MAINE WHITEWATER GUIDES

Whitewater rafting guides go through extensive training (see Whitewater Guide School and What It Takes to Become a Registered Maine Whitewater Guide) and testing before taking guests down the river. Many of our guides have been leading rafting trips for over 20 years. Some of our guides also lead ATV tours, snowmobiling tours, whitetail deer hunts, fishing trips, and hiking excursions. It’s clear from your trip reviews that our guides make whitewater rafting safe, fun, and a truly memorable experience. Endless thanks to this crew of extraordinary Maine Guides!

Name: Stephanie Gallagher Hometown: York, ME Age of First Rafting Trip: 14 Years Old Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: 2017What type of guiding do you do? Whitewater RaftingWhat do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors? What I enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors is the friendly environment. Our staff...

Name: Adam Ruger Hometown: York, ME Age of First Rafting Trip: 15 years old Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: 2016What type of guiding do you do? Whitewater RaftingWhat do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors? What I enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors is the staff throughout each department...

Name: Robert Starbird A.K.A. "King of the North" Hometown: Temple, Maine Age of First Rafting Trip: 45 (First day of training 5/17/13) Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: Spring of 2013What type of guiding do you do? Whitewater Rafting, Hiking, Leadership ProgramsWhat do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors? Has...

Name: Matt Bateman Hometown: Bridgewater, NJ Age of First Rafting Trip: 13 Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: 2015What type of guiding do you do? Whitewater RaftingWhat do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors?Getting the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people and take new friends down the...

Name: Alec "Meats" Curran Hometown: Keene, NH Age of First Rafting Trip: 23 Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: 2016What type of guiding do you do? Whitewater RaftingWhat do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors? Being able to work and play on the amazing rivers of Maine every day. It never...

Favorite rapid? "THE FALLS!! There is nowhere in the world where you can run a drop that exciting over and over until you’re too tired to go on!" Meet Ted, one of our full-time Penobscot River raft guides...

I grew up in Bucksport Maine, watching the Penobscot River drain into the ocean. As a child my father brought me on fishing trips to places like Saboomook and Caucomgomoc in the upper reaches of the West Branch of the Penobscot River drainage basin and I watched the river...

Name: Chris Russell Hometown: West Gardiner, ME Age of First Rafting Trip: 17 Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: 1989What type of guiding do you do? Whitewater Rafting, Fishing, Hunting, SnowmobilingWhat do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors? My 'workday' is all about showing our guests a great time doing outdoor...

Name: Suzanne Hockmeyer aka The Queen of the Kennebec Hometown: Andover, MA Age of First Rafting Trip: 25 Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: 1980(Learn more about Suzie and Northern Outdoors pioneering Maine's rafting scene.)What type of guiding do you do? Whitewater RaftingWhat do you enjoy most about working at Northern...

Name: Brent Arsenault Hometown: Freeport, Maine Age of First Rafting Trip: 18 Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: 2002What type of guiding do you do? Whitewater Rafting, Hiking, Leadership ProgramsWhat do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors? I'm so fortunate to work and play outside in the mountains and rivers with...

Name: Ryan Roderick Hometown: Peabody, MA Age of First Rafting Trip: 12 Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: 2010What type of guiding do you do? Whitewater Rafting, Leadership ProgramsWhat do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors? The pride we all carry in whatever it is we do. I think everyone...

Name: Sandi Howard Hometown: Windham, Maine Age of First Rafting Trip: 20 Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: 1997What type of guiding do you do? Whitewater Rafting, Hiking, Leadership ProgramsWhat do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors? Northern has a great philosophy that centers on great adventures, exploring beautiful rivers and...

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