Kennebec River Tubing
Guided "The Forks Trip"
(June thru early September)
Our most popular Kennebec River tubing adventure nicknamed “The Forks Trip” starts at a village on the Kennebec River called “The Forks”. The Forks is at the confluence of the Dead and Kennebec Rivers and is a "Mecca" for the whitewater enthusiast in Maine. We will be tubing from The Forks to the Appalachian Trail crossing in Caratunk a distance of about 8 miles. These trips are pretty much an easy float; the river is generally shallow with good current and occasional class 1 (easy) rapids for the entire way. The river is very scenic in this area and makes for a fun filled afternoon trip for the entire family. This is a great fun family adventure! This guided Maine tubing trip includes a custom designed river tube, lifejacket, lunch on the river and a shuttle back to your vehicle. Kids from 5 to 75 years old have loved this trip!
Price is $40 per person (children under 12 are $30)
Self Guided Tube Rentals "The Forks Trip"
We also offer river tube rentals on this trip for those who would like to guide themselves down the river. This 8 mile float takes about 2 1/2 hours if you don't stop along the way. Our rental package includes the use of one of our custom river tubes, a life jacket and shuttles to and from the river with our vans for only $23 per person. (kids under 12 are only $18) Saturdays in July and August are very popular and have an additional $2 per person charge. We have a few cooler tubes with ice that we rent for $10 or $15 depending on the size. Rentals are by reservation or by chance and meet at our base camp in Caratunk at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM daily after June 12th. Reservations are highly recommended! We are located in the Northwestern Maine town of Caratunk at 745, US Route 201. We are just south of the village on the side away from the river. Watch for our Bullfrog Adventures sign and the big Red tube!
"The Bubble Trip"
Our newest tubing adventure is nicknamed "The Bubble Trip". This exciting adventure trip starts 8 miles up river from "The Forks" and ends where our "Forks Trip begins. This is only offered as a guided trip due to the strict timetables we must adhere to for a fun and safe trip. We hike down into the beautiful Kennebec River gorge and put in before the water comes up from the daily release from the dam 4 miles upriver. We must hand paddle thru a couple of short pools and then we run Black Brook Rapids at the lower water levels found before the release starts. Black Brook Rapid would be a difficult class 4 rapid if we were to run this at the start of the release! Do not attempt this! Once we are below Black Brook rapid we will hang out and wait for the water to catch up to us. The river level rises quickly with a 3 to 5 foot increase in a short span of time! We will ride on this leading edge of the water "The Bubble" all the way downriver to the takeout in the Forks. When riding the bubble there are continuous rapids for at least 6 miles! This is a GREAT trip! We meet at our office early in the morning at 8:30 a.m. by reservation only. This guided tubing adventure includes a custom designed river tube, helmet, life jacket, and shuttles to and from the river. You should be at least 15 years old and good physical shape for this trip.
The price is $200 for up to 4 people and $50 for each additional person.