Amazing Time for Our Corporate Incentive Trip

Monday, February 10, 2014 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Thank you Northern Outdoors! Our snowmobiling trip this past weekend was PERFECT! As an event planner for our company, Combined Benefits United, I wanted to create a memorable adventure for our group of sales agents, and Northern Outdoors delivered!

Some members in our group came all the way from California just to experience snowmobiling in Maine. They were all more than impressed with the lodging, accommodations, service, food, and micro brews at Northern Outdoors.

The sleds we rented from Backcountry Excursions were all top notch and had plenty of power for our high energy sales team to enjoy. Everyone is already talking about our next incentive trip - whitewater rafting with Northern Outdoors on the Kennebec River this summer!

Thanks for making our snowmobile event a success (and my job easy)!

Hallowell, Maine

Rating: 5 *****

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! 



The Developmentals

Sunday, November 3, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

We were a party of 10 with 9 of us rafting. 7 of us were 1st timers and we all had what we are describing as the "best weekend of our lives".

We stayed in the TimberDoodle Condo, which was absolutely perfect for us. We can't say enough about our raft guide Erica. Although she was very conscious about safety and rules, she had fun with us and really enhanced our raft experience.

We can't believe how hard all of your staff work to make things go so smooth. See you next year!!!!!!

Audrey O'Leary
Woodstock, CT

Rating: 5 *****

Group whitewater rafting weekend in Maine

We had an Amazing Time!

Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Words cannot express the wonderful time we had rafting on the Kennebec. Northern Outdoors has to be one of the best adventure activity centers in Maine. The experience was highly professional and the staff friendly and knowledgeable and willing to assist and make the time very enjoyable.

We traveled with a team from work - went rafting and spent the night in the lodge and it created a wonderful atmosphere of adventure and bonding opportunities for our work group.

The only regret is that we didn't go sooner. It is certain to be an annual experience going forward.

Thank you Northern Outdoors and please keep up the good work!


Maine Medical Center Accreditation Team

Jefferson H
South Portland, Maine

Rating: 5 *****

Maine whitewater rafting teambuilding and bonding

15th Year Rafting with Northern Outdoors

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

This was my 15th year rafting with Northern, and there must be something that you guys are doing right whether it is the Awesome guides or just the relaxation of being on the river you guys rock, every year I come it gets better and better and every new person I bring says the same thing "I cant wait to come back".

Thanks again
John Okeefe

John O
Quincy, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Whitewater rafting in Maine


Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

This past weekend 7 other friends and myself all came up to camp and go white water rafter. We knew we were going to have fun, but the trip and experience far exceeded every expectation we had! The brewery and pool was a great way to spend our Saturday and get ready for a day of rafting on Sunday. Our guide, Elliot was so friendly and knowledgeable (not to mention SO cute as well haha) and really made our experience memorable!

We rafted the Kennebec, and are already planning our next trip up there (to hopefully raft the Dead river).

Boston, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Whitewater Rafting and Camping in Maine

Rafting the Penobscot

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Three years ago a group of work friends and I went to the Penobscot to go white water rafting. It was my first time ever going into white water and I was not sure what to expect. The second we hit exterminator I fell in love and have come back to the Penobscot River every year since. The second year we used Northern Outdoors and I would not use any other company.

We really enjoyed the pictures and video Northern Outdoors put together and the video editing is excellent. Our guide, Nick, was incredibly experienced, knowledgeable and fun. We enjoyed rafting with him so much that we requested him again! The food served for lunch is excellent and the natural beauty of Maine cannot be beat! I love white water rafting and anyone who enjoys the outdoors mixed with adrenaline will too!

Will U
Arlington, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Penobscot River Whitewater Rafting

Camping and ATVing in June Rain

Monday, July 15, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Didn't have the best weather but can't think of a prettier, more well equipped outpost to lay our gear and ATV up to Moosehead. Knowing that it was going to rain and it would be difficult to cook out, I looked for a campground that had easy access to a good restaurant and other activities in case the rain was torrential. Northern Outdoors fit the bill. The pub has both fantastic beer and their macaroni and cheese with lobster is one of the best meals I have ever eaten.

