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Trip Description – Rafting at The Forks, Maine

While a few of our Maine neighbors join us for the day, most of our Kennebec River whitewater rafters enjoy a comfortable night’s stay at The Forks, Maine in our riverside lodging before a day of rafting. After breakfast (included with rafting and lodging packages) each rafter begins by gearing up into comfortable river gear and listening to safety instruction from the day’s trip leader.

After a short ride (shortest of all outfitters), the Kennebec River white water rafting adventure begins at Harris Station Dam and immediately enters a narrow gorge, hundreds of feet deep. Quickly picking up speed, rafts plunge through huge rolling waves and heart-pounding drops run expertly by our professional guides. Legendary Class III and IV rapids such as “Big Mama” and “Magic Falls” await you at every turn for over 7 miles.

The second part of the Kennebec River trip includes smaller rapids and opportunities to get out and float next to the raft. Water temperatures will top out in the mid-70’s in the summer making this fun for everyone. Our Kennebec rafting trip ends where it began, right back at our base in The Forks—no cold, soggy shuttle ride (like all other outfitters) back to Crab Apple! Walk out of your raft and into a hot shower in your room or our swimming pool while your guides prepare a delicious cookout. After lunch we head to our comfortable conference room to view photos and video from your day on the Kennebec.

After whitewater rafting on the Kennebec River, many of our guests stay over for a second night and enjoy relaxing time in our pool, take a walk into Maine’s highest waterfall, Moxie Falls, or join the Nightfall Paintball game that begins every day after rafting.

Rafting Includes: Safety instruction, licensed guide, PFD and helmet, transportation to and from river, cookout (steak, chicken, fish or vegetarian option), photo and video presentation of your adventure.

Schedule: Our 2024 season will open on May 4 and run through October 6.

Generator Check – Highest Dam Releases of 2024

Four days this summer Harris Station dam on the Kennebec will run at full throttle – over 8000cfs!. The action is fast and the waves are huge – the wave called “Big Mama” climbs to twenty feet! These four dates will be summer highlights.

Dates: June 8, July 8, September 7, 21

Price: $140pp Minimum Age: 14 Special rate for Maine Residents!

Call to reserve this trip! 800.553.RAFT (7238)

Go For It Rafts

Our 13 foot, 6 person Go For It rafts are the shortest allowed by the state of Maine. These rafts give the Kennebec and Dead Rivers a whole new look – waves and holes like “Big Mama” and “Magic Falls” swallow these smaller boats making for some of the wildest rides of the season. This trip is geared toward veteran rafters and a minimum of 4 people is required to run a Go For It trip.

Trip dates: Daily on Kennebec River starting May 6 (except Generator Check dates 6/8, 7/8, 9/7, 9/21). Available on Dead River May 18, 26, June 1, September 1 and October 5.

Price: Add $25 pp to trip price
Minimum Age: 14

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Why Choose Crab Apple For Maine White Water Rafting?


We have been going to Crab Apple in Maine for 20 years. Chuck, Sharyn, Rob, Carrie and all of the GuideS always make us feel like part of the family.
We did the Kennebec on Saturday and the Dead on Sunday, what a great couple of days. Can’t wait to go back next year with an even bigger group!

“First Time Rafting.

Loved our experience white water rafting. It was our first time and we had a blast. The Guides are all super knowledgeable and make it really fun and entertaining. Crab Apple definitely has the best spot on the Kennebec River because you can raft right back to camp, no long bus trip after your already tired from rafting. Just a nice hot lunch waiting for you. Our guide and rocked it, teaching us all about rafting things along the way. I was nervous and scared at first but I ended up absolutely loving it and will definitely be back in the future!

“CRAB APPLE Whitewater Rafting

There was a group of 21 of us (±30 y/o) that stayed at Crab Apple Saturday night and rafted Sunday. Saturday we hung out and had dinner and drinks at Crab Apple pub. Customer service was great. Sunday rafting trip was incredible. We split up into 3 boats. Guides were funny and knowledgeable. The after trip BBQ was delicious and photos/videos were a great way to recap the day. Definitely would recommend.

Kennebec River Map

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map of Maine highlighting the Forks trail

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