The Kennebec River in Maine offers a class IV+ whitewater rafting adventure for fanatics to families. As we enter the steep granite walls of the Kennebec Gorge large waves can be seen ahead. From this point on the Kennebec River plunges 12 miles through a spectacular gorge with crashing class III – IV+ wave rapids like “Big Mama”, “Whitewasher” “The Alleyway”. The high point of the day is the run through class IV+ Magic Falls. Families with younger children can opt to ride in a row frame raft or to join the trip at the Middle River access point. There are many Class III + rapids from this point on offering plenty of time for swimming and enjoying the river including stopping along the river bank for lunch. Children under 10 are required to go in a row frame or join the trip at the middle gorge access point.
We offer a full day trips through the Kennebec Gorge in a row frame raft or The Middle Kennebec River option for youths off all ages.
Check in starts - 9:00 AM at Lake Moxie Camps, 38 Troutdale Rd The Forks, Maine 04985
You 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. 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 we board a bus for a ten minute ride and it is off to the river.
10:30 - 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. A barbecue lunch of your choice of chicken or veggie burger along with “Moxie Baked Beans", home made pasta salad, juice or ice water.
2:00 - 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.
2:30 PM - We arrive back in camp. Enjoy a cold beer or refreshment while you view your photos. You may purchase a CD or DVD full of great shots of your raft riding the rapids of the fabulous Kennebec River of Maine! Photos can be viewed online at www.rapidshootersmaine.com .
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: 207-663-2231. Trips leave on time.
GPS can be very unreliable in our area. PLEASE do not leave rte 201 until you are in The Forks or you will be in for a long ride in the woods! Please note: Route 201 between Bingham and The Forks is under construction, proceed with caution!
From Points South:
I-95 North to Exit 133 in Fairfield, Maine. Follow Rte 201 North 65 miles to The Forks. Do not trust you GPS after stay on Rte 201 " Pass through Skowhegan and then Bingham (23 miles to The Forks). Once you reach The Forks look for our signs. 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 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?
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 water shoes 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 barbeque lunch with a choice of steak, chicken, or a vegetarian option with salads, "Moxie" Baked Beans, dessert, juice and 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?
River trips generally have 7-15 rafts per trip. We can accomadate up to 160 rafters on a 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)
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
Moxie Outdoor Adventures provide:
Licensed whitewater guides, fun professional staff
All equipment, Type V PFD, paddles, helmets,
State of the art self bailing rafts
Wetsuit Rentals: $25 full wetsuit, including booties, and $10 paddle jacket
Lunch:Chicken or Veggie Burger: let us know if you have any dietary restrictions
Digital photos are available of your trip at www.rapidshootersmaine.com
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