Blue Hill Falls

Blue Hill, Maine

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Blue Hill Falls is a tidal rapid on the coast of Maine between Penobscot Bay and Mount Desert Island. Since it is not affected by runoff, Blue Hill Falls can be paddled any time of year when the tides are right. The setting is classic Down East coast, with fishing and lobster boats moored on the Blue Hill Bay side and upscale summer homes on the inland pond that is fed by the rip. Blue Hill Falls is really two rapids in one: one on the incoming tide, and a different rapid on the outgoing tide. Things start to become interesting about two hours before high tide and again two hours before low tide. Tide tables are available in local newspapers. As with all tidal rapids, Blue Hill Falls changes throughout its run, challenging boaters constantly to deal with new conditions. Also typical of tidal rapids, the rocks are covered in barnacles and seaweed, making them either as abrasive as sharkskin or as slippery as an eel.
Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide

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Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide

by Bruce Lessels (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Blue Hill Falls is a tidal rapid on the coast of Maine between Penobscot Bay and Mount Desert Island. Since it is not affected by runoff, Blue Hill Falls can be paddled any time of year when the tides are right. The setting is classic Down East coast, with fishing and lobster boats moored on the Blue Hill Bay side and upscale summer homes on the inland pond that is fed by the rip. Blue Hill Falls is really two rapids in one: one on the incoming tide, and a different rapid on the outgoing tide.

Things start to become interesting about two hours before high tide and again two hours before low tide. Tide tables are available in local newspapers. As with all tidal rapids, Blue Hill Falls changes throughout its run, challenging boaters constantly to deal with new conditions. Also typical of tidal rapids, the rocks are covered in barnacles and seaweed, making them either as abrasive as sharkskin or as slippery as an eel.

©  Bruce Lessels/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Blue Hill
Distance: 0.06
Class: Class II-III
Local Contacts: Gauge location and water level information is provided in the eTrail if available.
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Hill Falls

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