Maine's Dead River Rafting Details
More Details about the Dead River and Dead River Rafting TripsNeed 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!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.
- Recommended for experienced paddlers only, minimum age of 15 years old.
- In the event of epic high water (for example during Spring runoff), we will require the normal 8 person larger rafts (and believe us, you'll want 'em!).
- Check Availability and Book Your Dead River Rafting trips here
Why is it called the Dead River anyway?
Native Americans named it for its slow, natural flow - a long time ago.The 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.