Fabulously Fun Family Vacation

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Who knew you could have so much fun in the middle of no where! Our family trip included 10 of us ranging in age from 11 to 60 something. So yes, we used the princess seat. Some of us have never been rafting, others were well experienced. On top of the weather being absolutely beautiful, everything else was perfect too! From Seamus our guide, to the lunch (OMG, the steak was unexpected, and delicious), to all the fun....paddling, swimming, laughing, and just enjoying the beauty of the landscape and day.

Can't wait to return next year.

Barbara P
Hadley, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Fabulous Maine Family Rafting Vacation

One of our best family vacations EVER !

Sunday, August 18, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

We vacationed Friday to Monday and stayed in the Baxter lakeside house. What a beautiful location. The owners at the lodge were so friendly !!! We rented their kayaks for the day on Saturday which was so awesome ! Sunday we white water rafted.What a BLAST !! My sister' family and mine were so comfortable in the house which had a great loft and 2 bedrooms. Ages of the 4 kids were 21-15. NO CELL SERVICE so kids actually interacted and had great family fun.(they do have Wi Fi at the lodge though)They had a great sand volley ball court by the lakeside lodge as well as horseshoes.

We ran out of time to do everything that was available to us ( pontoon boat, canoes and ATV's!!!

We are definitely going back next year and will be adding at least 2 more days to the trip. My youngest son keeps saying " I wish we were in Maine "

Denise B
Holliston, MA

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Lakeside Cabins

Maine Family Adventure Vacation

Highlight of our Maine vacation

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

We had an amazing time white water rafting. Northern Outdoors is a TOP NOTCH company in every way. We had a group of five, including a 10 years old and 63 year old. It was such a great time! Our 10 year old girl was pretty nervous on rafting day but our guide was AMAZING. Emily took Allie under her arm immediately and put her completely at ease! It was such a wonderful day for start to finish.

We will definitely return and will spend a minimum of 2 nights at the lodge.

Thanks for being the highlight of our family's entire 2 week trip to Maine!

Sarah L
Edwardsville, Illinois

Rating: 5 *****

Maine family vacation


Family Rafting Trip

Monday, July 29, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

I went on a Family vacation (first one in about 10 years) with my parents and siblings this past weekend. I had previously rafted the Kennebec with Northern Outdoors for my bachelorette party and loved it.

We stayed in one of the cabins (Moose Maple I think it was called) and the cabin was very clean and easily accommodated our group of 8 with room to spare.

The rafting was fantastic. Our guide, Shamus (I am not sure of the spelling here, so if I got it wrong I apologize!), was equal parts knowledgeable and entertaining. I would highly recommend Shamus to any other group, especially if that group had some nervous first time rafters. As with my last trip with Northern Outdoors, the whole cast and crew was fantastic, witty, amusing and knowledgeable.

The resort was great. We played volleyball in the pool, played corn hole and enjoyed some blueberry beer. I bought a growler of your summer ale to take home to my husband and he said he really enjoyed it.

Thanks for a great trip!

Mary G
Rowley, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Family Rafting in Maine

The best time with Family & Friends

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

What makes the "Whole" trip a blast is the attitude of the Staff and Guides.
"Top notch Danny"
Friendly and Professional!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was the Best overall Rafting experience I have ever had
Will come back every Spring/Summer Season
But it is a Four Season Adventure location
Next Year I will rent a Cabin and make it a Weekend affair!!

Chris K
Brunswick, Maine

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Family Raft Vacation

We love our state!

Saturday, June 29, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Had a great time with the family on summer vacation. This was better than Disney according to by 11 year old daughter and 14 year old son. I loved the fact that we were enjoying the state we live in and it's natural beauty. It made my day when we saw a bald eagle soaring over. The food on the riverbank was delicious too.

My kids admitted they were hesitant at first but after asked when we could go back again.

Denise B
Berwick, Maine

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Family Summer Vacation


Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

The day spent with Northern Outdoors was voted the favorite vacation day by my family. We were recommended to Northern Outdoors by the owner of the camp in which we stayed in Rockwood.

I have to tell you, your staff was incredible. Ryan was our rafting guide and he was wonderful! All of the guides were. We have watched the DVD several times since returning home, wishing it were that day again. After rafting, our kids enjoyed your pool and hot tub. We also stayed for dinner.

Our waiter was Dave.....not enough good can be said about Dave. He kept us laughing and our kids had fun taking his picture on their Cam Wow.

We are already talking about next year's vacation. Our kids want to return for a day of rafting and want to request Dave to be our guide. We'll see you next year!

