Frequently Asked Maine Rafting Questions?
Q: Do I need to know how to swim?
A: No, You will be wearing a personal flotation device (pfd-life jacket). A healthy respect for and lack of fear of the water is recommended. We will conduct a pre-trip river orientation and safety session. If you don't know how to swim, please make sure to mention it to your guide so we can make sure we are aware and can place you in the safest spot in the raft!
Q: What if I have health conditions or am overweight?
A: If you are concerned about your physical ability to take a trip, consult your physician. We carry a major medical kit on each trip. Please let us know in advance of any medical conditions you may have so that we can create the safest ride for you. Your guide can stow any medications, such as allergy meds or inhalers, in a dry bag. If you are over three months pregnant we will not take you on a full river trip, but we can offer to take you down the lower less rigorous part of the river. We have pfds which have a 58 inch chest measurement. Use of alcohol or drugs prior to or during the trip is illegal and we cannot take you down the river if you are under the influence. Magic Falls reserves the right to reschedule or cancel without notice your trip if you show signs of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, you are physically unable to participate in your scheduled trip or Magic Falls feels you are not suited to your scheduled trip.
Q: Are there age restrictions?
A: The minimum age is 10 on the upper Kennebec and 8 on the lower section. The minimum age for a Kennebec Big Water Trip is 12. Twelve is the minimum age for a Dead River high water release. Please understand that this is for the safety of your family.
Q: What should I wear on the raft trip?
A: For your comfort, you should bring a bathing suit, shorts, wool or polar fleece sweater, hat, and windbreaker. Quick-drying nylon clothing is best. Do not wear cotton T-shirts, sweatshirts or jeans as cotton remains cold when wet. Bring a change of clothes, footwear and towel for after the trip. Footwear must be worn at all times on the river. Sneakers or soft-soled shoes are good. No flip-flops. In the spring and fall we require that you wear a wetsuit while on the river. You are welcome to rent one of our wetsuits ($20 for full suit, $10 for half and $5 for booties) or to bring your own.
Q: What if it rains or there are other scheduling conflicts?
A: Our raft trips go rain or shine. Most rafters will get splashed and wet even on the driest days. Wear plenty of sunscreen on bright days as the sun's rays are much stronger reflecting off the water.
Magic Falls Rafting Co. reserves the right to change the trip format, river, river sections, raft size, number of guests per raft or trip times due to weather conditions like extreme cold, high winds or lightning forecasts, water levels or other factors beyond our control. Magic Falls reserves the right to reschedule or cancel without notice your trip if you miss your scheduled trip time. you show signs of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, you are physically unable to participate in your scheduled trip or Magic Falls feels you are not suited to your scheduled trip.
Q: What should I do with my camera and other valuables?
A: Please do not bring your phone or camera along unless it is waterproof. The river is known to make cell phones disappear! It is going to get wet! You can purchase a one-use waterproof camera at our base. We have a professional photographer that will take photos of the trip and a video-boater who shoots video along the way. You can place an order for a photo or video after the raft trip. We recommend that you lock your valuables in your vehicle. We have a safe place for you to leave your keys.
Q: Should I tip my guide?
A: Our guides are professionals and are licensed by the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife after they have passed written and practical examinations. Magic Falls compensates its guides for their daily work and we expect a high level of service. They work hard to make your trip safe and fun. If you think your guide was exceptional and want to thank him or her with a tip, although not expected, would be appreciated.
"The best way ever to celebrate my 66th birthday!! I will be back for 67th!!"
- Ferina, New York
"Your staff is always professional, knowledgeable and courteous. We love to see the returning guides each summer and meet the new guides to hear their stories of why they chose West Forks. Our sincerest thanks to all of you at Magic Falls for all that is done to make each trip so much fun. We feel like family every year. This is our favorite summer weekend We cannot wait to book our next adventure.
- The Brooks Family, Jay, ME
"Place is awesome. Clean, safe and fun. staff is friendly. BBQ afterward was really nice. Stay in the lodge. It's clean, comfortable and affordable."
- Sandra A, July 2019
"Magic Falls made our rafting experience absolutely perfect. Some rafting guides take you along for “their” ride where the guides at Magic Falls make the experience about their guests. Haley was extremely enthusiastic, accommodating and a pleasure to spend time with. 10/10 recommend this company!"