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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 ($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 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.

"Bravo to Magic Falls Rafting! We took my 19/16 year old kids. The whole place was so impressive, great lunch, awesome guides, great pictures."
Kathryn

"We had the best time rafting the Kennebec with Magic Falls. We took my father and 3 teenagers for a wild ride. The experience of the our guide Joe and Chris on the other raft made for a much more exciting ride than a previous trip we took with another rrafting company. True professionals, safe and highly skilled."
Steven L

"While these last few months have been trying times of adjustment for all of us, we are anxiously awaiting word that rafting season is a go for this year. It looks as though we will be able to put a group together for our annual trip down the Kennebec. We look forward to seeing all of you and spending what has become our favorite weekend of the year at Magic Falls. Every time we bring someone who is new to rafting they leave absolutely impressed with the professionalism and knowledge of all your staff and the family like courtesy that is extended to our group year after year. We look forward to a return to normal everyday activities and seeing all of you. Thank you for all you do for us year in and year out.


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The Brooks- Jay, Maine

"First time white-water rafting and this experience blew all my expectations out of the water! They go through all safety protocol and we felt balanced with safety precautions and the thrill of risk. Next time, we might try out the overnight cabins they have on site. Will absolutely be back!"
Sami T, Chestnut Hill, MA

Maine White Water Report [Updated 7/24/2020]

Kennebec River

10 am to 1 pm 5,000 cfs
Sat. Sept 12 8,000
70

Any 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

Sun Sept 6 5500


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.