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DESCRIPTION – KEnnebec Row Frame – The Forks, Maine

Most of our rafters drive up the night before rafting to stay along the Kennebec in our comfortable lodging in The Forks, Maine. Breakfast is included with lodging and served to fuel up rafters for a ride down the Kennebec Gorge. After a delicious breakfast in our base lodge, rafters get geared up into comfortable river gear (life jackets, helmet, wetsuit (?) and listen to a safety talk given by the day’s trip leader.

Our Guided Row Frame trip allows you to experience the thrills of the Kennebec gorge while holding on and letting one of our expert guides row through the big waves. This a great activity for families with younger rafters (ages 8-11) or any group that would rather enjoy the action while holding on through the big whitewater. The Row Frame rafts follow along with the paddle rafts through the same rapids and section of river.

We leave Crab Apple Rafting in The Forks for a short ride to the river (shortest of all outfitters). The Kennebec River white water rafting adventure starts immediately below Harris Station Dam and immediately enters a narrow and deep gorge. Rafts get a bit of practice and then quickly pick up speed, now ready to splash and bounce through big rolling waves and wet n’ wild drops negotiated expertly by our professional guides on the oars. Famous Class 3 and Class 4 whitewater rapids such as “Big Mama” and “Magic Falls” await you at every turn for 7 miles.

The lower part of the Kennebec River trip is mellower with smaller waves and opportunities to get out between rapids and float next to the raft. Water temperatures warm up quickly after the cold winter and will peak in the mid-70’s, so a float in the river refreshes everyone. Our Kennebec rafting trip concludes right at Crab Apple – no chilly, wet shuttle ride back to Crab Apple! Get the raft to shore and head for a hot shower, hot tub or our heated swimming pool while the River Guides prepare a delicious cookout. Post lunch, we head to our comfortable conference room to check out (and laugh along with) still photos and video taken during your trip through the gorge.

After whitewater rafting on the Kennebec River, many of our guests stay over for a second night in The Forsk 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 ever 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: The Kennebec Row Frame trip is available May 25 through September 1 for the 2024 season.

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Why Choose Crab Apple For Maine White Water Rafting?


Top of the line gear and wonderful experience and beautiful wilderness. Overall a great time and recommend tremendously!”

– Kyle Dillion


“The whole day was easy and so much fun! The staff was friendly, energetic and super helpful. I recommend this for any family.”

– Lauren Michaels Korn


“You have a top-notch, well-trained excellent friendly crew through your entire operation and your dedication to the Crab Apple tradition shows.”

– Denny

Kennebec River Row Frame Map

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map of Maine highlighting the Forks trail

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