2017 "Generator Check" Dates: June 17, July 10, Sept. 9 & 23
On four special days a year. Harris Dam releases the maximum amount of water possible from the dam. These are called “Generator Check” or “Flush" days. The release floods the Kennebec Gorge creating huge waves and holes and the rafts slam down the river like a freight train. The rapids are huge and waves like “Big Mama” can reach heights of 12’-15’. The highlight of the day is dropping into “Maytag” a huge hole in Magic Rapid. Maytag can stand at 16 foot raft up and even flip it end for end. The river is warm and the waves are huge. What more could you ask for? This is the biggest whitewater in Maine. Don’t miss it.
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 “safety 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 we board a bus for a ten minute ride to the dam and onto the river we go.
10:30PM - Get ready for an outstanding day on the river and 12 miles of the best
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.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
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 please call us at the river base: 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?
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.
What type of meals are served?
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 with four select dates for the Generator Check, please see schedule.
How many people and rafts go on a trip?
Dead River trips generally have 7-15 rafts per trip. We can accomadate 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
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.
You should bring the following:
• Bathing suit, shorts, sport sandals, old sneakers, or beach shoes
• Windbreaker, polypro, fleece, wool socks, hat in spring and fall
• Change of clothes, including dry footwear and towel Sunscreen, camera
? Tents, sleeping bags, pillows etc if you are camping or staying in platform tents
• Licensed whitewater guides
• All river and safety equipment
• Shuttles from the base to the river and back
• Video presentations
Check In Times:
· Kennebec rafting or full day Fun yak trip: 9:15am
· Dead River rafting trip: 8:30am
· Kennebec Lower River fun yak trip or rafting half day: 1:30pm
2017 Release Dates:
June 17, July 10
Sept. 9 & 23
Trip Length: 12 miles
Difficulty: Class IV & V
Walls of water, 12'- 15' waves
Lunch steak/chicken bbq