Added by Sam Bristol
Rapid River is a gorgeous and secluded stretch of water that is renowned for its abundance of trophy-sized Brook Trout.
Getting to Rapid River can be a bit of a trek, as the 10 or so miles leading to it is a maze of logging roads and the cell service is spotty at best. Here is a rundown of the route:
Driving Northeast on Rt 26, take a sharp right onto Andover RD (East B Hill Road)
After 2.1 miles, turn left onto Brown County RD (this is where the dirt road begins)
After 1.2 miles, Brown County RD turns into Popple Dam RD
0.9 miles after that, make a left to continue on Popple Dam RD
Continue this way for 4.8 miles until the road forks, then make a left
Drive for roughly 2.1 miles. There is an informal parking lot on the left. On the right is a large clear cut strip. You'll have to walk from here but if you follow the clear cutting it will take you to the river. There is also a trail 50 yards down the clear cut on the right that will take you right to Lower Dam It's a 15 minute walk through the woods to get to the river.
Rapid River is well known as one of the last strongholds on the east coast for 5+ pound Brook Trout. The biggest fish hole up under the old dam in a deep pool. You can also expect to catch Landlocked Salmon and Smallmouth bass. The river is catch and release only and barbless hooks are required. This is to preserve the native trout.
- Fly-fishing tackle
- Raincoat (Maine weather is notoriously finicky)
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
ReviewsLeave a Review
Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!
More Adventures Nearby
Hike to Cranberry Lake in Moosehorn NWR
Maine / Cranberry Lake Hike Start Point
The trailhead for this hike is easy to find.
Hike to Laudholm Beach at Wells National Estuarine Reserve
Maine / Wells National Reserve at Laudholm Parking Area
From the main parking area take the Beach Barrier Trail which takes you through several different types of environment; fields, forests, and marshland before reaching Laudholm Beach to further explor.