The last time it rained hard in The Forks I woke up to the creek alongside my camper roaring at about 10am. I headed over to the Inn where P Mac was cooking breakfast, he whipped up a fine concoction of egg, onion and chocolate syrup on some bread with a little spinach. Oddly, it was pretty good. We brainstormed some runs and decided to head for something we hadn’t done yet this season. With almost 4″ of rain falling in Carrabassett Valley, the Carrabassett River was looking like a good option. We met up with Mason and Pat around 2 o’clock when P Mac gout out of work and headed out. We were thinking about exploring the section above the golf course but we soon came to realize we wouldn’t have much light by the time we got there. The S-Turns turned out to be running at a pretty solid level, the river was about 5′ at the Ira bridge. Mason Trumble rocked a GoPro and threw together a sick edit. Check it out, SENDING!
Follow the Send It, ME crew down Cold Stream in the Forks Maine!
A classic IV-V creek that flows into the Kennebec River, and runs in the srping and after heavy rains.
In this footage the level is medium/high, and water was completely covering the flat rock just underneath the put in Bridge.
Put In is 7.8 miles North of the Forks on 201, take a right onto the Cold Stream Logging Rd. and put in at the bridge. The take out is the Ballfield on the Kennebec in the Forks. Other take-outs are possible, but bring your gazzetteer! Enjoy!
As a way to promote knowledge, we’ll post relevent info and video that depicts the character and nature of individual creeks and rivers. To kick things off we have the Orbeton Stream Virtual Guide.
Here Josh Geib, and the Send It, ME crew, show us down Orbeton Stream at a low flow. There is a guage on the bridge at the take out, and it read about 2ft on this run.
Orbeton Stream is a tributary to the Sandy Stream (Smalls Falls near the Phillips and Madrid reach) and can be located on Map 19. Put in is on the reeds Mills Road, take out on Toothaker Rd. below the bridge.
At the low level depicted this run is class IV. However, it will get beefy and more consequential at higher levels.
Overall a great River with continuous boulder garden style rapids. ENJOY!