May 2016
7OPENING DAY RAFTING SEASON! FIRST 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

8OPENING DAY ON THE KENNEBEC RIVER

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

14SECOND 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!

14WORLD 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.

28-30MEMORIAL 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!

28PENOBSCOT 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!

29SPRING 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.

29THIRD 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 2016
4FOURTH 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!

6KIDS’ RAFT HALF PRICE ALL SUMMER MIDWEEK SPECIAL

Starting June 6th, children age 8 to 15 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 2nd and is a great way to get out and experience the beauty of Maine with the kids, at a reduced price.

11FIFTH 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.

18TURBINE 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 live music from one of western Maine’s most popular local bands.

25KINGFIELD 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 13th 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 2016
1-4FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND

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.

340th ANNIVERSARY PARTY

2016 is our 40th Anniversary! From dodging logs on the last log drives on the Kennebec in 1976 to modern white water rafting fun today, we’ve seen it all. Many of you have been there with us all these years! Come celebrate with us – enjoy a Chicken ‘N Ribs cookout from 6pm – 8.30pm, the unveiling of an awesome Anniversary Video by professional videographer and filmmaker Kyle Hockmeyer (son of co-founders Suzie and Wayne Hockmeyer), followed by a DJ & dancing at the lodge in The Forks.

11TURBINE 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 11th. 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 2016
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 15 to raft the Kennebec for 1/2 price Monday through Friday and for older kids 15 to 18 to raft the Penobscot for 1/2 price. Offer is good through September 2nd and is a great way to get out and experience the beauty of Maine as a family, at a reduced price.

September 2016
2-5LABOR 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.

4SIXTH 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!

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

Perfect for true adventure seekers, this special dam release will get the Kennebec River running at DOUBLE its normal volume. Big waves and huge rapids are sure to get the adrenaline pumping.

17SEVENTH 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, as these popular trips fill up fast!

24TURBINE TEST MAXXIMUM MAGIC: FINAL KENNEBEC HIGH WATER RELEASE

This will be the final Maximum Magic dam release of the 2016 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 2016
1FINAL SCHEDULED RELEASE ON THE DEAD RIVER: LAST CHANCE TO RUN THE DEAD!

Today marks the last dam release on the Dead River for the 2016 season. Set against a backdrop of brilliant fall foliage and flowing at up to 6000 cubic feet per second, this trip is sure to be one of the most spectacular of the season!

1OCTOBERFEST 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 hosting brewery tours and $3 prices on select beers with live entertainment at night. Raft the Dead River at 600CFS!

9-10FINAL WEEKEND OF KENNEBEC RIVER RAFTING FOR THE 2016 SEASON

Spend Columbus Weekend on the river and join the guides as we celebrate the final trips of the year.

November 2016
MAINE WHITETAIL DEER SEASON

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December 2016
29OPENING 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 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.