Make 2016 Your Year for Adventure with Whitewater Rafting
The year is already well under way, so what do you have planned? If you haven’t gotten around to planning a year of adventure tourism, it’s time to get started. Whether you are looking for something exhilarating for yourself, or you are seeking adventure gifts for someone else, whitewater rafting is the perfect way to spend the year. Here’s a rundown of our most sought-after adventure gifts for every whitewater rafting season:
Spring: 4/16 – 5/13
Come mid-April, the whitewater rafting season has officially begun at the Kennebec River. After many long months of no whitewater rafting, this is your first chance to hit the rapids. And thanks to the recent snowmelt, there is more water and larger rapids compared to other times of the year. Best of all, spring is the least expensive time for whitewater rafting.
Early Summer: 5/14 – 6/5
If you want to experience adventure tourism like never before, mark your calendars for May 29 and June 4. These are the summer dates for the extremely limited Go For It rafting trip on the Dead River (the other dates are September 4 and October 1). But be forewarned, this adventure gift is only for veteran rafters. We load up on 13-foot, 6-person rafts that are easier to maneuver through the twists, turns, and drops of the river than our standard rafts; however, the small rafts also get thrashed around a lot more. If you live for whitewater rafting, this is an adventure tourism option you don’t want to miss.
Summer: 6/6 – 9/5
Summer is our peak whitewater rafting season for many reasons. Of course, it is when most students are out of school, but it also offers the warmest water temperatures and guaranteed water levels thanks to our dam control. During the summer is the only time for families with younger kids to experience the Dead River together, as we limit the dam release for three days to allow kids as young as nine access to the river. The three highly desirable dates are: June 12, July 23, and August 13. During the rest of the season, whitewater rafting on the Dead River is still available, but you have to be 14 to participate.
Fall: 9/6 – 10/9
The weather may be getting colder, but whitewater rafting season isn’t over quite yet, so it is still an option for experience gifts. And since there are fewer crowds, it can often be even more pleasant. For four days out of the entire year of 2016, we release the Harris Station dam at its highest point, making the Kennebec River full of massive waves and fast action. The fall dates for the Generator Check are September 10 and 24, with June 18 and July 11 also available.
As you can see, we have a lot of really exciting adventure tourism options available throughout the year. But remember, the dates for most of the whitewater rafting excursions are extremely limited, so be sure to make your reservations now before they sell out.