The Forks Area, Maine Snowmobile Trail Report. February, 10th, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Plenty of snow everywhere. The trails are in great shape and the riding is pretty awesome right now! All 100 miles of The Forks Trail System are open and being groomed regularly with our 2 Tucker Sno-Cats.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE  Great riding all the way. The ½ mile Power Line section near Lake Moxie is still just  a tad rough.  The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. Watch for trucks.
•    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Plenty of snow and smooth sailing.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Boise Road and Divide Road sections are flat and fast. There is an active logging operation on the Hangtown Road, where we are sharing the road for ½ mile. Watch for trucks.  Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Great ride all the way through, from ITS 87 to ITS 86.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  Open and groomed.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL   Nice riding. This trail combined with the Bald Mt Trail and ITS 87 makes a beautiful, scenic loop around Moxie Mountain.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Good ride all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.

For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at NO.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks Area Trail Network: Jan 8, 2014 Trail Report

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Although we received a pretty good dose of rain on Monday, we still have plenty of snow and overall the riding is surprisingly good! There are a few problem spots noted below. The trails have frozen up very hard, but workable with the groomers. As the groomers work the surface and more sleds ride, the trail will “soften up” and should provide ample lubrication.  We will be grooming all 100 miles of The Forks Trail System over the next 3 days.

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE   The Boise Road section (about 3 miles) was plowed earlier in the season due to a logging operation (which has now moved out). Result is that this section had a hard packed base before the rain, and is now very icy. Not bare ground, but ice.  The Power Line section near Lake Moxie is rough, but passable.  The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. Icy through there. Watch for trucks.
  • ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Has decent snow cover and is groomed.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  First 2 miles on Boise Road and Divide Road are icy due to the road being plowed earlier in the season because of logging (which has now moved out). Good snow cover the rest of the way. There is an active logging operation on the Hangtown Road, where we are sharing the road for ½ mile. Icy and watch for trucks.  Check out the 3 mile spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
  • CARATUNK SPUR TRAIL  Groomed with good snow.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Plenty of snow with good riding.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  We have not groomed our 4 mile section yet. Will try to get to it this week.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Plenty of snow and good going all the way through.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Groomed all the way from Northern Outdoors into town.


For day riders, there’s a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well-plowed and will accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at NO.

There’s decent riding to be had!  Ride carefully.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors SC

Northern Outdoors Snowmobiling
 

The Forks Area, Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report

Friday, January 3, 2014 by Northern Outdoors Staff

We have plenty of snow on the ground, and the trails have groomed out and set up great. We are on our regular grooming schedule on all 100 miles of The Forks Trail System. Riding is really good on all sections. Things are frozen up hard and we’ve been able to cover over most ditches, hazards, etc. As always, ride carefully.

•    ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE   Groomed on Thursday and in good shape.  The Power Line section near Lake Moxie has a couple rough spots, but not bad at all.  The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. There’s a good hard packed snow base on the road. Watch for trucks through there.
•    ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 INTERSECTION HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Groomed our section Thursday, to the Dyer Road. In good condition.
•    ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Groomed on Friday.  Great riding all the way.  There is a logging operation on the Hangtown Road, where we are sharing the road for ½ mile. Watch for trucks.  The 3 mile spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout has been groomed. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
•    BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Groomed all the way through with great riding.
•    BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  We have not groomed our 4 mile section yet. Will get to it next week.
•    PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Groomed with good going all the way through.
•    KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  Groomed all the way from Northern Outdoors into town, on Wednesday. Good shape.

A great start to the season . . . . .   The Riding is as good as it gets!

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will easily accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. 91 octane gas, trail maps, food are available at Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks Area, Maine, Snowmobile Trail Report - Monday, December 30th, 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

We have plenty of snow on the ground, and the trails have groomed out great. We are on our regular grooming schedule on all 100 miles of The Forks Trail System. Riding is really good on all sections. Things are frozen up hard and we’ve been able to cover over most ditches, hazards, etc.  Even with the abundant snow, it is early season so ride carefully.

  • ITS 86 FROM BERRY’S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARDS GREENVILLE   Groomed on Monday night and in good shape.  The Power Line section near Lake Moxie has a couple rough spots, but not bad at all.  The Shirley Road is plowed with an active logging operation for about 1.5 miles. There’s a good hard packed snow base on the road. Watch for trucks through there.
  • ITS 88 FROM ITS 86 HEADING WEST TOWARD ROCKWOOD  Groomed our section Monday night, to the Dyer Road. In good condition.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Groomed on Monday.  Great riding all the way.  There is a logging operation on the Hangtown Road, where we are sharing the road for ½ mile. Watch for trucks.  The 3 mile spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout has been groomed. Spectacular views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelows!
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL  Groomed all the way through on Sunday with great riding.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL  We have not groomed our 4 mile section yet.  Hope to get to it before the weekend.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Groomed on Sunday.  Good going all the way through.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL  We have not groomed this yet.  Plan to get to it later this week.


Great start to the season!  

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will easily accommodate large trailers. The entrance to the lot is ¼ mile south of Northern Outdoors. It is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Groomed access to all trails. 91 octane gas, trail maps, food are available at Northern Outdoors main lodge.

