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KENNEBEC RIVER (CLASS III-IV)

West Forks, Maine

General Overview:

Leave the distractions and your worries behind – The Kennebec River Overnight Trip is a 2 day getaway into the Maine Wilderness.  With kayaking, camping, star gazing, and rafting – there’s no shortage of Serious Fun on your journey from Moosehead Lake back to The Forks. This is more than just a vacation, it’s an experience! 

Check-In:

Your river trip will be run out of our Forks Fun Resort in The Forks, ME. Check-in for your Kennebec Overnight River Trip starts at 9:30am. Here, you will meet the guides who will be with you every step of the way for the next two days. They will help you pack your camping gear into dry bags and outfit you with river gear. Soon you will be on a bus ride to Moosehead Lake. From there, you will cover over 25 miles on the water until you end up back at the base. 

Your Kennebec Overnight Adventure: 

After a bus ride with some amazing views along Moosehead Lake, you will arrive at the East Outlet. Here your guides will prepare your inflateable kayaks and give you a safety briefing on how to use them. 

Following the lead of your guides, you will paddle your kayaks over 3 miles through Class I, II, and III Whitewater rapids. There is so much fun to be had on this stretch of river and the scenery is amazing. The last rapid of the day is the biggest rapid of the day. Your guides will let you watch them run the rapid from shore, then you take your turn. The best part is that this rapid can be run over and over again as you can walk your boats back up shore for more thrills. 

Once you’re done with the last rapid, the Guides will prepare a riverside lunch for you. You’ll fill up on snacks and sandwiches before being towed by a motor boat to our campsite. 

Situated on the shore of Indian Pond, our overnight campsite is boat-access only. When you first get there, your guides will help you get set up in your tents for the night. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and paddle around to explore the area. The view from shore offers an unobstructed view to the west – as you enjoy the sunset, your guides will be preparing you dinner. 

Post dinner is the time for swapping stories around the campfire, games, dessert, and amazing stargazing. With zero light pollution for miles around, this may be the clearest night sky you’ve ever seen. After you take it all in, head to bed to rest up for another big day of paddling!

You will awake to the smell of breakfast prepared by your guides. As you sit to enjoy your eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns, your guides will start packing up camp. Soon you will be back on Indian Pond making your way to Harris Station Dam and the start of your Kennebec River rafting trip

Before you hit the river, you will learn your guide’s commands and practice paddling. As a team, you will carry your raft down to the river’s edge. When you begin your Maine rafting trip, don’t forget to take in the scenery – the steep rock walls that line both sides of the river are stunning.

Your first rapid is a Class II rapid – this serves as warm up for the bigger rapids downstream. Soon after, you will be charging into Seriously Fun Class IV rapids like Big Mama and The Alleyway. Many people compare these big, splashy sections of river to a roller coaster ride – except way more fun! 

After the first section of major rapids, your trip will stop to enjoy “The Cathedral” – a calm section of river with amazing views. Here your guide will go over the plan for the biggest and most exciting rapid of the day – Magic Falls. This is where the stoke levels will reach their peak! 

For the next few miles, you will tackle 3 fun and splashy Class III rapids. Once you’re through the final rapid of the day, you’ll get to enjoy a 6 mile float through the heart of Maine’s wilderness. Your guide will provide you with a snack and be on the lookout for Bald Eagles. Don’t forget to hop in the river and go for a float – It’s plenty deep in most places and the water will be about 70 degrees in the middle of the summer!

Post-Trip:

Your Kennebec River Overnight Trip concludes with a 3 minute bus ride back to the Forks Fun Resort. Once we are back to the base, your Guides will prepare lunch for you. During lunch you can grab some drinks from the Boatman’s Bar & Grill. After you eat you’ll watch the photo/video presentation to see how you and your crew looked while conquering the Class IV Rapids. This concludes your unforgettable 2 day Kennebec Overnight Experience!

