Maine’s big rivers were once its commercial highways. Today, they’re its playgrounds.
Rivers like the Dead and the Saco, the Kennebecand the Penobscot transported people by canoe and bateau and steamer and carried logs for ships’ masts and wood pulp. Today, you’re more likely to find folks bobbing along the Saco on an inner tube; casting a fly on a remote corner of the Penobscot; whooping it up on the Kennebec’s big rapids; or lining up to play in a kayak at Elephant Rock on the Dead.
What hasn’t changed? Maine’s big rivers still run through some of the prettiest, and wildest, places in the state, places with names like the Ripogenus Gorge, Poplar Hill Falls and Big Mama.