WHAT TO bring with your SUP

Think ahead – pack ahead

1. Safety First: The right gear ensures your safety on the river.  Though we provide protective gear and essentials like a first aid kits when needed, proper clothing and a bottle of sunscreen can make or break your day on the river

2. Comfort and Convenience: Being well-prepared enhances your overall experience. With the right items on hand, you can focus on enjoying the adventure rather than worrying about missing essentials.

3. Efficient Use of Time: Packing ahead saves time and reduces stress. When you’re organized, you can quickly grab what you need and head out, making the most of your river trip.

4. Weather Preparedness: Maine’s weather can be unpredictable. Packing ahead allows you to bring necessary items for different weather conditions, ensuring you’re comfortable no matter what.

SUP – Stand UP Paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a water activity that allows you to explore Moxie lake, the lower Kennebec River, Indian Pond, and really  anywhere else with at least a foot of water.  It require much more balance and coordination than other river activities.  But don’t worry, it’s easy to pick up and a great way to get out in nature.

If you’re planning to rent a stand-up paddleboard, it’s essential to come prepared with the right gear to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the water. Renting equipment means making your own adventures.

Below, we’ll guide you through the must-have items to bring for stand-up paddleboarding. From safety gear and proper attire to hydration and sun protection, let’s dive into the essentials that will enhance your SUP journey. Three Rivers Whitewater rents Stand-up Paddle Board for you to use in the forks.


Rental equipment

Stand-Up Paddleboard:

A paddle board and paddle will be provided with your rental payment.  These are a one size fits all object.  Choke down and adjust your grips on the paddle when needed.

Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

Safety should always be a priority, even if you’re a confident swimmer. A personal flotation devices (PFDs) or life jackets will be provided with your rental board. Wear one that fits properly and meets safety standards, especially if you’re paddling in open water or unfamiliar conditions.

Fall Rafting in Maine

Proper Attire

Anything but cotten

When wet, cotton draws heat away from the body making it a no-go. Polypro, or polypropylene, clothing is quick drying and moisture wicking. Popping on a pair of polypro shorts and a t-shirt will keep you warm and comfortable all day long.

Protect Your Feet

While renting a stand-up paddleboard, it’s a good idea to bring water shoes or strapped sandals like Tevas or Chacos to protect your feet from rocks or other potential hazards.  Should something happen and you need to walk the shore back, you’ll be happy you have them


Pack a towel to dry off after your paddleboarding session. A towel also can be used as a blanket when it gets chilly unexpectedly.

Rafting Waterfall


Sun Protection

Its hard to escape the sun when you’re in a raft, duckie, or tube all day. Keep yourself protected from those harmful rays with some SPF! A hat and sunglasses are also highly recommended

Water and Snacks:

Bring a water bottle to keep yourself well-hydrated during your paddleboarding session. Pack lightweight, non-perishable snacks to keep you energized

Waterproof Bag

Carry a waterproof bag or container to protect your personal items, such as keys, phones, wallets, and snacks, from water damage. It ensures that your valuables stay dry and secure

Waterproof Phone Case:

Consider investing in a waterproof phone case to protect your phone from accidental water damage. It allows you to capture photos or videos while paddleboarding without worrying about potential mishaps. 

Knowledge of Local Conditions and Safety Guidelines

Before embarking on your rental paddleboarding adventure, familiarize yourself with local water conditions, rules, and safety guidelines. Understand any restrictions or recommendations in the area you’ll be paddling to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Remember, this is YOUR adventure.  Be safe and make the most of it!

stand up paddleboarder with waterfall