FULL RIVER - WILD WHITEWATER ADVENTURE!
A Kennebec River whitewater rafting trip offers both exciting Class III-V rapids and moderate Class II whitewater. This rafting trip is suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Each full river trip includes a hearty BBQ lunch and a picture show. Our menu features chicken, salmon, steak together with baked beans, pasta salad, potato salad and fresh lemonade. After lunch, you can view the fast action photos taken of your raft. The full itinerary of your day is outlined below. Lodging and camping accommodations are available at our riverside campground and Lakeside cabins and camping.
The whitewater rafting action on the full river stretch begins immediately with six miles of continuous, non-stop whitewater adventure. You barely get a chance to catch your breath as the BIG rollercoaster waves toss the raft up and down all the way to Magic Falls Rapid. It’s a wall of water curling back upstream which can stop you dead in the water and make the entire raft disappear . . . like magic. You will definitely get wet!
EXTREME KENNEBEC RIVER HIGHWATER TURBINE TESTS
Mark your calendars for these 2015 extreme releases of 8,000 cfs on the Kennebec River: June 13, July 6, September 5 and September 19. The turbines inside Harris Station on the Kennebec River will crank out the maximum possible 8,000 cubic feet per second of water this summer! Since the average release is 4,800 cfs this is whitewater seen by few. This water level means huge compression waves crash against the gorge walls and move on down river at an incredible clip. The guides take a different line down the river aiming for waves and holes that can only be run at this higher level. It’s extreme whitewater at its best! Minimum age 12.
MIDDLE RIVER - FAMILY FAVORITE!
The Middle Kennebec river rafting trip is the perfect blend of moderate whitewater and outdoor adventure for families with children ages 6 and older. While the adults raft the upper stretch of the Kennebec river, the young ones are supervised by one of our professional staff members who shuttles them to the middle river put-in. After just a 50 minute separation, the kids jump in your raft to help paddle it down the Middle Kennebec. Rafts will stop at a waterfall or swimming hole to have a snack, and kids often choose to get out of the raft and float through calm water.
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 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.
11:15 - 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. The middle and lower section of the river slows down some with plenty of time to swim and soak in the scenary.
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.
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.
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 Lake 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 miles we you will see us on the left.
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?
Not knowing how to swim is not a pre requisite on 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.
How often do trips run?
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)
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.
This is important for your enjoyment on all our river adventures
What to bring:
Bathing suit and towel
River shoes, beach shoes shoes you can get wet
Fleece, sweater, hat, wool or synthetic top, socks, (NO COTTON, it gets wet and dries slowly) and windbreaker for cooler days
Change of clothes, including dry footwear and towel for after the river
Sunscreen, any medications, inhalers, etc.: Your guide will have a drybag on the river if you need special medication
Professional River Runners provides:
Licensed whitewater guides, fun professional staff
All equipment, Type V PFD, paddles, helmets,
State of the art self bailing rafts
Wetsuit Rentals: $20 full wetsuit, including booties, and $8 paddle jacket
Lunch: Steak, Chicken or Veggie Burger: let us know if you have any dietary restrictions
After the trip we will conduct a slide or video show and you can order prints or videos at this time
Store: T- Shirts, Photos, and plus more Moxie gear
Trip Length: 13 Miles
Difficulty: Class 3 & 4
Minimum Age: Paddle Raft: 10 yrs. Row Frame Option: 8 yrs.
Government River Use fee not included