The pool was clean, the hot tub hot (and welcome after 6 hours on an ATV), our campsite was large and clean, and the restrooms were clean (though austere) in the camp. Nice little touches throughout the property (decorations, pictures, hunting trophies, floral arrangements) all take it up a notch beyond the typical Maine destination point.

I subtracted one point for the service in the restaurant - the first night we had a waitress who was great - attentive, friendly, and beyond competent. The second night we had a waiter who took 15 minutes to come to our table and only after asking a busperson to find them, took our order sitting down at the table, and delivered our food warm bordering cold through a different person 20 minutes later with no silverware. Drinks (two rounds) and silverware were got on my own at the bar and at the hostess stand because we only saw the waiter twice in the entire meal - once when he took our order and finally when we asked the hostess for the check. Breakfasts (buffet) were similar, though not as bad, for service - friendly, but lacking. It was easier than cooking on an open fire but the meals were more expensive and you should expect more.

That said, my daughter and I had a great time. I plan on bringing my family back for whitewater rafting and my son and I will likely hunt from your campground as a base camp this coming deer season.

Thanks for a great stay!

Barry P
Reading, Massachusetts

Rating: 4 ****

Maine ATV Resort

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 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?


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:, 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

GoPro: Maker of Survivor Cameras....







Bachelor Party Weekend!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

I was placed in charge of planning Bachelor Party weekend for a group of 8 guys, with only one pre-requisite from the groom to be. He wanted to go White Water Rafting and he heard that Northern Outdoors was the best place to do it.

Following his lead, I organized our group and contacted Northern Outdoors to begin planning our trip. The staff I spoke to by phone were very informative, and made booking a breeze. We decided to drive up on a Saturday, stay overnight, and raft the Kennebec on Sunday morning. Upon arrival, we were greeted and checked in by Tina who had a good sense of humor, and was willing to suffer the usual hilarity that one might expect from a bachelor party group. We then checked into the Timberdoodle Condo which was conveniently located next to the main lodge. The accomodations were perfect for a group of our size.

We gathered for dinner at the restaurant/pub and enjoyed some burgers, as well as several offereings from the Kennebec River Brewery. After dinner, we found plenty to do, without having to leave our location. We enjoyed drinks and cards games in our condo, games of cornhole in a courtyard area, drinks at the bar, swimming in the pool, and relaxation in an enormous hot tub. Most of our group called it a night around 2:30AM and before we knew it, Sunday morning was upon us. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet before gathering for pre-rafting instructions and gear pickup. Then it was off to the Kennebec River to begin out rafting adventure.

Only a few members of our group had rafted before, and the staff (Zach & Peter) made sure that everyone was prepared for what to expect and helped put everyone at ease. The weather began as cloudy with almost a slight chill in the air, but soon, adrenaline would take over and weather would not be a factor. When we got to the river, our group was assigned Dawn as our river guide. Although I'm sure the other rafts had great guides as well, I'm confident in saying that we couldn't have asked for better guide. Dawn guided us down the river, instructing us, and encouraging us, all along our route. We didn't unintentionally lose anyone along the way, but we did take the opportunity to take a dip at several authorized areas. The water was downright frigid, but exactly what one needed after a prior evening filled with a perhaps a few too many liquid treats. It was a most welcome wake up call!! Halfway down the river, we stopped for a grilled lunch, and everything was delicious. After lunch, the sun broke through and provided a great setting for the remaining leisurely trip down the river. One member of our group enjoyed the opportunity to use an inflatable canoe, while others took time for another plunge. Everyone in our group had an amazing time.

Once back at the lodge, we gathered to share some laughs while viewing a slide show and video of our morning and daytime excursion. Then sadly, it was time to depart for home. It was indeed, a great weekend and I can't say enough about the staff at Northern Outdoors and quality of the experience we enjoyed.

