Maine Whitewater Rafting Guide Drew Bates

Name: Drew Bates
Hometown: Presque Isle, Maine
Age of First Rafting Trip: 12
Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: 2021

What type of guiding do you do? Whitewater Rafting

What do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors? All of the guides can be depended upon to make proper choices on the river. This ensures every guest has the best day possible.

What is your favorite river to guide, and your favorite rapid on that river? The falls on the Penobscot River

What’s your classic Northern Outdoors memory? Watching all the guides and their crews hit Maytag on the Kennebec!


Where do you adventure when you are not working? Anywhere that I can white water kayak

What do you do in the off-season when you’re not guiding for Northern Outdoors? Operate terrain park groomers at Sugarloaf, building jumps and race courses.

Tell us about any certifications, special talents, guide awards.
Wilderness first responder
My mom says I’m the best guide

What rivers have you run outside of Maine?
Moose river, New York
Gauley river, West Virginia

Which Kennebec River Brewery beer is your top choice after a day on the river?
Brewer’s Choice

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