Kennebec River Rafting

Maine’s most popular whitewater rafting trip, the 12-mile Kennebec River, is an ideal river adventure for everyone from first time rafters to whitewater junkies. Raft through the spectacular rock-walled upper Kennebec River Gorge with playful rapids and big waves before the Kennebec broadens after lunch, into the easygoing lower section surrounded by forests and wildlife.

Whitewater Rafting on the Kennebec River: Maine’s Most Popular White Water Trip

The Kennebec River in The Forks, Maine offers consistent class 2-4 whitewater rafting spring, summer, and fall. It’s one of the best family adventures or group vacations you’ll ever take, with a perfect balance of adrenaline-pumping whitewater and relaxing floats. Paddle through the Kennebec River gorge, eat a grilled riverside lunch in the fresh outdoor air, and meander around river bends back to our adventure resort in The Forks!

Your Day Rafting the Kennebec River

Morning Check in

Whitewater rafting trips on the Kennebec River gather at The Forks Adventure Resort at 7:45am for a safety orientation, paddling instructions, and to gear up before the short ride to Harris Station Dam.

Your River Trip- Including Lunch

Upon arrival at the Dam, your Registered Maine Whitewater Guide will lead you and your crew into the granite walls of the upper Kennebec River gorge where you’ll ride an action-packed sequence of class 3 and 4 rapids. Water and weather permitting, when the river mellows your raft pulls over to our private, riverside beach for a cookout with steak, salmon, chicken, or veggie burger grilled over a hardwood fire, accompanied by stir-fried rice, salad, dessert, and beverages. After lunch, we hop back in our rafts to float the scenic lower Kennebec River, with plenty of time for swimming and floating!

Post River Trip

Northern Outdoors’ rafting trip takeout is only a few miles up the road from our resort where guides put on a slideshow of photos and video of you conquering the whitewater! Grab a craft beer, kick back, and get ready to laugh!

Kennebec River Rafting Trip Details


Class II-IV rapids

Registered Maine Guide Badge


12 miles


The Forks Adventure Resort
The Forks, Maine

Meeting Time

7:45 AM

Trip Duration

4-6 hours


Full day trip with gourmet grilled lunch included.


May – October

Trip Pricing

Starts at $83+ Per Person

30% Off Kids, Mon – Fri

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Age Limits

10 on Upper Kennebec

8 on Lower Kennebec

What to Wear

Water-friendly clothing & shoes

Wetsuit Rental

Available after morning meeting

Full Suit $20
Farmer John $10
Top Half or Paddle Jacket $5
Booties $5

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Prices do not include taxes and fees

Choose a 13′ sport raft for a wilder ride! Sport rafts seat 6 people instead of the standard 8 and are available for an extra $15 pp.


Where To Stay

Whitewater rafting trips on the Kennebec River are located at Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort in The Forks, with on-site Kennebec River Pub and Brewery, swimming pool, hot tub, and a wide selection of cabins and camping. Raft the Kennebec and Dead River, go ATVing, hike into Moxie Falls, and plan a lazy river afternoon river float- all in The Forks!

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