I need advice from someone familiar with Seboomook Dam on the West Branch Penobscot, and the rapids below it. I'm planning a cruise from Pittston Farm at the west end of Seboomook Lake and down the WB to Chesuncook and beyond. Judging from various guidebooks, the ledges below the dam are probably beyond my skill level with a fully loaded canoe. What I don't know is how far the rough section extends below the dam. I'm wondering if it is possible to portage the rough stuff and put in below. Is this a crazy idea? I'd appreciate any insight or advice.
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Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-09-12 8:43 PM (EST)
and you can put in at Burbank right off the road. The Roll Dam can be a bit of an obstacle. I have not scouted the ledges.
Posted by: Westbrancher on Jan-11-12 7:11 AM (EST)
Thanks. Will try NE Message Board. I'll need to double the carry, so 2.5 = 7 miles. That's a big day of carrying.
s ledges/roll dam|
Posted by: tdaniel on Jan-11-12 10:16 PM (EST)
first a disclaimer: this is how I did it thirty years ago with the boyscouts about a half dozen times. Definately register and post on the NWPMP for a more current plan.
Posted by: tdaniel on Jan-12-12 7:48 AM (EST)
you're going to want to post on the north east paddlers message board, not the northwest!My typo!if they disagree with me on distances go with their estimates- I find when I go back and paddle something I did a long time ago that I often underestime the distances I once paddled. At one time you could order from usgs detailed map sized satellite images for your whole trip. Each individual rapid should be visible as a white scribble. If you do decide to run the lower set you put in at a large eddy above and around the corner from the first ledge you will run.
Posted by: TommyC1 on Jan-20-12 12:29 PM (EST)
water level on Seboomook|
Posted by: kayakfitz on Feb-26-12 7:01 AM (EST)
I was camping at Canada Falls Lake in Oct. 2011, drove down along Seeboomook from Pittston Farms and the water level in the lake was very very low. Heard they were dropping the lake to work on the dam. Might want to check on the water level prior.