We can't wait to plan another trip!

Mark G
Bradford, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Whitewater Rafting Bachelor Party

Best girls weekend ever!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

We had been looking forward to our rafting trip with Northern Outdoors for months, and we weren't about to let the rain deter us from having a great weekend. Half of our group arrived around 11 pm and the other half around 1:30 am - it was DOWN POURING. Dave was SUPER helpful and accommodating to us damsels in distress. He gave us a great deal on a cabin instead of having to pitch our tent in the dead of night, in a rain storm, which he did not have to do - THANKS DAVE!

The rafting trip the next day was a blast. Alex was our guide and was wonderful! He was charismatic and engaging, and most of all, thorough on rafting safety and guiding us through each rapid. It was rainy most of the trip, but we didn't even notice because we were having so much fun (also thank youuuu wet suits). Thanks Alex!!

We stayed at the campground that night as well in the same cabin, and had a great time grilling and enjoying our girl time together.

We would all definitely recommend Northern Outdoors on the Penobscot River to anyone, and we plan on coming back next year!

Lindsey G
Bristol, Rhode Island

Rating: 5 *****

Whitewater Rafting on the Penobscot River, Maine

Camping at The Penobscot Outdoor Center

Great time on the river!

Monday, June 10, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

We have been coming here during the winter months to celebrate New Years & snowmobile for a few years. This was my first time during the spring/summer and it was everything I expected and more!

As always the cabins were spacious & clean! The rafting was amazing as well! We had a great day out on the river and our guide Toby was awesome! He made out trip and was lots of fun when we hit the rapids!

As always great beer & food up at the Brew pub! Mudslides in the hot tub was a perfect way to relax after rafting & awesome lunch cooked and served by our guides!

I think we will have a new tradition of visiting in the winter and the summer from now on!

Thanks for a great weekend!!!

Norwood, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Dead River Maine Whitewater Rafting

The Forks Resort Center Maine

Judy & the Rafters

Monday, June 10, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

8 of us stayed at the Northern Outdoors lodge for 2 nights. Our objective was a day of rafting on the Kennebec. We had Dave as our guide & he was tremendous! Guiding us expertly & telling stories of his life & the history of the early rafting trips.

We ate both nights at the brewpub & enjoyed our food & beers tremendously.

Our cottage, Crying Loon, was spacious for us and it overlooked the pond, which we enjoyed the views both early morning & evening! Overall the staff was friendly & helpful. Especially Dave, our guide & Jillian, who helped us check in both to our cottage & rafting trip.

We will definitely be back!

Greg P
Danvers, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Kennebec River Maine Whitewater Rafting

The Forks Resort Center Crying Loon Cabin

Great Trip! Lots of Fun!

Monday, June 10, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

I had a great time on my rafting trip on the Kennebec! Northern Outdoors was a pleasant experience all around. The lodging accommodations were nice, even had AC!

The food from the Pub was very good, especially the Lobster Mac and Cheese! The beer from the brewery was also exceptional! I absolutely loved the Penobscot Porter!

I would recommend Northern Outdoors to anyone and I think I will be back again soon for another trip!

Nick E
Amesbury, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Kennebec River Maine Whitewater Rafting

Kennebec River Pub & Brewery

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.


Awesome Trip

Monday, June 3, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

The trek up from Little Rhody was well worth while. It was my first trip rafting and had a great experience, despite the rain and unseasonably cold air. Two things stood out to me most. One, Dawn was the tour leader and our rafting guide and she was outstanding. Not only did she serve us all drinks the night before... but once we were on the water, she was serious when she needed to be serious and fun when she needed to be fun. She struck a great balance and fostered a great adventure for all of us.

Also, I was most impressed by the incredible teamwork of the entire Northern Outdoors staff. Between bartending & waiting tables, leading the rafting trips, organizing the wetsuits and gear, cooking lunch, and likely a myriad other tasks that I didn't even see.

