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Saco River Conditions & Weather Forecast

Saco River Tubing & Paddling Report

Use caution as river levels continue to run higher than average for this time of year. This page will be updated as necessary with any possible restrictions, changes or cancellations.

Water Temp Level Height CFS Notes
58 Medium 3.67 901 Higher tan average. Use caution.  
Conway @ SB Upper/Lower Cubic Feet Per Second  Check Conditions before you go!  Wear your PFD

Week of 9/25: Most Saco River trips are running, some with modifications.  Tube trips are more comfortable when the water and air temperature combined is over 125 degrees.  Any tube trips can be changed to a canoe or kayak trip or postponed to later in the day when temps are warmer.  Last tube trips go out at 1:45 PM.  Redstone & Paradise Island tube trips will be changed to Weston’s.  All kayak & canoe trips are running as scheduled.
  • Recommended minimum age today is 9
  • Overnight & Redstone trips minimum age is 12
  • Recommend switch tube trips to canoes or kayaks
  • No non-swimmers
  • All groups are advised to have a 1:1 ratio of strong, adult swimmer you younger kids.
  • Watch for fallen tress in the river, (strainers) and other debris especially below mike marker 15.
  • Overnight trip are advised to take out at Walker’s Bridge due to limited camping and strainers.
  These recommendations will be in effect for the next several days as there is no significant precipitation in the extended forecast.  If you need more info, please call us to discuss at 603 447-2177 after 9 AM or send us a message.  Please be advised that we may have heavy call volume early, so please be patient. Electronic correspondence works well.

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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