Hermon Mountain, Maine , 11 miles away, 360 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Camden, Maine , 29 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 56 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Big Squaw, Maine , 65 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Titcomb, Maine , 93 miles away, 350 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Penobscot River:
Hamlin's Marina Hampden, Hampden , 7 miles away
Seal Ledge Marina, Penobscot , 8 miles away
 Beaches Near Penobscot River:
Spragues Beach, Waldo , 13 miles away
Bakeman Beach, Hancock , 15 miles away
Redman Beach, Hancock , 15 miles away
Billys Shore, Waldo , 16 miles away
Cals Beach, Waldo , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Penobscot River:
Fort Knox Inn Bucksport, Bucksport , 3 miles away
Best Western White House Inn, Bangor , 8 miles away
Travelodge Bangor, Bangor , 8 miles away
Holiday Inn BANGOR, Bangor , 8 miles away
Super 8 Bangor, Bangor , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Penobscot River:
The Flying Dutchman Campground, Hancock County, 4 miles away
Flying Dutchman Campground The, Bucksport, 4 miles away
Masthead Family Campground, Bucksport, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Penobscot River:
Bald Mountain Trail, Hancock , 15 miles away
Blue Hill Trail, Hancock , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Penobscot River:
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor - ME , 44 miles away
Maine Acadian Culture, Bar Harbor - ME , 44 miles away
Fort Point State Park, Maine , 7 miles away
Swan Lake State Park, Maine , 11 miles away
Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park, Maine , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Penobscot River:
Bucksport Golf Club, Bucksport , 5 miles away
Rocky Knoll Country Club, Orrington , 7 miles away
Bangor Municipal Golf Course, Bangor , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Penobscot River
Thurston Pond, Hancock , 7 miles away
Pushaw Lake, Penobscot , 18 miles away

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