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The Kennebec Valley

The waters of Maine are exhilarating, restorative and invigorating. There’s no better place to explore them than the Kennebec Valley Region, where you’ll find every type of inland water adventure imaginable.

  • If it’s the thrill of Maine’s powerful whitewater rapids that you seek, you’ll find it waiting for you here. The rushing rapids will beg you to accept their challenge. Maine's Dead River, which flows from Flagstaff Lake, offers the longest continuous stretch of Class III to V whitewater in the East. The sixteen-mile trip begins below Grand Falls, culminating at the famous Big Poplar Falls and the confluence with the Kennebec River in The Forks.
  • If it’s what lies beneath the Maine waters that you’re interested in, you’ll find the abundance of fish in Kennebec Valley’s many lakes to be truly incredible. As you cast your line as far as you can, watching your bait make a perfect arc and splash into the calm water, you’ll feel a connection to the water and to Maine.
  • Maine’s central valleys offer plenty to explore on land as well. Hiking is an all-season activity in any area of the state, with the chance to hike a piece of American history: the Appalachian Trail.
  • If it’s history you like, the Maine State Museum in Augusta presents the unique culture and story of Maine. You’ll find more surprises inside the Theatre at Monmouth, the Waterville Opera House, or back at Old Fort Western, to name just a few.
  • Some of Maine’s most storied and scenic roads are here, including the Kennebec-Chaudiere Heritage Corridor. Running from Quebec City to Popham Beach, Maine, it’s a drive where you’re guaranteed to encounter the beauty of Maine’s small towns. They’re unexpected, unique, and yet all part of one authentic whole.

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