Miles
Named Rapids
Rafters in 2019
Customers Rafting on The Penobscot since 2006

LOWER RIVER RAPIDS

The Lower West Branch Penobscot

We put on at class IV Nesowadenahunk Falls and raft a little over six miles to a river access called Nevers Corner. We’ll explore riverwide waterfalls, surf, play on natural waterslides, and stop for a riverside picnic along the way-we might even see an eagle or two! Because there are multiple routes through all of the rapids, our trips on the lower river have something for everyone from very mild to wild!

River Features:

  • Class III Fisherman’s drop a Nesowadenahun falls
  • Class IV Raft-Line Drop at Nesowadenahunk Falls
  • Class I Nesowadenahunk Rips
  • Class II Nesowadenahunk Stream ledge slide
  • The Abol Flatwater and Abol Ledges Picnic Area
  • Class II Little Abol Falls
  • Class III BIg Abol Falls
  • Class II LIttle Pockwocamus Falls
  • Class III+ Big Pocwockamus Falls

UPPER RIVER RAPIDS

The Upper West Branch Penobscot

The upper river contains 10 major rapids and covers just over six miles. This section of river is sure to get the adrenaline flowing, blood pumping, and temperature rising! We begin at Mckay Hydroelectric station and make our way over some of the most technical class II-class V whitewater on the east coast before taking off the water downstream of Big Ambejackamockamus falls.

River Features:

  • Class V Ripogenus Gorge
  • Class IV Heaters
  • Class III Little Eddy Rapid
  • Class IV Troublemaker Rapid
  • Class IV Bailing Eddy Rapid
  • Class V Cribworks Rapid-Considered the Fourth most technical rapid in USA
  • Class IV The Arches
  • Class III Big Eddy Rapid
  • Class II Little Ambejackmockamous Falls
  • Class IV Big Ambejackmockamus Falls

The Penobscot River

In Maine

Penobscot River

Rapids occur when fast moving water meets slow moving water

Rapid Classes are based on 3 main characteristics:

  • Gradient- The steepness of the rapid
  • Obstruction- What is on the riverbed slowing water down
  • Constriction-The width of the river

The Classes:

  • Class I- Swift moving current with a riffling surface and minimal obstructions require minimal navigation
  • Class II- Rapids with small waves, channels that are obvious without scouting. May require paddling and light navigation.
  • Class III (+/-) - 2 to 4 foot waves, small holes, exposed rocks, requires  some paddling maneuvers to navigate.
  • Class IV (+/-) -Longer rapids with 5 to 10 foot tall waves, large holes, specific routes, and require a moderate amount of paddling for navigating safely.
  • Class V (V-V.V)- Highly technical with major waves and recirculating holes, and narrow slots that require significant paddling for navigating safely.

The rapids of The West Branch of the Penobscot range from Class I to Class V

This is A Class III-V

On the West Branch of the Penobscot River

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