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Maine Family White Water Rafting Vacations

Maine White Water Rafting Trips Create Fantastic Family Adventure Vacations

Northern Outdoors makes it easy for families to enjoy a raft and resort adventure vacation with Kids Half Price rafting on weekdays all summer long! Lower midweek pricing already offers exceptional value to families May through October at Northern Outdoors.

Building Family Traditions - What 25 Years of Family Rafting Getaways Means to the McCarthy Family

Maine Family Rafting - Northern OutdoorsHear what the McCarthy family has to say about their tradition of taking a Maine whitewater rafting vacation with Northern Outdoors every summer. The McCarthy family and friends have been rafting with Northern Outdoors for 25 years. We sat down with them one sunny afternoon on the banks of the Kennebec River and they shared some of their favorite memories of the past quarter century with us. Their kids started when they were 10 years old and remember huge fun, while rafting in all kinds of weather. Thanks for an awesome 25 years McCarthys, we look forward to making memories with you guys for another 25 years!

During summer, we add an extra bonus for families with our popular "Kids Raft Half Price Package" on the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers, ONLY at Northern Outdoors!
  • Maine Family Rafting - Northern Outdoors

    Kids ages 8-17 raft for half price on the Kennebec River
  • Kids ages 15-17 raft half price on the Penobscot River.
  • Valid weekdays early June through end of August.

What's Special About Family Rafting Trips with Northern Outdoors?

Choose Your Family Rafting Adventure by the River Difficulty and Your Children's Ages

Kennebec River Rafting

(For ages 10 and up)

Family Rafting Kennebec River Maine

There are lots of good reasons why the Kennebec is the most popular river in New England. It offers consistent Class II, III & IV whitewater rafting in the spectacular Maine wilderness all summer and fall. From its source at Maine's Moosehead Lake near the Canadian border, this famous river corridor carves through a deep, rock-walled gorge in the exciting Upper Kennebec, and broadens out into the easygoing Lower Kennebec. Your trip ends just five miles upstream of our adventure resort at The Forks.  Note: Kids ages 8-9 can raft half the river, joining the group for the riverside lunch and rafting on the Lower section of the Kennebec River.Learn more.

Kennebec River Rafting Trips Are Now Available to Book Online!

Book Kennebec River Rafting & Lodging here

Penobscot River Rafting

(For ages 15 and up)

Penobscot River White water Rafting Maine

Looking for awesome whitewater action? The Penobscot River has it! Our full day trip combines Class IV & V action in the granite-walled Ripogenus Gorge of the Upper Penobscot River with a series of steep drops followed by pools on the Lower Penobscot section. The scenery doesn’t get any better as you float by the base of Mt. Katahdin, Maine's highest peak and the dominant centerpiece of Baxter State Park. It is also the endpoint of the famous Appalachian Trail.  Note: Kids ages 12-14 can raft half the river, joining the group for the riverside lunch and rafting on the Lower Penobscot section. Learn more.
Call to book a bunkhouse or campsite at our new Katahdin Adventure Basecamp. 800-765-7238.
Book Penobscot River Rafting here

Dead River Rafting

(For ages 15 and up)

Dead River Whitewater Rafting Maine

With more continuous whitewater than any other river in the East, rafting on the Dead River puts you smack in the middle of “experiential intensity”! This dam-controlled river has only 10 releases a season with heart-pounding Class III, IV, and V whitewater from Grand Falls to the confluence of the Kennebec  and Dead Rivers. The trip builds in intensity with great warm-up rapids at the top, and culminates in the Class IV-V Poplar Hill Falls at the end. The wilderness and scenery are outstanding, if you have time to look! The trip ends just 5 miles upstream of our Forks Resort Center. Eight releases per season at varying water levels and intensity, learn more.
Book Dead River Rafting & Lodging here

Maine Family RaftingLower Kennebec Float Trip

(For ages 8 and up)
This self-guided trip starts at take-out of the main Kennebec River rafting trip, below all the major rapids of the Upper and Lower sections. This part of the river, below The Forks, meanders at a much slower pace, ideal for those who want to spend an afternoon drifting carefree with their friends or splashing around with the family. You can rent easy-to-paddle inflatable kayaks and enjoy the river at your own pace.  Learn more.

Book Kennebec River Float Trips here


Family Adventure Getaways

(For ages 8 and up)

Family Rafting Vacations Maine

Want to take your family in the outdoors and don’t know where to start? How do you ensure that everyone has a great time? Not sure if you want to try camping as the first adventure? Choose from one of our Mom-approved and kid-tested all-inclusive Family Adventure Getaways! We take care of the all details and planning; you get to enjoy your vacation. Our Family Adventure Getaways are affordable, fun, and hassle-free.

Visit our Adventures section to learn about all the other activities you can enjoy with your family on your Maine North Woods vacation with Northern Outdoors. Choose from self-guided to guided options, and lodging for every budget from deluxe campsites to luxury cabins. Learn more.

Still not sure which Family Adventure is right for you?  Need help to dial in on the best vacation package for your needs? Email us or call us via phone @ 1-800-765-RAFT1-800-765-RAFT FREE (1-800-765-72381-800-765-7238 FREE).
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