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Kennebec River Funyaking

Kennebec River Funyaking

Overview

Have you ever wanted to learn how to paddle a kayak? Inflatable kayaks or “FunYaks” resemble kayaks but are inflatable and have open cockpits. They are available in single and double styles, are very maneuverable and require no prior experience to paddle.

Full Day Trip: The full day trip on the Kennebec River in funyaks offers  you the opportunity to paddle some exciting class II and III whitewater rapids on your own. The trip is guided and covers eight beautiful miles of river. The guides will teach you basic whitewater paddling skills, and it is not long before you a crashing through waves and trying you hand at wave surfing. Trips include shuttles, guides, all equipment, professional instruction, and a picnic lunch. Minumum age 12, 9:30 check-in done by 4:00.

Half day Lower Kennebec River 1/2 day trip:  Funyaks or Raft (ages 5 and up)
The seven mile stretch of the Lower Kennebec River is a great 1/2 day river trip. With fun rapids and a steady current this classic Maine rafting trip flows through the Kennebec River Valley. Leaving daily at 1:30. You can choose to paddle your own funyak or raft, or let one of our guides show you the ropes.  Moxie Outdoor Adventures provides all equipment including funyaks or a raft, life jackets, paddles, and shuttles. Guides provided for an additonal fee. Three hour trip.

Itinerary

Full day 9:30 AM - check in at Lake Moxie Camps 38 Troutdale Road 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 recommendation for the days river wear. Wetsuits may be rented at this time.   We give you a “safety talk”, covering paddling and safety techniques and helpful hints. Your guide will suit you up with your pfds (personal flotation devices) give you a paddle and helmet and it is off to the river.

10:15- Get ready for an outstanding day on the river. The guides will teach you basic whitewater kayaking paddling skills, and it is not long before you a crashing through waves and trying you hand at wave surfing.  We stop for lunch and an optional  hike to Moxie Falls. Make sure to bring your waterproof camera to capture shots of Maine’s highest waterfall. You guides will teach you how to paddle your inflatable kayak

2:00 -3:30 - Takeout at the 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.

3:30- 4:00 PM - We arrive back in camp.

 

Half day 1:30 pm - check in at Lake Moxie Camps 38 Troutdale Road The Forks, Maine 04985

Finish around 4:30

Location

Directions to Moxie Outdoor Adventure & Lake Moxie Camps, 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

How often do trips run?

We run trips on the Kennebec River seven days a week mid June through mid September. There are certain days during the week in early and late season that we may not have trips scheduled. We will schedule a trip for at least 6 persons. Plan your trip as far in advance as possible and this will give you more options for trip dates if you have a group since most of our popular dates book well in advance.

Do I have to know how paddle a kayak to raft or funyak in Maine?

No experience is required. We will teach you everything you need to know.

What should we bring?

You need to bring shorts, swim suit, fleece or under armour, t-shirt, foot protection (old sneakers, beach shoes or sport sandals), any medication, and a dry set of clothes for your ride home. Everything that you wear will may 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 wetsuit booties for extra warmth.

Can I rent a wetsuit or paddle jacket?

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 riverside picnic deli style lunch. 

How many people and boats go on a funyak trip?

We offer one and two person funyaks, rafts take as few as 4 people and as many as 10. Trips are up to 40 people.

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 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 insure you have a safe and fun river experience. If you feel your guide has done has made your trip and memorable experience, a tip is a very nice way to show your appreciation.

Can we still raft or kayak  if we have children (under 7 years of age)

Yes we have several full and ½ day 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 trips and split trip options on class III rivers and above. See our family rafting trips page and our row frame trip options.

Do I need a fishing license to fish?

Yes any one over the age of 15 is required to have a fishing license in Maine. They can be purchased at most local stores. The fishing is always good but May tends to be the best time for fishing.

What to Bring

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, camera

Camping & Lodging

We offer several lodging options to fit everyone needs. Please check out Lake Moxie Camps on the shores of Lake Moxie serving the Kennebec and Dead Rivers.

Trip Details

Kennebec Funyaks
Trip Length: 1 Day
Difficulty: 3
Minimum Age: 12 yrs

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Price: $65 - $79

Full and halfday trips days 
Class I to III
min. age 7
Guided or unguided