Life doesn't get any better than this!!

Friday, December 21, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Nothern Outdoors--we've been with you every step of the way. It started when my Aunt asked us to go white water rafting with her, pre-helmets and pre-kids. Weeks before we arrived, she found out she was pregnant-LOL-her Dr. told her it was OK--so off we went on our camping-White Water adventure at the Kennebec. We were hooked.

As a combined family, we've made about 8 trips enjoying the Kennebec, Penobscot, and Dead Rivers. We've also experienced lots of different lodging opportunities, from camping to large house/cabin on the lake, to lodge living at the resort. All have been great.

This past trip we shared with our kids--first time two were able to row with us---best time ever. It started with a great dinner with Emily as our waitress. It was unanimous, we loved Emily and the food. The next day we went rafting with Victor as our guide. We love you Victor--knowledgeable, fun, and yes strong (thanks for helping two old ladies back in the raft).

Next time we plan to do two rivers. We can't wait.

Thanks Northern Outdoors for providing us with a lifetime of memories. You rock.

Cheryl M
Hudson, New Hampshite

Rating: 5 *****

Family whitewater rafting adventures in Maine

7/25/12 Trip

Friday, November 30, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

My husband and I took our 3 boys (16, 14, 12). He was apprehensive about trip. Boys were excited. My 12 yr. old became scared to death walking down the steep stairs at the beginning. We threw him in the boat, and never turned back.

My husband was so surprised at how exciting and fun it was. We all loved it. No fear, just exhiliration! Sandi was our guide. She was a perfect fit for our family. So fun. We loved her!

Have already spread word to friends that they have to put Northern Outdoors on their "bucket list".

We will be back... maybe for the Dead or Penobsquat River.

Kelly P
Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

New England Family Rafting Adventure

Family Had A BLAST!

Monday, November 26, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

My family (six adults and four children) spent July 16th on the Kennebec River with Seamus and Dawn. It was the highlight of our vacation. The young teens actually enjoyed spending time with the "older members" of our family. We'll be back in four years when the younger ones (who couldn't join us this year) will be old enough to paddle the Kennebec. The pictures are fabulous. The guides went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a great time.

I did the Dead River about 29 years ago and it has always been one of my fondest memories.

Keep up the great work!

Joyce E
Passumpsic, VT

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Family Rafting Adventure

Amazing Fun Weekend!!

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

My husband and I came up on Friday afternoon with another couple. Due to us booking late and limited availability, we stayed in a lakeside cabin for 12 people on Friday, then had to check out and into the Lodge on Saturday. This turned out great because we would never have booked a cabin for 12 people when it was only 4 of us! Now we KNOW that we LOVE the cabin and we will be back next year with more friends and rent the cabin!

Saturday we went rafting down the Dead River! We had never rafted before and I have to admit, I was a bit nervous! "Down Town Peter Brown" was awesome and told me on the bus ride to the river that my butterflies would soon fade once the adrenaline kicked in, and boy was he right!! He kept us laughing all "10 minutes" of the bus ride and again at the BBQ that afternoon! I was disappointed we were not assigned to him as a guide for our raft! But, my dissappointment faded quickly once we were on the raft with Kim, our guide. She was awesome! She was great at getting us to work as a team paddling, she led us into some great waves but kept us safe at the same time! She made the whole group laugh, including me, when she played a fun prank on me! She was super fun!

After the rafting trip we could not stop laughing during the slide show at the BBQ. The food was great, but the slide show and the commentary done by another guide, I don't know his name, was even better! Totally hilarious! We then went down the street to watch a pumpkin get blown to pieces! Chunks of pumpkin were blown all over the place, it was awesome!

After that we enjoyed the live music by Suzie and the Smelts and the pub. We tried 4 different beers and brought home a Growler! We slept Saturday night upstairs in the lodge. I prefer the cabin, but was glad that all 4 of us could enjoy lots of fresh brewed beer and walk up to our room without having to drive to the cabins. We all had a fun time with lots of laughs the entire weekend!

We will definately be back next year, I am already trying to put together a large group of friends to plan for it! We will tell everyone what a great time we all had and we will see you next year!

Bobbi Jo S
Beverly, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Dead River OctoberFest Raft 'N Brews Weekend


Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

The entire experience was surreal. The staff was amazingly helpful and fun. The rafting was probably the highlight of my year. The river was pictureque our guide Mary was relax and in charged and pretty awesome, even though on of our party didnt like to follow instructions. Ill definitely be doing this again I just have to convince my friends living in NYC to take the drive up but once you get there its well worth it.. Big up woodcock and Patridge housing held it down!! stay there!! kenebec in your back yard and few other campsites!!

