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Once on the Golden Road the West Branch(Rip Dam on downstream) is accessible the whole way. The Big Eddy could possibly be a good place to start looking at...the depth over most of the Eddy isn't really deep(except in main channel of standing waves).
If the Eddy is overly busy...the Roll Dam stretch(below Seboomook Dam stretch) has comfortable stretches alongside campsites. Both would, imho, be well worth checking out. There's plenty of water below Abol Dam downstream for miles as well...I'm NOT familiar with all that water below. A few falls but in between you always have a chance for more quiet sections. I believe the dirt road on the south side just as you cross over Abol Bridge follows the river downstream for miles....fwiw. ~22mi drive on Golden Rd to Lobster Trip Road turnoff...(~14mi past Caribou Checkpoint) or Seboomook Dam road....maybe more like 35?
Moose are out at anytime but odds are best towards evening, deer @dusk. Animals usually will opt to stay away from crowds of visiting people and they'll vacate areas that are under the siege of logging. They're usually out to find specific food...so the less disturbance you(or crowds throughout the day) make, the more they'll usually accept your presence = the more you'll see. Golden Road hugs the West Branch from Ripogenus Dam downstream...so get down there and the group can enjoy just hanging out at various spots...
A tiny Big Eddy video (mother's day)
my apologies for the dull pixel quality...still have the cheapest Canon...and forgive the narrative, had previously hiked ~4mi with a few friends from MA = brain a bit fried! Check em' all out = several from near Cribworks and last one is Nesowadnehunk Falls....
Classic Freestanding Rack
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