First woman raft guide in Maine

It was 40 years ago this past spring when Suzie Hockmeyer’s then-husband, Wayne, launched an unwieldy inflatable raft into the Kennebec River gorge, hoping to locate some great new fishing spots for his sporting clients.

The section below the Harris Station dam at Indian Pond was essentially uncharted territory at the time. Recently freed by provisions of the federal Clean Water Act from its historic role as a corridor for driving logs to market, its nearly vertical walls and turbulent waters rendered it virtually unreachable. Few people had ever ventured into its contorted interior.

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