Kennebec River White Water Rafting in Maine

Kennebec River Trips

Full River Trip
Turbine Test Trip
Kennebec – Dead 2 Day
Kennebec – Penobscot 2 Day

Big Water, Big Waves, Big Fun

(New England’s Most Popular White Water Rafting River)

  • 2015 Season: April 18 – October 11 (Daily Trips)
  • Meeting Location: 36 Main St • Route 201 • Bingham • Maine 04920
  • Meeting Time: 9:00AM (We recommend checking in 30 minutes early)
  • River Rating: Class 4 (Scale 1-6)
  • River Type: High Volume Big Waves
  • Average River Flow: 4800 CFS (Cubic Feet Per Second)
  • Range of River Flow: 4800-8000 CFS
  • High Water Dates “Turbine Test" for 2015: June 13; July 6; Sept 12; Sept 26.
  • River Length: 12 Miles, 4.5 Hours on the River
  • Trips: Full River, Ultimate, Turbine Test, Two Day Trip
  • High Adventure Sport Rafts Available: Yes
  • River Lunch: Steak, Chicken, Veggie Burgers, Salad, Desert, Beverages
  • Minimum Reservation Size: One Person
  • Minimum Age: 5 Years (Lower Half Only); 8 Years (Full River); 12 Years (Turbine Test)
  • Camping: Tent Camping, Platform Tents, RV Camping with Hookups
  • Lodging: Cabins
  • Restaurant: Patrick’s Restaurant, Game Room and Pub on Site
  • Reservations: Call Toll Free 800-348-8871

Whether you’re new to Maine white water rafting, or, haven’t had the chance to river raft the Class IV Kennebec River in Maine, then you’ve missed out on something special! This river is by far, New England’s most popular whitewater rafting river trip – and for good reason. But you must experience it for yourself. Then you’ll know why.

To get an idea, go to our photo-video galleries page and click on the Kennebec River rafting slide show! you can also check out our Maine rivers video below; with scenes from The Dead, The Penobscot and The Kennebec Rivers!

With consistent daily water releases from the Harris Station dam, ideal river rafting levels exist from Spring through Fall. There are also LARGE “spring-sized" releases scheduled during the summer; called “turbine test dates (see the 2011 Kennebec whitewater river release graph below for dates). These releases provide BIG rafting levels when the weather is HOT. Another great feature of the Kennebec River is it’s warmer water – even in the spring. It also has shows spectacular colors in the Fall along its banks; so September and October whitewater river rafting trips are special events on the Kennebec.

The Kennebec River is not a rocky, technical river. Instead, it’s a deep, fast mover with big, “fun" waves. This is actually why it’s such an ideal rafting river for beginners and experienced rafters alike. Some of the best-known whitewater rapids on the Kennebec River include; “The Sisters" (which begins with the “Big Mama" wave), “The Alleyway, “Z-Turn" and “Magic Falls" (which is not really a waterfall – just a great rapid). There are many others.

You’ll begin your Kennebec River trip by traveling down a beautiful and impressive gorge. After fours miles of river rafting in the gorge; riding great waves, holes, and doing some raft surfing, the upper gorge you will come to “Carry Brook" (a great break spot). Here the river begins to widen; but the superb scenery and whitewater rafting fun are NOT over yet! There are still 9 miles of great Class II, III and IV rapids, until your ultimately reach “The Forks"; where The Dead River “forks-in" on your right.

Whitewater river rafting on Maine’s Kennebec River is truly an exciting and memorable experience. Both during and after your trip, you’ll have a smile glued to your face! You’ll then understand why thousands of whitewater enthusiasts raft The Kennebec each year (young and old alike). And when you combine this with an ATV trip, a Moose and Wildlife Watching Safari an evening ATV Express Trip, Hiking, and great cabin rentals or camping accommodations at our resort base complex, you’ll have an unforgettable Maine adventure vacation. We have so many friends who return to vacation with us each year! And we hope you do too!

For more on rafting the Kennebec River in Maine, and, planning your Maine Adventure Vacation with North Country Rivers, reserve trip and lodging space by using our online reservations form. You can also call us toll free in the US and Canada at 1-800-348-8871, or, e-mail! We’ll make sure that your Kennebec River Adventure Vacation is the “Thrill of a Lifetime"!

North Country Rivers