Marlon D
Brooklyn, New York

Rating: 5 *****

Fall Rafting on the Dead River

GoPro Captures Fall High Water Maine Rafting Action on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers

Thursday, September 27, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff















Our GoPro camera team captures the CLOSEUP Fall rafting action on high water Kennebec and Dead River rafting trips Sept 15th and 22nd. This week's video of the week includes both rivers, video boater kayaking (underwater) action, and some tasty Octoberfest brew tasting at Northern's own Kennebec River Brewery post-rafting.

There's still space on the Oct 6th final Dead River and Oct 7 final Kennebec River trips of 2012! For more info on the October 6th Raft n Brews weekend with the last release of the season on the Dead River at 6000CFS and the Kennebec River at 4800CFS, see here:

Raft 'n Brews/ Octoberfest Weekend
Dead River Rafting
Kennebec River Rafting


Dead River Rockin'

Friday, September 21, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Epic weekend at Northern Outdoors! The good times started when our group arrived on Sept 14 and didn't stop until we left on Sept 17. All the staff was great: super attentive and friendly.

It was like summer camp for adults. Friends, Beer, burgers and a good time! JASON was our Rafting Guide on the Dead river and we had a great time out there on the water. The trail mix was pretty delish too... Thanks Jason!!

The worst part of my trip was having no camera to record the memories! Battery died and I forgot to bring the charger. BUT since they take your pics as you are rafting it was not a huge deal.

Northern Outdoors Rocks my Socks.

Arielle E
Lowell, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Dead River Group Rafting Fun

Our Wonderful Maine Huts-Northern Outdoors Dead River Rafting Adventure

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Russell, you knew about my dunking! The water was warmer than the air. And we all had a ball.

I don't quite know what the rest of the rafters thought of our all-senior woman and female guide raft, but I think we held our own. And it was certainly nice to be plucked out of the water by some of Dan Davis's (!!) rafts guys!

Susan D
Kingfield, Maine

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Huts & Trails Hike and Raft  Adventure

Dead River Bachelor Party

Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Thanks for the crazy time on the river!! We all had a blast, and the guides in both boats were amazing (thanks Dan L and Blaise!!!!)! From the great food/beers back on land and perfect cabin option for all 10 of us, to the fantastic trip down the Dead (and my inadvertent swim at Big Poplar), the entertainment factor was cranked to the limit!

Thanks again for a great time and accommodating our large group!


Timothy F
Quincy, Massachusetts
Rating: 5 *****


Dead River Bachelor Party Rafting Weekend

Whitewater, Wilderness, and Brewery - A Perfect Combination

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Maine Whitewater Rafting, Wilderness and Brewery - Northern OutdoorsWe know that whitewater, wilderness, and an honest-to-goodness real microbrewery is indeed a fantastic combination - we get to live that threesome every day from May into October! (We substitute snowmobile trails for whitewater in winter.) Northern Outdoors is not only the only rafting company or adventure resort in Maine with its own microbrewery onsite, but it's the only one in New England, and (sources close to us suggest, but have not confirmed yet), all of the US!

Maine whitewater rafting on the dam-controlled Kennebec, Penobscot, and Dead Rivers rivals the best whitewater anywhere. These rivers are big (4800CFS and more), technical in the right places (think Penobscot Cribworks Class V section!), and offer guaranteed water all season long according to their scheduled dam releases.

Maine has more trees than people. That's a shortcut way to say Maine has vast forests and mountainous regions, along with untouched rivers and pristine lakes that offer unparalleled outdoor recreation adventures. Add to whitewater and wilderness our very own Kennebec River Brewery, featured on the Maine Beer Trail, and located at our adventure resort - and you have a getaway made in heaven for beer enthusiasts and adventurous souls.

Read more about this unqiue brewery, wildernesess and whitewater combination in this our recent press release here.

There's still time to get in on whitewater, wilderness, and the Kenenbec River Brewery - now through October 7th for this season!


Great Time...Again !

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

My Brother and I have been white water rafting ME rivers since the late 1970's...Always with Northern Outdoors. Whether it's the Kennebec, Dead or the "Nob" the experience is incredible.

Northern Outdoors' guides are top of the line and always provide a memorable experience. The meal on the river is first rate and worth the trip by itself just for the scenery while you eat.

