Downloadable Map: North Branch Dead River

The North Branch Dead River flows from the beautiful Chain of Ponds, near the Canadian border, south 25 miles to Flagstaff Lake. Its mix of lakes, flatwater, and rapids provide variety, and due to several access points, the river can be done as either a 2-3 day trip or as a series of day paddles.  While its rapids are generally too low to paddle after mid June, most can be portaged or lined at low water. The river contains an interesting piece of American history. In 1775, Benedict Arnold and around 1,000 men paddled up the North Branch and the Chain of
Ponds on their way to attack Quebec. For the modern paddler, the river offers wonderful views of mountains and forests, peaceful sections, as well excellent rapids for experienced paddlers.

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