Jim Yearwood, Trailmaster
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

Maine IFW Hunting Report Shows Strong November Deer Hunting Season To Date

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - Northern OutdoorsMaine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife released its current hunting season report with strong results to date for deer season across all the regions in Maine. Northern Outdoors is in Region E - Moosehead Region. Here's what the IFW has to say about our region:

Region E – Moosehead Region

Good things are happening up in the Moosehead region, where all the area tagging stations are showing an increase in numbers over the past few years.  “Some tagging stations are up by as much as 20 percent,” said IFW wildlife biologist Doug Kane. “Kokadjo is up, and it has been like a desert up there the last few years.” Kane thinks that the region hasn’t rebounded all the way back for the harsh winters of ’08 and ’09, but “people are happy because they are seeing deer.”

The big bucks are starting to show up in the harvest as well, as there was one 15-pointer that was shot in the southern part of The County, and it topped out at over 260 pounds. Kane, who is gathering biological data from a number of harvested deer, is pleased with what he’s seen as far as age structure of the harvest as well. “The yearling and 2-and-a-half year old numbers are really strong. The two-and-a-half year olds are really showing in the rut,” said Kane who says this bodes well for numbers in the spring.

The rut is in full swing as well. Kane remarked about an interesting observation. He was at the tagging station at Indian Hill last Friday, he handled three bucks, and all three were shot between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. All were out chasing down does in the middle of the morning. “I have never seen anything so marked as that,” said Kane. “I am hearing a lot of stories about bucks chasing does.” Kane also cautioned hunters not to get confused if the bucks seem to stop moving. He said that when does are in peak estrus, there isn’t much movement, but just before and just after is when you get the peak movement for bucks.

This season, hunters at Northern Outdoors have had very successful hunts with several deer over 200lbs so far.

Learn more about Northern Outdoors guided and unguided hunts at our updated hunting website: MaineDeerHunting.com

The IFW report was compiled by Mark Latti with IFW Wildlife Biologists.
Read the full report here.
Learn more about Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife here.

America's Coolest Breweries: Travel + Leisure Magazine Features Kennebec River Pub & Brewery

Monday, November 18, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Kennebec River Brewery Rated One Of  "America's Coolest Breweries" by Travel & LeisureKennebec River Pub & Brewery - Northern Outdoors Resort, Maine

The quality and care that goes into the brewing of Kennebec River Brewery's beer is no local secret. We're pretty pleased that some others have discovered our special brewery as well. Travel + Leisure Magazine recently featured us as one of America's Coolest Breweries in their latest brewery roundup! Favorites like Let 'Er Drift Summer Ale, Bear Naked Black Lager, and Big Mama Blueberry Ale flow freely from the taps and are savored by the microbrew connoisseurs who frequent this pub & brewery located at Northern Outdoors' Adventure Resort in The Forks, Maine.

When you take a look at everything our Maine brewery has to offer, we think we've created an atmosphere that is not only conducive to enjoying a high quality beer, but to really kick back, relax, and escape in beautiful western Maine. Kennebec River Brewery is particularly unique in that its the only brewery we know of that's located onsite at a year-round adventure resort. This means pub-goers can take part in some of the best recreational activities on the East Coast in addition to sampling our ales. There is nothing better than spending a day whitewater rafting, snowmobiling Maine's famous wilderness trails, hiking through the Bigelow mountains, chasing wild rainbow trout, or hunting trophy white tail deer, only to return to the restaurant and brewery. Having worked up a healthy appetite, our guests can indulge in sirloin steak, Atlantic salmon, and of course, the lobster in the pub! The best part though, we have an outstanding beer to match every season or beer drinking mood you may be in.  Kennebec River Brewery is featured on the Maine Beer Trail.

You can find a guide to some of our favorite brews below:

Sledhead Red - An incredible smooth red ale with moderate bitterness up dront, which gives way to a delightful malty finish. Brewed using five European malts and three varieties of domestic Northwest hops. 

Let 'Er Drift Summer Ale - A classic American pale ale crafted with domestic malted barley and fresh Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest. An excellent choice for those new to microbrews, it's as refreshing as a ride down the Kennebec "Rivah"!

Magic Hole IPA - Our flagship ale, this was our first brew ever made in 1997. This copper colored, American style India Pale Ale is crafted with abundant amounts of North American malted barley for a full malt flavor. The aggressive bitter bite comes from a generous infusion of Magnum hops, with late additions of Columbus and Summit adding abundant hop flavor and aroma. Dry hopping with Summit adds to the big hop aroma on this brew. Learn more here.

Sustainable Business Practices and Our Brewery

Kennebec River Pub & Brewery - Northern Outdoors Resort, MaineWe work hard to incorporate sustainable business practices into our brewing process. Reducing consumption, reusing and recycling raw materials are core components of our operations. Here's some of the things we do:

  • Office paper, cardboard, plastic wrap, glass and pallets are just some of the many components recycled at the brewery. All are diverted from the landfill. 

  • All our spent grains are delivered to a local deer farm for feed. 

  • Hot water produced during the process of cooling down the wort during the transfer to fermenters, is saved and reused for future brews as well as for cleaning. 

  • We do not use electrically run chillers and compressors to keep our beers cool while fermenting. Chilling is done geothermally, by circulating the cool waters from our 300' deep well.

  • Spent vegetable oil used in fryolaters at the Kennebec River Pub and Brewery is donated to one of our long time river guides Peter Brown. Peter converts the spent oil into fuel on his homemade biodiesel plant in his garage in Portland. 

