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Maine Rafting Whitewater

Maine WhitewaterMaine white water rafting trips run seven days a week. From mid-April through mid-October from various locations. Maine features world class Class III-IV whitewater on the Kennebec River and Dead River. For example the Kennebec River has famous rapids such as “Magic Falls” and the “Three Sisters”. Which will thrill even the most experienced white water enthusiasts.

The Dead River offers some of the most exciting white water in the East. High water Class III-V dam releases and intermediate Class III dam releases in the summer for a great Dead River family rafting vacation. Whitewater rafting bases are located at The Forks, Maine located on the Kennebec River. For instance they offer the most convenient location for a Maine whitewater vacation.

Maine Rafting Whitewater

Rafting on the Penobscot River is one of the most spectacular and challenging river experiences in the Eastern U.S. The Penobscot River enjoys a reputation as a river of contrasts as it alternates between exhilarating rapids and breathtaking scenery. Rapids on the Penobscot River are short with sheer drops plunging into calm pools.

On the lower river are class I to III rapids, stop at a natural rock,. While the upper river is the most turbulent, dropping over 70 feet per mile through a narrow, granite walled canyon into the Exterminator and Staircase rapids, both advanced Class V rapids.

The Kennebec River, located in the heart of Maine’s whitewater country with 12 miles of fast and deep water flows daily, is our most popular rafting trip. The upper Kennebec gorge is where you’ll ride the thrilling roller coaster waves of Big Mama and the Three Sisters then plunge into boiling Magic Falls. Paddle your way down the lower river on sit-on-top kayaks to look for wildlife. The Kennebec is ideal for families and first time rafters. Waves crest from 4 to 8 feet high!.

The Dead River has the longest most continuous stretch of white water in New England. Big whitewater is released only 10 times a year, and this is the Maine river no serious rafter should miss! This 16-mile run is a wild and woolly, boulder-strewn whitewater bonanza. The Dead River comes alive when spring run-off causes flooding. Also in the fall when the lakes are drawn down to get ready for winter. Big water, spectacular fall foliage, and guaranteed fun!

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