Whitewater Rafting the Kennebec River

Whitewater Rafting the Kennebec River

a duckie trip on the Kennebec river

Trek Essentials

Where: Near Freeport, Maine, New England
When: Summer (May – September) is a warmer time to go rafting
Experience: Wet and wild rollercoaster waves
Remember to Bring: Waterproof, spare clothes and a towel
Watch out for: Grizzly bears and wild moose

Where it’s At

Maine is the state where the landscape becomes rugged and powerful. In the northern part of Maine near Freeport is the 12 mile long Kennebec River, which is supposedly the longest white water rafting you can do in New England.

The Kennebec River is controlled by a hydroelectric station upstream, which means you can find out where the really big releases of water are for a really great ride. You’ve got to be careful at night in Maine. There’s lots of bears, lots of wild moose and its critical to find a safe place to camp for the night. Freeport is a great place to sample Maine’s speciality dish, fresh lobster.

On Kennebec river you can discover the biggest and most regular rollercoaster waves on the East Coast. Be prepared to get wet and wild – but it is a vigorous and demanding experience. Experienced rafters can take a duckie trip in an inflatable kayak.


White water rafting in the summer is a more pleasant expereince – you’ll only need to bring swimming wear, shorts, old trainers and a towel. In the winter be prepared to get fully kitted out with a wool hat, gloves, sock , water proof rain jacket, swimming wear, and a towel. You can rent a wet suit for around $6 – $12 for half a day which saves a lot of hassle.

Other Things to See and Do

Just a half day’s hike from the Forks of the Kennebec lies the infamous Appalachian Trail near Mount Katahdin which is great for mountain biking.

More Information

International Yacht Restoration School
449 Thames Street
Rhode Island 02840
Tel: 001 401 848 5777 Fax: 001 401 842 0669

Northern Outdoors
You can find some of the best white water rafting in the East Coast in the Kenneebek river, Maine.
Tel: 001 207 663 4466
Fax: 207 663 22 44

Kennebec River Rafting
These guides offer specialist tgrips river rafting for beginners.

Raft Maine
Website exploring different rafting, canoeing and kayaking opportunities on Maine’s rivers.

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