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Good Location for Rafting in August

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Good Location for Rafting in August

We are closing in on a plan for our August trip to Maine. We would like to spend a few days rafting, moose watching, biking, etc. and then spend a few days in Bar Harbor/Acadia. Has anybody spent time at the Birches in Rockwood? It looks good for us, location- wise and I like that they seem to help coordinate activities. I would be interested in any feedback about the quality of the rapids (for example, is this area known as "tame" or "lame" at that time of year) and any specific feedback about the cabins/dining at Birches. I already read the reviews on tripadvisor, and they look good, but didn't really get at these points. We haven't booked it yet, and would be open to another location with a hotel/lodging option. Many thanks.

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1. Re: Good Location for Rafting in August

I've stayed at the Birches and Rockwood is a remote, wild area with lots of neat things around. It's a good base for exploring the Moosehead Lake area. The dining room is as nice as anything you'd expect in a remote, wooded area. It's just across from Mt. Kinneo and the boat leaves from Rockwood. That would be one fun biking trip.

That being said, I'm not sure that I'd stay in Rockwood at The Birches if my goal was to raft the rivers in the vicinity of The Forks. Seems like it's a long way from the rafting. (Mapquest puts that as over an hour drive.) In fact, it seems to me from looking at their site that they recommend that you stay at their Kennebec base in The Forks when you raft.

I don't know anything about the Birches's Kennebec Lodge.

Rapids in that area are controlled by release of water from a hydroelectric dam, so every day is about the same, except that I think I've read that one of the rivers (maybe the Dead?) has higher volume on release on certain calendar dates. You could talk with The Birches about that if you want a more/less challenging trip. Basically, the beginning of the trip will have all the rapids, and then things will be fairly tame for the last half or so of the trip.

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