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Maine whitewater, Roach River

Piscataquis county, Kokadjo to Moosehead lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     6.5 miles
  The wonderful Piscataquis County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. This stretch of Roach River in Piscataquis County is 6.5 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. No need to look hard for hotels, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Bangor, please print
    out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. Whitewater
rafting and kayaking spots in Maine tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.

about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Number Four Mountain Trail, and the best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of close by Big Squaw. There are plenty of folks from Greenville here at Roach River, and a splendid place like Lily Bay State Park is too good to leave out. This river is always fun. The Big Spencer Mountain Trail offers hiking at its best. Throughout the warm months here at Roach River, high temperatures mostly get into the 70's with nighttime lows in the 50's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 20's, and night lows in the-10's for Roach River.

Roach River, Kokadjo to Moosehead lake 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 Roach River.
 Whitewater Near Roach River:
Roach River, Piscataquis County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Kokadjo to Moosehead lake)
Big Wilson Stream, Piscataquis County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9 miles long (Lower Wilson Pond to Bodfish Crossing)
Pleasant River - West Branch, Piscataquis County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 4.7 miles long (Bear Brook to Long Pond Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness Expeditions, Piscataquis County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Big Wilson Stream, Piscataquis County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Bodfish Crossing to Willimantic)
Kennebec River - West Outlet, Somerset Piscataquis County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Moosehead Lake to Indian Pond)
Piscataquis River - East Branch, Piscataquis County, 18 miles away
      Class V - 2.5 miles long (Shirley Mills to Blanchard)
Moose River, Somerset County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Long Pond to Brassua Lake)
Big Wilson Stream, Franklin County, 19 miles away
      Class I-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Willimantic to Earley' Landing)
Kennebec River - East Outlet, Somerset County, 20 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3 miles long (Moosehead Lake Route 15 Bridge to Indian Pond)
 Ski Areas Near Roach River:
Big Squaw, Maine , 12 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 45 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
New Hermon Mountain, Maine , 58 miles away, 360 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Sugarloaf USA, Maine , 64 miles away, 2820 foot drop, 15 lifts, 129 runs
Titcomb, Maine , 68 miles away, 350 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Camden, Maine , 75 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Saddleback, Maine , 79 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 64 runs
Lost Valley, Maine , 92 miles away, 240 foot drop, 2 lifts, 17 runs
Black Mountain, Maine , 94 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
 Marinas Near Roach River:
East Cove Marina, Greenville , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Roach River:
The Brewster Inn, Dexter , 35 miles away
Bingham Motor Inn, Bingham , 40 miles away
The Towne Motel, Skowhegan , 47 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Roach River:
Lily Bay State Park - Dunn Point, Greenville, 6 miles away
Penobscot River Corridor - Big Claw, Greenville, 7 miles away
Lily Bay State Park - Rowell Cove, Greenville Junction, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Roach River:
Big Spencer Mountain Trail, Piscataquis , 6 miles away
Number Four Mountain Trail, Piscataquis , 7 miles away
Gulf Hagas Trail, Piscataquis , 15 miles away
Intake Trail, Piscataquis , 15 miles away
Big Squaw Mountain Trail, Piscataquis , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Roach River:
Lily Bay State Park, Maine , 6 miles away
Peaks-Kenny State Park, Maine , 25 miles away
 Lakes Near Roach River
First Roach Pond, Piscataquis , 4 miles away
Moosehead Lake, Piscataquis , 12 miles away
Ragged Lake, Piscataquis , 12 miles away

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