Gauge Description:

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.
 

2008 Kennebec Settlement Flows

Date

Time

Flow

Date

Time

Flow

Sat., June 14th

10am to 1pm

8000 cfs

Sat., Aug 2nd

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

Sat., June 21st

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

Sun., Aug. 3rd

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

Sat., June 28th

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

Sat., Aug. 9th

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

Sat., July 5th

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

Sat., Aug. 16th

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

Mon., July 7th

10am to 1 pm

8000 cfs

Sun., Aug. 17th

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

Sat., July 12th

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

Sat., Aug. 23rd

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

Sun., July 13th

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

Sat., Aug. 30th

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

Sat., July 19th

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

Sun., Sept. 1st

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

Sat., July 26th

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

Sat., Sept. 6th

10am to 1pm

8000 cfs

1pm to 3 pm

2400 cfs

 

 

 

Sat., Sept. 20th

10am to 1pm

8000 cfs



 

 

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Kennebec River at The Forks, Maine
usgs-01042500 350 - 13000 cfs III-IV 11h35m 744 cfs (running)
gauge class Still fun creeking at lower levels.

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
350 -2100 cfs barely runnable-med runnable III-IV gauge is important or has warning Still fun creeking at lower levels.
2101 -4500 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable III-IV gauge is important or has warning Good play levels
4500 -7900 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable III-IV gauge is important or has warning Play tends to wash out above 5000.
7901 -13000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable III-IV gauge is important or has warning Huge waves at higher levels!

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
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