Kennebec Turbine Tests

Double the Water, Double Your Excitement on the Kennebec River

If you love whitewater action, you will want to be on one of these special release trips–only 4 per season! Kennebec Turbine Test rafting trips enjoy 8,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) 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.


This aggressive, high-adventure whitewater rafting trip races through the beautiful Upper Kennebec Gorge with non-stop action and huge waves. The Kennebec broadens after lunch, into the fast-moving lower section surrounded by forests and wildlife. Enjoy incredible scenery, exciting rapids and plenty of opportunities to play and see wildlife such as eagles, moose, osprey and more! The river put-in is only a 30-minute bus ride from the check-in and the trip ends just a short ride from our Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort, where you’ll enjoy a classic grilled lunch and microbrew at the Kennebec River Pub & Brewery.


Kennebec Turbine Test Release Schedule:

  • Sat, June 17
  • Mon, July 10
  • Sat, Sept 9
  • Sat, Sept 23

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Trip Details


Explorer, Fun Posse



(Upper + Lower)


Minimum Age

Trip Location

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Meeting Time

8:00 AM

This is a full day trip with gourmet grilled lunch included.

Rapids Class

Maine registered guide - Northern Outdoors
Wetsuit rentals

Wetsuit rentals

Full Suit $20;
Farmer John $10;
Top Half or Paddle Jacket $5;
Booties $5
  • Release Dates

    • Saturday, June 17
    • Monday, July 10
    • Saturday, Sept 9
    • Saturday, Sept 23

Trip Pricing

  • Trip

    Per Person



Our rafting trip was awesome. The boys, teenagers, had never been whitewater rafting. They now want to experience bigger and faster rivers.


High Adventure Sport Rafts!

Free sport raft upgrade for adrenaline seekers only! Available daily Spring & Fall, weekdays only Summer. Request at booking.

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Prepare For Your Trip

Resort Facilities

Finish (or start) your rafting trip at our Adventure Resort right here in The Forks. From cabin tents to deluxe cabins, you can choose a lodging option that suits you best. Resort amenities include a hot tub, game room, on-site brewery, full-service restaurant and swimming pool.

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