 

OVERVIEW

 

Trip Length

• 2 Days

SEASON

• MAY-OCTOBER

MINIMUM AGE

• 10

BOAT CAPACITY

• 8-9 PASSENGERS

 

General Overview:

Leave the distractions and your worries behind – The Kennebec River Overnight Trip is a 2 day getaway into the Maine Wilderness.  With kayaking, camping, star gazing, and rafting – there’s no shortage of Serious Fun on your journey from Moosehead Lake back to The Forks. This is more than just a vacation, it’s an experience! 

Check-In:

Your river trip will be run out of our Forks Fun Resort in The Forks, ME. Check-in for your Kennebec Overnight River Trip starts at 9:30am. Here, you will meet the guides who will be with you every step of the way for the next two days. They will help you pack your camping gear into dry bags and outfit you with river gear. Soon you will be on a bus ride to Moosehead Lake. From there, you will cover over 25 miles on the water until you end up back at the base. 

Your Kennebec Overnight Adventure: 

After a bus ride with some amazing views along Moosehead Lake, you will arrive at the East Outlet. Here your guides will prepare your inflateable kayaks and give you a safety briefing on how to use them. 

Following the lead of your guides, you will paddle your kayaks over 3 miles through Class I, II, and III Whitewater rapids. There is so much fun to be had on this stretch of river and the scenery is amazing. The last rapid of the day is the biggest rapid of the day. Your guides will let you watch them run the rapid from shore, then you take your turn. The best part is that this rapid can be run over and over again as you can walk your boats back up shore for more thrills. 

Once you’re done with the last rapid, the Guides will prepare a riverside lunch for you. You’ll fill up on snacks and sandwiches before being towed by a motor boat to our campsite. 

Situated on the shore of Indian Pond, our overnight campsite is boat-access only. When you first get there, your guides will help you get set up in your tents for the night. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and paddle around to explore the area. The view from shore offers an unobstructed view to the west – as you enjoy the sunset, your guides will be preparing you dinner. 

Post dinner is the time for swapping stories around the campfire, games, dessert, and amazing stargazing. With zero light pollution for miles around, this may be the clearest night sky you’ve ever seen. After you take it all in, head to bed to rest up for another big day of paddling!

You will awake to the smell of breakfast prepared by your guides. As you sit to enjoy your eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns, your guides will start packing up camp. Soon you will be back on Indian Pond making your way to Harris Station Dam and the start of your Kennebec River rafting trip

Before you hit the river, you will learn your guide’s commands and practice paddling. As a team, you will carry your raft down to the river’s edge. When you begin your Maine rafting trip, don’t forget to take in the scenery – the steep rock walls that line both sides of the river are stunning.

Your first rapid is a Class II rapid – this serves as warm up for the bigger rapids downstream. Soon after, you will be charging into Seriously Fun Class IV rapids like Big Mama and The Alleyway. Many people compare these big, splashy sections of river to a roller coaster ride – except way more fun! 

After the first section of major rapids, your trip will stop to enjoy “The Cathedral” – a calm section of river with amazing views. Here your guide will go over the plan for the biggest and most exciting rapid of the day – Magic Falls. This is where the stoke levels will reach their peak! 

For the next few miles, you will tackle 3 fun and splashy Class III rapids. Once you’re through the final rapid of the day, you’ll get to enjoy a 6 mile float through the heart of Maine’s wilderness. Your guide will provide you with a snack and be on the lookout for Bald Eagles. Don’t forget to hop in the river and go for a float – It’s plenty deep in most places and the water will be about 70 degrees in the middle of the summer!

Post-Trip:

Your Kennebec River Overnight Trip concludes with a 3 minute bus ride back to the Forks Fun Resort. Once we are back to the base, your Guides will prepare lunch for you. During lunch you can grab some drinks from the Boatman’s Bar & Grill. After you eat you’ll watch the photo/video presentation to see how you and your crew looked while conquering the Class IV Rapids. This concludes your unforgettable 2 day Kennebec Overnight Experience!

 

OPTIONS/PRICING (per person)

  • Varies by Month – $237.00 – $247.00

What’s Included:

  • 3 mile Kayak Trip on the East Outlet
  • Overnight & Meal on our Island
  • 12 mile rafting trip on the Kennebec River
  • Mid-trip snack
  • Post-trip meal
  • Post-trip Video/Photo presentation of trip with option to purchase

What’s Not Included:

  • Taxes
  • River Access Fees
  • Gratuity For Guides And Restaurant Staff

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I go whitewater rafting in Maine?

