Trip Idea: Upper Dead River Paddle

Trip Description 

Your journey begins at the Big Eddy Trailhead on the Long Falls Dam Road.  After a short hike along the river, you'll launch your canoes* and start down the Upper Dead River. Six miles of easy going current make this trip a great choice for any paddler. 

When you arrive at the dock, it's a brisk 2 mile hike to Grand Falls Hut. The hut staff will show you to your bunk room, so you can settle in before dinner is served at 6. You'll spend the evening relaxing on the screened porch, or gathered around the outdoor firepit... there's a great selection of beer and wine to enjoy under the stars. When it's time for bed, you'll settle into your bunk room for the night.

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The next day is all about exploration. The forests and waterways surrounding Grand Falls Hut are breathtaking; especially Grand Falls itself- a 40 foot tall horseshoe waterfall that spans 120 feet across. Sandy beaches line the riverbank, inviting kids of all ages to splash in the waves! You'll have no trouble finding the perfect place for a picnic (bagged lunches are included each day), or to just relax. Dinner is served again at 6. 

The last day of your trip begins with breakfast at 7:30, followed by a morning hike back to the canoes. The paddle back up the river is just as calm in both directions, and reveals stunning views of the Bigelow Mountain Range and surrounding peaks. Take your time on the way back, stopping for lunch along the river before arriving at the trailhead. 


Day 1:
12:00 PM Park at the Big Eddy Trailhead on the Long Falls Dam Road.
12:30 - 4:30 PM Paddle down the Upper Dead River and hike to Grand Falls Hut
6:00 PM Dinner
Day 2:
7:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 - 5:30 PM Exploration/relaxing
6:00 PM Dinner
Day 3:
7:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Hike back to the canoes and paddle back to the trailhead, packed lunch included
2:00 - 4:00 PM Arrive at Big Eddy Trailhead 



Rates vary depending on number of people in your party, boat rentals, membership status, and number of nights at the hut. See rates here >>


Overnight lodging and three meals are included. Canoes, Kayaks, PFDs, and paddles are available for an additional charge, and must be reserved in advance of your trip.




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*Canoes are available at an additional cost. If you use your own canoe, you can avoid the 0.7 mile portage by putting in at the Big Eddy Trailhead, but be prepared for choppy water. Novice paddlers should plan to portage, or use the provided canoes staged at the Bunting Landing.

 Advance reservations are required. Talk to your reservationist to get an accurate price. 

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