As far as whitewater rafting goes, they run along three famous rivers in Maine, the Kennebec River, the Penobscot River, and the Dead River, which range in intensity from class 3 to 5. But if that’s not your cup of tea, they also have scenic river floats which are perfect for family vacations with children. Beyond their famous whitewater rafting trips, Northern Outdoors offers ATV trails, fly fishing, bass fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling, too. For those who are tackling the Appalachian Trail, they even have a Katahdin Adventure Base Camp.
The trip was full of high highs until it was time to break for lunch at Northern Outfitters’ private beach spot, which came as majority of the rapids eased. The guides of our two boats came together over their outdoor kitchen and cooked some of the best salmon we had on the trip, while others ate either steak, chicken or veggie burgers. It was a welcome respite, because my shoulders and knees were definitely feeling the wear of the river in them. Five minutes after boarding, we pulled over to a hidden gem of fairy pools, where we jumped off a cliff and into a deep clear pool of water, which only added to the exhilaration of the trip. From there on, the river simmered down a bit, which made for a relaxing end to an adrenaline-pumping morning. Within 5 minutes of departing the river, we were back at the lodge, with their local beer in hand.
Old Canada Road Scenic Byway
1771 US Route 201
The Forks, Maine 04985
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