A+ on all fronts! I will certainly recommend Northern Outdoors to anyone looking for outdoor adventure in New England!

Christopher C
Providence, Rhode Island

Rating: 5 *****

Dead River Whitewater Rafting

Maine Outdoor Adventure Resort

Great fun

Monday, June 3, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Despite the frigid conditions, we had a blast. Our guide-Mary-was awesome. The river was raging!
The lodge is very cool, our off-site cabin was great. We had a a great time and will return.
The hike to Moxie Falls the next day was cool-thanx Mary!
Only disappointment; the 12 yr olds were not allowed on 1st part of trip due to high flow conditions-not your fault-but a disappointment to them-and us-they have rafted previously and would have loved it. But we do understand this is not within your control.


Bill T,

Bristol, RI

Rating: 4 ****

Maine Whitewater Rafting

Moxie Falls Hiking


Spring Fever

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

It was a fabulous day!
My friend Stephanie and I left Portland at 5:15 a.m. and enjoyed the scenic ride up, getting more excited the closer we got. From the moment we drove up in front, I knew this was going to be a magical adventure. The rustic lodge was perfect and all the staff who greeted us were so warm and inviting. It felt like being part of the family! We enjoyed a hardy breakfast and checking out the wonderful photos of the early logging days. Ryan came over to chat and tell us about the day. We instantly liked him and felt our last lingering anxiety melting away.

Next, all of the "rafters" gathered together for the entertaining orientation. It was wonderful to meet our boat mates and build some cohesion. The whole process of filling our paperwork and getting our equipment was very well organized and soon we were bouncing our way up to the Harris Station Dam listening to Ryan and Trevor's stories, sprinkled with some of the history and local points of interest. By the time we were divided into the two teams and had practiced our maneuvers, we were ready to tackle our first whitewater. Dispite his jovial nature, Ryan was very professional and encouraging. Each challenge prepared us for the next. Getting a chance to jump off and get hauled back in removed the fear of getting knocked off. I loved the added treats of sitting in the waterfall, cannonballing from the ledge and the playful competition the the other team! Trevor and Ryan graciously took pictures for me to enjoy that the photographer couldn't get. I smile each time I look at them.

Dispite the amazing few hours on the water, by the time we got back, I was ready to peal off my wetsuit, and ease into the hottub before enjoying the delicious steak lunch and try the raspberry beer with my new friends. I was a bit sore the next day but it connected me to the experience I will treasure for the next 28 years!

I plan to make the trip again in the fall as the leaves are turning!
Thanks so much guys! Have a great season!

Larry H
Portland, Maine

Rating: 5 *****

Kennebec River Whitewater Rafting

Early season rafting deals in Maine

Spring Dead River Release

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Our crew of 6 and sometimes 8 have rafted all of the rivers that NO guides in Maine, a few times each, so we were excited to hit the Dead for an early, cold, high-water release.

We arrived early Friday afternoon, moved into our cabin and immediately went up to the lodge for some Big Mamma Blueberries. After a few canning jars later, we had dinner, more Blueberries and hung around until we hit the sack.

Spent the day on Saturday rafting the Dead at 7000cfs and had a blast. The Dead is always good because of the continuous whitewater. Needless to say, not a lot of dead water to paddle through. We also braved the elements in a Diablo - definitely worth it and would do it again. To be honest, we were a little bummed that the high-water didn't seem to add any intensity to the hits as we had done a few times before at 6000cfs, but we had a great time nonetheless. Luke was awesome again as our guide and got us into some surfing and perfect lines during the trip. Great guy and guide.

We ended the trip with a nice lunch, watched the video and headed home to spend time with our wives for the rest of Mother's Day wknd.

Overall, great 36 hours were spent with NO again. Cabin was nice, rafting was great and all of the guides and support staff were awesome. Can't wait to head back for a little daddy / daughter trip on the Kennebec later this year.


Kevin L
Pelham, NH

Rating: 4 ****

Spring Dead River Rafting