The Middle Kennebec River
A full day guided whitewater rafting trip offer tons of whitewater fun for all ages. This exciting eight mile river trip has plenty of whitewater and is perfect for folks with younger children, or those looking for a intermediate level rafting trip! We put our rafts into the Kennebec River just below the Kennebec River Gorge. After a short float we run our first rapid. Black Brook rapid. Black Brook rapid is a roller coaster ride over the waves and drops. There are several more fun rapids through out the day including “Dory Hole” “Phil’s Cannon” and “Stand Up Rips. This section of river flows past classic Maine scenery and provides plenty of opportunities to try your hand at swimming a whitewater rapid. After a sizzling riverside steak and chicken barbecue cooked over and open fire by your guides we are back on the river for the afternoon. Join us for a fantastic day on the Kennebec River 9:30 check-in Adult $65.00 youth $55.00 p.p. with lunch
Afternoon Lower Kennebec River raft trip: The seven mile stretch of the Lower Kennebec River is a fun, river trip. With fun white water rapids and steady current this classic Maine rafting trip flows through the Kennebec River Valley. Leaving daily at 1:30. You can choose from a guided raft trip, or enjoy captaining your own raft. You can also enjoy this river trip in a funyak / inflatable kayak. These boats are fun and easy to paddle. Moxie Outdoor Adventures provides all equipment including Funyaks or a raft, life jackets, paddles, and shuttles. Guides and snacks provided on guided trips. 1:30 check-in $55.00 p.p.
Funyaking, rafting, Canoeing, lakefront lodging,
Sun. – Thurs. Min age 8 for Middle River/Row Frame, 10 for Full River trip
Platform tent option: $139 per person + Tax and river use fees
Cabin option: $149 per child, $159 per adult. Cabins based on quad occupancy +Tax and river use fees
The Whitewater Express package is ideal for families looking for a quick getaway at an economical price. As soon as you arrive at Lake Moxie Camps on Lake Moxie our guides will get you settled in your accomadations and outfitted for an afternoon of funyaking on the Lower Kennebec River. When you return relax around Lake Moxie, go fishing, or take a paddle in one of our kayaks or canoes. An evening drive is almost a guarantee that you will see a Maine Moose. The following day after breakfast it is off with our professional Maine guides for a full day of whitewater rafting on the class III-IV rapids of the Kennebec River. Two thirds of the way down the river we pull off to the side for a riverside barbecue. This riverside meal cooked over an open fire includes: steak or chicken, Moxie baked beans, pasta salad, and desert. The guides put on a campfire cooking clinic fit for the food network. The Kennebec River is one of the most exciting whitewater rafting trips in Maine.
The Whitewater Express Package includes: 1 night platform tent or cabin, 1/2 day funyak trip, full day raft trip, free canoe and kayak rentals, breakfast, barbecue lunch, guides, shuttles and all river and safety equipment.
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Middle Kennebec River - Check in starts - 9:30 AM at Lake Moxie Camps, The Forks Maine 04985
9:30- Once all guests have arrived, your group will be given an orientation by our trip leader in the meeting area. The trip leader will go over the days itinerary and make a recomendation for the days river wear. Wetsuits may be rented at this time. Next is our “saftey talk”, safety techniques and helpful hints are the main topics to be discussed. After the "safety talk" we will suit you up with your pfds (personal flotation devices) give you a paddle and helmet and it is off to the river. A barbecue lunch of you choice of chicken steak or veggie burger along with “Moxie Baked Beans, home made pasta salad, dessert, juice or ice water will be served downriver.
11:15PM - Once the day trip gets ready to hit the Kennebec River gorge you will backtrack with the bus driver to the Carry Brook where you will watch the rafts coming down the gorge before they pull over and pick you up. You will enjoy 8 miles of class II and III whitewater alonog with the riverside barbeque lunch.
3:00 -3:30 - Takeout at The Forks “Ball Field” Our shuttle bus will be waiting when we arrive. After the gear is loaded we'll board the bus for a 10 minute ride back to camp.
4:00 PM - We arrive back in camp. Enjoy a cold beer or refreshment while you view your photos or video of the trip. You may purchase a CD or DVD video full of great shots of your raft riding the rapids of the fabulous Kennebec River of Maine
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
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?
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)
The middle river is a perfect river for this age group. The rapids are fun and safe.
•This is important for your enjoyment on all our river adventures
•Start with a bathing suit and add on: fleece, wool or synthetic top, socks, (NO COTTON, it gets wet and it gets cold) a wind breaker or paddling jacket, hat and shoes that will stay on such as sneakers, secure sandals.
•Bring sunscreen, sun hat,you will be on the river for several hours.
•Your trip includes lunch,: let us know if you have any special needs or allergies.
•Guides have a dry bag if you need special medication or food with you.
•If you wear wear glasses something to hold them on. We sell eye glass straps.
•Wet suits are available for rent the morning of your trip: $20 full wetsuit, including booties, $8 Paddle Jacket.
•You will get wet!
•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 Videographers 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.
You should bring the following:
• Change of clothes, including dry footwear and towel
• River shoes sneakers or securely fastening sandals are fine
• Bathing suit, or shorts you can get wet
• Windbreaker Wool sweater, socks, hat in spring and fall
• Sunscreen, bug spray and camera
A wonderful trip for anyone looking for a whitewater rafting trip on a fun stretch of river!
Come and join us at Lake Moxie Camps on the shores of Lake Moxie. We offer several lodging options to fit everyone needs. Lakeside camping, platform tents, rustic or modern camps and cabins. Combine a few adventure trips and stay with us for a few nights. Lake Moxie Camps offers the Maine experience you have been looking for.