Kennebec River Ferry 2016 Schedule

Please use the Kennebec River Ferry.

Please use the Kennebec River Ferry.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has published the 2016 schedule for the Kennebec River Ferry. The free ferry ride is the only officially sanctioned way to cross the Kennebec. In 2015, 2,181 Appalachian Trail (AT) hikers used the ferry to cross the river.

According to ATC's website:

[This] is the most formidable un-bridged crossing along the entire 2,185-mile AT. The Kennebec is approximately 400 feet wide with a swift, powerful current ... as a result of releases of water from hydroelectric facilities ... the depth and current of the river surge quickly and unpredictably. You cannot cross faster than the water level rises.

Greg Caruso of Maine Guide Service will provide ferry services for AT hikers:

  • May 27 - July 8: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • July 9 - September 30: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • October 1 - October 10: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Greg asked me to remind users that there is a $50 fee per crossing (one or two hikers) outside of the regular season, and advance notice is required.

The Kennebec River Ferry Fine Print

Hikers must sign a release form, wear a life jacket and obey the ferry operator. If conditions make the crossing dangerous -- in the judgment of the ferry operator -- the service will be discontinued until conditions improve. This service is only for Appalachian Trail hikers, not the general public.

Kennebec River Ferry Contact Information

  • Greg Caruso of Maine Guide Service, LLC
  • (207) 858-3627

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