Facilities, particularly at The Forks are all you could possibly want. I stongly suggest camping in the wilderness area.

About seven years ago I introduced several of my grandchildren to Northern Outdoors. We now have 3 generations of Savages, friends and extended family on the river for an annual rafting and camping trip. You just can't beat that for quality time !

YEEHAAA !!!!!!!!

Bruce S
Hanson, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Family Rafting

Great Time

Saturday, July 21, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

This was our second trip to The Forks for a rafting adventure, this year we topped our trip on Moose Alley with a total of 9 Moose sitings in an hour compared to 7 last trip, we also saw 22 snowshoe hares on a lonely dirt road.

The ride down the Kennebec was just a blast again, Big Momma thru out my wife and Momma of my 2 boys who were with us, it was a shock but seeing as our guide Chris got thrown out too it showed it was not her fault. We will be back next year and may do the Dead river then.

Thanks again for an excellent stay, the staff was superb.

Rick B
East Templeton, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Family Adventure

Family vacation

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

I want to take the time to thank Northern Outdoors and your staff. My family and I had a lot of fun and a great time. Your resort staff, guides, equipment, training, et. al., were just wonderful. My wife planned and scheduled the trip, and I reluctantly went along. But I can’t lie to you – your whitewater rafting excursion far exceeded all my expectations, and some.

Your river guides were excellent. Our family had Dave, Mary & Trevor. They were polite, professional, well trained, funny, and just all-around great ambassadors of your organization. Your accommodations were outstanding. You were able to satisfied my wife’s glamping style of camping, or glamour clamping – so thank you for that.

Your lodge, bar tender, and sales staff were very friendly to my children, we came with 4 teenage boys – so they are hard to please and more of a handful than we would want to admit, but they were well behaved because of your staff and amenities.

The cookout food on the rafting trip was excellent and hit the spot. You had a fall-back plan because of the rain, to cook back in the bingo hall, which worked out very well. We enjoyed the granola mix and hot chocolate, and the second half of the rapids were fun to relax and swim even during the rain. The sightseeing and spectacular view were outstanding, and we even saw 2 bald eagles.

My teenage boys can’t stop talking about the trip. They thought they were going on forced family fun, and they were – but…….they were surprised by the magnitude of the rapids, the 7,200 fps water surge, and the rough turbulence they faced. They got tossed, beat up, thrown, spit out, and dragged back in, and loved every minute of it. Now my second son, Robbie, wants to forego entrance into the Coast Guard Academy for a year, and train as a whitewater guide and seek employment in your organization. You have him sold on living in a tent, catching fish, and buying a 50 lb. bag of rice to live off of. Wow!

We are already planning on returning either again this year of next. We will do the Penobscot & Dead Rivers, and will coordinate the times. We might even want to go in October and check out the foliage.

We had wonderful food at night in the lodge, the beer was great, and my kids enjoyed the pool, the onion rings, and the hot tub.

In closing, thank you for a wonderful time, and I can’t believe more people don’t take this trip. If they did, they would come back for more. I will try to tell all my friends, and advise them to seek out Northern Outdoors for the time of their lives.

Thank you,
Richard & Janice B

Rich B
Marshfield, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Family Whitewater Adventure

Our second year in a row.....

Thursday, June 28, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Our party of Canadians grew from 5 last year to 8 this year -- easy to round up three more to fill a raft after the amazing stories from last years trip!

We were lucky enough to have the same guide this year in Mike McConnell -- a true professional!!

The river is amazing, the staff outstanding, facilities first rate (and reasonably priced), beer brewed on site is excellent.

We're coming back next year -- we'd be crazy to not tackle Maytag again but we're also strongly leaning toward doing another raft (or two) of the Dead and Penobscot.

Great work all around, Northern Outdoors!!!

Pete L
Toronto, ON

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Whitewater Rafting

Kennebec River Brewery

I did not want to leave!

Thursday, June 28, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

I have to admit I'm a city slicker and I had no idea what I was getting myself into! Wow, is all I have to say! On our first night we were welcomed at our camp site and immediately felt at home, minus city lights and traffic. Saturday morning came and so did my nerves. However the Northern Outdoors staff reassured our group that we were in good hands and all we were to experience was adrenaline pumping fun. Our guide Chad was very knowledgeable and took us on the ride of our lives!

One of my favorite parts of the weekend was partying at the lodge with the staff! You guys really have the best jobs!

