Magalloway Low Water Release Class III

Date and Time

Sunday, June 23, 2019


Below Azicohos Dam,
Maine, Western,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


There is a low water release (900cfs) scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23. The plan is to warm up on the Andro or some other Class II on Saturday, run the Magalloway on Sunday, We will run the Magalloway ONLY if we have enough experienced Class III paddlers for safety. We always have the option of paddling Class II on the Androscoggin instead. Class III experience is a must for this trip and you must have previously paddled Class II or III with one of the trip leaders to be included. The river is narrow, fast, pushy and pinny with very few forgiving eddies. It's also very shallow with lot of submerged rocks so even a "bombproof" combat roll may not save you from a swim. Self rescues are challenging and even assisted rescues can be problematic. The run starts with a bang just below a Class V section, plunging quickly over an intimidating ledge drop at the start of an intense Class III rapid. If you choose to run this section, we will set safety with throw ropes on either side of the first big pool and position a safety boat. A great option for paddlers attempting the Magalloway for the first time is to carry around this first Class III and start at the "Old Person Put In" where you get a Class II, II+ warm up before a final short Class III drop where the water pushes hard to the right through a constriction. Paddlers must run a tight line to avoid being pushed into a hole on river right. After that, the river quickly settles back to Class II and I to the take-out. The entire run is short, so we will plan on doing at least two runs, one before lunch, one after. First timers who start at the OPPI on the first run and have no problems, often do the upper Class III section on the second run. Paddlers will need a whitewater-capable canoe or kayak with flotation (mandatory) and the skills to maneuver confidently in continuous swift-flowing, pushy current around rocks, holes, and large waves. Kayaks must have a tight-fitting neoprene sprayskirt or your boat will swamp. All paddlers must wear a helmet and PFD at all times while on the water. Rentals are available from NH AMC (see link below) but arrangements must be made well in advance. The Magalloway is about 1.5 hours north of Joe Dodge Lodge. The Andro Pontook is 45 min. from JDL. Local lodging and camping options are available.

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