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Maine whitewater, Sandy River

Franklin county, Phillips to Fairbanks Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     17 miles
  The Phillips to Fairbanks Bridge stretch of Sandy River in Franklin County is 17 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Lewiston-Auburn, as you can see on the road map further down. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you
    might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so better not forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The natural beauty of Franklin County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream
are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Phillips to Fairbanks Bridge section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so why not pack your camp stove too. The campgrounds here at Sandy River are pretty good. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that.

about the general area:
Mt. Blue State Park is worth taking a look at if you're at Sandy River, and the slopes of Titcomb are so inviting noone can resist. During your trip to Sandy River you'll meet some folks from Temple for sure. Much precipitation falls at Sandy River. November is the wettest month with most rain while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Summertime at Sandy River comes with high temperatures in the 70's with nighttime lows in the 50's. Daytime highs during the winter are in the 20's, and overnight lows in the 0's for Sandy River.

Sandy River, Phillips to Fairbanks Bridge 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:
Temple Stream, Franklin County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Drury Pond to Sandy River)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 2.5 miles long (Phillips through town)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 17 miles long (Phillips to Fairbanks Bridge)
Wilson Stream, Franklin County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 3.5 miles long (Wilton to East Wilton)
Bowley Brook, Franklin County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 0.25 miles long (between Weld and Dryden)
Carrabasset, Franklin Somerset County, 12 miles away
      Class I-IV - 20 miles long (Kingfield to US201A)
Orbeton Stream, Franklin County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.8 miles long (Barnjum Stream to Sandy River)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 0.1 miles long (Smalls Falls)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Farmington Falls to New Sharon)
Sandy River - South Branch, Franklin County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 2.8 miles long (Number Six Road to ME 4)
 Ski Areas Near Sandy River:
Titcomb, Maine , 8 miles away, 350 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Sugarloaf USA, Maine , 15 miles away, 2820 foot drop, 15 lifts, 129 runs
Saddleback, Maine , 21 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 64 runs
Black Mountain, Maine , 26 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
Lost Valley, Maine , 30 miles away, 240 foot drop, 2 lifts, 17 runs
Mount Abram, Maine , 36 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 5 lifts, 39 runs
Sunday River, Maine , 43 miles away, 2340 foot drop, 18 lifts, 128 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 44 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Shawnee Peak, Maine , 52 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire , 68 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 10 lifts, 39 runs
 Hotels Near Sandy River:
Comfort Inn & Suites, Wilton , 9 miles away
Mount Blue Motel, Farmington , 9 miles away
Colonial Valley Motel, Farmington , 9 miles away
Bingham Motor Inn, Bingham , 30 miles away
The Perennial Inn, Rumford , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sandy River:
Nor 40 Campground, Franklin County, 8 miles away
Twin Pond Campground, Farmington, 9 miles away
Nor-40 Campground, Farmington, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Sandy River:
Fire Warden Trail, Somerset , 19 miles away
Brook Trail, Franklin , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sandy River:
Mt. Blue State Park, Maine , 9 miles away
Rangeley Lake State Park, Maine , 33 miles away
Range Ponds State Park, Maine , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sandy River:
Wilson Lake Country Club, Wilton , 9 miles away
Sandy River Golf Course, New Sharon , 15 miles away
Sugarloaf Golf Club, Carrabassett Valley , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Sandy River
Webb Lake, Franklin , 14 miles away

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