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FAQ for Whitewater Rafting

When is the best time to go Whitewater Rafting in Maine?

Booking your rafting trip for early May offers adventures with fast rapids and big water.  We start our rafting season the last weekend in April when the spring runoff begins to pump through the dam.

During the summer there is a consistent CFS  (Cubic Feet Per Second – how we measure whitewater) water release on the Penobscot River that is controlled through Ripogenus Dam & McKay Station, providing excellent Class II-V Rapids.  

If you’re looking to experience Maine’s beautiful fall foliage, we recommend rafting with us in mid/late September and October.





What do we provide on a Whitewater Rafting trip?

PA Provides: 
– Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
– Paddle
– Helmet
– Raft
– Registered Maine Whitewater Guide
– Transportation to and from the river 
– Wetsuit Rentals ($5/$10 for any one piece, or $20 for full suit)
   – FARMER JOHN $10
   – BOOTIES $5
Riverside Cookout (included with most of our trips)
– Photo slideshow and/or Video re-cap of trip (available for purchase)

What should I bring for my Whitewater Rafting Trip?

You should bring the following: 
– Bathing Suit
– Clothes to wear through your trip (we strongly recommend NO COTTON)
– Secure footwear (Old Sneakers, Keens, Chaco’s, Teva’s, please no Crocs or flip flops)
Dry clothes to change into after your trip

– Sunscreen
– Bug spray
– Towel
– Water bottle
– Waterproof camera or Go Pro
– Any medications (Please do not forget!)
– Lastly, please do not forget to print out your Driving Directions, Lodging Confirmation, and Whitewater Rafting Release Form

Is Whitewater Rafting safe?


  • We run every trip with a high focus on safety.  Although we have an excellent safety record, our trips and activities are not without risk. It should be recognized that accidents can and do occur. All adventure participants must sign an Assumption of Risk and Agreement to Participate Form, before participating in any activity with PENOBSCOT ADVENTURES II, LLC. 
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult
  • Alcohol/Substance Consumption is prohibited prior to and during trips.  We reserve the right to refuse participation on the trip should our staff feel this rule has not been followed.

Do we cancel trips?

Trips run daily, rain or shine! Cancellation of a trip is unlikely, however we do reserve the right to cancel and/or switch rivers based on water flows or safety concerns. 

Where do I check in for whitewater rafting trips?

Check in for ALL whitewater rafting trips is at our basecamp, Penobscot Outdoor Center. Located at 135 Basecamp Road, Millinocket, ME, 04462. Click here for Directions



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