Stop by and enjoy a beer at the Kennebec River Pub & Brewery, one of America's Coolest Breweries! 
 

 

 

Keene State College Outdoor Leadership Program Open for Public Registration

Monday, October 21, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpufWe're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College

    College Credit
    Earn "Leave No Trace Certification"
    Course Info & ID
    Course Registration

This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf

Keene State College Outdoor Leadership Program Open for Public Registration

Monday, October 21, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpufWe're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College

    College Credit
    Earn "Leave No Trace Certification"
    Course Info & ID
    Course Registration

This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf

We're lucky to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're again excited to announce our continued involvement with Keene State College in an immersion based Outdoor Leadership Program now open for public registration!

Date: January 12-19, 2014 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College


This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore leadership styles and group dynamics in a variety of experiential settings in Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night at Northern Outdoors, Maine Huts & Trails and Saddleback Ski Area.

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Brent Arsenault, M.S. Education, this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

See examples of similar College and University Leadership Programs on YouTube at:

Johnson & Wales University Winter Program

Keene State College Summer Program

and read more about examples of College Programs at Northern Outdoors visit our website at www.NorthernOutdoors.com

For more information or to learn more about developing a Custom Tailored Outdoor Program for your Organization call us at 800-765-7238

- See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/keene-state-college-outdoor-leadership-program-open-for-public-registration#sthash.IEYXV9I0.dpuf

Keene State College Outdoor Leadership Program Open for Public Registration

Monday, October 21, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpufWe're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College

    College Credit
    Earn "Leave No Trace Certification"
    Course Info & ID
    Course Registration

This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf

We're lucky to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're again excited to announce our continued involvement with Keene State College in an immersion based Outdoor Leadership Program now open for public registration!

Date: January 12-19, 2014 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College


This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore leadership styles and group dynamics in a variety of experiential settings in Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night at Northern Outdoors, Maine Huts & Trails and Saddleback Ski Area.

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Brent Arsenault, M.S. Education, this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

See examples of similar College and University Leadership Programs on YouTube at:

Johnson & Wales University Winter Program

Keene State College Summer Program

and read more about examples of College Programs at Northern Outdoors visit our website at www.NorthernOutdoors.com

For more information or to learn more about developing a Custom Tailored Outdoor Program for your Organization call us at 800-765-7238

- See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/keene-state-college-outdoor-leadership-program-open-for-public-registration#sthash.IEYXV9I0.dpuf

Keene State College Outdoor Leadership Program Open for Public Registration

Monday, October 21, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpufWe're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College

    College Credit
    Earn "Leave No Trace Certification"
    Course Info & ID
    Course Registration

This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf

We're lucky to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're again excited to announce our continued involvement with Keene State College in an immersion based Outdoor Leadership Program now open for public registration!

Date: January 12-19, 2014 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College


This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore leadership styles and group dynamics in a variety of experiential settings in Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night at Northern Outdoors, Maine Huts & Trails and Saddleback Ski Area.

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Brent Arsenault, M.S. Education, this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

See examples of similar College and University Leadership Programs on YouTube at:

Johnson & Wales University Winter Program

Keene State College Summer Program

and read more about examples of College Programs at Northern Outdoors visit our website at www.NorthernOutdoors.com

For more information or to learn more about developing a Custom Tailored Outdoor Program for your Organization call us at 800-765-7238

- See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/keene-state-college-outdoor-leadership-program-open-for-public-registration#sthash.IEYXV9I0.dpuf

Keene State College Outdoor Leadership Program Open for Public Registration

Monday, October 21, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpufWe're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College

    College Credit
    Earn "Leave No Trace Certification"
    Course Info & ID
    Course Registration

This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf
We're fortunate to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're super excited to announce this great course now open to for public registration!

Date: May 16-22, 2010 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College
This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the rivers, trails and landscape of Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night (except one night where you will be camping).

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Sandra Howard, Ph. D. this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities/guidelines; developing, leading, and evaluating activities based on varying participant requirements; you will additionally earn a Leave No Trace certification.

Required texts and materials. - See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/outdoor-leadership-course-open-for-public-registration-earn-college-credit#sthash.X8Y476mY.dpuf

We're lucky to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're again excited to announce our continued involvement with Keene State College in an immersion based Outdoor Leadership Program now open for public registration!

Date: January 12-19, 2014 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College


This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore leadership styles and group dynamics in a variety of experiential settings in Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night at Northern Outdoors, Maine Huts & Trails and Saddleback Ski Area.

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Brent Arsenault, M.S. Education, this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

See examples of similar College and University Leadership Programs on YouTube at:

Johnson & Wales University Winter Program

Keene State College Summer Program

and read more about examples of College Programs at Northern Outdoors visit our website at www.NorthernOutdoors.com

For more information or to learn more about developing a Custom Tailored Outdoor Program for your Organization call us at 800-765-7238

- See more at: http://blog.northernoutdoors.com/blog/maine-rafting-vacations/keene-state-college-outdoor-leadership-program-open-for-public-registration#sthash.IEYXV9I0.dpuf

We're lucky to be involved in a lot of cool things here at Northern Outdoors, and we're again excited to announce our continued involvement with Keene State College in an immersion based, Outdoor Leadership Program now open for public registration!

