DOTW: Pembroke, Maine
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|Mon, 09-08-2003 - 3:09pm|
patterns forming in the water as the inbound currents meet the outgoing ones.
Ever see a waterfall flow upstream? At Pembrokes Reversing Falls Park, you can sit mesmerized for hours, watching the whirlpools, overfalls and white water rapids roar out to sea, slow, reverse and roar back upstream. Listen carefully and you may hear the shrieks of souls who drowned trying to sail through the maelstrom in years past, locals say. Trails lead right down to the waters edge, perfect for picnicking or to see eagles and seals.
On an outgoing tide, ten to 14 knot currents whirl through narrow Falls Island channel, shifting and changing as the tide drops 24 to 38 feet. When the tide turns, the rising water neutralizes the outgoing flow. The raging torrent slows, then stops. An eery silence pervades. As the incoming tide prevails, white water begins roaring upstream.
Some six hours later, these falls slacken and cease as the cycle repeats. All tidal waters flow in and out, but white water rapids in both directions are rare. Reversing falls require extreme tides and a large body of water upstream of a narrow channel, dam, bridge or other constriction. The constricted water creates rapids as it tries keep pace with the tidal flow.
From U.S. 1, turn right at West Pembrokes Triangle Gas Station. In two miles, turn right onto Leighton Hill Road. Three miles later turn right onto Clarkside Road. At the T (1.25 miles) turn left onto Reversing Falls Road and drive about 1.5 miles to the ample parking lot.
Accomodations available in Dennysville at Cobscook Bay State Park, RR #1, Box 127, Dennysville, ME 04628. For park directions and reservations phone 207.726.4412
There are a number of other campgrounds in the area and it's an easy drive from here to
the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park, another of my favorites. For more info on
that go to: http://www.nps.gov/roca