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Saco River Conditions & Weather Forecast

Saco River Tubing & Paddling Report

Now Open for Rentals for Our 50th Season on the Saco River

 

Water Temp Level Height CFS Notes
71 SUMMER 2.2 137 Running just below average for this time of year. 

The river is in good shape for this time of year!  We recommend a minimum age today of  5  with a 1:1 ratio of strong adult swimmers to weak swimmers or younger kids.  Minimum age recommendation for Redstone is 10.

Saco River – Low Water Conditions

>200 CFS

Most trips are still running and are very enjoyable.  Due to the lack of rain, however,  the Saco is running below average for this time of year.  Trps are taking longer, especially in tubes.  Here’s some info to help make your outdoor excursion more enjoyable.

Tips & Recommendations

  • Using your hands and feet, maneuver into the section of river where it’s flowing the most.  
  • Avoid the corners & edges of the river where it’s shallow or not moving well. 
  • Reduce stopping.
  • Do not tie into big groups.  
  • Don’t take too much stuff.
  • Consider a shorter trip, like Weston’s from the Pines or PI.  
  • Be ready and get on the river a little early. 
  • You must be ON THE RIVER by your assigned time, especially for any afternoon trips.  So get going a little earlier and we can get you on the river earlier.  
  • Put in at the SB Pines for a slightly shorter trip to Weston’s.  
  • No Redstone trips  after 1
  • No Weston’s after 2
  • No Paradise after 3

On average, float  trips are taking about 20% longer.  Without effort and using these tips, trips could take much longer than that.  Try to maneuver into the “channel” of the river or where the water is flowing the most… Go With the Flow!  The Saco Bound segment of river from the Pines to Weston’s, “holds” water better than most any other segment of the Saco in our area  This section also has a nice sandy bottom and almost no rocks, so if you have to walk a little bit at times it is easier, even pleasurable!

Saco River Valley & Conway, NH WEATHER

Why Saco Bound has the best tubing…

Saco Bound operates on a section of river that is perfect for tubing and family 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!

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

Level Low  Summer Medium High Very High
Cubic Feet Per Second Below 200 CFS 200 to 1,200 CFS 1,200 to 3,000 CFS 3,000 to 4,000 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.  Some Sections Too fast for Tubing.  Swimming skills necessary.  Use extra caution with young kids. Swift current, experience necessary.  Not recommended for kids or non-swimmers. Potentially Very Dangerous Conditions

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