Maine has many rivers and several of Them have white water. Anyone wanting the thrill of a ride over such rapids in an air filled platform with a bunch of like minded (or screaming and terrified) pals, should head for the wilds of Maine.
Whitewater rafting is generally available April to October, though some places limit it to May to September, and the experience is open to people of all ages and skill sets. Only The most experienced rafters should go without a licensed guide, and then only highly skilled groups should tackle the roughest rapids. No one should try it alone. While the water levels are highest in spring, right after the snow melt and runoff, Maine’s rivers always have sufficient water because the levels are controlled by hydropower dams and all the dates when releases occur are announced well in advance.
Maine has the most stringent white water ratting regulations of any state, and companies offering guided raft trips always provide safety equipment, including required helmets, if you don’t have your own. Wet suits are also available for rental.
INTERNATIONAL SCALE OF RIVER DIFFICULTY
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CLASS I: Easy, no obstacles, small ripples, stow current
CLASS II: Moderate, occasional obstacles, medium current with waves
CLASS III: Difficult, longer rapids with strong, irregular currents
CLASS IV: Very Difficult, steeper, longer with numerous obstacles
CLASS V: Extremely Difficult, large vertical drops, strong hydraulics, very swift, irregular currents in heavily obstructed channels
CLASS VI: Nearly Impossible and Very Dangerous, For teams of experts only, after close study and with all precautions taken.
NOTE; Many rivers have different levels of classes along a route, and those can vary from day to day with the water levels.
Research your trip carefully. Some services offer half-day, relatively easy or half-day, not so easy Class V excursions. Most trips take a whole day, but some are longer. Sleep in a lent beside the river, or opt lor nicer accommodations in a lodge or B&B. You can arrange your own accommodations, but sleeping at the company’s dig’s is often easier. And remember, you’re heading for wild territory, so you can’t just drive to the raft site. All companies provide detailed information about transportation.
Guides take every precaution to protect rafters and ensure an enjoyable experience. Who wouldn’t want to say they rode a rubber raft through places w ith names such as Moxie, Big Eddy, Caratunk, Dead Stream Rapids, Nasowadnehnuk Falls, and Big Pocwockamus?