Penobscot River Corridor (PRC) Conditions & Alerts

Conditions

April 9, 2018 | Use caution on the PRC, especially around the edges and streams of Lobster and Chesuncook Lakes, due to water flow increase from 430 CFS to 1433 CFS at Seboomook Dam by Brookfield Power. Weekly reports from Waterline FlowCast are available at www.h2oline.com OR click on the PRC Conditions page links below to view specific dam/water release site updates.

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Debsconeag campsite on the Penoscot River Corridor

PRC Overview

  • Paddling is best between May and September.
  • Fishing best on the "shoulder season" months.
  • Recreational dam releases generally occur on Saturdays during July, August, and September. Reports below are from Waterline FlowCast.
  • Getting to the PRC:
    • To reach Seboomook and put-ins for the Upper West Branch trip from Greenville, take 20-mile Road north of Rockwood. Proceed tot he T-intersection (at South Seboomook Road) and turn left for the South Branch and Canada Falls (pay day use fee at the checkpoint) or turn right for Seboomook Campground and Seboomook Dam. Continue past Seboomook Dam to reach launch sites at Roll Dam.
    • To reach Penobscot Farm and Lobster Stream, secure a North Maine Woods (NMW) pass to negotiate a NMW electronic checkpoint at the border of the Seboomook Public Lands (available at the 20-Mile checkpoint located across the South Branch.).
    • Access to the Lower West Branch is off the Golden Road west of Millinocket.

Paddling the Penobscot River Corridor - Be Prepared

  • Call (207) 941-4014 for more information. Park Manager Voicemail: (207) 592-1153.
  • Gentle paddling:
    • Below Roll Dam, the Upper West Branch offers a mix of quiet water and gentle quick water (typically a 3- to 4-day trip to Chesuncook Village).
  • Whitewater on the PRC:
    • Class IV-V whitewater between Seboomook Dam and Roll Dam through much of the season (at water levels from 350 cfs up to 3,000+).
    • Class IV-V whitewater below Canada Falls Lake provides 3.5 miles of challenging paddling, July through September, through weekly dam releases.
    • Class III-V rapids in the Lower Penobscot River Corridor should only be run by guided whitewater rafts and experienced whitewater paddlers. See the AMC Canoe Guide to Maine and DeLorme's Volume 3: Northern Rivers canoeing guide for details.
  • Communication contingency plans are a must as cell phone coverage is spotty and can go down unexpectedly.
  • Self-rescue preparedness is a must. Carry a first aid kit.
  • Plan your trip carefully and add extra days for unexpected weather when you may need to stay off the water. Suggested books: AMC Canoe Guide to Maine and DeLorme's Volume 3: Northern Rivers canoeing guide.
  • Launch sites:
    • Are often remote and require travel over a network of private logging roads.
    • Trailerable and hand-carry boat launches are highly variable. Use the online sortable boat launch listing and the PRC Information Packet to plan your trip.