northern outdoors maine guide school

Great Staff, Great River

I came up from MA with a group of six. Some seasoned rafters and some new. Our guide was Zach and from the start we all felt really comfortable as he seemed like a very seasoned guide. We expected a professional and safe experience because one member of our group was a former employee and Kennebec rafting vet (she recommended Northern).

What we didn’t expect were all of the little added extras that really put this trip over the top. My first impression was the staff and guides all LOVE what they do and they have FUN doing it. All of the male guides growing mustaches as a goof is just one small example. I understand that they raft this river daily, but their fun spirited nature made it seem like this was their first time on the Kennebec as well. Their professionalism and excellent rafting ability of course leads one to believe otherwise.

Zach was an excellent guide. He had a great knowledge not of just the Kennebec but of all of Maine and rafting / kayaking. The pictures for the slideshow and the video that are put together were excellent and hilarious. One of the guides does a bit of a comedy routine while all of the rafters watch once back at Northern, and he had me doubled over a few times with laughter. Lunch on the Kennebec offered fresh grilled salmon that rivals most restaurants.

Great time and great memories; the smiles on our faces in the attached photos should say it all. We’ll be booking our trip for next year in the near future!

Mark M
Bellingham, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Whitewater Rafting Trip