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Maine's Dead River Rafting Details

Dead River Rafting

More Details about the Dead River and Dead River Rafting Trips

Need a little more information in order to decide if our Dead River Rafting Trip is right for you? Want to know more about the Dead River, area, or our rafting trip details? Read on. If you don't find what you are looking for, don't hesitate to call our Adventure Specialists at 800-765-RAFT, email us or use our Live Chat.

High Adventure Sport Rafts: Smaller, Faster, Getting You Even Closer To The Whitewater!

Kennebec River Turbine Test High Release Want some serious extra thrills added to your day rafting on the Dead River? Try one of our High Adventure Sport rafts -(we call 'em Diablos). Specially designed for a livelier ride, these rafts 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 guests, plus a guide, fit in a High Adventure Sport Raft, whereas our normal size rafts take 8 guests, plus a guide. Be sure to ask for this option as you make your reservation.

Why is it called the Dead River anyway? 

Native Americans named it for its slow, natural flow - a long time ago.

Maine whitewater rafting - Northern OutdoorsThe Dead River apparently got its name from the native Indians, who called it that because of its slow current (before the damming of Flagstaff lake, of course.) With the dam on the river, now the scheduled releases make the river anything BUT slow! The Dead River is the west branch of the Kennebec River, and it joins the Kennebec River at The Forks, Maine.

The town of The Forks got its name (you guessed it) because it is located at the confluence of two major rivers; the Kennebec and the Dead.

Dead River Hike and Raft Package: For Outdoor Enthusiasts

Do you love hiking, scenic views, and exciting river trips? Then this one's for YOU!

This package was introduced in 2011 to rave reviews from participants. It includes rafting on the Dead River, lodging at Northern Outdoors' Forks Resort Center, hiking to the new Grand Falls Hut by Maine Huts and Trails, and a night's lodging at the eco-friendly hut.
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Just had the best time ever rafting the Kennebec. Will be back to do Dead River and the Penobscot. Thank you all for such a fantastic time. The staff/ guides are all stars. Hopefully see you all next year

– Catherine L.
Your Family Package was a great way to introduce our two suburban, TV loving children to the wonders of Maine. And, it didn't hurt that the whitewater rafting was more exciting than any theme park ride! Our family will definitely be back.

– Jim M. - Norwalk, CT