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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.

"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

"Thank you once again Magic Falls for creating this opportunity for at risk youth from Long Creek Youth Development Center! Because of your generosity, our youth had the chance to experience 2 incredible days on the river, an opportunity many would never of had otherwise. Your staff have superior knowledge and professionalism, always making our group feel welcomed, valued and safe. Truly an experience of unbelievable value. "Thank you for the memorable rafting trip. The joy on the faces of the kids was unforgettable. All of the guides did a wonderful job with the kids. Your generosity is part of the kids believing kindness is a good thing." - a quote from staff.
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Melanie, South Portland

"Thanks for an excellent day on the river, whether it's raining or sunshine it's always an amazing day. Every single employee is happy with smiles on their faces and always willing to help and do whatever it takes to make our experience incredible. We’ll be back next year!



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Matt, Waterville, Maine

"We had a family outing on the Kennebec, with our Guides JJ and Molly. A true experience of a lifetime, but one that will be repeated soon! From checking in and being assigned our rafting guides and a quick but thorough instruction of our "responsibilities" on the river, off to the buses and onto the Dam. Once on the river, it was a thrill of a lifetime, one made even better by our Guides, JJ and Molly (we had two rafts...) At the end of an exciting trip a wonderful barbecue awaited some hungry rafters! All the Staff of Magic Falls were exceptional and professional but most of all lots of fun which is what we went for."
David M, Maine

Maine White Water Report [Updated 5/23/2017]

Kennebec River

4900 10 am - 1 pm
6500 1 pm-11:59 pm
Chilly-cold spring rains have filled watershed

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

5,500 May 28
5,000 June 3
Chilly

Wetsuits will be mandatory. 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.