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Crab Apple Whitewater

Experiencing the Thrill & Ride the Rapids

Crab Apple Whitewater

Experience the exhilaration of Maine’s whitewater rapids with Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting. Established in 1983, our family-operated business is not just an adventure provider but a gateway to creating unforgettable memories on the river.

At Crab Apple, rafting is more than a sport—it’s a family passion. Our three-generation commitment to safe and high-quality adventures distinguishes us. We’re involved in every aspect of your journey, from planning your trip to guiding your raft. Our facility in Maine is a complete adventure hub, equipped with lodging, a pub and restaurant, an outdoor heated pool, paintball fields, and more.

Lodging: Comfort Amidst Nature

Unwind in the heart of Maine’s scenic wilderness. Choose from various lodging options tailored to your preference—cozy cabins for a rustic feel or comfortable hotels for a touch of luxury. Our standard packages cater to essential needs, while premium options offer extra perks for a more indulgent stay.

Maine’s Whitewater Gems: The Kennebec & Dead Rivers

  • The Kennebec River: A perfect blend of thrilling rapids (Class II-IV) set against pristine wilderness, suitable for beginners and experts alike.
  • The Dead River: For those seeking the ultimate adrenaline rush, the continuous Class IV and V rapids offer a heart-pounding adventure.

Safety: Our Top Priority

We prioritize your safety above all. Our experienced guides conduct thorough safety briefings and provide top-notch gear, including PFDs and helmets. Let us know of any special requirements to tailor a comfortable and exciting experience for you.

Essential Tips for Your Adventure

  • What to Bring: Swimwear, quick-drying clothes, secure footwear, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses.
  • Wetsuit Rentals: Available for cooler days to enhance your comfort.
  • Capture Memories: Bring a waterproof camera to immortalize your thrilling moments.

Beyond Rafting: Explore More With Crab Apple

Since 1983, we’ve been offering a plethora of adventures across Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Discover all our exciting trips in New England and complete your Crab Apple experience!

Embark on an adventure that goes beyond rafting, where every splash tells a story, and every rapid brings a new thrill. Join us at Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting for an unforgettable journey through Maine’s dynamic waters!

Kennebec River Whitewater Rafting

A Thrilling Journey

Crab Apple Whitewater invites you to embark on an exhilarating journey down the Kennebec River. Nestled in the stunning landscape of The Forks, Maine, this adventure combines the thrill of rafting with the comfort of riverside lodging.

Trip Overview

  • Distance: 12 Miles
  • Minimum Age: 10 Years
  • Rapids Class: III-IV
  • Season: May 4 to October 6, 2024

Start your day with a hearty breakfast, included in our rafting and lodging packages, gearing up for the thrill that awaits. A short ride takes you to Harris Station Dam, the starting point of an unforgettable adventure. Plunge through legendary rapids like “Big Mama” and “Magic Falls,” navigating over 7 miles of heart-pounding water.

A Unique Return

Unlike other outfitters, Crab Apple Whitewater brings you back to the base, right at The Forks. This means no cold, soggy shuttle ride—just a quick transition to the comforts of hot showers or a dip in the pool.

Special Dates: Generator Check

Experience the river at full throttle with over 8000cfs on select dates. The action intensifies with towering waves, making these dates a summer highlight.

Go For It Rafts

For an even wilder ride, try our 13-foot Go For It rafts, offering a unique perspective on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers. These trips are ideal for veteran rafters, available on specific dates throughout the season.

Lodging Options

Choose between premium and standard accommodations, each offering a unique experience. The River Cottage, ideal for large groups, sits right on the Kennebec River, offering a blend of comfort and adventure. Moose Crossing, with its rustic charm, provides a serene wilderness feel.

Dead River High Whitewater Rafting

The Ultimate Challenge

Embark on a high-energy adventure on the Dead River, featuring high volume dam releases and a steady drop over 16 miles of Class III-V rapids. This trip is a blend of exhilarating action and scenic beauty, culminating in the longest rapid in the Northeast, “Poplar Hill Falls.”

Trip Details

  • Distance: 16 Miles
  • Minimum Age: 14 Years
  • Rapids Class: III-V

Crab Apple isn’t just about rafting; it’s an experience that bonds families and friends. With top-notch gear, expert guides, and a focus on safety, Crab Apple stands out as the premier rafting destination in the Northeast. After your adventure, unwind in our pub and restaurant, or explore the local area with activities like Nightfall Paintball and hikes to Maine’s highest waterfall, Moxie Falls.

Preparing for Your Trip

Remember to bring suitable clothing, sunscreen, and footwear. For cooler days, wetsuits are available for rent. We also cater to any medical or physical limitations to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for everyone.

Accommodations at Crab Apple The Forks, Maine

Crab Apple provides a range of accommodations to suit your preferences, complete with an outdoor pool and firepit, ensuring a relaxing and comfortable stay. Join us at Crab Apple Whitewater for an adventure that combines the thrill of the rapids with the beauty and comfort of Maine’s wilderness. Whether you’re a seasoned rafter or a first-timer, our trips on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers offer an unforgettable experience.