Date: January 12-19, 2014 (Must Register in Advance)
Outdoor Leadership Course through Keene State College

        College Credit
        Earn "Leave No Trace Certification"
        Course Info & ID
        Course Registration


This hands-on seven day course delivers 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore leadership styles and group dynamics in a variety of experiential settings in Western Maine. You will be staying in comfortable lodge accommodations every night at Northern Outdoors, Maine Huts & Trails and Saddleback Ski Area.

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guide and experienced educator Brent Arsenault, M.S. Education, this week long interdisciplinary course is open to continuing education students who wish to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/environmental science/sociology/communication).

See examples of similar College and University Leadership Programs on YouTube at:

Johnson & Wales University Winter Program

Keene State College Summer Program

and read more about examples of College Programs at Northern Outdoors visit our website at www.NorthernOutdoors.com

For more information or to learn about developing a Custom Tailored Outdoor Program for your organization call 800-765-7238.

Its Maine's Leaf Hunting Season!! How To Do More Than Just "Drive Thru" The Fall Show

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Northern Outdoors - Fall Foliage Leaf Hunting!Up here in Maine, we are more than Leaf Peepers - oh yes indeed. We are Leaf Hunters - we take seriously the business of immersing ourselves in one of the most spectacular color shows of nature. In our neck of the "North Woods", this show just so happens to arrive annually in September-October, peaking in early October. We consider ourselves ridiculously lucky to get front row boat seats to drink in the intense oranges, reds, golds, and yellows blanketing our deeply forested region. And yes - it's true, the state of Maine is home to one of the largest deciduous forests in the entire United States!

We're ok with the leaf peepers headed to Vermont or New Hampshire to drive slowly on their lovely (crowded) back roads, cause we have LOTS of room to spread out in boats on rivers and lakes, on bicycles, with flyrods, hiking shoes, on motorcycles & ATVs, and yes maybe a few cars, to get smack into adventure recreation in the best colors in New England.

Maine puts out a great Fall Foliage report that is regularly updated during the Fall season. Opening day for their reporting is today, September 11th. Check out the full Fall Foliage report and best Fall Things To Do here. Northern Outdoors is located in Zone 5. The adventure resort and Kennebec River Brewery are open through October 15th, with special Fall rates on Raft & resort getaways in effect now. Come join us!

Northern Outdoors - Fall Foliage Season

 

Northern Outdoors - Fall Foliage Leaf Hunting!

Beer of the Week: Kennebec River Brewery - Magic Hole IPA

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Beer of the Week: Kennebec River Brewery's Magic Hole IPA

Magic Hole IPA   This is our flagship beer and was the first brew we ever did, back when we began the KRB in 1996. As with all our beers we often experiment and tweek recipes, trying different hops and malts. Over the years our IPA has transformed from a more subtle English style India Pale Ale, to its current version as a “big hopped” American IPA. The aggressive bitter bite of this copper colored IPA comes from a generous infusion of Magnum hops, with late additions of Columbus adding an earthy hop flavor and aroma. We then dry hop to impart a big hop aroma. Cascade, Citra, Summit, Soriachi Ace are some of the varieties we dry hop with. Each imparts it’s own unique aroma . . . . . piney, citrusy, floral. Named after the biggest drop on the Kennebec River.  ABV – 5.6%
Learn more about our Magic Hole IPA and other Kennebec River Brewery beers.

Maine Beer Trail

 

The Kennebec River Brewery Is on the Maine Beer Trail!

Did you know that our Kennebec River Brewery , located at our Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort, is featured on the Maine Beer Trail. Maine is widely recognized for its award-winning craft beer scene. (And, it turns out, Mainers LIKE specialty beer.)

  • Did you know that Maine ranks fourth in the nation for the number of breweries per capita?
  • Did you know that Maine is home to New England's first microbrewery?
  • Learn more about the Maine Beer Trail here.

 

Beer & Rafting: October 5th, OCTOBERFEST Raft 'n Brews

Last blast on the Dead River! Rafting on the Dead with a BBQ cookout after the trip, $3 Octoberfest pints Saturday the 5th and the (now famous) explosion of a Giant Pumpkin, followed by live entertainment on Saturday night. Our 'Raft 'n Brews weekend, highlighted by Men's Journal as a 'perfect weekend' is NOT to be missed! 

More info on OCTOBERFEST Raft 'n Brews here!

 

GoPro Camera Survives Maine Winter In Kennebec River - Are You Its Owner?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

GoPro "Survivor Camera" needs to find its owner after spending a Maine winter at the bottom of the Class III-IV Kennebec River.

Northern Outdoors - GoPro Survivor Kennebec River CameraThe "World's Most Versatile CameraTM" just scored an epic credibility win in the eyes of Maine's rugged, professional whitewater rafting guides at Northern Outdoors. These guides use GoPros to shoot whitewater rafting video and stills on Maine's three most popular whitewater rivers, the Kennebec, the Dead, and the Penobscot. They know the cameras work, (and they work 'em hard) but the GoPro HD Hero 960 camera that was pulled out of the river just this week got their "stand-up and salute" kind of attention. 

THE FIND: June 2013

Guests from Three Rivers Rafting hanging out along Maine's Kennebec River this week at a popular midway point found a GoPro camera case stuck in the mud and pulled it out. They gave it to their bus driver, thinking someone must have recently lost it.

Northern Outdoors - GoPro Survivor CameraThe driver took it back, opened it up, and plopped the disk in a computer to see what was on it. The pictures and video were all there, fully functional! He recognized the raft was a Northern Outdoors raft, and delivered the camera to us so we could try to track down the owner. Kudos and thanks to this fellow!

