On the Water
On the Water

Bring your canoes, kayaks, or even your pontoon boat. Get ready for the plunge of a lifetime. Millions of gallons of fresh, clean, watery fun pour from every corner of the Kennebec Valley ready made for you to enjoy.

Boating

Multiple ramps along the Kennebec River and lakes in every direction are the reason you’ll spot sport, fishing, and pontoon boats here. The water calls boaters back for more fun all summer long. All you need to do is open a map and find any spot with a boat launch, then head out.

No boat? No problem! Use your wits and the web to find a guide or a nearby rental. Take an early evening cruise on the Kennebec River around Augusta—and enjoy a chance glimpse of one of the massive sturgeon found in the river.

Grab a paddle

Do you envision a day spent gliding across a pristine lake? Looking at scenic landscapes or gone fishing? Maybe you are geared up for a multi-day adventure (we suggest the Bow Trip). Like boaters, paddlers come here for so many reasons. What’s yours?

Perhaps a morning stretch or yoga atop a Stand Up Paddleboard followed by an enjoyable trek across the lake. Or simply grab a tube a float along with a group of friends.

More than simply dipping the paddle, time spent on the water also offers ways to do what you love; Go birding in the Belgrades, spot moose on Big Moose Pond, troll for salmon in Seboomook, or paddle to Webber Pond for bass fishing perfection. Endless ideas are bound only by your imagination and a good (waterproof) map.

Whitewater

With two wicked-good rafting rivers converging at The Forks in the northern Kennebec Valley, we are the undisputed King of Maine White Water.

Experienced rafters can take a pounding on the Dead River during one of the special water releases (offering Class IV rapids), getting soaked through each drop or thrilling eddy along the way.

Want to build confidence on whitewater? Then take a run at the Kennebec River. Paddling the Kennebec River Gorge is a beauty of a ride and a ton of fun for riders of every skill level.

Get ready, because there are hundreds of trips available May through October, so find a company that fits your group size and needs. The special releases (schedule at right) are for “supersized” rides. Plan the second half of your day with a visit to Moxie Falls or relive your adventure over a couple of local brews.

Fishing

Rest assured that there is no bad time to go fishing in the Kennebec Valley. Hardwater fishing offers a chill kind of thrill in the wintertime, with huge catches being pulled through holes in the ice. But it’s the fly anglers of spring and fall and the bass fishermen of summer that really get the most out of time spent on the water here. The fly anglers love the northern Kennebec River for its springtime hatches and the chance to read the whirls and eddies. And when warmer days arrive, the ponds and lakes up and down the river offer one of the finest bass fisheries in the country.

Visitor Resources:

Maine Man vs Bass Trail | Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife | Mid-Maine Bass Fishing | Registered Maine Guides | The Forks Chamber of Commerce


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