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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.

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. 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. We have pfds which have a 58 inch chest measurement. Use of drugs prior to or during the trip is forbidden. 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 highwater release. 

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 ($15 for full suit, $8 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 camera along unless it is waterproof. 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.

"We just wanted to let you know that we had a GREAT time this past weekend!!
Your staff was super!!
Both the kids and adults enjoyed everything.
We have all agreed we want to come back again next year!!!

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Nicky P Derry, NH

"I have been rafting with Dave & Donna for 27 years. I have continued to stay with these folks because the are the BEST IN THE INDUSTRY! A well-run outfit with personable, knowledgeable guides who understand what it takes to make each and every run a run to remember! And if you really want to have some fun, go run Double Trouble on the Kennebec in the summertime. What is even better is watching the people you have rafted with for so long bringing their kids along for the trips now. My 4 teenage kids are TOTALLY HOOKED! They look forward to heading to Magic Falls Rafting every year now. The tradition has started. Congrats on 29 years Dave & Donna."
Paul, Billerica, MA

"This is my second time at Magic Falls. Each time, you guys have knocked it out of the park. I know you can't put a price on an unforgettable experience, but it still blows my mind the value you get from Magic Falls. The moment everyone got off the raft, coming back later this year was brought up immediately. Send out my heart felt thanks to the entire staff, and our river guides Chris and Ben for the awesome experience. I tried to leave glowing reviews on a couple websites because you guys probably deserve to be the most popular rafting place in Maine.

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Dan Scholz

"I want to tell you what a great time we had with your rafting company. Everything was so well organized, so thorough, well prepared, no short cuts taken, so much fun and fully worth the price in all ways. I don't find myself saying that much these days but I say it freely regarding Magic Falls and your staff. Thank you for treating us as guests and yet friends at the same time."
Richard T, Chester County, PA

Maine White Water Report [Updated 12/12/2017]

Kennebec River

Next release May 2018

All published flows are approximate and forecasts are estimates only. Actual flows will vary and can change quickly at any time. Always be alert and wear an approved flotation device. Never go in or near the water until you know and accept the risks you are assuming by being in this area.

Dead River

Next release May 2018


The Dead is the longest, continuous stretch of Class III-V whitewater in the East. Always use caution when recreating on or near dammed waters as water levels could change without notice.