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Maine whitewater, Sandy River

Franklin county, South Branch to Phillips section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     5.8 miles
  This section of Sandy River is 5.8 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Lewiston-Auburn, 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 don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the
    great campgrounds nearby. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. This
section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the South Branch to Phillips stretch is just one of them. The nature scenery of Maine and the cool fresh water have people coming here. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your  

Briefly about the general area:
A visit to Mt. Blue State Park rejuvenates the spirit, and the skiing at Saddleback is great. While you're here at Sandy River you can take a hike along the Piazza Rock Trail, and while you're here you will meet lots of people from nearby Phillips. This is a great river. If the weather is great here at Sandy River, you can go for a hike along the Brook Trail. From a precipitation point of view Sandy River is a reasonably common site. August is the month that gets the most rain while February is ordinarily the driest month. For the period of the summertime, highs mostly are in the 70's at Sandy River.

Sandy River, South Branch to Phillips 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 Sandy River.
 Whitewater Near Sandy River:
Sandy River - South Branch, Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 2.8 miles long (Number Six Road to ME 4)
Orbeton Stream, Franklin County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.8 miles long (Barnjum Stream to Sandy River)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 17 miles long (Phillips to Fairbanks Bridge)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 2.5 miles long (Phillips through town)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.5 miles long (Smalls Falls to South Branch)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.8 miles long (South Branch to Phillips)
Bowley Brook, Franklin County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 0.25 miles long (between Weld and Dryden)
Swift River, Oxford County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 13 miles long (Rt 17 Bridge to Mexico)
Temple Stream, Franklin County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Drury Pond to Sandy River)
Dead River - South Branch, Franklin County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.8 miles long (Dallas School to Langston Mill)
 Ski Areas Near Sandy River:
Saddleback, Maine , 9 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 64 runs
Sugarloaf USA, Maine , 14 miles away, 2820 foot drop, 15 lifts, 129 runs
Black Mountain, Maine , 18 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
Titcomb, Maine , 20 miles away, 350 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Mount Abram, Maine , 29 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 5 lifts, 39 runs
Sunday River, Maine , 34 miles away, 2340 foot drop, 18 lifts, 128 runs
Lost Valley, Maine , 35 miles away, 240 foot drop, 2 lifts, 17 runs
Shawnee Peak, Maine , 46 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 56 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Black Mountain, New Hampshire , 61 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
 Hotels Near Sandy River:
Comfort Inn & Suites, Wilton , 20 miles away
Mount Blue Motel, Farmington , 21 miles away
Colonial Valley Motel, Farmington , 21 miles away
The Perennial Inn, Rumford , 22 miles away
Blackberry River Inn, Norfolk , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sandy River:
Dummer's Beach, Weld, 7 miles away
Poplar Ridge Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Stratton, 7 miles away
Mount Blue State Park, Weld, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Sandy River:
Piazza Rock Trail, Franklin , 8 miles away
Brook Trail, Franklin , 9 miles away
Chimney Trail, Franklin , 10 miles away
Bigelow Range Trail, Franklin , 15 miles away
Fire Warden Trail, Somerset , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sandy River:
Mt. Blue State Park, Maine , 5 miles away
Rangeley Lake State Park, Maine , 21 miles away
Grafton Notch State Park, Maine , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sandy River:
Sugarloaf Golf Club, Carrabassett Valley , 13 miles away
Evergreen Golf Club & Golf School, Rangeley , 14 miles away
Oakdale Country Club, Mexico , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Sandy River
Webb Lake, Franklin , 7 miles away
Haley Pond, Franklin , 14 miles away
Mountain Pond, Franklin , 16 miles away

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