I've been home for three days and still cant stop talking about the trip! I'll be back year after year! Thank You Northern Outdoors for an amazing adventure!

Adrienne M

South Portland, ME

Rating: 5 *****

Northern Outdoors Lodge

Dead River Whitewater Rafting

Dead River Rafting

Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

We had a wonderful experience with Northern Outdoors, right from the start. The girls at the front desk were so polite and friendly, patiently answering all of our questions ( thanks Elaine and Sonya).

We rafted the Dead on the first water release of the season. It was fantastic! Brent was our guide, and he showed us a great time. Our fun continued throughout the evening as we sampled some of your delicious beers, and Dave and Nick convinced us to return in August. What great staff you have!

Thanks to them, we will definitely be back.

McKaila and Heston A
East Greenwich, RI
Rating: 5 *****

Dead River Whitewater Rafting

Kennebec River Pub & Brewery

My trip in a nutshell

Saturday, May 12, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

I'm not gonna lie.. I have never white-water rafted, finally succumbed to peer pressure, and was absolutely dreading this trip. I hate being cold and wet and this trip had all the makings of just a miserable time.

After a 4 hour drive we finally reached the middle of nowhere. What a breath of fresh air! The accommodations were spot-on, the lodge was such a comfortable and relaxing place to chill out, the beer was great, everyone that I came in contact with from the staff to the other adventure-seekers could not have been a more enjoyable experience. The rafting was totally awesome and our guide was just a super friendly, experienced thrillseeker.

I can't wait to come back for round two on the Dead! Thanks for a much needed wonderful and relaxing weekend of adventure and fun.

Don W
Atkinson, NH

Rating: 5 *****

Spring Rafting on the Kennebec River, Maine

Maine adventure resort

New Dead River Hike & Raft option for the 2012 season

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Maine Huts & Trails recently opened a new 14.2 mile trail section that connects The Forks with the Grand Falls Hut and west onto the Bigelow Range and Carrabassett Valley, completing the full 45-mile first phase of this very exciting project.


The new section of trail opens up a variety of winter cross country ski and snow shoeing opportunities and it enables us to offer an exceptional two-day Hike & Raft package

The Dead River Hike & Raft package starts and ends at our lodge in The Forks and incorporates a full day of hiking with spectacular scenery, a night at the Grand Falls hut with dinner and breakfast and then a full-day of whitewater rafting on the Dead River. This package will be available on all scheduled Dead River highwater trips except the September 2nd release.

Great Vacation

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
I usually don't participate in surveys, but my experience at Dead River Rafting was nothing short of fantastic! It was my first time white water rafting. I was nervous. The staff was nothing but helpful, caring and exciting! It was very nice to see such friendly faces and staff who were actually excited to be there. My guide was Blaize. He was awesome! Two thumbs up for him! He made me feel comfortable the whole time.

Camping was wonderful. The campsite was clean and inviting. I'm a "city person" in every respect. The fact that I spent a weekend rafting and camping, and felt right at home, was amazing. I contribute a lot of this comfort and fun to Northern Outdoors. Smooth transitions between activities, good food, live music, and lots of fun. It was definitely worth the 8+ hour drive.

Zorah S

Zorah S
Stamford, CT

Rating: 5 *****

Dead River Rafting
Maine Camping

Awesome 2fer Wknd

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
Back again this past wknd with the boys. Decided to run the Dead w/high water and the Kennebec - what a great weekend. Not even the cold and rain could "dampen" our trip.

Friday night started, like many other trips, a little Blueberry from the brewery.

Saturday morning wake-up wasn't early at all and we were on the Dead by 10ish. Great high water and constant paddling for the 14 miles - good stuff. Day ended with a little lunch, Blueberry, music by Suzy and the Smelts and fire by the cabin.

Sunday morning wake up was early for another trip, this time on the Kennebec. What a great ride. We must've hit every hit square on because we were all suffering with whiplash (jk) later in the day. We have had Victor for a few trips and he was amazing again - taking us to the edge and back again.

Already stoked for next year's trip. Heading back to the Penobscot with a couple of class V newbies for a little class V action. Will be a blast again!

Thanks to everyone at NO, the brewery, guides and of course, Victor, for another great experience. Btw - the ride does have some cool nuances when it is cooler and rainy. Awesome!

Pelham, NH

Rating: 5 *****

Kennebec River Whitewater Rafting

Dead River Whiewater Rafting