Discover our world where cribbage, card games, relaxation and good conversation push aside electronic entertainment and the demands of your daily routine.
Our wilderness overnight camping trip is our signature trip. It gets raves! Imagine yourself relaxing on a secluded island, watching the blazing sunset and reminiscing around the campfire with friends and family. This rafting trip takes the rough out of roughing it!
Maine Camping Adventures
Our 2-day wilderness camping trip combines one day of whitewater rafting and one day of Funyaking with a night camping out on Big Island. With a minimum of six, this trip is available seven days a week. You’ll have exclusive access to our pebble beach, private dock and Funyaks for touring the lake at dusk. During the evening you can take a walk on the water’s edge or kick back in front of the campfire. Star gazers wanted! Our guides do all the cooking and make sure your camping adventure is comfortable. In the morning you rise to the scent of pine trees and a warm, freshly brewed cup of coffee. This whitewater rafting trip is the perfect blend of wilderness and pampering.
This affordable trip is all-inclusive: deluxe tents, sleeping pads, shuttle transportation and four hearty meals including a lobster cookout with hand-cranked ice cream and freshly baked strawberry shortcake. No experience is required and the minimum age is 8. With 6 people you can secure a trip. If your group is smaller than 6 we can likely hook you up with a trip already scheduled. Arrangements can made for individuals who cannot participate in both days. Extended white water rafting trips can be arranged for up to 6 days. These trips may include a combination of hiking, canoeing and white water rafting.
On the first day you meet at 9:30 a.m. where you'll pack your gear and meet your guides. We then transport you via logging road — where spotting moose, deer and fox are common to our launch on the East Outlet. Here we’ll embark in sit-on-top Funyaks and small 4-person rafts. We’ll paddle moderate rapids and three miles later land at Ledge Falls where we’ll surf the pools and drops beneath the falls. We’ll have a riverside cold cut picnic lunch and then connect the rafts for a relaxed motorized tow across Indian Pond. Spotting osprey and loons on this section is likely (and possibly a bald eagle). When we arrive at Big Island, our tents are already set up on sturdy platforms and the central social & campfire area is open for board games and good conversation. During the afternoon you can explore the island trail through the magnificent pines, search for driftwood & fossils, swim at the pebble beach or relax on our private dock. As the afternoon wanes we serve hor d’oeuvres and beverages. Later, a roaring campfire is built and the guides serve up a hearty dinner. The menu usually features fresh Maine lobster, baked potatoes and a fresh garden salad. The guides also carefully bake a dutch oven shortcake. The highlight of the evening is everyone taking a turn cranking the old-fashioned ice cream maker to produce creamy vanilla ice cream. The strawberry shortcake dessert topped with homemade ice cream gets raves! The evening finishes with campfire stories and a star-filled sky.
The next morning you arise to the scent of pine trees and freshly brewed coffee. The guides prepare a hearty breakfast of blueberry pancakes, toasted english muffins, fresh scrambled eggs and orange juice. We then pack up and motor across to the south end of the lake where we’ll begin the exciting 12 mile descent of the Kennebec River Gorge in large rafts. Your paddling power and the guide’s steering will lead you through these exhilarating Class II-IV rapids. We will stop along the river at a hidden waterfall or beach for a snack. As the river widens on the lower half it is ideal for water fighting, joke telling and swimming in the river. We will return to the basecamp around 2:30 p.m. and partake in a full course BBQ lunch. After lunch your trip is capped off with a picture and/or video show of your rafting trip on the famous Kennebec River. This laughter-filled show leaves you with memories of a lifetime of your 2-day rafting adventure to Maine!
Lake Moxie Camps, 38 Troutdale Rd. The Forks, ME 04985
Take I-95 North past the cities of Augusta and Waterville.
Take Exit 133 (Skowhegan/Province of Quebec).
Turn right off of the ramp onto Route 201 North.
Stay on Route 201 North approx. 60 miles through the towns of Skowhegan, Solon, Bingham & Caratunk
and The Forks. Just as you get into The Forks take a right onto the Lake Moxie Rd. Continue to the end of
the Lake Moxie Rd. and you will come to a T, stay to your right onto the Troutdale Rd. We are just a few
hundred feet up 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.
Location: The Forks, ME Check-In Time: 9:30am
Your Trip Includes:
•Shuttle to-and-from the river •All necessary safety equipment
•Picnic lunch and dinner on Day 1 •Licensed Guide
•Camping Day 1 •Slide and/or video show
•Breakfast, snack and BBQ lunch Day 2 •Tents & sleeping pads evening
Spring & Fall: April/May/June/Sept/Oct.
Wool or fleece hat
PolyPro long underwear (top
Sturdy windbreaker/ rain
jacket with hood
Bathing suit & towel
**No Flip Flops allowed on
Remember: Extra cash for
T-shirts, photos, hats
Gratuity for Exceptional
service from your guide
Camping items to bring:
Small cooler with drinks/soda/snack for island (optional)
Our wilderness overnight camping trip is our signature trip. It gets raves! Imagine yourself relaxing on a secluded island, watching the blazing sunset and reminiscing around the campfire with friends and family.
This rafting trip takes the rough out of roughing it!