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Whitewater rafting through the class IV Magic Falls on the Kennebec River

Whitewater rafting through the class IV Magic Falls on the Kennebec River

Aerial view of Northern Outdoors adventure resort, with deck seating, pool, hot tub, cornhole boards, game room, free wifi, and a variety of accommodations.

Aerial view of Northern Outdoors adventure resort, with deck seating, pool, hot tub, cornhole boards, game room, free wifi, and a variety of accommodations.

Whitewater rafting trips offered daily from May through October!

Whitewater rafting trips offered daily from May through October!

Mother - daughter family fun on the Kennebec River!

Mother - daughter family fun on the Kennebec River!

Fall foliage on the Dead River is amazing!

Fall foliage on the Dead River is amazing!

Calm section of Penobscot after Ripogenous Gorge, a welcome, scenic respite!

Calm section of Penobscot after Ripogenous Gorge, a welcome, scenic respite!

Whitewater rafting on the class V Penobscot River, in the shadow of Mt Katahdin

Whitewater rafting on the class V Penobscot River, in the shadow of Mt Katahdin

Big splashes on the Kennebec River Turbine Test releases!

Big splashes on the Kennebec River Turbine Test releases!

Penobscot River, floating by spectacular Mt. Katahdin

Penobscot River, floating by spectacular Mt. Katahdin

Hot lunch served at our riverside spot on the Kennebec River (and Penobscot) with a choice of steak, chicken, salmon or veggie burger!

Hot lunch served at our riverside spot on the Kennebec River (and Penobscot) with a choice of steak, chicken, salmon or veggie burger!

On-site brewery at Northern Outdoors in The Forks, with a rotating tap of 7+ brews served daily!

On-site brewery at Northern Outdoors in The Forks, with a rotating tap of 7+ brews served daily!

Relaxation on the Kennebec River - the view can't be beat!

Relaxation on the Kennebec River - the view can't be beat!

Craft brewery located on - site!

Craft brewery located on - site!

Welcome to the heartland of Maine and the best rafting in New England! Three incredible rivers, gorgeous scenery, astounding wildlife, and expert Maine Registered Guides who know the rivers and fun. Choose from three rivers that accommodate all skill levels and ages 8-80! We’ve been running these natural rollercoasters since 1976 so can easily help you find the right river to raft. More at www.northernoutdoors.com

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Northern Outdoors Rafting & Adventure Resort

Raft with Maine's original whitewater rafting outfitter & outdoor adventure resort

When it comes to rafting, trust the oldest and most experienced whitewater rafting company in Maine: Northern Outdoors. We pioneered rafting in the state of Maine in 1976, with the very first descents and commercial operations on the Kennebec, Penobscot and Dead rivers. Northern Outdoors is still offering the best whitewater rafting adventures on Maine's rivers, with trips daily May through October. Big water in the spring, warm water in the summer, and incredible foliage in the fall...there's no bad time to be outside on Maine's rivers!

After a day of whitewater rafting, relax in our outdoor hot tub at the main lodge, overnight in a tent or private 2-4 bedroom cabin, and sip a handcrafted brew from our on-site Kennebec River Brewery. Northern Outdoors is located 4 hours from Boston, MA and 2 ½ hours from Portland, ME on Route 201, The Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway in The Forks, Maine.

  • Address 1771 Route 201
    The Forks, Maine 04985
  • Phone 207-663-4466
  • Website www.northernoutdoors.com
  • Hours Rafting season runs May through mid-October for Kennebec and Dead River rafting trips, and Memorial Day through mid-September for Penobscot River rafting trips.
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  • Early Booking Special: 10% Off Your Vacation!

    Book your summer, winter, spring, or fall getaway 90 days in advance and automatically get 10% off! Applies to all lodging at Northern Outdoors and rafting on the Kennebec, Dead and Penobscot Rivers. Visit The Forks, Maine for a family or couples getaway...

  • Kids Raft Half Price!

    Kids raft half price on weekdays all summer long with Northern Outdoors! Valid from June 3 - August 30, 2019, for kids ages 8-17 on the Kennebec River and ages 12-17 on the Penobscot River.

  • Heroes Discount - 15% Off!

    Active duty military, veterans, law enforcement, firefighters, teachers, healthcare professionals, and first responders – as a small token of our gratitude for your service please call us to receive 15% off rafting and year-round lodging! The discount is...

  • Mainers Raft Half Price Wednesdays All Season!

    Let's go rafting, fellow Mainers! Yep, show your proof of Maine residency and get 50% off your Kennebec or Penobscot River rafting trip on any Wednesday this season! Spring, summer and fall – come on out to experience Maine’s beauty and outrageously fun d...

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