North Maine Woods in detail


White-Water Rafting

Some of the best white water in America rushes through Maine's North Woods. Now that the rivers are no longer full of logs, they're full of white-water rafters instead. The Kennebec River, below the Harris Hydroelectric Station, passes through a dramatic 12-mile gorge that's one of the country's prime rafting locations. Outflow from the hydroelectric station is controlled, which means there's always water – and periodic big releases make for more exciting rafting.

From early May to mid-October, dozens of companies run organized rafting trips on the Kennebec, as well as on the Dead and Penobscot Rivers; trips range in difficulty from Class II to Class V. Bingham and The Forks serve as bases for rafting companies; for a one-day trip on the Kennebec, expect to pay between $69 and $149, with prices at their highest in July and August.

Recommended rafting companies, all with lodges for accommodations and meals, and offering other outdoor activities (including river-tubing, fishing, wildlife-spotting and winter snowmobiling):

Crab Apple Whitewater

Northern Outdoors

Three Rivers Whitewater