canada africa partner reservation The easiest part of paddling Togus Stream was deciding to do it

The easiest part of paddling Togus Stream was deciding to do it

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Togus Stream is one of the most unique paddling adventures in central Maine. Numerous easy rapids, two Class IV runs, three giant culverts and several low-hanging bridges and trees are all part of the exhilarating experience.

I grew up playing along the little stream. Until I was an adult rower it never impressed me as something that could be sailed. Beginning in 2015, I began organizing almost annual Penobscot Paddle & Chowder Society spring trips between the outlet of Togus Pond in Chelsea and Randolph, where the stream enters the Kennebec River.

A trip on the Togus River requires some advance planning. There is no US Geological Survey gauge on the stream. I consult the Sheepscot River gauge on the USGS website as an indicator of water level. Normally, a Sheepscot rating of at least 850 cubic feet per second is needed for Togus Stream to be a smooth, entertaining descent.