Tammy M
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania

Rating: 5 *****

Maine 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

Fabulous first time

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell you what a fabulous time my family and friends had . We were fortunate enough to meet Ryan the night before we rafted at the lodge. He was so nice we asked if he could be our guide the next day and what a good choice that was. We had two families in the raft with 4 kids having their first rafting experience. They had such a fabulous time they were asking if they could go again the next day.

I vote for Ryan as guide of the Kennebec 2012. We came home and told our neighbors to go on their upcoming vacation in a few weeks and told them to request Ryan. We will be returning next year with more family and friends. We hope that Ryan is still at Northern Outdoors. We did have the pleasure of meeting Chad who was running the games one night and Josh was my sisters guide and we will be returning hoping to see some of these great guides you have working for you. And we can't forget Dave.

Thank you for a fabulous family vacation.

Michelle B
Falmouth, Maine

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Family Adventure Vacation

Johnson Family Vacation

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

We have been going rafting for 4 years now. We so look forward to coming your way. Our grandson is not old enough to do the Penobscot yet, so we continue to do the Kennebec. Which is totally awsome. We had some high water this year, so it made for an extra fun experience. The food and staff were wonderful as always. We have reccomended you all to our friends, some of whom were there a week after us. Our son and his family don't raft, but still enjoy the camping from our favorite area. We look forward to seeing you all next July.

Thanks for another great family vacation, from the Johnson Family!

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Family Rafting

Maine Family Camping Vacation

Our Family Rafting Trip

Friday, July 20, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

My husband and I decided to visit Maine for vacation this year. When we told our son, who lives in Mississippi, he asked if he could go. He had heard about the whitewater rafting trips in Maine and wanted to check them out. He has been several times in and out of the states but this was our first time. I was very nervous since we were told the flow of the rapids was up. Dawn, our guide was the BEST. She made this such a great experience for us, we are ready to go again. Everyone at Northern Outdoors was great, the food, the other guides, the photographer, we can't say enough about how EXCELLENT everyone was. When we go again, the other places will have a lot to live up to.

Thanks for making our First trip AWESOME!!!!!!!

Peggy D
Kilmarnock, Virginia

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Whitewater Rafting

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

Spring Value Season: Incredible Rafting, Great Deals, & In-Person Social Connection!

Friday, May 11, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

We love Spring, and we love to offer Spring Value Season here at Northern Outdoors. Why? Because it is one of the best ways to get more people to western Maine to experience in-person the very real excitement and fun of rafting on the river, while offering direct, i.e. "non-virtual" connection to the friends and family guests want to be with!

Our press release on Spring Value Season went out this week:

Northern Outdoors Offers Up Big Savings on Spring Value Season Rafting Stay & Play Vacation Deals

Spring whitewater rafting is raging in Maine as are Spring Value Season savings of up to 35% off summer rates for fun rafting getaways with Northern Outdoors - Maine's premier Adventure Resort, pioneering Maine rafting since 1976.

Read the full press release on Northern Outdoors' Value Season here.

Cheers! We hope to see you soon!!

Russell, Suzie, Jim, and the "Maine Gang".

Campfire time with friends is always a "Good Use of Time"!

Hello from St.Thomas

Monday, March 19, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Hi Suzie,

My family and I stayed with you last weekend at Northern Outdoors.  I wanted to let you know that we had an amazing few days.  We haven't traveled together as a family in more than 3 years so it was a real treat. 

We tremendously appreciated your staff's hospitality.  Nick and Dawn in the bar were exceptional taking care of our needs.  Even more I want to say thank you for sending Dan along on our snowmobile trip.  It was unexpected but very much appreciated.  He made our day so fulfilled!!.  We never would have seen some of the amazing things we did that day without his knowledge and guidance.

Wishing you a successful rafting season and hope to stay with you again soon.

Warmest regards,

Jillian P
St. Thomas

Maine Snowmobile Vacation

Guided Snowmobile Trip

Excellent Vacation

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
We had a fantastic time with our stay from lodging, housekeeping, wait and kitchen staff along with river guides and front desk!

We rafted on Monday and Dawn took us down the river. She showed us a great time! The video nick put together was awesome. I always feel like family up there but everyone went above and beyond to make my friends, who came up for the first time, feel like part of the northern family.

Thank you so much!

Beth C
Rockville Centre, NY

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Whitewater Rafting

My FAVORITE place to be!

Thursday, September 22, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
First off I'd like to say, THANK YOU! This is how your resort became a part of our lives.....

