May 2017
6OPENING DAY OF SEASON ON THE KENNEBEC RIVER

First day of the 2017 rafting season on this classic Maine River.
Springtime runoff and smaller crowds make early season rafting a great time to raft the Kennebec with Northern Outdoors.

13FIRST SCHEDULED DEAD RIVER RELEASE

The first of 8 dam releases on the Dead River this season. Spring runoff will have the river flowing at an amazing 7,000 cubic feet per second

20SECOND SCHEDULED RELEASE ON THE DEAD RIVER

The second of 8 dam releases on the Dead River this season. Spring runoff will have the river flowing at an amazing 7,000 cubic feet per second. Reserve a spot early, as these popular trips fill up fast. This water level is for aggressive participants!

15WORLD CLASS BASS FISHING OPENS

Guided smallmouth bass fishing tours with Northern Outdoors are available starting today. Field and Stream magazine reports that the Upper Kennebec is on the verge of becoming the hottest smallmouth fishery in the Northeast! Or Try fishing for Landlocked Salmon and Brook Trout on our cataraft fishing trip through the Kennebec River Gorge.

27-29MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. THE FIRST TRIPLE CROWN WEEKEND OF THE SEASON

Take advantage of the three-day weekend and spend it rafting and exploring the Maine wilderness. Serious whitewater fans can RAFT THE TRIPLE CROWN – three rivers in three days for an unforgettable start to summer; KENNEBEC, DEAD, & PENOBSCOT!

27PENOBSCOT RIVER SEASON OPENER

Opening weekend for guided whitewater rafting tours on the beautiful, remote, and turbulent Penobscot river. Huge class V rapids and panoramic views of Mt. Katahdin await!

28SPRING RAFT ‘N BREWS

Calling all Beer Lovers! Raft the Dead River, then return to The Forks Resort Center for a cookout, Kennebec River brewery tours, $3 specials on select beers on Sunday at the main lodge during Spring Raft ‘n Brews.

28THIRD SCHEDULED RELEASE ON THE DEAD RIVER

The third of 8 dam releases on the Dead River this season. The scheduled release level is 5500 cfs. Reserve a spot early, as these popular trips fill up fast!

June 2017
3FOURTH SCHEDULED RELEASE ON THE DEAD RIVER

The fourth of 8 dam releases on the Dead River this season. The scheduled release level is 5000 cfs. Reserve a spot early, as these popular trips fill up fast!

5KIDS’ RAFT HALF PRICE ALL SUMMER MIDWEEK SPECIAL

Starting June 5th, children age 8 to 17 can raft the Kennebec for 1/2 price Monday through Friday and kids aged 15 to 17 can raft the Penobscot for 1/2 price Monday through Friday. Offer is good through September 8th and is a great way to get out and experience the beauty of Maine with your kids, at a reduced price.

10FIFTH SCHEDULED RELEASE ON THE DEAD RIVER

Rafting on the Dead always provides unparalleled action. Turbulent rapids and rollercoaster waves create one of the most exciting whitewater experiences in New England. Today’s scheduled release is 3,500CFS. If you’ve never rafted the Dead River and want to try it at a less intimidating level, today is your day.

17TURBINE TEST MAXIMUM MAGIC: 1ST KENNEBEC HIGH WATER RELEASE!

Join us for this first of four special dam releases as the Kennebec will be flowing at nearly DOUBLE its normal volume. This is an aggressive, high adventure trip and only those with a “go for it” attitude should apply. In the evening listen to a DJ or live music from one of western Maine’s most popular local bands.

24KINGFIELD POPS CONCERT & ART FESTIVAL, & INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS

After a great day on the river, (or a great day hiking, fishing, sunbathing, etc.!) head on over to nearby Kingfield, Maine, only an hour from Northern Outdoors. The 15th Annual POPS Concert and Arts Festival is an acclaimed event you won’t want to miss. Total small town charm with very sophisticated music lineup, including Grammy award winning conductor of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Lucas Richman. Learn more here.

July 2017
4FOURTH OF JULY.

