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Rafting Kennebec and Dead Rivers in Maine, USA

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Rafting Kennebec and Dead Rivers in Maine, USA
Although the Kennebec River rises at Moosehead Lake just over 300 meters above sea level and flows through the entire state of Maine, its thick enough waters are able to offer you some of the best conditions for rafting on the northeastern coast. The upper third of the river's currents are additionally strengthened by its west branch of somewhat strange name, Dead River. It´s almost exactly at the point where the rivers merge where you can find a base for your rafting adventure.

The place is called „The Forks“ and its western part is home of the Magic Falls Rafting Company. The company is located in 38 Dead River Rd, West Forks, Maine, USA. It has more than two decades long tradition of water sports. It was founded by David Neddeau in 1989 and at the beginning the company had only one raft and one trailer. Nowdays the company possesses 40 rafts, 25 inflatable kayaks, buses, vans, trucks and over 60 guides. Some of the guides were with the company from the very start, which makes them very experienced.

Magic Falls Rafting Company strives to individualize the experience by keeping their groups small. They aim first for safety. Second, as they put it: "for a rafting trip that touches the heart and excites the soul!"

Kennebec River Whitewater Rafting

The Kennebec River Gorge is one of the most beautiful in the East of USA with steep rock walls covered with conifers on both sides, and with many waves that are four to six feet high.  You'll paddle into rapids with names like Big Mama, White Washer, and the famous Magic Falls. Then, with the rapids behind you, jump in and float with the current while you feel the power of the river, taking you downstream.

If you are a high adventure thrill-seeker, then the Magic Rivers Multi-Gorge trip is for you. You will raft the 5 mile Upper Kennebec Gorge through Class III to V whitewater in 13 ft. sport boats, take out at Carry Brook, return to Harris Station and ride the Upper Gorge again.  Take out at Carry Brook and return to base camp. The Multi-Gorge adventure is offered any day excluding high-water release days.  

Dead River Whitewater Rafting

The Dead River's spring runoff and heavy water releases make for the best wild whitewater adventure in New England. You'll cascade down 15 miles of almost continuous class II-V whitewater, in rapids like Spencer Rips, Hayden's Landing, Elephant Rock, the Mine Field and the infamous Poplar Falls, the longest continuous rapid in Maine. The ride is exhilarating. There are only a few release days available, and they quickly fill up, so make your reservations early. 

The summer brings warmer weather and milder water on the Dead, a more technical river. This trip is great for adults who want to raft intermediate whitewater and it's also great for younger kids. This trip will offer you lots of fun-filled whitewater and is one of their most popular trips. It's also priced right for large groups and families. This is not a big whitewater experience.

Dead River Lodge

Accommodations consist of the Dead River Lodge with king, queen and bunk rooms, the Rivers Inn, a housekeeping guesthouse for groups of 16 and, a campground with camping sites and cabin tents.  Along with lodging, the base facility has showers and changing facitilies, a recreation pavilion,  the area's only 25 foot outdoor climbing wall, volleyball, 1/2 court basketball, and complimentary float tubes for tubing on the Dead River.

Magic Rivers Campground

Located on the beautiful Dead River, both campsites and cabin tents are available. Cabin Tents are a wooden framed structure with canvas or wood sidewalls, set on a wooden platform, with a screen door, basic electricity, and wooden sleeping bunks with mats. You can either bring your own sleeping bags and pillows or have us supply pillow, sheets, and one blanket for an additional fee. 

Contacts: Magic Falls Rafting Company, P.O. Box 9, West Forks, ME 04985, USA  Phone: 1-800-207-7238 More information available at www.magicfalls.com   

Source: Magic Falls website and FB profile  

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