Rafting Trips in West Forks, Maine
Crab Apple Whitewater is made up of seven family members, a couple of full time extended family members and our wonderful seasonal staff. Chuck and Sharyn Peabody packed up their family from Hingham, Massachusetts in 1981 and moved to The Forks, Maine - population 30. Jennifer and Robert grew up as Crab Apple did. Jennifer loved the Kennebec River and became a competitive kayak racer, spending seven years on US teams. Summers were a balance of training, races and photography as she was taking pictures of the rafters, developing the photos and mailing them out. Robert was just seven when the family moved to Maine. Kennebec River White Water Rafting The Kennebec River adventure begins at Harris Station Dam and immediately enters a narrow gorge, hundreds of feet deep. Our expert, professional guides work with their team to have the best run possible on each trip. Quickly picking up speed, rafts plunge through huge rolling waves and heart-pounding drops. Legendary Class III and IV rapids such as "Three Sisters"and "Magic Falls" await you at every turn for over 7 miles. The second part of the river trip opens up for better views of the primitive wilderness and opportunities for "body surfing" in smaller rapids. Water temperatures will top out in the mid-70's in the summer making this fun for everyone. Our Kennebec trip ends where it began, right back at our base—no cold, soggy shuttle ride at Crab Apple! PRICES Kennebec River White Water Rafting April 18 - May 15, September 7 - October 4 - $65.00 per person - weekdays - $65.00 per person - weekends May 16 - September 6 - $70.00 per person - weekdays Dead River High Water Rafting - $73.00 per person (Minimum Age: 14) Dead River Summer Dam Release Rafting (Minimum Age: 9) - Adults $70.00 per person - Children under 16 $50.00 per person - $75.00 per person - weekends Add $5pp weekends in July and August
- Captain is optional.
- You decide if you would like to book with or without a captain.
- 8 guests
- Boards & Paddles
- Paddle Boat
Since 1983 at Crab Apple, we have found that our two top sources of guests are repeat rafters and referrals by friends and family. This tells us that we are meeting our goals of creating comfortable environments for outstanding rafting adventure experiences.Crab Apple Whitewater is made up of seven family members, a couple of full time extended family members and our wonderful seasonal staff. Chuck and Sharyn Peabody packed up their family from Hingham, Massachusetts in 1981 and moved to The Forks, Maine - population 30. Crab Apple was born in 1983 as Chuck learned how to guide rafts (he had never been rafting before) and Sharyn ran Crab Apple Acres Inn. They had done what many people dream about - leave a job and lifestyle that did not inspire them and exchange it for something unknown, but exciting. Hopes and dreams soon grew into a passion for showing people the wonder, beauty and excitement of whitewater rafting.Jennifer and Robert grew up as Crab Apple did. Jennifer loved the Kennebec River and became a competitive kayak racer, spending seven years on US teams. Summers were a balance of training, races and photography as she was taking pictures of the rafters, developing the photos and mailing them out. Robert was just seven when the family moved to Maine. He also grew to love the wilderness and followed his sister as an excellent photographer. Hiking in to the river each morning, Robert found the best angles and lighting at every rapid to snap the best photos to show the whitewater action and the thrills on the faces of the paddlers.The family expanded in the 1990's as Jennifer and Robert married. Frank joined Jennifer in Massachusetts and took the fledgling Deerfield operation through several base camps to the current location on the banks of the Deerfield River. Early seasons on the Deerfield were a struggle with irregular dam releases and uncertain conditions to be met from the state. Persistence and confidence propelled the Deerfield operation to expand to other rivers and from hundreds of guests each season to 15,000. Carrie helped the Maine operation grow to include the restaurant, pub and include a modern reservation office. Expanded lodging also followed as Crab Apple served more people with more time to spend in the beautiful woods of Maine. Finally, Carrie's Mom joined the team. Sharon joins Sharyn Peabody in running the reservation office and front desk in Maine - not to mention a thousand other tasks that happen behind the scenes to make our guests' adventure with Crab Apple as enjoyable as possible.As our family and Crab Apple have grown, everyone has remained on scene nearly every day. In Maine you will see Rob leading the Kennebec trip...maybe see Chuck guiding but more likely driving your bus, cooking steaks or hanging out after the slide show to say hello to all of our guests, especially the returning rafters (he remembers them from 1983 until now!). Sharon, Sharyn and Carrie are taking your reservations, helping at the front desk and also remembering every detail of your trip itinerary. In Massschsetts, Jen and Frank are on the river training the raft guides and running trips all season.None of us can manage from afar, we love the action and thrills of the season and get excited as each winter winds down and we ready for another season. This sets us apart from other outfitters - the "bosses" train all of the guides themselves, wash wetsuits after a trip, serve drinks in the bar and talk with you over and over as you ask the questions that we have heard thousands of times for over 25 years - and we are psyched to do it all. We love our rivers. We love our staff. Most of all, we love the spirit that our guests bring as they anticipate their raft trip each morning.
Features & Details
- Life jackets/required safety gear
You’ll get directions for the exact departure location when you make a booking inquiry.
Full refund up to 5 days prior.