Saco River Conditions & Weather Forecast

Saco River Tubing Report

Recreational boaters should use caution early season as rain and snow-melt can make the rivers higher and colder. The risk of hypothermia, should you capsize is significant without the proper gear and equipment.

Saco River Tips & Keys

The Saco River from Saco Bound to Swans Falls is the best section of river for novice paddlers and tubing because of its special characteristics along this segment.  It has the most reliable flow, even during the summer months with a gentle current and miles of sandy beaches.  There are almost no obstacles like rocks and fallen trees.  The water is crystal clear with a nice sandy bottom. Recreation and camping is allowed on sandbars and beaches unless posted.


Water Temp Level Height CFS Notes
44 Medium 4′ 1430 Use caution.  Water still Cold. Fire Danger High too.

Saco River Conditions Guide – from Redstone/Saco Bound, NH through Fryeburg, Maine

Level Low  Summer Medium High Very High
Cubic Feet Per Second Below 100 CFS 100 to 1,200 CFS 1,200 to 3,000 CFS 3,000 to 4,00 CFS Over 4,000 CFS
Appx Paddle Times (canoes & kayaks) 1 to 2 MPH Max 2 to 3 MPH 3 to 4 MPH 4 MPH +
Appx Float Times (tubes) Less than 1 MPH Around 1 or 2 MPH
Conditions Slow conditions.  May hit bottom or some waking.  Still mostly passable, however.   Many beaches and easy paddling conditions. Great for Tubing! Most typical in July & August. Good for canoe & kayaks.  Too fast for Tubing.  Swimming skills necessary.  Use extra caution with young kids. Swift current, experience necessary.  Not rerecorded for kids or non-swimmers. Very Dangerous Conditions

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Saco River Tubing Report 

Saco River Tubing trips haven’t started yet for the season as it’s too cold right now.  A good, general rule of thumb is the rule of 120.  It’s normally comfortable for most people to tube the river when the water temperature combined with the air temp is above 120 degrees.  Usually, conditions like this start in late May or so.

Why Saco Bound has the best tubing…

Saco Bound operates on a section of river that perfect for tubing and river tube trips.  It’s hard to steer a tube.  So, obstacles like rocks and trees can be a problem.  Our section of the Saco has very few obstacles, especially our 3 mile trip from Saco Bound, Putin #1 to Weston’s beach.  This section also “holds” water better and has a reliable flow when the river is at its lowest. Safety, professional service and private, riverside properties further enhance the experience.  So, come tubing with us!