Maine Guide, Queen of the Kennebec: Suzanne Hockmeyer

Maine Whitewater Guide Suzie HockmeyerName: 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 Rafting

What do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors?
Working with a great bunch of people. Staff is geared up to help our guests have a great time.

What is your favorite river to guide, and your favorite rapid on that river?
Kennebec River- Alleyways

Where do you adventure when you are not working?
Anywhere I can. Have done a lot of traveling.

What do you do in the off-season when you’re not guiding for Northern Outdoors?
Admin- Northern Outdoors. Live over at Sugarloaf, play with grandchildren.

Tell us about any certifications, special talents, guide awards.
Master Guides License, Level 2 Whitewater Guide License. Emergency First Responder and CPR Certified.

What rivers have you run outside of Maine?
New, Gauley, Cheat, Youghigeny, Upper Youghigeny, Nantahala, Ocoee, Chatooga, Grand Canyon- Colorado, Snake, Tully- Australia, Shotover- New Zealand, Navua- Fiji, Ottawa River- Canada

Which Kennebec River Brewery beer is your top choice after a day on the river?
Magic Hole IPA

(Suzie is Maine’s first woman licensed whitewater rafting guide – Bangor Daily News story)


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