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Moose River Bow Trip, Maine
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August 4, 2013 - 10:42 am
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Thinking of doing this trip. Wondering about doing it latter this summer or early fall. Anyone have ideas about when to do it with adequate stream flow in the Moose River/Holeb Stream so as not to be scraping bottom all the time or is there usually enough flow in the Moose that is doesn't matter? Thanks for input.

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August 5, 2013 - 10:03 pm
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My recollection (confirmed by the AMC guide) is that the bow trip is doable at most water levels. Hal de Gulboi and I did the trip a few years ago in October with no difficulty from water level. In fact, the river is quite flat (excluding the falls of course), so it holds its water well.

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August 6, 2013 - 9:00 am
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Quite flat

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August 6, 2013 - 6:55 pm
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Thanks, good to go anytime.

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August 15, 2013 - 11:36 pm
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Not quite flat at all water levels. There are a few rips that appear at lower water levels and Spencer can be a bit of fun. They all wash out at higher water levels.

Have done the route at a wide range of levels including one that flooded out the Attean-Holeb portage. You need not worry about whether or not you have to walk. You don't.

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Spring(late April thru early June) used to(decades ago) give easier water levels to deal with....Spring has always been good....but give it a shot. Think the western part of the state has received adequate rainfall....but plan the trip and just scout out any section(ie Spencer).
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We're headed out for this trip on 9/19/13. Should be good. In order to get the best shot at doing the portage without a ferocious headwind I offered to portage everything. -on the first day when all the coolers a full! As I always say, 'what don't kill us makes us strong'

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September 12, 2013 - 10:56 am
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With the added rain of this week....should be terrific Matt H....

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Yeah! Spencer Stream seems to be the closest, went from just under 60 cfs to 400. Looking good I think. thmbup4

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Well did you go, gullboy?

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Well yeah! I discovered that 2 coolers full of beer loaded onto my pack frame and carried across the 1 mile plus portage is about my limit. It seemed a pleasure to lug my 18.5 canoe across in comparison. We stayed an extra night at Holeb Falls, carried back up past the last drop and went up the main river (as opposed to the sidestream used to access the carry trail) and explored. Then Andy showed up from a woods road near Spencer Rips with some "river magic". As usual, squally rain and headwind across Attean on the way back to the cars. Rugged but worth it.

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Hi Matt H,
I will be doing the bow trip later this his month for my first time along with several other canoeists that have done the bow trip before. In your post from 2014, you explored back upstream on the main river from Holeb Falls . Is this main river section runnable ?? Most people take the river left side channel to the carry trail, avoiding this main river section. What is the single biggest drop? Would low water make this main river section unrunnable?? I have a whitewater raft with oar frame, shallow draft and can run big steep drops. If I can run the river versus portaging, I can justify more beer!

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