3 days on the Pleasant River-downeast Maine

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A year ago last spring I spent 3 days on the Pleasant River in downeast Maine. I wrote this trip up in the old solotripping site, but what with the cold here and cabin fever setting in, I thought I'd share the trip here.
The Pleasant River starts at the Pleasant River Lake which is located on rt 9 in eastern Maine. It flows south to the ocean, I did a trip of about 25 miles and took out 14 miles above the mouth. The upper Pleasant is more a stream than river and lucky for me the water level was just right for a trip
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I paddle a wood canvas canoe and I'm not worried about scratches and dings, I try to take it easy when the going gets shallow and rocky...here I'm lining through a shallow section to save on ribs and planks getting busted. Those waders came in handy.
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For the first 5 miles I have swift water, it was a pleasure to glide silently through the forest without having to paddle much. I did encounter a few blow downs that I had to drag over, but it was a memorable trip on the upper river.
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I spent the day fishing and enjoying the scenery, the brook trout where wild and hungry. The first night I found a small spit of land where I camped, here's the river out front.
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I used a stick stove to cook up a quick meal of pasta and kielbassa, the stove is great. Not good for slow cooked meals, but light and fast for the stuff I eat.
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It was cool that evening as I cooked my dinner, but no bugs to speak of.
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Below my campsite was a section of rapids. The next moring I paddled and lined my way down to a section I would have to portage. It was a real pretty stretch. In the book, Rivers of Maine, there is a small write up about this river, they mention a large rock mid stream indicates the beginning of rapids and eventually a 1/2 mile or so portage. You can just see the rock at the top of the photo

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So I was out of the canoe for the portage, 1/2 mile, maybe less, thru the woods.
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After the portage I ran some more swift water, encounter some more blow downs and caught some more trout. Soon the river began to slow down in some areas and it became a series of switchbacks. Here is the river out front of my second nights site.
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The rest of the river, maybe 10 miles was slow moving but loaded with trout producing beaver dams. I stopped at a few to drop a panter martin lure into the swift water flowing below the dam.
All in all, a fun trip on a river seldom paddled
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Thanks Robin, I've been thinking of spring paddling lately but it's a ways off yet. Looked like a pleasant trip. Dave
 
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I love those little rivers and yours tenders a beguiling mix of pokey meandering and puppy-like swifts. Thanks for the report!
 
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Thanks for the peek at some of the Pleasant's path. I was inspired by it's meanderings to go have a look at the landing accessed by the Ell Meadow road a few years ago, I didn't have a canoe at the time though. The Great Heath is something from the surrounding hills. Maybe you've seen it but there is an enjoyable read entitled Pleasant River; Adventures Along a Maine Stream by Dale Rex Coman, the cover of which reminds me a bit of your avatar. It's no longer in print that I'm aware of but that site typically has used copies.
 
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I visited the Great Heath also before I paddled the river, but from the river I never really saw much of the Heath. My daughter lived nearby at the time and it was a real convenient river to paddle for me what with her helping in the shuttles.

I will look for the book, Thanks for the info.
 
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