Group Whitewater Rafting

Unforgettable Group Adventures at Crab Apple Whitewater

Since 1983, the Peabody Family and Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting have been providing groups with thrilling, community-building adventures in Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont. Ideal for all ages, our trips foster camaraderie, teamwork, and individual achievement. We welcome groups of any size and offer customized adventures to suit your group’s unique needs.

Group Options

  • Scout Troops: Engage in an adventurous and educational experience. Enjoy special discounted rates, and all-inclusive pricing for easy planning.
  • Friends & Family: Create lasting memories as you navigate rapids together, with group discounts available for parties of 12 or more.
  • School Groups: Perfect for class trips or graduation events, offering exciting and educational experiences with special rates for all group sizes.
  • College Groups: Ideal for outing clubs, sports teams, or dorm groups, offering a perfect blend of adventure and camaraderie with special college pricing.
  • Summer Camps: A fun-filled escape from camp life, with special rates for summer camp groups and an all-inclusive, safe adventure.
  • Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties: Swap the typical party for a thrilling day on the river, with comfortable accommodations for overnight gatherings.
  • Corporate Groups: Strengthen team bonds with a unique and thrilling corporate outing, complete with comfortable meeting and socializing spaces.
  • YMCA, Rec. Dept., & Religious Youth Groups: Energize youth groups with an outdoor adventure, offering special rates and inclusive packages for a hassle-free experience.

Why Choose Crab Apple for Your Group Rafting?

  • Family-Run Business: Experience the warmth and attention to detail of a family-owned operation.
  • Safety First: Benefit from over 35 years of rafting experience with passionate, knowledgeable guides.
  • Special Rates for Groups: Enjoy the flexibility of special pricing, regardless of group size, and additional discounts on selected dates.
  • All-Inclusive Experiences: From safety gear to meals, everything is included in your rafting adventure.
  • Varied Accommodation Options: Choose from our range of lodging options to suit your group’s preferences.
  • Unique Rafting Experiences: Tailored trips for every group type, from high-energy youth adventures to serene family floats.

Embark on an adventure with Crab Apple Whitewater, where every group, regardless of its size or type, will find an exhilarating, bonding, and unforgettable experience. Whether you’re looking to build team spirit, celebrate a special occasion, or just have a great time with friends and family, Crab Apple Whitewater is your destination for an exciting and safe rafting journey.

Rapid Shot Paintball at Crab Apple

Dive Into an Action-Packed Paintball Adventure

Get ready for an electrifying paintball experience at Crab Apple in The Forks, Maine. Our Rapid Shot Paintball offers an array of exciting games and scenarios that cater to everyone from beginners to experienced players. With top-notch equipment and varied landscapes, you’re in for a day full of adrenaline and teamwork.

The Mayday Field: A Dynamic Battlefield

Discover the thrill of the Mayday Field, a unique paintball terrain combining dense woods and open spaces for an ultimate strategic and action-packed gameplay. Whatever your play style or group size, our diverse game modes promise non-stop fun and excitement.

Game Variety & Customized Experiences

We offer a range of paintball packages tailored to fit different preferences and budgets. Our games are designed to keep the energy high and the excitement going, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all participants.

Essential Preparation for Your Paintball Outing

  • Clothing: Wear comfortable outdoor attire and closed-toe shoes. Protective clothing is recommended for safety and comfort.
  • Equipment: While we provide state-of-the-art paintball equipment, personal gear is welcome. Protective gear rentals are available to enhance your experience.
  • Safety First: Our experienced staff will guide you through all safety protocols and gameplay rules to ensure a secure environment for everyone.

Experience Mayday Field in Full Color

  • Field Map: Get familiar with Mayday Field through our detailed map, highlighting key areas and features.
  • Photo Previews: Check out vivid photos showcasing the intense and spirited gameplay, offering glimpses of the action and excitement.
  • Equipment Showcase: Explore images of the high-quality paintball guns and safety gear provided to enrich your adventure.

Rapid Shot Paintball: Details & Pricing

Season: Open May through October, 7 days a week. Minimum 8 players (smaller groups may be combined).

Minimum Age: 10 years.

Location: Crab Apple on the Kennebec, The Forks, Maine.


  • Check-in and paperwork.
  • Gear up (markers, tanks, masks, helmets, etc.).
  • Safety briefing and gameplay introduction.
  • Enjoy 2-3 hours of exhilarating play.

Pricing: $65 per person, includes 2-3 hours of play post-rafting with 500 paintballs. Extra paint available for purchase.

Essential Gear & Clothing Recommendations

  • Footwear: Sturdy boots are preferable.
  • Clothing: Dark, long-sleeved shirts and pants are ideal. Our camouflage overalls provide additional protection.
  • Headgear: Baseball caps or bandanas fit comfortably under helmets.
  • Rainy Day Gear: Windbreakers and wind pants for extra warmth and dryness.

