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Kennebec River Half Day Raft Trip

Kennebec River Half Day Raft Trip

Overview

Five miles of the most exciting rapids on the Kennebec River. If you don’t have the time to spend a full day whitewater rafting trip, than this trip is for you. This half day guided raft trip through the Kennebec River Gorge allows you to run all the major class IV rapids of this classic Maine rafting trip. The raft trip is done by early afternoon.  Check-in is by 9:30-done by 1:00.

Itinerary

Check in starts - 9:30 AM at Lake Moxie Camps, The Forks Maine 04985

9:45- Once all guests have arrived, your group will be given an orientation by our trip leader. The trip leader will go over the days itinerary and make a recomendation for the days river wear. We will suit you up with your pfds (personal flotation devices) give you a paddle and helmet, wetsuits may be rented at this time. Next is our “saftey talk”, safety techniques and helpful hints are the main topics to be discussed so you can enjoy yourself on the river. After the "safety talk" we board a bus bus and it is off to the river. The ride to the river is 10 - 15 minutes. Get ready for an outstanding day on the river and 12 miles section of class III -IV water in the state! The Kennebec Gorge features exciting rapids like "Rock Garden", "Big Mama", "The Alleyway", and "Magic Falls". We'll get soaked as we ride these big rapids and rest in the few slack sections in between.


12:30 - Takeout at Carrybrook acess.  Our shuttle bus will be waiting when we arrive. After the gear is loaded we'll board the bus for a 15 minute ride back to camp.

Location

Directions to Moxie Outdoor Adventure & Lake Moxie Camps, Kennebec and Dead River Base
38 Troutdale Road The Forks, Maine 04985
Lost or Late call 207-663-2105
From Points South:
I-95 North to Exit 133 in Fairfield, Maine. Follow Rte 201 North 65 miles to The Forks. Pass through Skowhegan and then Bingham (23 miles to The Forks). Once you reach The Forks look for our signs. The first one you will see is our office sign continue past for seven miles you will see our blue sign and the bridge crossing the Kennebec River. Take the right BEFORE THE BRIDGE turn onto the Moxie Road. DO NOT CROSS THE BRIDGE follow the Moxie road for 5 miles it will end at Lake Moxie look for the second blue sign. Turn right onto the dirt road go 2/10ths of a mile we you will see us on the left.

Travel time from Boston: 4.5 hours
Travel time from Worcester: 5 hours
Travel time from Providence: 6 hours
Travel time from Hartford: 6.5 hours
Travel time from Portsmouth: 3.75 hours
Travel time from New York: 8 hours
From Points North:
Take I-95 south to Exit 157 in Newport. Take Rte 2 West to Skowhegan. In Skowhegan take Rte 201 North. Pass through Skowhegan and then Bingham (23 miles to The Forks). Once you reach The Forks look for our signs. The first one you will see is our office sign continue past for seven miles you will see our blue sign and the bridge crossing the Kennebec River. Take the right turn BEFORE THE BRIDGE onto the Moxie Road. DO NOT CROSS THE BRIDGE follow the Moxie Outdoor Adventures road for 5 miles it will end at Lake Moxie look for the second blue sign. turn right onto the dirt road go .2 miles we you will see us on the left.

Travel time from Bar Harbor: 3 hours
Travel time from Bangor: 2 hours
Travel time from Calais: 4 hours
Travel time from Houlton: 3 hours

Questions


When is the best time to raft the Kennebec River in Maine?
Thanks to the schedule high water dam releases we are able to raft the Kennebec River daily May  through October.
 
Do I have to know how to swim?
No knowing how to swim is not a pre requisite on  of our river trips. The type V pfd we will give you is designed to float you high in whitewater conditions. On our class V trips in Maine we recommend that you have basic swimming skills.
 
