Five Reasons to Whitewater Raft in Maine During September

Share Article

Lower prices, warm water, fewer tourists, fewer kids, foliage and fauna and special big water dam releases are reasons to whitewater raft in Maine during September and early October.


As far as our guests and guides are concerned, September is best time to go rafting in Maine.. No kids, no bugs, no hassle.

River rafting in Maine begins May First and continues daily through early October. Thanks to hydropower dams generating daily water releases, Maine is the only state in the Northeast that can provide water levels for whitewater rafting and kayaking over a five month season.

Says Raft Maine President, Jim Murton: "As far as our guests and guides are concerned, September is best time to go rafting in Maine.. No kids, no bugs, no hassle."

A survey of outfitters and guests revealed five reasons to take a raft trip in September or early October. Reduced rates-On average the price of a raft trip is discounted 15-30%.

  • Warm Water-Temperatures are in the 60's after a hot summer.
  • Less Crowded-The tourists have gone back to work and kids back to school.
  • Flora and Fauna-Wildlife is abundant and fall foliage colors are spectacular.
  • Special Dam Releases-Up to 8,000 cubic feet per second on September 8 and 22 on the Kennebec River and 3,500 to 6,000 cfs on the Dead River on September 2, 15 and October 7, 2007.                                            

Raft Maine, an association of seven professional outfitters, maintains a one-call reservation telephone at 800-723-8633. Information on outfitters, the rivers, weather and trip planning is available on-line at

Outfitters offer a variety of trips including lower river trips for youngsters and seniors, float trips and row-frame trips. Along with these river trips, visitors can participate in other outdoor adventures including whitewater, lake and inflatable kayaking, canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, mountain biking, moose and bird watching safaris, ATV tours, paintball and sky-diving. Late season is a popular time for corporate retreats, family reunions and weddings.


Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Raft Maine
Email >
Visit website