Hold onto your hats for the best white water rafting in New England! Take the ride of your life on one of Maine’s three incredible rivers: the Kennebec, Dead and Penobscot. Whether you’re 8 or 80, a newcomer who wants to float or a river rat ready to rip, there’s a trip for you. Expert guides, gorgeous scenery, astounding wildlife, a tasty grilled lunch, a river and you–an adventure combo that adds up to pure fun.

Specials & What’s Happening


Nothing Beats a New England Fall Color Show!

See the brilliant fall foliage from the river on Maine rafting trips on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers. With an Indian summer we have warm water, smaller crowds and all the amenities of the only Adventure Resort with a brewery in Maine. Plus, last high water releases on the Kennebec and Dead.


Take advantage of Fall Specials:  Fall Value Season rates go till mid-October and  Mainers raft half price every Wednesday.  See the fall color report and more Fall Getaway ideas here. 


Taproom and Weekly Photo Contest

Check out our virtual taproom and see the fun people have here at Northern Outdoors. Even better, come to our real taproom this season!   Share your favorite photo of your time at #NorthernOutdoors in our weekly contest. See the details at the Taproom.

White Water Rafting Maine Specials Fall- Northern Outdoors

Adventure Resort


Western Maine is a playground unlike any other. Surrounded byMaine’s North Woods wilderness, you can truly relax and unwind, while still getting your blood pumping with white water rafting on a river or two. Hit some awesome trails on foot, ATV or snowmobile. Plenty of amenities to satisfy your kids (yes, we have a pool), buddies and besties. Heck, you can even grab a handcrafted Maine microbrew and a tasty bite to eat right on site!

Maine Cabins & Campgrounds


So many choices, you’ll need more than a few visits to test them all. Put your feet up in a deluxe cabin and enjoy your private jacuzzi or gather round the fire ring outside your riverside platform tent. Two incredible locations in Maine–each offering accommodations to suit your individual (and group) tastes.

Find Your Maine Experience



Love to explore outdoors; on foot or by motorized vehicles without giving up on creature comforts. Learn more!
Fun Posse

Fun Posse

Groups of all sizes, genders and interests, ready to play and party in the outdoors. Learn more!


Newcomers and first-timers to rafting, ATVing, camping, etc. Learn more!
Action Family

Action Family

Families with tweens and teens (tween is 8-12). Learn more!

Two Locations


Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort

Northern Outdoors operates white water rafting and other adventures from two locations in Maine. For guests rafting on the Kennebec & Dead Rivers, ATVing, fishing, hunting and snowmobiling, please follow directions to Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort in The Forks.


Katahdin Adventure Base Camp

For guests enjoying Maine white water rafting on the Penobscot River and exploring the Katahdin Region, please follow directions to our base camp at Abol Bridge Campground.

Kennebec River

Ah, beer. Nothing quite captures an adventure vacation like a delicious beer. Even better when it’s a handcrafted Maine microbrew. And what about sipping one right after a day on the river or trails? Our brewery is so good, it’s even part of the Maine Beer Trail. Appetizers available and live music on the weekends.

Our Heritage


It takes a lot of guts to pioneer Maine white water rafting on not one, but three Maine rivers, the Kennebec, Penobscot and Dead. And how about especially rafting back in 1976 when the Kennebec was still a log run for the paper industry?! But we simply had to be the first explorers to raft it! We still can’t resist the Kennebec or our other rivers and outdoor adventures. We love nothing better than to show you a very, very good time. And we’ve been doing just that for now 40 years!



Sled in, sled out. That’s how you should always ride. You can access phenomenal groomed trails–almost 1,000 miles–right from your cabin porch at our adventure resort. Ride on your own or let us guide you to our favorite spots. Why, you could snowmobile here for several days and never cross your own path. Snowmobile rentals, supplies and everything you need, including a handcrafted microbrew and delicious food to end your day.

Opening Day is Thursday, December 29, 2016. We can’t wait!