Someone out there is going to be one happy owner - maybe in a matter of cyber-days from posting this initial story...

THE RIVER SETTING: May 2012

The images on the camera revealed that the guide was Dawn Knowles, one of our long-time, year-round guides here at Northern Outdoors. She recalled that it was a late spring 2012 rafting trip of 6 fellows (might have been a bachelor party group). The camera was lost in Swimmer's Rapid, nearly a mile from where it was pulled out of the river. (For any Sherlockian sleuths or doubting Thomases out there, our video boater and another long-time year-round guide, Nick Atwood, points out that the foliage seen in the camera pictures is in full foliage, and so far this spring the leaves are still leafing out.)

THE PEOPLEAre You My Owner?

Northern Outdoors - GoPro Survivor Camera R U My OwnerIF YOU RECOGNIZE ANY OF THE GUESTS IN THIS RAFT, (OR YOU'RE IN THE RAFT!), CONTACT US AT NORTHERN OUTDOORS!

We have your "GoPro Winter River Survivor" camera! We also have all of the images/video intact. Call us at 207.663.4466 or email us: info@northernoutdoors.com, provide identification as the owner, and we’ll send the camera back to you.

GoPro HD Cameras:  Waterproof -  Oh Yeah...

GoPro Says:

World's Most Versatile CameraTM
Wear It. Mount It. Love It.TM

Northern Outdoors Maine River Rafting Version:

Use It. Lose It. Drown It. Find It.
And... Use It Again.

Northern Outdoors Kennebec Rafting

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Discover Maine Ride: Motorcycle Touring This Summer- Into Thoreau's Woods

Friday, June 7, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

L-A Harley Davidson in Lewiston, Maine Creates Discover Maine Ride For Motorcycle Touring Fans This Summer

Our friends at L-A Harley-Davidson in nearby Lewiston, Maine have put together a classic Maine Touring Ride that covers the best of the state and offers the chance to win prize some great prizes. Northern Outdoors is pleased to be one of the ride's Sponsors, and one of 6 check-in stops along the ride through Maine.

ROADRUNNER Magazine covered touing in Maine back in April of 2008, but it's a gem of a story that is still relevant today. The title was "Maine: Into Thoreau's Woods". Read the full ROADRUNNER feature story here, on the motorcyling page of Northern Outdoors.  If you are planning on touring in New England this summer, come to Maine and get in on this cool ride with the chance to win a $2,013 gift card, among other prizes, from L-A Harley Davidson for turning your ridesheet in after completing your ride.

Upon picking up your 'riding card' at the L-A Harley-Davidson in Lewiston, Maine, you are all set to map out your own route to all of the six sponsored sites. Northern Outdoors is the sponsor located in western Maine at The Forks. You'll ride by beautiful Wyman Lake and know you are getting close to THe Forks, located at the confluence of the Kennebec and Dead Rivers (thus the name "The Forks").  We're ready to make you feel at home during your visit!

We are very biker-friendly here at Northern Outdoors. Getting here is easy, as we are located right on US Route 201, also known as the Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway. There is plenty of motorcycle parking in front of your own private cabin or campsite and at the lodge. We have a full service restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a full bar and on-site brewery. Accomodations are classic Maine adventure resort style log cabins or riverside campsites.

Located in western Maine's extraordinary wilderness playground, at Northern Outdoors riders have access to some of Maine's best recreation opportunities with whitewater rafting day trips, hiking, bass and flyfishing, and more. A special plus and favorite of guests is our Kennebec River Brewery - an on-site brewery with custom ales and lagers at the pub. The Kennebec River Brewery is also featured on the Maine Beer Trail.

Motorcyclists Are Welcome At Northern Outdoors!

Learn more about Northern Outdoors and accommodation options during your ride.

Learn more information on where to pick up your riding card at L-A Harley-Davidson in Lewiston, Maine.

Read more blogs about motorcycling and Northern Outdoors:

Motorcycle Riding and Rafting and Northern Outdoors.

The Quebec HOG Chapter At Northern Outdoors

 

 

 

 

Maine's Trout Fishing Secret: The Kennebec River Gorge

Thursday, June 6, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Why You Have Not YET Heard About Maine's Best Trout Fishing

We sat down with Kennebec River Angler Owner Chris Russell to explore the unique fishing opportunities in the deep gorges of the Kennebec River watershed...

"So Chris, tell us how KRA was started, and what makes your operation truly special?"

--- "Mike, Greg and I started working at Northern Outdoors in the late eighties and early nineties and today have over 20 years each of whitewater rafting experience.  We quickly became friends due to our fishing problems (only some would deem this a problem).  Over time we started fishing the Kennebec and other rivers and actually kept a lot of what we did under wraps. As with most hobbies, things got expensive and we figured we might just have a good enough product in our fisheries to sell and thus support our habits.  No one else has ever tried what we are doing because the gorge is a tricky beast to fish commercially, due to high water rafting releases and other factors that sometimes make the river too high to fish, but we knew we had a great product as it is so remote, rugged and provides complete solitude for the time we are floating it.  We decided that all these factors were worth it and KRA was born. We also collectively hate fishing in a crowd, so we make the extra effort (ie. up at 3am, meet guests at 4 am, fish till dark) to differentiate ourselves from every other guide service in Maine."

