Whitewater Rafting on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers
The waters flowing out into the Kennebec and Dead River, during scheduled releases from May to October, offer an excellent adventure, even for those who might be shy about taking the plunge into some of the best whitewater on the east coast.
There is just something more to a rafting experience here in Maine's Kennebec Valley. A controlled release system allows for reliably excellent whitewater and there is a rafting company and experience just right for everyone—no prior experience necessary. When you put it all together and jump in, you’ll be riding waves of excitement for the entire trip.
2020 Special Whitewater Releases in Maine's Kennebec Valley
Each river, just like each of our regions rafting companies, has something different to offer. Below are just some brief info about each. Also, for up to the minute flow information call, (800) 557-3569 (The information for the Dead River is under the Kennebec menu option.)
With a drop of over 400 feet over the course of 13 miles, The Dead River is the longest stretch of continuous whitewater in the Northeast. A somewhat seclude river riddled with huge and hugely fun holes and pour-overs that make this sport so ridiculously fun.
Rapids range from Class II at the sub-1800 cfs flows then jump to Class III up to about 3500 cfs. Class IV rafting happens a few special times per year, in the spring and again in the last part of the season during the turbine tests at the dam. Plan ahead with your outfitter to make sure your group will be accommodated on big water days (that goes for both rivers)
Dead River Release Schedule
May 9th (Saturday), Big Spring Release, 6,000+ cfs, Class IV+ Rapids
May 16th (Saturday), Big Spring Release, 6,000+ cfs, Class IV+ Rapids
May 24th (Sunday), High Water Release, 6,000 cfs, Class IV Rapids
May 30th (Saturday), High Water Release, 56,000 cfs, Class IV Rapids
June 6th (Saturday), Medium (Surfing) Release, 4,000 cfs, Class III-IV Rapids
September 6th (Sunday), High Water Release, 6,000 cfs, Class IV Rapids
September 19th (Saturday), Medium (Surfing) Release, 3,500 cfs, Class III-IV Rapids
October 3rd (Saturday), Fall High Water Release, 6,000 cfs, Class IV Rapids
Water sources are from Long Falls Dam and inflow from Spencer Stream. All releases from Long Falls Dam stop at 1 pm. Kennebec River
With incredibly telling names for many of its more famous rapids, a day whitewater rafting on the Kennebec River will offer a lifetime of thrilling memories. With this run, once you are in you are in for good, but not to worry, every guide that works these waters knows what works and when. Ask about Magic Falls or Maytag, your guide will have stories to tell.
Kennebec River Release Schedule
June 13th (Saturday), Turbine Test Release, 8,000 cfs, Class III-IV Rapids
July 6th (Monday), Turbine Test Release, 8,000 cfs, Class III-IV Rapids
September 12th (Saturday), Turbine Test Release, 8,000 cfs, Class III-IV Rapids
September 26th (Saturday), Turbine Test Release, 8,000 cfs, Class III-IV Rapids
All releases from Harris Station stop at 1 pm. From May 1st through Columbus day the daily release will be a minimum of 4,800 cfs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. From June 15th through September 15th, the minimum release will be 2,400 cfs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Visit our page on Kennebec and Dead River Whitewater Rafting to learn more or to find a rafting outfitter.