Water Temperatures on New England Rivers

Aug
15

Water Temperatures on New England Rivers

On any whitewater rafting trip the rafters always are concerned about the temperature of the water. They want to know what to wear and bring on their rafting trip and definitely want to know if the water will be COLD – no one loves cold water. It is a common misconception that big whitewater always occur in cold water.  At Crab Apple Whitewater we are fortunate that all of our…

Jul
24

How Inflatable Whitewater Rafts “Self Bail”

How Inflatable Whitewater Rafts “Self Bail” Guests often ask how the water leaves the boat in a “self bailing” raft. Many rafters assume there is some type of a electric bilge in the rafts, but it so much simpler than that. Self-bailing rafts were introduced in the early 1990’s and have become the industry standard. In both Maine and Massachusetts, Crab Apple Whitewater uses Hyside and Northwest River Supply self-bailing…

Jul
10

Meals on Crab Apple Whitewater’s Rafting Trips

Meals on Crab Apple Whitewater’s Rafting Trips Everyone knows whitewater rafting creates a big appetite! After paddling big whitewater all day in the sun or even just floating in tranquility taking in the scenery, stomachs always rumble in anticipation of what is to come. Food is always included in some form on all of Crab Apple Whitewater’s rafting trips. In Massachusetts, Crab Apple Whitewater offers both half and full day…

Jun
19

Meet a Crab Apple Maine White Water Rafting Guide: Mike Foley

Meet a Crab Apple Maine White Water Rafting Guide: Mike Foley Many guides at Crab Apple Whitewater return every summer. Guests are often curious about how certain white water guides became involved in the rafting industry and what they do in the winters. Mike Foley has worked for Crab Apple Whitewater on The Kennebec and Dead Rivers for six years. Originally from Massachusetts, Mike started out as many Maine white…

Jun
06

Life Jacket Safety for Whitewater Rafting in Maine

Most Important Item on a Whitewater Rafting Trip in Maine The most important item for any whitewater raft trip is a life jacket or personal floatation device (PFD). There are many styles, colors and brands of PFD’s for use in all kinds of recreation and work applications. The Coast Guard classifies life jackets according to the environment in which they are used – these vary from salt water to fresh…

Mar
17

Team Building for College Groups

Team Building for College Groups College groups looking for fun outings should consider the importance of a team dynamic in their choice of trip or adventure. Amusement parks are fun, but the activity is provided and passive – not much chance to work together and complete a challenge or improve the experience through the skills or effort of the group. Similarly, a trip to an athletic event or concert are…

Mar
22

Senior Class Trip Activities in Maine and Massachusetts

Senior Class trips are a rite of passage for students leaving the friendly confines of the local high school and preparing to head off to the next chapter in life. It is one last chance to bond with friends that have been there for four years and possibly many more. Senior Class trips have many considerations – location, cost and student safety are important factors. Parents and chaperones hope for…

Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting
Apr
15

A Busy Off-Season at Crab Apple!

One of the most popular questions we are asked almost daily during the rafting season is what do we do (if anything!) during the off-season at Crab Apple. Well, the short answer is, “more than you think!” While we enjoy the down time that comes with a seasonal business, the off-season is full of projects and work that continues year-round. As a family business, we also try and balance the…