With four seasons of adventure sport, are you packed yet?
It’s amazing how far a place can come in just over 40 years. During these past four decades, The Forks has grown, if not in population, then in reputation as the home of white water rafting in Maine. But it is way more than that. With the popularity of adventure sports growing by leaps and bounds each year, The Forks has kept pace with demand, adding services and trails at every step of the way.
Here the confluence of the Dead and Kennebec Rivers offers sportsmen of all kinds and skill levels the opportunity of a lifetime. Rafting, fishing, hunting, ATV and snowmobile riders, hikers, bikers, trail runners, long-distance backpackers. To make things even better, for the soft-adventurer we have an easy half-mile trek to the region’s crown jewel and Maine’s highest waterfall, Moxie Falls. Whatever the need calls for, our legion of local guides are here to provide gear, meals, and lodging for adventurous visitors in all four seasons.
Each year, long before the rafts hit the gorge, this place has seen its first and second seasons of adventurists. Wintertime, starting back in December, brings snow and with it the thrill of long days spent riding well-groomed trails through the deep woods, across lakes, and climbing peaks. Snowmobiling here offers an experience that is like none other. The number of Nordic skiers and snowshoe hikers also continues to grow in proportion to the number of trails that crisscross the area.
Spring Trout Fishing
Once the snow (and mud) are gone, the shifting season brings the fly fisherman. Intrepid anglers looking to stand waist-deep or float atop a kayak in the frigid waters feeding the Kennebec River, will enjoy pursuing of spring trout and salmon hungry for a post-winter meal.
We are Rafting
In The Forks, rafting season kicks off in May. Around this time of year, it’s green and cool, and springtime starts to feel a little more summery. People come here to go white water rafting and for many, it is the experience of a lifetime. The 12-mile Kennebec River trip begins on Indian Pond and roars through the spectacular Upper Kennebec Gorge, with rapids up to Class IV. Even more challenging, the Dead River provides the longest stretch of continuous white water in the East. There are many rafting companies and guides in the area, each well suited for different kinds of passengers. In fact, several offer good-quality accommodations in addition to home-cooked meals and an experienced crew.
The Pleasure of Paddling
Despite being known for rafting, there is quite a bit of other paddling here as well. The Bow Trip is a welcome respite from the heaving froth of tubing. Wyman Lake is a 12-mile-long widening of the Kennebec River that makes for ideal fishing. Moxie Pond is one of the loveliest lakes for paddling in the state with its unspoiled coves, islands, and views of the surrounding mountains.
On the ATV Trails
Once the weather warms up and the mud dries, trails begin to firm up and visitors with ATVs begin to make their presence known. Wherever you go, ATVs can be heard in the distance and moose safaris become more available. With access to hundreds of miles of trails, there is nothing better than a day spent riding.
Located on the 45th parallel, Bingham sits exactly halfway between the North Pole and the Equator. Bingham is more readily known as the gateway to Maine’s outdoor sporting paradise. Local anglers are especially fond of the Kennebec here, affectionately calling sections of this wonderful stretch of river Rainbow Alley. Bingham has a lesser-known waterfall, Houston Brook Falls, where Houston Brook empties into Wyman Lake on the Kennebec River. Bingham is also the northern end of the multi-use Kennebec Valley Trail.
The small residential town of Moscow is situated just north of Bingham and 24 miles from Skowhegan. The friendly town’s outstanding feature is the Wyman Hydroelectric Dam, which slows the Kennebec River and creates a widening in the river known as Wyman Lake. Along the lake on the eastern side of the Old Canada Road, visitors can observe a recent man-made phenomenon: dozens of birdhouses, many delightfully colored, have been fastened to the retaining wall and now extend for several hundred yards along the highway.