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Maine whitewater, Penobscot River - East Branch

Penobscot county, Grand Lake Matagamon to Whetstone Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     38 miles
  The wonderful Maine scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. If you're coming from Bangor it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Maine tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. There arenít
    any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds
nearby. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. This stretch of Penobscot River - East Branch in Maine is 38 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-V section. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. Whether you're whitewater  
rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Jerry Pond Tote Road, and a short tour to Spencer Rips is always worthwhile. Don't leave Penobscot River - East Branch without first going for a hike along the Spring Brook Trail. A journey to Penobscot River - East Branch wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Bowlin Falls. Summertime highs at Penobscot River - East Branch regularly tend to be in the 70's, and the overnight is a tad cooler of course, mostly in the 50's. For the duration of the wintertime highs are typically in the 20's while the cold winter nights at Penobscot River - East Branch are in the 0's.

Penobscot River - East Branch, Grand Lake Matagamon to Whetstone Falls road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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These outdoors activities are available near Penobscot River - East Branch.
 Whitewater Near Penobscot River - East Branch:
Wassataquoik Stream, Penobscot County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Deasy Pond Outlet to East Br. Penobscot River)
Penobscot River - East Branch, Penobscot County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 38 miles long (Grand Lake Matagamon to Whetstone Falls)
Penobscot River - East Branch, Penobscot County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 20 miles long (Whetstone Falls to Medway)
Shin Brook River, Penobscot County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 6 miles long (Lower Shin Pond to Seboeis River)
Seboeis River, Penobscot County, 12 miles away
      Class I-IV - 22.3 miles long (Hay Brook to East Branch Penobscot)
Millinocket Stream, Penobscot County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Millinocket Lake to Shad Pond)
Sandy Stream, Piscataquis Penobscot County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Lower Togue Pond to Millicocket Lake)
Millinocket Stream, Penobscot County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Millinocket Lake to Libby Camp)
Whitewater Outfitter - New England Outdoor Center, Penobscot County, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Penobscot River - West Branch, Penobscot County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.5 miles long (Quackish Dam to Shad Pond)
 Ski Areas Near Penobscot River - East Branch:
Big Squaw, Maine , 45 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
New Hermon Mountain, Maine , 60 miles away, 360 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Bigrock, Maine , 65 miles away, 980 foot drop, 5 lifts, 28 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 87 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Camden, Maine , 91 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
 Beaches Near Penobscot River - East Branch:
Gilman Beach, Aroostook , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Penobscot River - East Branch:
The Young House Bed And Breakf, Millinocket , 17 miles away
Katahdin Inn And Suites, Millinocket , 17 miles away
Baxter Park Inn Millinocket, Millinocket , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Penobscot River - East Branch:
Wassataquoik Private Reserve Land, Stacyville, 7 miles away
Matagamon Wilderness Campground, Penobscot County, 8 miles away
Scraggly Lake Private Reserve Land - Scraggly Lake, Oxbow, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Penobscot River - East Branch:
Spring Brook Trail, Penobscot , 2 miles away
Jerry Pond Tote Road, Penobscot , 5 miles away
Telos Tote Road, Penobscot , 6 miles away
Sand Bank Trail, Penobscot , 6 miles away
Sandbank Trail, Penobscot , 8 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Penobscot River - East Branch:
Hillcrest Golf Club, Millinocket , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Penobscot River - East Branch
Millinocket Lake, Penobscot , 13 miles away

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