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.

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Motorcycle Riding and Rafting and Northern Outdoors.

The Quebec HOG Chapter At Northern Outdoors





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

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 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.

Penobscot River Rafting- Scenic Wow Or Whitewater Wow? BOTH!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Northern Outdoors Penobscot River Rafting

Nick Menounos really captured the intensity and the beauty of the Penobscot River on his trip this past spring with Northern Outdoors. If you want to see what the river "feels" like from an "in-the-boat" perspective, through some of the biggest rapids and most dramatic scenery, watch this!

WOW! Thanks Nick for capturing this. The Penobscot river is located in northern Maine near Mt. Katahdin, in Millinocket. It is a 6 hr drive from Boston, and worth every mile to get there. Remote, rugged, intensely beautiful, and with Class III to Class V whitewater action from Ripogenous Gorge down through the lower Penobscot.

Yankee Magazine rated the Northern Outdoors Penobscot River rafting trip one of New England's Best Adventures in 2011.  Is it on your bucket list? Learn more about Penobscot Rafting here.

Here's the video link here (or click on the image above):


Monday, November 5, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Dear Russell & Fellow Staff..we had a blast on this trip.

Everything was above our expectations from the condo to the people to the rafting. We totally enjoyed ourselves and are already trying to plan a trip for next year. We all agreed that everyone was just so nice and energetic and we couldn't believe how organized you had everything. Great Job Northern Outdoors.

I bought one of your moose stickers and put it on my Xterra to help advertise a little. Also, I haven't stopped raving about your place since we came back. I work in a super busy Diner in town that has been there 58 years. It's the kind of place where if you want to know anything about anything you come to Zip's. So I am spreading the word to all of my customers that it is totally worth the fivehour ride. Oh yeah, we tried the "Deer in the head lights" beer as well...pretty tastey!!!

Thank you all again for making our vacation Excellent!!!

Jaime S
Danielson, Connecticut

Rating: 5 *****

New England Whitewater Rafting


Great time...

Friday, September 7, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

I wanted to drop a quick line to thank you for a trip that was well worth the 5 hr ride. We met 4 other families for 3 days at your resort and all of us could not have been more satisfied.

Whether it was swimming in the pool with the kids, or using the giant hot tub, or drinking the home made beer (us adults anyway) the resort proved very fun. The actual whitewater trip was top notch. It was obvious from the organization and precision that this was a well thought out process, right down the the lunch on the river that reminded me of my army days and the size and scale needed to feed 100 people.

Again we all had a fabulous time and would recommend it to anyone.


Chris V
Franklin, Massachusetts
Rating: 5 *****

New England Family Rafting Adventure


Whitewater, Wilderness, and Brewery - A Perfect Combination

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

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

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

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

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

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


Untamed New England Adventure Race

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Mark Montague here (Grant's fill in and one who manned Finish line till 3AM both nights). Your resort provided one of the best travel experiences I have had in 20+ yrs. Every member of your staff bent over backwards to make our stay there as easy and enjoyable as possible. From the front desk Admin staff to the Food/Restaurant Staff to the Servers and Maid staff, they were all top notch. I honestly could not punch a hole in any aspect of your business. God has blessed you and Northern Outdoors for always giving your guests the best experience possible.

I only look fwd to coming back and actually enjoying some of the other amenities like Whitewater Rafting and ATV riding instead of all the hard work we did hiking and biking in the Mtns last week. Keep up the great work and you will continue to be Maine's Premiere Resort for vacations!

Mark M
Portsmouth, VA

Rating: 5 *****

Untamed New England Adventure Race

Untamed New England at Northern Outdoors

Not a Lazy River...

Sunday, June 17, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

I'd been wanting to raft one of the northern New England rivers since I'd moved here - 33 years ago! Finally found a willing spirit/ companion who loves the forests and had never tried whitewater....We found ourselves in the great company of our guides (no doubt descendents of Robin Hood's "merry men"..and women) given their great humor and familiarity with the river and of course our fellow touring rafters... The Kennebec was running 6500 cfs rather than the usual 5000 cfs (see, I paid attention!) and that made the journey immediately ....wet since we sat in the front of the raft.

Time has a way of passing quickly when you are totally focused on every minute doing things like trying to stay in the boat while paddling and following the guide's instructions - the breaks at the Falls, the swimming areas gave us all a chance to appreciate the beautiful countryside. Our group was able to observe a bald eagle high in the trees and Monarch butterflies everywhere. Lunch on the beach - amazing, our intrepid guides can COOK TOO!!! The kayak duckies gave those who wanted to try kayaking a great chance to do so as well. The photos & videos were fun to watch (I will be ordering...) after as was staying the extra night to enjoy the N.O. compound.

Would we recommend it? Oh yeah! Will we be back? Already working on a major family get-together for next June!