Our Maine whitewater rafting trips take you into New England’s finest wilderness areas and provide you with views you could only get to on a raft! Maine is also one of the few places in the world with guaranteed whitewater rafting trips 7 days per week. Most rivers rely on snowmelt or rainfall to give them enough water to raft on - Maine get’s enough water from its dams to raft every day from May to October. This means the water we raft on is much warmer than other parts of the world - sometimes reaching 70 degrees in July and August. Maine - The Way Rafting Should Be!

How far in advance should I book my rafting trip?

The earlier the better! Especially if you plan on booking lodging with us. While we do take last minute reservations, we strongly suggest that you book your trip as far in advance as possible. We have been able to get people on the river with less than a day's notice, but we prefer to have ample time to arrange guides and logistics for your river trip.

What should we bring?

We outfit you with your life jacket, helmet, and paddle. We also have wet suits and splash tops available to rent. We recommend dry fit, breathable clothing!

Are photos or videos part of the trip?

Every trip either has a photographer or a videographer recording your raft as it goes through the biggest and best rapids of the day! When we get back to base, there is a photo or video presentation where you get to watch yourself conquer the mightiest rapids on the river. For many, the photo/video presentation is one of the highlights of the trip. Afterwards, the photos and videos of your raft are available for purchase in the gift shop. Share your Maine rafting trip memories with your friends on social media and be sure to tag @threeriverswhitewater

What meals are included with the trip?

There is a river lunch included in your trip. You get your choice of burger, veggie burger, fish, chicken, or steak and an assortment of freshly prepared sides like mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, river rice, cole slaw, and our chocolate chip cookies. 

NOTE: Guests with special dietary requests should notify us beforehand so we can best accommodate their needs.

How many people can fit in a raft?

All of our rafts are 16 feet long. The maximum number of people in one raft is 10 plus the Registed Maine River Guide. Most rafts end up with 6 to 8 people in them. No matter how many people you end up rafting with, it all comes down to how well you work as a team to paddle through the rapids. 

Is rafting fun?

No... it’s SERIOUS FUN! You’ll have a hard time finding a more fun way to spend the day after you have been on one of our Maine white water rafting trips. Think about how much fun you have while on a roller coaster - well it’s even more fun than that! Because instead of just being along for the ride, YOU are a part of the experience.

Is this the right adventure for my family/group?

Most likely, yes! Rafting is fun for everyone and our Registered Maine River Guides will cater the experience on the river to you and your group. The time spent on the river and in these wilderness areas is priceless. And without any cell phones to distract you, you’ll find it to be surprisingly refreshing.

Do I need to have experience to go rafting?

Not at all! Many of our guests are first timers and our Registered Maine River Guides pride themselves on their ability to teach their crews how to work together on the river. You will receive plenty of instruction on safety prior to the trip and there is time to practice paddling before you run any rapids. We LOVE taking first timers down the river and exposing them to our favorite places in the world. If you are an experienced rafter, we recommend our most challenging trip on the Penobscot River.

Can I bring my phone with me on the rafting trip?

It’s not recommended and won’t even have service - and that’s the best part! You will be free of distractions and really get to enjoy the pristine wilderness areas that you’re in. You’ll find that when you unplug for the day, it’s a lot easier to reconnect - with nature, your friends, your family, and yourself.

What if it’s raining on the day I’m supposed to go rafting?

We run our rafting trips 7 days per week - rain or shine! In fact, rafting is probably the most fun thing you can do outside in the rain - you’re gonna get wet anyways!

What sets Three Rivers apart from other rafting companies in Maine?

The Three Rivers Family has the highest standards for safety and guest service. We spend more time and money training our staff than any other outfitter in Maine. Our goal is for you to leave Three Rivers with lifelong memories. Since 1997, our commitment to being the best rafting outfitter in Maine has built our reputation as “The Home of Serious Fun”. But don’t just take our word for it - head to Trip Advisor to see why we have 300 more 5 Star Reviews than any other rafting outfitter in the state

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