WHITE WATER RAFTING MAINE’S PENOBSCOT RIVER

There are two items that top any list of Maine’s most epic adventures: whitewater rafting the Penobscot River and climbing Mt Katahdin. You can do both the rafting and hiking from our Katahdin Adventure Base Camp steps from Baxter State Park on the Appalachian Trail. Read reviews of Penobscot rafting and Baxter State Park hiking below (with Mount Katahdin photo bombing ever present.) More info on Penobscot River Whitewater Rafting (and a must-see rafting video with drone footage of Maine’s wildest river.) Post your Penobscot River rafting photos on Instagram with #NorthernOutdoors to be featured in our taproom.

Nothing beats Northern Outdoors! Another phenomenal trip down the Penobscot. I believe this is my 8th trip with Northern Outdoors. No need to consider going with any other company. The check in is simple, The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and fun. They have this down to a science!! I'm always...

This is my fifth year on the Penobscot and second with Northern Outdoors. The trip was flawless & well organized. After meeting in the am during which there was a thorough explanation of the trip, expectations and safety features, we began the trip with a ride through the Exterminator. What...

This trip was awesome from start to finish and exceeded some pretty high expectations by a long shot. We were met at the pavilion and greeted with enthusiasm from the first. Todd, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and very fun. He knew exactly when to keep us safe and exactly...

I came up this past weekend, in the rain, and had the most wonderful first time on the Penobscot! The campground was clean and beautifully situated on the river overlooking Mt Katahdin. The rafting guides and staff were extremely knowledgeable and eased my fears with their factual explanations and great sense...

Absolutely amazing trip on the Penobscot River with Northern's guide Tony Medaglia. First class from beginning to end. Tony was fun but also very professional. We all felt safe traversing Maine's most technical river, and everyone's been raving about the trip. Northern is our go-to company. We'll be back next...

Welcome to Spring Whitewater Rafting! Spring is the perfect time to hit the rivers and raft some rapids, even if (or especially if) you've never been whitewater rafting before. The whole world is blooming and bursting with new growth--the flowers, foliage, and, yes, the rapids. After winter, the rivers are flowing strong and playful,...

I've been coming up to the Abol Bridge Campground for about twenty years and although the campground has changed hands it still has a wonderful family atmosphere with beautiful views of Mt Katahdin. It's a long ride but always worth the trip up. The owners and staff are so friendly and...

First off the staff at Abol Bridge campground were very accommodating, friendly and professional! We will return! Our raft trip with Ryan Roderick was cold and slightly rainy, but was so much fun. Ryan was our guide a few years ago on the Kennebec raft trip. He was so remarkable, we...

Water--The Best Medicine You Can Take, and Its Wicked Fun, Too! Ever notice how a nice hot bath makes everything just a little bit better? How about the pleasant lassitude after a swim in a lake or pool? I've always felt water to be relaxing--from the sounds of the ocean and rushing...

Abol Bridge Campground is our new adventure basecamp for whitewater rafting on Maine's mighty Penobscot River. You can also easily hike and fish right from the campground!...

The trip down the Penobscot was a blast! We had a great crew on our raft lead by awesome guide Kris. It was a beautiful day and an early season trip so we had a lot of fun playing on the river with some great surfing and swims. All of the...

We rafted the Penobscot for a bachelor party and thanks to our great river guide, Derek, we had an excellent time. Starting off at the dam, you're immediately launched into some rapids to give you an idea of what's to come. The river guides took us through some of the...

My two twenty-something sons told me that they wanted to come home from Colorado and New York City to celebrate my birthday, so after figuring out a time that would work, I called Northern Outdoors and booked us on a Penobscot River rafting trip and a night at the Penobscot...

The day our family scheduled to run the Penobscot River was a complete downpour. I know they do this all the time in all weather, but I still had my doubts that it would be quite as much fun. No worries, it turns out. Our awesome guide Luke and the rest...

My husband and I took 6 adult children between the ages of 20 and 27 white water rafting on the Kennebec River. We all had a great time. Each and every one of us enjoyed this experience and want to sign up again for next year. We may even try...