Heavy Rains Create Unique Whitewater Rafting Experience in Northern Maine
Due to the exceptional amount of rain over the past few weeks, watersheds in Maine are brimming with water. This phenomenon is shaping up the rivers to be unusually interesting for midsummer adventurers and especially affecting the white water rafting industry. Amplifying the experiences on the West Branch of the Penobscot River, Ripogenus Dam has opened up deep gates increasing the flow of the river to 7600 CFS, normal rafting runs originating at Ripogenus Gorge, right below the dam, typically hold steady at 3200 CFS for the summer. In the month of June alone, Chesuncook Lake which feeds into the top of Ripogenus dam received 4.8 inches of rain.
The upper section of the Penobscot River is an intense, technical, thrilling compilation of class IV and V rapids while the lower portion encompasses exciting class II through IV. Companies such the New England Outdoor Center (NEOC), are taking advantage of the water flows in the lower section which has transformed in to a white water playground with this unusual high water. “We run our guests twice through this exceptional experience” says Matt Polstein owner of New England Outdoor Center. “High water like this is rare and should not be missed”.
*The Penobscot River is one of the most popular rivers in New England for whitewater rafting even without this “exceptional” rainfall. New England Outdoor Center has centralized their entire rafting operation on this river due to its ability to accommodate a variety of populations from families with young children to adrenal junkies. NEOC offers a variety of whitewater rafting trips including specific trips designed for beginner rafters. Choose from: A soft adventure whitewater rafting trip which can be fun for any age on the lower Penobscot or run the upper river twice on a Double Trouble trip. Rafting on the Penobscot is an ideal way to take in the true nature of the Katahdin Region of Maine. The route along the river affords plenty of iconic sites including vistas of Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak and the terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
There are opportunities to view moose, eagles and loons as well as relive a piece of American history and the logging days yesteryear. Characterized by its exhilarating line up of rapids the Penobscot also delivers outdoor fun and excitement. A full day trip on the River provides access to such famous rapids as Ripogenus Gorge, the Cribworks and Nesowadnehunk Falls. Another good river option is to take it easy on the water slides with the family exploring the flora & fauna of Maine. For additional information on whitewater rafting in Maine, pricing and special all-inclusive package deals. Call 800-766-7238 or visit www.neoc.com