Melody S
Cumberland, RI

Rating: 5 *****

Whitewater Rafting in New England

Not long enough

Sunday, June 17, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

In Texas a trip to visit friends can be anywhere from a 2-4 hour drive, if you like to get around that is...So for us to drive 3 hours during our New England road trip for a one day float down the Kennebec River with my 10 yr. old son and fiance was a no brainer.....the only disappointment about this trip was that we only stayed for one day, we didn't stay long enough and I definitely plan on returning!!

I was most impressed with how friendly, knowledgable, and professional everyone was which made for a pleasant stay....GREAT SERVICE. The river speaks for itself and I am excited to return and experience more!!

Jerica F
Austin, TX

Rating: 5 *****

Kennebec River Family Whitewater Rafting Trip

Video of the Week: Maine Whitewater Rafting on the Class V Penobscot River

Friday, July 29, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Staff

When it comes to iconic scenery blended with the adventure of whitewater rafting, New England has a special place. It's called the Penobscot River and in particular it's a spot named Nesowadnehunk Falls and Nesowadnehunk Stream.  This week, our Maine rafting video is all about being on the water and in the water while rafting this section of the Penobscot River.

Nesowadnehhunk Falls, a.k.a. The Falls, is a rapid of pure heart-pumping enjoyment.  It's rapids like this that give Maine whitewater rafting such a great reputation.  As you approach The Falls, the water is calm and as you leave The Falls the water is calm, but a natural ledge lies across the length of the river in between these calm sections creating a fantastically fun 12-foot drop.  Your guide can take you surfing in this drop as well as run The Falls over and over and over again.  

Nesowadnehunk Stream, a.k.a. The Natural Water Slide, is just cool...literally.  All ya do is sit down, lie back and enjoy the ride into a refreshing pool of natural spring water.  It's whitewater rafting, New England style.

Enjoy our Maine whitewater rafting video and better yet come enjoy some Penobscot River rafting with us too!

Maine Adventure Vacations in the Katahdin Region

Two Articles Recommend Maine Whitewater Rafting with Northern Outdoors

Monday, July 18, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Staff Recommends Kennebec River Rafting with Northern OutdoorsYippee, we're thrilled!  Yes, you read the title of this blog right. Two separate articles on recommend Maine whitewater rafting with Northern Outdoors this summer, and there's no better time than now to stay cool by getting on the river with us!

Maine Travel Maven and Boston Globe correspondent, Hilary Nangle, recommends Kennebec River Rafting in her 10 made-for-the-memory-books list.  Check out her list item titled Roll Down the Kennebec.  When describing our Kennebec River rafting trip, Nangle says it best,

" The Kennebec River is a 12-mile fun run, a whitewater roller coaster from just below the Harris Station Dam to The Forks. The biggest rapids are concentrated in the first half of the trip; after that, smaller rapids allow floating, swimming, and water fights between rafts."

Then there's this other sweet piece on, 20 Outdoor Adventure Trips to Take this Summer which recommends "20 New England activities happening this season, journeys ranging from those for beginners to some to satisfy the most hardened athlete".  Here you'll find a shout out for our Dead, Penobscot and Kennebec River rafting trips.  

With temperatures here in the Northeast predicted to stay in the 90's to 100's, experiencing the thrill of Maine rafting is a sure way to beat the heat this summer.  Besides, it's wicked fun too! 

Video of the Week: Maine Whitewater Rafting on the Kennebec River June 14th

Thursday, June 16, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Our Kennebec River rafting trip is Mother Nature's perfect roller coaster ride.  This Maine whitewater rafting trip starts with a brief gathering in the morning at The Forks Resort Center then its off to the river to experience rapids such as Big Mama, Lower Alleyway and Magic Falls.  If water levels allow, your guide will stop at a place called Dead Stream Falls where you can stand right underneath a waterfall! 

Check out this Kennebec River rafting video of the week to see some of the action!

Whitewater Rafting New England
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Maine Adventure Weddings: Featured on Love and Lobster

Thursday, June 16, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Maine Adventure WeddingsNorthern Outdoors is the perfect destination for adventure weddings, just ask our friends at Love & Lobster who recently interviewed us for their blog titled Rustic Weddings: Northern Outdoors.  Love & Lobster assists creative couples seeking clever online inspiration in planning their wedding along New England’s beautiful coastline.  The site provides insider tips, interviews with local venues and vendors, and photographic eye candy. 

Here's a bit from the Love & Lobster interview regarding adventure weddings at Northern Outdoors:

"If the words “outdoor” or “adventure” describe your wedding plans, there’s a gem of a venue tucked in Maine’s upper reaches that’s well worth the drive.

Northern Outdoors boasts an authentic Maine lodge and scenic location in The Forks, a little town perched at the convergence of the Dead and Kennebec rivers, famous among white-water rafting enthusiasts for their thrilling rapids. We checked in with Stephanie Koetzle, a spokesperson for Northern Outdoors, to learn more about how they blend weddings with the wilderness."

To view photos and read the entire article on adventure weddings click here.
At Northern Outdoors, we love adventure and providing an outdoor destination for folks to create lasting memories. Whether it's adventure weddings or classic New England vacations, we've got ya covered!

