Penobscot River Rafting
Rafting: Kennebec River, Maine
The Penobscot River in Maine mixes up the scenery and action. (courtesy, New England Outdoor Center)
Price: $
River Rapid Class: Ripogenus Gorge: III-V; Big Eddy: III-IV
Trip in Miles: 10 to 14 miles; Ripogenus Gorge: 2 miles; Big Eddy: 8 to 12 miles
Trip Duration: 1 to 2 days
Season: May-early October
Raft Types: Paddle Raft
River Sections: Ripogenus Gorge, Big Eddy
Nearby Towns: Millinocket (ME)
Gateway City: Millinocket (ME)
Driving Times: Portland (ME): 3.5 hours,Quebec City (Canada): 4 hours

Most exciting whitewater in the East? You decide. A 12-mile run begins with Class V rapids in the Ripogenus Gorge and then lets up a little as you flow through the alternating flatwater and whitewater in the 12-mile Big Eddy section. The river here parallels Baxter State Park, with views of Mount Katahdin. Classic Maine. Keep your eyes peeled for moose, bald eagles, and ospreys. Outfitters often run the Big Eddy section first, and then shuttle back to the top of Rip Gorge after lunch; beginners and intermediates can raft just the lower section if they don’t feel up to the Rip’s Class V froth.

Published: 18 May 2011 | Last Updated: 25 Aug 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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