Kennebec River Ferry Service
The Kennebec River is the most formidable un-bridged crossing along the entire 2,185-mile Appalachian Trail.
The Kennebec is approximately 70 yards wide with a swift, powerful current under the best of circumstances. However, as a result of releases of water from hydro facilities upstream, the depth and current of the river surge quickly and unpredictably. You cannot cross faster than the water level rises.
The MATC and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy have contracted with David P. Corrigan of Fletcher Mountain Outfitters to provide a scheduled ferry service across the Kennebec River at the A.T. crossing at no cost to hikers*.
2014 Ferry Schedule
|May 23 – July 10||9 a.m. to 11 a.m. only|
|July 11 – September 30||9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.|
|October 1 – October 13
||9 a.m. to 11 a.m. only|
As always, we will be “on call” time and weather permitting, during early May and late October. Hikers should call well in advance if they want to try to cross the River during these early and late season periods.
- Between May 1 and May 21, and also between October 13 and October 31, service will be available on a “Time and weather permitting” basis. Service is not guaranteed during these dates, and hikers should call in advance to see if service will be available. There will be no service available before or after these dates.
- * There is a good chance that ferry service will not be available before or after the regular season. All early/late season crossings cost $50 per crossing. [One or two hikers per crossing.]
- This ferry service — not fording — is the officially sanctioned means of crossing the Kennebec River on the Appalachian Trail. The A.T. was located here originally because of the existence of a ferry to provide access to Pierce Pond for visiting sportsmen.
- Hikers must meet the ferry on either the east or west banks of the Kennebec River at the point of the AT crossing. If the ferry is on the opposite side, a signal flag will be provided to alert the ferry operator.
- Hikers will be required to sign a release form, wear a life jacket, and follow the instructions of the ferry operator. If river conditions or weather make the crossing dangerous in the judgment of the ferry operator, the service will be discontinued until conditions improve.
- Large groups please call ahead to indicate when you will need the ferry service. No camping and no fires are permitted within the Trail corridor on either side of the Kennebec River. Camping and fires are permitted only at designated campsites.
- This service is provided only for users of the Appalachian Trail and is not available to the general public.
Donations to help defray the cost of providing the Ferry Service are welcome.
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Additional information can be attained by contacting Ferry Contractor:
Fletcher Mountain Outfitters
David P. Corrigan
Registered Maine Master Guide
82 Little Houston Brook Road
Concord Township, Maine 04920