Health & Comfort

  • Bring any necessary medications (e.g., asthma inhalers, bee sting kits).
  • Enjoy a comfortable stay at Crab Apple on the Kennebec with various lodging options.
  • Refuel after the game at our on-site pub and restaurant.

Get set for an unforgettable paintball adventure at Crab Apple, where excitement, strategy, and camaraderie come together for an ultimate day of fun!

Crab Apple Whitewater

About Our Family

Welcome to the exciting world of Crab Apple Whitewater – a family-driven adventure since 1983. Our team comprises six family members, extended kin, and a vibrant seasonal staff. The journey began with Chuck and Sharyn Peabody’s bold move from Massachusetts to The Forks, Maine, birthing Crab Apple in the pursuit of passion over comfort. This family’s spirit transformed Crab Apple into a leading name in whitewater rafting.

Growth & Passion

Jennifer and Robert, raised alongside Crab Apple, developed a deep connection with the rivers. Jennifer’s journey in competitive kayaking and Robert’s artistic eye as a photographer have significantly contributed to our story. The ’90s saw both siblings expanding the family legacy, embracing roles that propelled Crab Apple to new heights in Maine and Massachusetts.

As the family grew, so did Crab Apple, with each member actively involved in day-to-day operations. From guiding rafts to managing reservations, each task is handled with a personal touch. Our hands-on approach sets us apart, ensuring each guest feels part of the Crab Apple family.

Our Philosophy

Since 1983, our philosophy has remained unwavering – deliver outstanding service with a personal touch. We cherish every guest, treating them as an integral part of our ever-growing family of adventurers. Our staff, brimming with enthusiasm, are as excited as the guests for each river trip.

Crab Apple offers unparalleled facilities in New England Rafting, with exceptional base camps in Maine and Massachusetts.

Crab Apple on the Kennebec River:

  • A facility designed for multi-day stays with various lodging options.
  • A base lodge complete with a pub, restaurant, and conference area.
  • An outdoor heated swimming pool for post-raft relaxation.
  • State-of-the-art conference and banquet facility.
  • Shower, changing facilities, and heated indoor storage.

Crab Apple on the Deerfield River:

  • A serene base between the Mohawk Trail and the Deerfield River.
  • An outdoor patio overlooking the river, perfect for unwinding.
  • Facilities include changing rooms, a snack bar, and a retail store.

Our Whitewater Equipment: Safety & Comfort

We take pride in our rafting and kayaking gear, ensuring the highest safety and comfort standards. Our fleet includes over 100 self-bailing Hyside rafts and kayaks, with a variety of sizes to cater to different river adventures. Our personal outfitting gear, including lifejackets and wetsuits, is regularly updated to ensure the best fit for all adventurers.

Crab Apple is committed to your safety. We are among the few outfitters in the region to carry satellite phones or cell phones for emergencies. Our commitment extends to partnering with top suppliers like Northwest River Supplies and Hyside Inflatables.

Join the Crab Apple family for a thrilling and safe whitewater adventure. Experience the best of rafting with a personal touch that only a passionate, family-run business can provide. See you on the river!

Experience the Thrill of Whitewater Rafting with Crab Apple

Embark on an unforgettable adventure at Crab Apple Whitewater, a family-owned and operated business since 1983, offering exhilarating whitewater rafting experiences in the stunning landscapes of The Forks, Maine.

Why Choose Crab Apple Whitewater?

  • Variety of River Adventures: Choose from a range of rafting trips on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers, each offering unique thrills. From the Class III-IV rapids of the Kennebec to the challenging Class III-V rapids of the Dead River, there’s an adventure for every skill level.
  • Family-Oriented Experience: With over 40 years of commitment to safe and quality rafting adventures, Crab Apple Whitewater creates a comfortable environment for an outstanding experience. Their facility includes lodging options, a pub, a restaurant, and even an outdoor heated pool.
  • Accommodation Options: After an adrenaline-filled day, relax in various lodging options from bunk-style rooms for groups to luxurious suites with whirlpool jacuzzis. The base lodge at Crab Apple on the Kennebec River offers a perfect setting for relaxation and enjoyment.
  • Group Adventures: Catering to all types of groups, including Boy & Girl Scout troops, school and college groups, corporate outings, and more, Crab Apple Whitewater builds confidence, leadership, and camaraderie.
  • Commitment to Safety: Your safety is paramount, with experienced guides and top-of-the-line equipment, including personal flotation devices and helmets. They provide comprehensive safety briefings and wetsuit rentals for cool days.

Connect with Crab Apple Whitewater

Book Your Whitewater Rafting Adventure Now!

Whether you’re seeking a family-friendly adventure or an adrenaline-packed journey, Crab Apple Whitewater provides an unforgettable rafting experience. With their expertise and dedication, every trip promises excitement, safety, and lasting memories. Book your adventure today and plunge into the heart of Maine’s natural beauty!

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