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Love & Lobster

Video of the Week: Maine Whitewater Rafting on the Penobscot River June 6th

Monday, June 6, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Staff

The most iconic place to experience Maine whitewater rafting is on the mighty Penobscot River.  Mount Katahdin, Maine's highest mountain, stands as the backdrop as you navigate through some of the most technical rapids in the east.  

Check out this video of the week of Maine whitewater rafting on the Penobscot River.  It was awesome high water! You'll find a view from inside the raft as paddlers work together to make it through Class IV and V rapids.

Note the incredible blue skies, sunshine and big smiles that made for the perfect Maine whitewater rafting trip!

Maine Adventure Vacations
Whitewater Rafting New England

Keene State Outdoor Leadership

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
Great trip, I could not have asked for better. The week up at The Forks and the 2 days on the river has motivated me to try and become a raft guide next summer. The Kennebec was amazing at 5,500cfs but the real treat was the 13,000cfs on The Dead, Epic, every hit was huge. Oh yeah the fresh brewed beer at the lodge is a hidden gem of New England.

Antonino H

Rating: 5 *****

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Maine Whitewater Rafting: Yankee Magazine Recommends Northern Outdoors

Friday, May 13, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Staff
Yankee Magazine Recommends Northern Outdoors

We're thrilled! Yankee Magazine rates Penobscot River Rafting one of Maine's Best Adventures in 2011 and recommends Northern Outdoors. 

Here's what Yankee has to say about Maine whitewater rafting on the Penobscot River:

Penobscot River
Moments after boarding your raft and going over your first major rapid, dubbed "Exterminator," you immediately realize that this 14-mile stretch of the Penobscot is a serious joyride that will have you shrieking with abandonment. Go with a reputable outfitter such as Northern Outdoors, which ran its first trip down the Penobscot in 1976. 1771 U.S. Route 201. 800-765-7238, 207-663-4466;

Link to Yankee Magazine Listing
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Penobscot River Rafting with Northern Outdoors
(We run a classic, top-to-bottom river trip on the Penobscot - Upper Penobscot, lunch riverside, then Lower Penobscot. We don't run the Lower first, then drive back up for the Upper. We think our trip makes for a better, uninterrupted river experience that way.)

Maine Adventure Vacations: Ski and Raft Package...yep that's right!

Friday, April 29, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Staff
Spring Dead River Rafting with Northern Outdoors Calling all adventure junkies!  At Northern Outdoors, we're gearing up for rafting while still enjoying great spring skiing conditions at Sugarloaf USA.  So we thought, let's put together a Ski/Ride N Raft Package during the first two weekends of May.  Big water, plenty of mountain snow, great weather - so why not? 

Sugarloaf USA has the most spring skiing in the east and Northern Outdoors offers the best big water Kennebec River Rafting and Dead River Rafting trips in New England.  With only about an hour of drive time between the two resorts, we think this package ranks high on the scale of cool Maine Adventure Vacations.

Suggested Maine whitewater rafting and Sugarloaf skiing/riding weekend:

Friday:  Check-in at Northern Outdoors, enjoy the lodge amenities and Maine brewery
Saturday: Dead River Rafting followed by a night of live music
Sunday: Check out and head to Sugarloaf USA for a day on the slopes
Ski or Ride Saturday at Sugarloaf
Saturday night: Check in at Northern Outdoors, enjoy the Kennebec River Brewery and live music
Sunday: Go rafting on the Kennebec River

Sugarloaf Ski Resort, MaineThe Ski/Ride N Raft Package will be offered the weekends of May 7-8 and May 14-15.  Oh, and it's only $99! 
Note: Dead River Rafting is only available on Saturday May 7th or Saturday May 14th. Kennebec River Rafting trips are available on Sunday May 8th,  Saturday, May 13th, and Sunday May 14th.
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Maine's Kennebec River Brewery: A Destination for the Maine Beer Trail Pass

Sunday, March 20, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Staff
Kennebec River BreweryMaine is widely known for its award-winning craft beer, and in fact Maine is home to New England's first microbrewery.  At Northern Outdoors, we pride ourselves in offering the best Maine whitewater rafting, and we are also proud to be home of the Kennebec River Brewery - a destination for the Maine Beer Trail Pass.

The Maine Beer Trail Pass is a program where you can receive free stuff for sampling micro brews from 25 different Maine brew houses.  Can life get much better?  Visit five breweries to get a hat, ten for a t-shirt, and sample a beer at all 25 breweries to receive a prize pack of Maine beer gear.

Here's how it works:

1. Pick-up or download the Maine Beer Trail brochure 
2. Visit Maine brew pubs and breweries to sample a micro brew
3. Ask a staff person to initial and date your pass next to the brewery
4. Send your trail pass in to receive cool stuff

Experiencing Kennebec River Rafting and our Kennebec River Brewery is a great way to have fun this summer, sample beer and get free stuff from the Maine Beer Trail Pass.  Life sure is good.  Cheers!