"When people think of trout fishing, one might have flashes of rivers in Montana or throughout the west, but what makes the trout fishing where you are in Maine so unique?"

--- "The 12 mile section of the Kennebec Gorge is as remote and inaccessable as it gets.  Steep canyon walls and lack of road access, plus the fact that at some point the dam is going to release water that raises the level of the river 6 - 8 feet from the level we like to fish, keeps almost all people away.  It's rare to see another angler all day while floating the gorge.  The scenery and waterway are gorgeous, raw and untouched."

"What type of trout species do you fish for?"

--- "Brook trout and Landlocked Salmon, plus we have Rainbow's and Browns in certain river sections that we guide."

"Favorite trout fishing memory?"  

--- "The first spring of the year we decided to open, I did a scouting run in the gorge and caught at least 30 large brookies, with two of them being 18 inches the other 19 inches.  We later went on to have clients catch these same two fish 10 times over two years.  Both had very recognizable marks and we ended up naming them Money and The Mutant."

"As far as a guiding service goes, how do you guys weave in strong conservation practices?"

--- "We are adamant about protecting our fisheries with Catch and Release and are extremely careful while handling and photographing our fish.  We pride ourselves on fishing where other guide services refuse to go."

The Kennebec River Angler, official fishing guides for the Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort, operate a number of trips over the course of the year, ranging from 1-2 day guided float trips, an array of drift boat trips, to a wading trip on the Roach River! Whether you are an experienced angler, or looking to try your hand at this sport, you can be confident you will be in great hands with the guys at KRA, as well as be in unforgettable river country! Maybe you too, can catch the legendary 'Money' and "Mutant' brook trout. 

Learn more about Northern Outdoors official fly fishing partner, Kennebec River Angler here.

 

The Forks Area ATV Trails Report

Thursday, June 6, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

The Forks Area ATV Trails maintained by the Lake Moxie ATV Club and the spur trail to Northern Outdoors are open.

As you know weather and trail conditions can change in a heartbeat. This update is accurate as of the published date. In the meantime please feel free to  check out our ATV Trails and Resort blog

We spent the last couple days out riding with some of the guides and staff from Northern Outdoors and had a blast. The trail system is well signed, thanks to Lance and his crew at Lake Moxie ATV Riders. Probably the best it has ever been. We rode into West Forks, and had a great lunch at 15 Mile Stream Lodge and Outfitters. Like always, Rachel’s food was a hit. The trails are drying up nicely after all the recent rain, although it looks as if we’ll see more precipitation over the weekend.

Trail Info:

MATS 115 in West Forks, between The Marshall’s and the Moxie Pond Rd. access route there is a large mud hole. If you just have to go through it, the best lines are to the left (really deep) or right (not as deep and more solid). The center is nothing but large rocks, found them with the RZR the other day. There is also a trail around it to the right which reconnects to the main trail after the big mud hole.

Also, between the cell tower and 15 Mile Stream Lodge Outfitters there is active logging and trucking in the area. Use caution and please stop and wait for them to signal to you to go before riding through their work area.  

MATS 113 to Greenville is also in great shape and really well signed. The section north off the Brochu Rd. is a really good ride and has some interesting terrain variations to keep it fun.  Its about a 70 Mile round trip from The Forks, to Greenville and back.  Lake Moxie ATV Riders did a lot of work on the section of trail between the Boise Crossover Rd. and the Troutdale Rd. and the trail is in really good shape.

I’m hoping to check out North of 15 Mile, Johnson Mountain area to Jackman and maybe from the Shirley Tote Rd. intersection on MATS113 south to Bingham later this week and should have some info for you at the start of next week.

Brian Crater,
President
Backcountry Expeditions, LLC

A Note of Thanks.

We are very fortunate to have landowners who allow ATV trails on their property. Please respect their wishes and NEVER RIDE YOUR ATV OFF THE DESIGNATED TRAIL. REMEMBER TREAD LIGHTLY.

Reel Paddling Film Festival Comes to Northern Outdoors June 8th!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Attention: Calling All Whitewater Fanatics

When was the last time you were able to hang out on a Saturday night with a unique, paddling community, watch the world's best paddling films -- all while enjoying some of the finest locally brewed beer in the country?

Reel Paddling Film Festival at Northern Outdoors - June 8th

The Reel Paddling Film Festival showcases the world's best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world. The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.

Northern Outdoors and Northern Forest Canoe Trail are hosting this event in combination with incredible sponsors including Teva, Yakima, and the American Canoe Association! 

How do I sign up?
When: Saturday, June 8th, 2013 @ 7:00PM
Where: Northern Outdoors, 1771 US 201, The Forks, ME
More info and buy your tickets to the Film Festival event HERE.

 

Dead River Rafting: Prelude to the Paddling Film Fest!

Dead River Rafting

We know you love the river as much as we do,. If you're not in your favorite kayak, C-1, or canoe, there's still room to get on the river with a rafting trip before the show.  The Dead River has 1 of only 8 annual scheduled releases on Saturday morning, June 8th - the same day as the film fest! If you want to experience some of the most exciting whitewater that New England has to offer, June 8th is your day! The release is scheduled at the summer flow level of 3,500 CFS, so it is perfect for novice to experienced rafters. 

