Whitewater Rafting on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers
2018-04-02

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.

2019 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.)

Dead River

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 11th (Saturday), Big Spring Release, 6,500+ cfs, Class IV+ Rapids

May 18th (Saturday), Big Spring Release, 6,500+ cfs, Class IV+ Rapids

May 26th (Sunday), High Water Release, 6,000 cfs, Class IV Rapids

June 1st (Saturday), High Water Release, 5,500 cfs, Class IV Rapids

June 8th (Saturday), Medium (Surfing) Release, 3,500 cfs, Class III-IV Rapids

September 1st (Sunday), High Water Release, 5,500 cfs, Class IV Rapids

September 14th (Saturday), Medium (Surfing) Release, 3,500 cfs, Class III-IV Rapids

October 5th (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 15th (Saturday), Turbine Test Release, 8,000 cfs, Class III-IV Rapids

July 8th (Monday), Turbine Test Release, 8,000 cfs, Class III-IV Rapids

September 7th (Saturday), Turbine Test Release, 8,000 cfs, Class III-IV Rapids

September 21st (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.