I had always wanted to experience white water rafting. That being said, it seemed a big ordeal to plan. I run my own business as a pet care provider and finding time to vacation along with finding people to go with and accomadating everyone's schedules seemed a heavy load. Then, at a friends birthday party four years ago, a friend showed us his video from rafting on the Kennebec with his family. It was love at first sight. I said, "that's it! I'm going! Even if I have to go by myself!" I was obsessed and determined to plan this trip. My friend had said he stayed and rafted with Northen Outdoors. He said such great things about his time there, lodging, staff, pub and atmosphere....i just knew I had to call you guys! So, the next day, I Did! Let me just tell you....Debbie is a SAINT! I don't know how i would have survived planning that first trip. I swear I had a zillion question, changes in reservations from switching dates and number of people. I think one day i even called her like 5 or 6 different times! She was more than helpful, accomadating, professional, sweet and patient with my never ending questions! At the end of the day, I got nine people to venture out down the kennebec with me in 2009. Our group consisted of friends and family, ALL rafting VIRGINS! It blew our mind! I had no idea this would turn out to be a love affair with both white water and YOUR resort!

Last weekend we completed our third annual trip on the Kennebec Turbine release. Our group consensus-----best trip yet! At this point its no suprise to us that we are in for a great time. We always ask for the same cabin and luckily have always got it :) Great lodging, pub brews/food are great! Staff is always so wonderful. Feels drama free, inviting, safe and relaxing. In a nut shell----the BEST! We booked our trip for next year before leaving last weekend. It will be our first time down the DEAD river and I am already counting the days!!!! I think you do a fantastic job with the BBQ, photos and video presentation. Fun, FUNNY raft guides who know their stuff and make our trip a blast! Our group in particular is a fun and funny group. We really enjoy a guide who can keep up with the banter and inside jokes and at the same time lead us down the river in a safe yet adventurous manner. This year especially we hit the jackpot! Our guide was Mark Schaub. He is our FAVORITE! What a blast! We told him when we'd be back and he put us in his schedule as well as the girls in reservations put a note in for us requesting him to bring us down the DEAD in May 2012!!!! We miss him already!

In the future, We hope to visit at least twice a year. We look forward to also planning a winter trip and hitting the snowmobile trails! We have all taken away fun and everlasting memories over the years that shine on in our minds, hearts and endless candid photographs! Thank you for giving our friends and family special memories that no amount of money could buy......

We love you Northrn Outdoors,
Till next year, Lots of love,
Jeannine and family

Jeannine S
Allenstown, NH

Activity: Kennebec Turbine Test High Release Rafting

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Whitewater Rafting

Best birthday, ever!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
We spent two days at your resort to celebrate my daughter's 16th birthday. What a blast! Your staff was friendly, helpful, and all had a great sense of humor. The food was yummy, the cabin was clean, comfortable and larger than we thought it would be. This trip was one of our best family vacations. Trevor, our waiter/bartender and river guide was wonderful. He made the trip even more special.

The "McSchazzbournes" will be back!

Laurie Mc
Kennebunk, ME

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Family Rafting


Wednesday, August 10, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
I have to admit, I was worried our two teenage boys would get bored without the television and the xbox for three days, but I'm happy to say I was wrong. We all had sooo much fun.

The grounds are beautiful! I think the best part of the trip was how nice everyone was. From the front desk staff to Nicole of the restaurant to Sandy, our wonderful rafting guide, and also to the other guests. It's obvious the employees love what they do and the guests can feel this so everyone was in a good mood. We didn't hear anyone complaining, not even the kids and no one was rude.

We felt like we were part of a big happy family, and we wish we could have spent our whole week of vacation in Northern Outdoors.

Annette L
Bellmore, NY

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Family Rafting

We had a great time rafting and staying with Northern Outdoors!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
We have rafted with Class VI Raft company on New River in WV twice and with 2 different raft companies in Ohiopyle, PA so we have some others to compare our trip to. I am happy to say Northern outdoors was able meet all of our expectations and gave us a wonderful time.

We were very happy with the float trip and raft trip too, with the way your company brings the younger members to the lower rapid area of thr river so we were still all able to raft together. That was never an option with those other companies.

The logdominium we stayed in for 2 nights was a very nice accommodation as well.

Thanks for a wonderful adventure during our 2011 Maine Family Vacation.

Penny & Kevin D
Cortland, OH

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Family Rafting
Kennebec River Float Trip

Amazing Trip

Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
What a great trip we had. Meeting people from various states and countries. Truly amazing day for us and the kids. Staff is great (especially our guide Chad). This is a family trip that all ages can enjoy.

There are not to many family vacations that our kids ages 8 to 18 can all enjoy but this is definately one of them. This is geared to any age.

Rick & Barbara D
Westbrook, ME

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Family Rafting Trips