The summer flow of 3,500 CFS means Northern Outdoor's High Adventure Sport rafts are standard for the trip! This translates into some serious extra thrills added to your day on the Dead River,  as our HIgh Adventure Sport Rafts are specially designed for a livelier ride. They are shorter (13 feet vs 16 feet), narrower, and have a smaller tube diameter that puts you up close and personal with the river! Only 4-6 per boat, standard on lower flow levels, and new for 2013 they are a free upgrade on any other levels. Ask for them when making your reservation. Minimum age is 15. 

LIMITED spaces still available. More Info & book Dead River Rafting HERE

Northern Outdoors Has Brand New Polaris ATV/UTV Rentals!

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Did you know Maine has over 6,500 Miles of ATV / UTV / OHV Trails to Explore?Maine ATV, ATV Rentals, Northern Outdoors

Trails are OPEN and new Polaris ATV/UTVs are available to rent daily. 

You want direct access to those trails? We've got it! Direct ATV trail access from Northern Outdoors opens up literally thousands of miles of great riding for ATV enthusiasts. We are a complete Adventure Resort ideally suited for motorized recreation. ATV and UTV riders will find:

  • On-site fuel sales, micro brewery, cabin rentals, riverside camping, swimming pool, and more!
  • Plenty of on-site parking for trucks and trailers - including a large area at the main lodge set aside for ATVers
  • On-site hose to wash down your ATV or UTV 
  • Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort is conveniently located right on The Old Canada Road - National Scenic Byway between the Maine Coast and Quebec, Canada. 

While this may all sound ideal, listen to what folks who came riding with us last year have to say!

Northern Outdoors ATV Rentals, Maine ATV, Maine ATV Trails

New For This Season: ATV / UTV Polaris Rental Fleet

We are excited to make our new Polaris ATVs and Polaris UTVs (RZR side-by-side) available for full day rentals at Northern Outdoors this season! We are partnering with Backcountry Expeditions, our local ATV/UTV rental and guide outfitter to make these available onsite at Northern Outdoors. Backcountry Expeditions offers guided and self-guided tours all season long.

Reserve your ATV early, as limited supplies WILL sell out. This is prime ATV country with amazing trails, scenery, and hospitality. 

Click here for more information and to book your adventure online today!

The age old saying is "know before you go" so for the latest ATV trail info, call us at 800-765-7238 or check out www.atvmaine.org.

 

 

Corporate Training Program

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Hi Elaine,

I want to thank you and the staff at Northern Outdoors for treating Wagner Forest Management so well the past few days. The accommodations, the food and the weather were great.

Please let all the folks involved that all things were very good and appreciated. I’m sure we will be returning to Northern Outdoors for our training  location  another spring.

Jerry.

Wagner Forest Management, Maine

Corporate Retreats and Meetings

Northern Outdoors Launches New Mobile-Friendly Maine Deer Hunting & Fishing Site

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Maine Deer Hunting & Fishing - Northern OutdoorsNorthern Outdoors recently launched an all new, mobile-friendly website showcasing our expanded Maine hunting and fishing trip offerings. The first website was - well, the very first website ever for our hunting trips. It stayed that way for a few more years than we care to admit! So, you can imagine how nice it is to have a brand spanking new, mobile-friendly website that works on any device you care to use, from smart phones to tablets to laptops, notebooks, and desktops! Ok, on to the real info - about the kinds of hunting and fishing trips Northern Outdoors offers.

Hunting is a time-honored tradition in Maine's North Woods, and Northern Outdoors has become Maine's #1 Hunting Outfitter & Lodge over the four decades of our operations. Beginning in 1976, Northern offered fall deer hunts for Maine's renowned trophy whitetail deer, and expanded into fishing soon thereafter. In fact, the inventor of the famous Banjo Minnow is none other than Wayne Hockmeyer, co-founder of Northern Outdoors.  

In fact, not many of our rafting and snowmobiling guests may actually know that Northern Outdoors is one of the top ten trophy whitetail deer hunting outfitters in all of North America. With traditions like these,we are indeed pleased to showcase an expanded commitment to hunting and fishing through our newly launched, mobile-friendly website at Mainedeerhunting.com. In addition to Trophy Buck Hunting, are also excited to introduce custom bird & small game hunts and moose hunting in 2013. The new website features information on all Maine’s hunting seasons: Whitetail Deer, Moose, Bird and Small Game, as well as information on Bass, Trout, & Landlocked Salmon fishing seasons. All-inclusive professional Guided Deer Hunting packages start at $1050 for a week, $600 for 3 day Deer Hunts. Upland Bird Hunts start at $400 for a full day for 1-2 hunters.

"Northern Outdoors has a tradition of serving serious trophy whitetail deer hunters for almost 40 years. Our Maine Master Guides, full-service hunting lodge, and tremendous location in western Maine, home to Maine’s famous trophy bucks, cause hunters to return year after year to hunt with us." - says Russell Walters, President, Northern Outdoors. 

We have also expanded our offerings for both serious and novice anglers by partnering with local guide service Kennebec River Anglers to offer first class bass fishing and fly fishing trips. These trips include Professional Registered Maine Guides, all gear, transportation, and more. They start at $179pp for half day trips and $350-$400 for full day trips. Anglers choose between fishing for Maine’s famous fighter - the smallmouth bass, or spectacular fly fishing for trout and landlocked salmon in western Maine’s rugged Kennebec and Dead Rivers. 

Read the full press release here, about our new website and expanded hunting and fishing trips. 

