Coos Canyon
Coos Canyon
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Diane F
Putnam, CT7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
So many loud, obnoxious campers here, playing loud Rap music all night long, shooting off fireworks, yelling, with no consideration whatsoever for other campers. The campground management does nothing to manage or control the situation. Quiet hours are a joke. In addition, there is a huge logging operation ongoing opposite the campground. Loud logging trucks travel right next to the campground starting at 3 am! Avoid this place at all costs!
Written July 31, 2020
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Miknamrok
Cornish Maine142 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Way back in the olden days when this place didn't have anything built on it or near it it was probably a sacred spot of native people. (conjecture) The gorge is undeniably beautiful. We drove a long way today thinking we would walk through the woods to get there and have a peaceful picnic at the water's edge.

It is right off a very busy road, crowded with picnicing famiies and swimming children which was wholesome enough, but the obknoxous roar of ATV vehicles was constant. We walked around a little, had our picnic and left. The place had the potential of being a restorative place of beauty but it was just too crowded and had no peacefulness. If you like to climb on rocks you'd probably love it. The waterhole looked clean and fun to play in. I was looking for something different and felt disappointed. If you're looking for fun and ATV trails you'll probably enjoy it. If you want nature's grandeur in silence don't come here.

I don't like loud exciting places but some people do. So hence the review.
Written September 6, 2020
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Jeremy L
Montpelier, VT107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I first visited Coos Canyon about 30 years ago. It has remained one of my favorite places on earth, and I've driven considerable distances to visit on several occasions. Great swimming, great for photos, wonderful picnic spot, and always kind people.
Written August 17, 2020
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osufan71
LEWISTON2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Coos Canyon picnic area is closed at this time. They are repairing the bridge, so you don't really have access to the area. We were told it was going to be under construction until June 30, 2022. We parked along the road, and we had our picnic sitting on the rocks down by the Swift River. We will go back later this summer as it is truly a beautiful area.
Written June 11, 2022
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Annette T
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
The canyon is pretty but overall area was disappointing. Kind of a “hole in wall” kind of stop. We were road tripping throughout New England and were anticipating beautiful area for both here and Height of Land. Both were disappointing and the road to get here was terrible. Just did not feel either location was worth a long drive in poor roads. If you have extra time it is ok but if tight for time I would Skip both.
Written October 12, 2021
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Paul F
Brooktondale, NY420 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
My wife and I went here specifically for the gold-panning, as part of a little geology-themed drive up and down New England. The views were nice and the people were (mostly) friendly, but...

Well, here's the dirty secret about gold-panning: It's boring. It's super, super boring.

There weren't a lot of people around when we visited, which meant that, after renting our pans and receiving a quick training session at the gift shop, we were able to pick out a nice, private part of the river to plop ourselves down on. It's exciting at first, but you have to go into it with the expectation that you're never, ever going to find anything—and once you accept that, you're just sifting through dirt for an hour. It was fun to take pictures and be able to say I've been gold-panning, but the novelty wore off quickly for me and it's not something I'll feel the need to do again.

Bonus points for being legit gold-panning though, and not one of those places where they just drop the gold in for you to find.
Written June 10, 2014
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ottersRus
Miami, FL2,589 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
Coos Caynon is about 35 minute drive outside of Rangeley on Rt 17. You can't miss the place. It is on the right driving southbound. My son and I visited Coos to do some panning for gold. Not knowing what we were doing, we took a short 20 minute class to learn the technique of panning. From there, we were instructed that 3 miles of river were available for our use. This turned out to be a all day adventure. My son did not want to leave nor did I. Although we didn't find any gold of value, we found lots of fools gold and tons of fun. Don't worry. You don't have to bring anything but a towel because if you going to pan for gold you will get wet.
For approximately $30 you can get the equipment needed for two people to spend the day on the river. Part of that thirty is a deposit that is refundable when return the equipment. If you are in this area, this is a great way to experience something new and fun as well as spend time outdoors.
Written September 2, 2013
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Guide29710399633
Surry, ME24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
Love the experience and the Coos Canyon gift shop had people to give us a class on how to do it!! we had so much fun as a family trying our luck in the Swift River.
Written May 12, 2015
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barefooters
Stevensville, Michigan72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
These falls are easy to see from the parking area. There is extensive fencing to keep you from falling in. There is no advance warning of this stop, so we pulled in upstream to see rapids, and were pleased to see the actual falls a little farther along the road.
Written August 11, 2018
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jswmrw
New Hartford, CT79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
We had been driving and hiking in the Rangeley area all day but the kids wanted to swim in a fun area where they could “cliff jump.” This was just the spot. The water was clean and not freezing. They jumped and swam for an hour which was perfect. We arrived at 4 and I rounded them up by about 5:15.
Written July 12, 2018
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