What should we bring?
You need to bring a wool hat, fleece or under armour, shorts, swim suit, foot protection (old tennis shoes, beach shoes, or sport sandals etc.), any medication you are on, and a dry set of clothes for your ride home. Everything that you wear will get wet so plan accordingly. Please do not bring valuable items (i.e. expensive clothes or shoes, jewelry, non-waterproof cameras or other items) on the raft. Under a wetsuit you will wear swimwear or insulated synthetic winter underwear (No COTTON) on cold spring days. On cold days wear wool socks with your wetsuit booties for extra warmth.
 
Can I rent a wetsuit?
Yes we rent wetsuits, booties, and river shoes at all locations. The can be rented the day of the trip or pre book and receive a discount.
 
What type of meals are serve?
We serve a barbecue lunch with a choice of steak, chicken, or a vegetarian option with salads, Moxie Baked Beans, dessert, with juice or ice water. . We can accommodate most dietary needs given an adequate warning.
 
How often do trips run?
Daily May-October
 
How many people and rafts go on a trip?
Dead River  trips generally have 7-15 rafts per trip. We can accommodate up to 160 rafters on a Dead River Trip in Maine.
 
What if weather is bad? 
Trips run rain or shine. You are going to get wet.  In twenty plus years of rafting we have only cancel one rafting trip. That was when Hurricane Irene directly hit the Deerfield River in Massachusetts! In the event we have to cancel a trip we will issue you a trip credit or rain check for a future trip.
 
Can we request a guide?
Yes we will make every effort to schedule guides you have enjoyed in the past.
 
Is it appropriate to tip a guide after the trip?
Yes guides work very hard to make sure you have a exciting and fun river experience, cooking your lunch and keeping you safe. If you feel your guide has made your trip an exciting and memorable experience, a tip is a very nice way to show your appreciation.
 
Can we still raft if we have children (under 7 years of age)

Not on the upper gorge, however the middle river trip is  perfect for this age group. The rapids are fun and safe.
Yes we have several trip options in Maine and Massachusetts for children under the age of seven.  These include raft float trips, and inflatable kayaking options on class 2-3 rivers. We also offer rowing frame and split trip options on class III rivers and above. See our family rafting trips page  and our row frame trip options

When is the best time to raft the Kennebec River in Maine ?
Thanks to the schedule high water dam releases we are able to raft the Kennebec River daily May  through October.
 

What to Bring

This is important for your enjoyment on all our river adventures. You will get wet!

  • Start with a bathing suit and add on: synthetic top such as fleece or unbder amour etc.
  • (NO   COTTON, it gets wet and it gets  cold)
  • Shoes that can get wet and will stay on such as sneakers, secure sandals, beach shoes.
  • Windbreaker, paddling jackets
  • Wet suits are available for rent the morning of your trip: $20 full wetsuit, including booties, $8 Paddle Jacket.
  • Sun or wool hat depending on the season
  • Bring sunscreen, sun hat; you will be on the river for several hours.
  • Most trips include lunch, let us if you have any special needs or allergies.
  • You may want to bring a water bottle
  • Guides have a dry bag if you need special medication or food with you.
  • If you wear glasses something to hold them on. We sell eyeglass straps. 
  • We will provide you with guides, paddles, type V life jackets, helmets,
  • We use state of the art self-bailing rafts
  • After a safety talk, we shuttle by bus to the river.
  • An average river trip is 3 to 4 hours on the river. Some longer some shorter.
  • Photographers or Videographer will be available along the river to catch your most exciting moments.
  • After your trip your guides will conduct a slide or video show and you can order prints and videos at that time.
  • All participants are required to sigh a liability release form.

Camping & Lodging

We offer a wide variety of lodging options. Please check out the link below to find an option that suits your needs.

  Lodging for the Kennebec and Dead River Trip

Trip Details

Kennebec River 1/2 Day Class IV Daily
Difficulty: 4+
Minimum Age: 10 yrs

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Price: $70 - $80

Trip Length: 5 Miles
Raft all the Class IV-IV+ rapids
Check-in 9:30 3.5 hours
Government River Use fee not included