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Maine Rafting Vacations on the Kennebec and Dead River 

THE KENNEBEC RIVER:  The West Forks Class IV 11 Miles Rated one of the country’s best rivers. The Kennebec River has one of the finest whitewater stretches in the East. Every day from May through October, dam releases reach 4800cfs (cubic feet per second) or more… that’s a lot of whitewater. As a high-volume river, the Kennebec is powerful with “roller coaster like” waves for an adrenaline filled ride. The middle section of the Kennebec widens and the rapids mellow, offering opportunities for fun swims and pure relaxation. 


THE DEAD RIVER:  The West Forks Class II-V 15 Miles The Dead River has more whitewater rapids per mile than any other river in the Northeast. During select dates in the Spring and Fall the Dead is flooded with 5500-7000 cfs. of whitewater. Through 15 miles of remote wilderness the Dead River gains intensity with every rapid. For the adventurous and true whitewater thrill-seeker, the run has the biggest holes and waves of the year. 

Northeast Rafting is located next door to the Hawks Nest Lodge, making whitewater rafting an easy add on to your West Forks stay!

For other whitewater experiences, check out Northern Outdoors & Three Rivers Whitewater!

Hours & Info

Hawks Nest Lodge
2989 US-201
West Forks, ME 04985


Restaurant Hours

Sunday: 11am - 3pm

Monday: 11am - 3pm

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Closed 

Thursday: 4pm - 8pm

Friday: 11am - 8pm

Saturday: 11am - 8pm

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