Come to Northern Outdoors and celebrate your independence from another typical Fourth of July. Spend a day on the river with friends and family before returning to Northern Outdoors to enjoy a slide show of your trip and a hand-crafted Kennebec River Brewery Ale on the back patio and then your own cookout at your cabin or camp site.

10TURBINE TEST MAXXIMUM MAGIC: SECOND KENNEBEC HIGH WATER RELEASE!

Join us for the second of four special dam releases on the Kennebec River on Monday July 10th. High water will have the Kennebec flowing at nearly DOUBLE its normal volume. Spaces are limited on these aggressive, high adventure trips so early reservations are recommended.

August 2017
BEAT THE BACK TO SCHOOL AND COLLEGE BLUES

Don’t let summer slip away without one last trip with the kids. The first week of September is the last chance for children age 8 to 17 to raft the Kennebec for 1/2 price Monday through Friday and for older kids 15 to 17 to raft the Penobscot for 1/2 price. Offer is good through September 8th and is a great way to get out and experience the beauty of Maine as a family, at a reduced price.

September 2017
1-4LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Take full advantage of the long weekend and plan a trip to Maine ATV trails and resort. Whitewater rafting, ATVing, and hiking are just a few of the activities available at Maine’s premier outdoor adventure resort.

3SIXTH SCHEDULED RELEASE ON THE DEAD RIVER

The sixth of 8 dam releases on the Dead River this season. The scheduled release level is 5500 cfs. Reserve a spot early, as these popular trips fill up fast!

8LAST DAY FOR KIDS GO 1/2 PRICE.

The final day of half price weekday rafting for kids.

9TURBINE TEST MAXXIMUM MAGIC: THIRD KENNEBEC HIGH WATER RELEASE!

Perfect for true adventure seekers. If you’ve rafted the Kennebec at regular flows come back and experience it again at DOUBLE its normal volume, a trip that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

16SEVENTH SCHEDULED RELEASE ON THE DEAD RIVER

The 7th of 8 dam releases on the Dead River this season. The scheduled release level is 3,500 cfs. Reserve a spot early, this popular late fall trip fills up fast!

16THIRD ANNUAL BAXTER OUTDOORS 10k TRAIL RUN

Run the Forks Area Scenic Trail along the Kennebec River from The Forks to Northern Outdoors Campground. Sign up at Baxter Outdoors.

23TURBINE TEST MAXXIMUM MAGIC: FINAL KENNEBEC HIGH WATER RELEASE

This will be the final Maximum Magic dam release of the 2017 whitewater season. Make reservations early for this special, high adventure trip. The Kennebec will be running at nearly DOUBLE its normal volume, so grab a paddle and hold on tight!

October 2017
7FINAL SCHEDULED RELEASE ON THE DEAD RIVER: LAST CHANCE TO RUN THE DEAD!

Today marks the last dam release on the Dead River for the 2017 season. Set against a backdrop of brilliant fall foliage and flowing at up to 6000 cubic feet per second, this trip is always one of the most spectacular of the season!

7OCTOBERFEST FALL RAFT ‘N BREWS

Enjoy the final weekend of Dead River rafting Octoberfest-style during our Fall Raft ‘n Brews with the Kennebec River Brewery. Raft the Dead River, at 6,000 CFS, then return to The Forks Resort Center for a cookout, $3 specials on select beers along with entertainment at night.

7-8FINAL WEEKEND OF KENNEBEC RIVER RAFTING FOR THE 2017 SEASON

Spend Columbus Weekend on the river and join the guides as we celebrate another great season of whitewater rafting in Maine.

November 2017
MAINE WHITETAIL DEER SEASON

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December 2017
28OPENING DAY NORTHERN OUTDOORS SNOWMOBILE SEASON
31ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION

Celebrate the New Year, in The Forks! Our annual New Year’s Eve Party includes free Champagne toast at midnight, party favours and DJ entertainment until 1:00a.m.

Two Locations

 

Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort

Northern Outdoors operates from two locations in Maine. For guests rafting 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 rafting the Penobscot River and exploring the Katahdin Region please follow directions to our base camp at Abol Bridge Campground.