Also, visit our new website at MaineDeerHunting.com to see for yourself what kinds of hunting and fishing you can do in western Maine. 

 

2012 Maine Whitetail Deer Harvest Up 13% - Means Good Hunting For 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

The MDIWF (State of Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife) reports that the 2012 Maine whitetail deer season ended with a total harvest of 21,365 deer, representing an increase of 13% over the 2011 harvest of 18,839. Increases in the harvest were seen in all wildlife management districts. The highlight of the 2012 season, and testament to the recovering deer numbers, was the jump in the overall harvest of bucks between 2011 and 2012. A total of 15,271 adult bucks were harvested in Maine this past season, representing an increase of 2,473 deer over the 2011 season (i.e., 19% increase). Indeed, the overall buck harvest increased within all 29 Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs).

The health of the deer herd is good news for Maine’s hunting community, and it's good for hunting outfitters too. At Northern outdoors, we are pround of our 40 year tradition of Trophy Whitetail Deer Hunting and are pleased to showcase our expanded commitment to hunting and fishing through a newly launched, mobile-friendly website, at www.Mainedeerhunting.com. In addition to Trophy Buck Hunting, we are also excited to introduce this year custom bird & small game hunts and, moose hunting.   The new website features information on all Maine’s hunting seasons, Whitetail Deer, Moose, Bird, and Small Game, as well as information on bass, trout, & landlocked salmon fishing seasons. All inclusive professionally guided deer hunt packages start at $1050 for a week, $600 for 3 day hunts.

Jim Yearwood, Vice President noted “This past winter did not stress the deer population significantly, we believe this only supports the continued growth of Maine’s deer population in 2013. It's great news for sportsmen planning to hunt in Maine.”

About Northern Outdoors:

Established in 1976, Northern Outdoors has a 40-year tradition of Trophy Whitetail Deer Hunting from its lodge in The Forks. Northern Outdoors is a four-season adventure resort and winner of Yankee Magazine's 2011 Best New England Adventures Award. In addition to hunting and fishing, Northern Outdoors offers whitewater rafting, hiking, and ATV rentals in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. The resort includes private cabins, riverside camping, and the Kennebec River Brewery, featured on the Maine Beer Trail. Northern Outdoors is located 2.5 hours from Portland Maine, 2.5 hours from Quebec City, Canada, and 4 hours from Boston, on Route 201, The Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway.

The Forks Area, Maine, Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report

Friday, March 1, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Northern Outdoors Groomer at work near Moxie MountainPlenty of snow everywhere and the riding is sublime right now! Check our Northern Outdoors Facebook page  for daily grooming reports.

  • ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Intown section has good snow, but can get beat up quickly because of heavy traffic. Once just a mile out of town, things improve. Boise Road is great. Power Line section near Moxie Pond is flat (you know things are good when the Power Line is flat). There is a 2 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond, due to logging. Good snow cover over 95% of it . . . . only about 100 yards at the dam where you will be scratching some dirt. Rest of the way toward Greenville on ITS 86 and toward Rockwood on ITS 88 are in fine shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road section is in great shape. Short woods sections around Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog have plenty of snow and are good going. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Great views of the Kennebec River Valley, Sugarloaf/USA and the Bigelow Range.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Great ride with plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Great ride and plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL HEADING TOWARD BLANCHARD  Great riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  Good ride all the way through. A little rough the last 1 mile into town.

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail from the parking lot directly accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail.  Gas (91 oct), food and trail maps are available at NO.  Look for the large PARK AND RIDE sign on Route 201, just before Northern Outdoors main lodge

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club

The Forks, Maine, Snowmobile Trail Conditions Report

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Over a foot of snow has fallen in The Forks area in the past week. More coming Wednesday / Thursday. Plenty of snow everywhere and the riding is great right now! Check our Northern Outdoors Facebook page for daily grooming updates.

  • ITS 86 HEADING EAST FROM BERRY’S STORE TOWARD GREENVILLE AND ROCKWOOD   Because of very heavy traffic, intown section is rough and can always use more snow. Once just a mile out of town, things improve greatly. Boise Road is great. Short ½ mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is not bad at all . . . . just a couple minor rough spots. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road around Moxie Pond, due to logging. Good snow cover over 95% of it . . . . only about 100 yards or so at the dam where you will be scratching dirt. Rest of the way toward Greenville on ITS 86 and toward Rockwood on ITS 88 are in fine shape.
  • ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM  Divide Road section is in great shape. Still a little thin on the very short woods sections around Pleasant Pond and Moore’s Bog. There is a 1/2 mile section around the south side of Moxie Mountain, that is severely windblown. Recent snows have really helped, but you can still scratch a rock or two through there. Check out the 3 mile groomed spur trail to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Great views of the Kennebec River Valley, Sugarloaf and the Bigelow Range.
  • PLEASANT POND TRAIL  Great ride with plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 87 TO ITS 86  Great ride and plenty of snow all the way through.
  • BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL HEADING TOWARD BLANCHARD  Great riding.
  • KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO WEST FORKS  Good ride all the way through. A little rough the last 1 mile into town.

 For day riders, there is a FREE PARK AND RIDE LOT  at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and will accommodate large trailers. A groomed trail from the parking lot directly accesses ITS 87 or the Kennebec River Trail.  Gas (91 oct), food and trail maps are available at NO.  Look for the large PARK AND RIDE sign on Route 201, just before Northern Outdoors.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club