On Tuesday it was running about the same level it was for the race last year. I checked it today and it has come up even higher.
You'll want to bring your big boy (or girl) pants for this one. They are also planning to run a short course again this year that ends at the Boy Scout camp, which still has a couple of fun rapids, but avoids the big stuff like Emerson, Crawfords, Papermill, and Cement Plant.
Thanks for the reply, Charlie. I won't be able to make today's run with you. I'm still up in the air whether or not I want to do the drive to Bangor for a short Sou race since the water is so high. Have a great run!
My understanding is that the "short course" is an option for people who want to avoid the big stuff(ending at Boyscout). I was under the impression that the full course was on for individuals who are up to it. I didn't see a time listed for sprints so I assume there is no sprint race?
There will be no Sprint on the SOU. The short course ends BEFORE MAnning Mill. There are no big rapids, but a few hundred yds of class II. The long course WILL finish at the Waterworks. There may be a mandatory portage at Crawford due to wood in the river, but the race will end at the Waterworks.
The Marsh on Sunday will have a sprint at 10 am register by 9:30. The DR at 12PM will include a short course for less experienced paddlers and the traditional 'bring it on course' for veterans.
Great news! Thanks for letting us know. I'll be up there this weekend for both races. I'm the handsome fella paddling the red Penobscot 16 with the most jury-rigged center seat you've ever seen. Looking forward to a nice weekend of paddling with all of you.