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Kenenbec River Turbine Tests Rafting - Northern Outdoors

Kennebec Turbine Test High Release Whitewater Rafting: Only 4 Special Release Trips Per Season!

If you love whitewater action, you will want to be on this special release trip! Kennebec Turbine Test Turbine Test rafting trips enjoy 8,000CFS water flows, which is nearly DOUBLE the Kennebec River's normal whitewater rafting release volume. During a Turbine Test, Brookfield Power tests their generating turbines by releasing the maximum amount of water possible from Harris Station Dam.

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This is an "aggressive, high adventure white water rafting trip" ... only those with a "GO FOR IT!" attitude should sign up.

What's So Special About Turbine Tests?

  • Scenery: Fantastic, if you can stop paddling long enough to see it!
  • Whitewater Rapids: 8000CFS of non-stop action and HUGE waves in the Upper Kennebec Gorge.
  • Food: Gourmet grilled lunch at the best location on the river: wide, sunny beach! Salmon, anyone?
  • No Long Bus Ride: Short shuttle drive back to hot tub, swimming pool, cabins, and brewpub!
  • Video and Photo Slide Show: Yes! We're the only outfitter on the river who videos and photographs every trip. The post trip show is hilariously entertaining - we promise!
Trip Details  What you need to know
Minimum Age 15 years, experience recommended but not required.
Meeting Time/Location 8:00am, Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort in The Forks, Maine
What to Bring See our Rafting FAQ.
Wetsuits, booties, & paddling jackets are available for rent in cool weather.
Trip Length/Duration 12 miles, Full day includes lunch on the river
Pricing $134 per person, not including taxes and fees
Trip Dates Saturday June 14th • Monday July 7th  •  Saturday Sept 6th • Saturday Sept 20th
Waiver Forms Every participant must sign our rafting waiver form.  Conveniently download our Participation Waiver Form here.
Planning Tips Confirm your trip early. The September trips sell out well in advance, June trips sell out within 2-3 weeks of the release date. July can be hit or miss.

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Book Your 2014 Preferred Vacation Date Early & Save!

Book 90 days out or more, and get an additional 10% off your trip (available for rafting on the Kennebec, Penobscot & Dead Rivers and lodging at The Forks Resort Center) when you pay a deposit of 50% of your reservation. No blackout dates! Book Now! (Not available in conjunction with any other discount or promotion.)


Your Family Package was a great way to introduce our two suburban, TV loving children to the wonders of Maine. And, it didn't hurt that the whitewater rafting was more exciting than any theme park ride! Our family will definitely be back.

– Jim M. - Norwalk, CT
Just had the best time ever rafting the Kennebec. Will be back to do Dead River and the Penobscot. Thank you all for such a fantastic time. The staff/ guides are all stars. Hopefully see you all next year

– Catherine L.