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    • Kennebec River
      • The Kennebec River Gorge marks the start of the 3.5-mile section of the river where rafters come to play.  Excellent for beginners and families, the entire whitewater trip is 8 miles long. Paddling the Kennebec at regular and high-water releases is a completely different experience- I preferred the regular water release because it was more turbulent with fewer “holes” filled in by the excess water, making for a wilder ride!  The lower section of the river offers an excellent opportunity to float down the river.  The Kennebec has daily whitewater releases, bringing the river to 4,800 – 6,000 cfs.
      • Detailed river & rapid information for the Kennebec River
      • 2024 Kennebec River high water (turbine test) release dates
    • Penobscot River
      • Whitewater rafting on the West Branch Penobscot River is on both the upper and lower sections of the river.  The river trip is between 12 and 14 miles long and is a steep gradient with pool-and-drop technical rapids.  This river has consistent big-water daily, with Class III – V rapids, with a bold and exciting Class V right at the beginning.  Many outfitters take out after completing the upper section of the river to avoid the long section of deadwater and put back in at the beginning of the rapids on the lower section. This scenic river flows through Baxter State Park and past the base of Mount Katahdin.
      • Detailed river & rapid information for Penobscot River
    • Dead River
      • The Dead River is one of the longest continuous whitewater sections in the Northeast, with approximately 30 rapids in a 13.35-mile stretch ranging from Class II to Class IV.  There are typically only 8 water releases for rafting each year on this river.  The river mainly consists of granite boulder rapids with many holes and pour-overs.  Release levels and periods of heavy rain heavily influence river difficulty.  At 1,200 – 1,800 cfs most rapids are Class II, except the first and last few rapids.  At 2,000 – 3,500 cfs rapids are Class III, and at 4,500 and up rapids are Class IV.
      • Detailed river & rapid information for the Dead River
      • 2024 Dead River high water release dates

Whitewater Paddling Articles

  • Maine Summer Events: July 2024

    Maine Summer Events: July 2024

    Maine Summer Events: July 2024 More dates are rolling in for Maine summer events for July. Check back often as I update the list as I find new events! Visit my online Maine Outdoor Events Google Calendar here for more information about each event and a complete list of all events for the year, or…

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  • Maine Summer Events:  June 2024

    Maine Summer Events: June 2024

    Maine Summer Events: June 2024 More dates are rolling in for Maine summer events this June. Check back often as I update the list! Visit my online Maine Outdoor Events Google Calendar here for more information about each event and a complete list of all events for the year, or click the event’s title to…

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  • Maine Spring Events:  May 2024

    Maine Spring Events: May 2024

    Maine Spring Events: May 2024 More dates are rolling in for upcoming events this spring. Check back often as I update the list! Visit my online Maine Outdoor Events Google Calendar here for more information about each event and a complete list of all events for the year, or click the event’s title to go…

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  • Maine Spring Events:  April 2024

    Maine Spring Events: April 2024

    Maine Spring Events: April 2024 More dates are rolling in for upcoming Maine spring events in April. Check back often as I update the list! Visit my online Maine Outdoor Events Google Calendar here for more information about each event and a complete list of all events for the year, or click the event’s title…

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  • Maine Canoe Races 2024 (Kayak & SUP)

    Maine Canoe Races 2024 (Kayak & SUP)

    Maine Canoe Races 2024 (Kayak & SUP) Photo Credit: Dave Conley, Canoe the Wild. The dates are rolling in for the Maine Canoe Races 2024 season! Grab your canoe, kayak, or SUP, dust off your paddle, and get ready to race! There are many different types of races, from flatwater to whitewater, multi-sport challenge races,…

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