2007 Kennebec River AT
Ferry Service Final Report


The Appalachian Trail Kennebec River Ferry Service was provided by Rivers and Trails Northeast Inc., and operated daily from May 18, 2007 to October 9, 2007 (144 straight days). For the twentieth year as owner and operator of the Kennebec Ferry, there were no mishaps to any of the 1,101 hikers who took advantage of the free service. The first hiker arrived to the banks of the Kennebec River on May 21 and the last hiker was ferried on October 29th. Our twentieth year of service at the Appalachian Trail Ferry Service represents over 3,300 days with over 19,000 hikers, who crossed the river between Caratunk and Carrying Place Township since May of 1987 (excluding 2003). The equipment used to facilitate the service included the following: 4 Old Town 160K canoes, 8 hi float life jackets (class 5), 8 paddles (four Carlisle), 6 rescue throw bags, 4 hi float guide life jackets, 3 Cobra two way radios, 3 signal flags, first aid kits and a backboard. The success of the ferry service is possible only with dedicated professional Maine Guides, who proved reliable and dependable yet once again. Hearty thank you's go out to Dave Corrigan, Master Maine Guide; Dean Gamage, Maine Guide (22 years) and Craig Dickstein, Maine Guide, 05 AT Thru-hiker and computer expert. Compiling accurate data while following safe operating procedures were the benchmark for the successful 2007 ferry service season. Below is the statistics obtained from hikers this year:

Month Hikers N-S S-N Day Wkd Section FF Ford
May 11 2 1 0 3 4 1 0
June 113 55 17 0 6 31 4 4
July 282 67 52 8 2 147 6 1
Aug 314 13 114 27 7 124 29 0
Sept 318 2 223 1 17 58 17 6
Oct 63 2 44 0 0 16 1 2
Total 1,101 141 451 36 35 380 58 ?

     

     
2006 Hikers
Thanks For Stopping By

- Steve Longley



While providing the Kennebec Ferry Service was our top priority here at Rivers and Trails, we also offered a full re-supply store on demand for hikers, free shuttles from and to trailhead and town services, bunkhouse, laundry and showers, holding hiker packages, hiker phone on front porch, answering phone calls and e-mails at - http://www.riversandtrails.com - emergency transport to hospital for injured hikers, hiker car parking, port-a-potti behind store, daily Long Falls dam and Harris dam water releases, and daily weather reports all added to our sincere efforts to accommodate all hikers and to maintain our reputation effort throughout the long and rigorous ferry service season. While this is our last "official" presence at the Kennebec River Ferry Service, the spirit of the river crossing will forever remain a vital and historic part of the Appalachian Trail hiking experience. Thanks to all for allowing us this opportunity to serve all hikers across the Kennebec River these past twenty seasons.

Respectfully Submitted -
Stephen Longley, President
Rivers and Trails NE, Inc.
1603 US Rte 201
The Forks, ME USA 04985
207-663-4441