Trip Itinerary

Dead River High Water Rafting Trip Itinerary

Class of Rapids: III-IV (V)
Minimum Age: 14
Length: 16 miles
River Time: 3-4 hours
Food: Steak, chicken, fish or vegetarian option cookout at base after trip

Meeting Time and Place:

8:00am at Crab Apple on the Kennebec - The Forks, Maine
Note: Please consult a map along with our directions. Please be on time,
since we must work within the schedule of water releases decided on by the power company.


Note: GPS, Mapquest and Google Maps are all inaccurate in our area.
Please consult a map and follow the directions below for easy travel to Crab Apple.

From Points South:

I-95 North to Exit 133 Waterville, Maine. Turn Right onto Rte 201 North. Follow Rte 201 North approximately 12 miles to Skowhegan until Rte 2 and Rte 201 intersection. Turn right at traffic light and follow signs around rotary for Rte 201 North. Follow Rte 201 North through Skowhegan and then Bingham (23 miles to The Forks).
In The Forks look for our signs and the bridge crossing the Kennebec.
Take right turn before bridge at Lake Moxie Road and then enter second driveway on right.

Trip Itinerary:

  • Meet at 8:00am
  • Lifejacket and helmet fitting - (all guests must wear a Personal Floatation Device issued by Crab Apple)
  • Safety lecture and paddling instruction
  • 16 mile ride to put-in
  • Raft 16 miles in continuous Class III-IV (V) whitewater
  • Take out and 1 mile ride back to Crab Apple
  • Hot showers, hot tubs and change clothes
  • Delicious steak, chicken, fish or vegetarian option cookout
  • Slide and video presentation of your trip
  • Departure by approximately 4:00-5:00pm

What to Bring:

For every trip you need:

  • Bathing suit or shorts
  • Footwear - sneakers or sandals with secure ankle and toe straps (flip flops not allowed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes and shoes for after trip

Items for spring/fall & cool/rainy days:

  • ***Avoid cotton clothing - it cools the body when wet!
  • For feet: wool or fleece socks. Very important in spring!
  • For torso and legs: performance wear (Under Armour), wool, fleece, capilene, polypropylene
  • Outer layer: wind jacket and pants are great for shedding water and can be worn over a wetsuit or fleece


Clean, comfortable wetsuits and wetsuit boots will always be available for rent. Fleece and synthetics are extra warm under wetsuits and wetsuit boots. Wind jackets and pants can be worn over wetsuits to shed water and add warmth.


Crab Apple on the Kennebec houses a fun store where you may purchase a fine selection of apparel and souvenirs. Our pub and restaurant will also be open for relaxing after trips.

Medications / Physical Limitations:

Always bring medications which you may need on the river i.e. asthma inhaler, bee sting kit, etc.

Pregnant women, persons with a heart condition and anyone with a medical problem that could be affected by the heat, cold, exertion, excitement, etc. of a raft trip may not raft. We reserve the right to refuse anyone the opportunity to participate in any of our adventures because of a medical, physical or size limitation that we feel might expose them to extreme risk. Life jackets fit a chest size up to 58 inches. Contact our office with questions concerning these policies.


Crab Apple on the Kennebec offers you a comfortable, hassle-free stay in our suites, lodge, cabins and campsites. Local campgrounds, B&B's and motels may also be suggested.


All rafters will be required to sign a waiver of liability before enjoying one of our trips. Download it here and bring it in completed the day of the trip to save time. Waiver