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Saco River Conditions & Weather Forecast

Saco River Tubing & Paddling Report

Water Temp Level Height CFS Notes
67 Medium 3.19 563 Great river conditions!   
Conway @ SB Upper/Lower Cubic Feet Per Second Key: + = rising, – = receding

6/10 & Report for the week – Conditions are very good.  Please continue to watch for obstacles in the river especially fallen trees, (strainers).    There is a strainer located approximately 1/4 mile down river from our main put-in.  Stay to the right hand side of the river to avoid this.  Rain of the next few day will rise river levels.  Be prepared for changing conditions.  
  

Recommendations:

  • Recommended minimum age is 6.
  • 1:1 ratio of strong swimmer to weaker swimmer or young child.
  • Some river experience recommended.
  • Wear your PFD! Mandatory for kids under 12.
  • Be alert for hazards. Pull out of the river and scout sections that cannot be seen well.
  • Watch for and avoid strainers (fallen trees) in the river.
  • Know before you go. Check river and weather conditions. We will give you a full river briefing before heading out.
  • Use caution approaching Swans Falls.  Take out on river-right, well above the dam.  Follow the portage trail to the pick up area, (150 yards).
  • Some trips have been modified for early season conditions.  Paradise island will be changed to Weston’s.

Saco River Valley & Conway, NH WEATHER

Why Saco Bound has the best Saco River Tubing & family trip…

Saco Bound operates on a section of river that is perfect for tubing and family trips.  It’s hard to steer a effectively 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! We offer the most and very best tube trip on the Saco!  

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 Dangerous Conditions

Please Respect Nature & Leave NO Trace

Wear your PDF  • Know Before You Go • Use This Report Only as a Guide • River Conditions Can Change • Respect Other River Users

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