The Kennebec is a dam controlled river. An agreement worked out between the rafting, boating, and power company has guaranteed water on weekends. Normally you can expect 4800 cfs from 10 am until 2 pm but that can change depending on conditions. At times of drought the flows will remain at 4800 cfs but the release times can be cut back 2 hours (10am to 12 pm). Early in the season (May) flows may be higher (6000 cfs) and for longer durations.
In addition to the daily flows stated above a new settlement agreement between FPL and American Whitewater goes into effect this year. There will be four 8,000 cfs release scheduled along with several 2400 cfs releases. (See below for dates). 8000 cfs releases increase the overall difficulty to class IV+. 2400 cfs releases makes for a more technical run.
From May 1st through Columbus day in October, the daily release will be a minimum of 4800 cfs, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
From June 15th through September 15th, 1pm to 3 pm minimum release will be 2400 cfs.
Between June 15th and September 15th in consultation with AW, AMC, & NEFLOW there will be four Sunday releases at a minimum of 2400 cfs during the hours of 1pm and 3pm.
In consultation with all interested parties there will be four releases of 8000 cfs provided each rafting season during the hours of 10 am and 1 pm.
For the latest flow information call (800) 557-3569 Dial 5 for Kennebec.
|Kennebec River at The Forks, Maine|
|usgs-01042500||350 - 13000 cfs||III-IV||16h19m||897 cfs (running)|
|Still fun creeking at lower levels.|
Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.
|Kennebec, Dead, Moxie, etc [ME]||The Forks Maine||n/a||Mark Lacroix|
|Kennebec [ME]||Account of 06/25/09||4800 cfs||Matt Muir|
|> 10 years||Kennebec Gorge [ME]||Magic Falls||n/a||Patricia Hachick|
|> 10 years||@Kennebec 1) Kennebec Gorge: Harris Station Dam to Carry Brook [ME]||Account of 09/13/13||8000 cfs||Matt Deacon|
|> 10 years||Kennebec [ME]||Magic||4800 cfs||Kenny Gaines|
|> 10 years||@Kennebec 1) Kennebec Gorge: Harris Station Dam to Carry Brook [ME]||The $500,000 stairway||0 cfs||Mark Lacroix|
|> 10 years||@Kennebec 1) Kennebec Gorge: Harris Station Dam to Carry Brook [ME]||Kennebec Put In||6000 cfs||Mark Lacroix|
|> 10 years||Kennebec [ME]||Warm-up Wave, Kennebec||4800 cfs||Matt Muir|