Dead River Rafting
Hayden’s Landing, Mile-Long, and Big Poplar are just a few of the class IV+ rapids that come to greet you when rafting this 16-mile stretch of the Dead River. Beginning just below Grand Falls and ending in The Forks, whitewater rafting on the Dead River is a truly remote and wild Maine experience.
Whitewater Rafting on the Dead River: New England's Most Continuous Whitewater
Your Day Rafting the Dead River
Morning Check in
Whitewater rafting trips on the Dead River gather at The Forks Adventure Resort at 8:00am or 8:30am for a safety orientation, paddling instructions, and to gear up before the ride to the Dead River put in.
Your River Trip- Including Lunch
After your ride to the Dead River put-in location, just below Grand Falls, you will meet your Registered Maine Whitewater Guide and hop on the river. Your Dead River trip builds in intensity with great warm-up rapids at the top, and culminates in the class 4+ Poplar Falls at the end. Prepare yourself for gorgeous scenery–especially when the leaves turn into vivid reds, oranges and yellows during Last Blast in October!
Post River Trip
The trip ends just 5 miles upstream from our Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort, where you’ll enjoy a classic grilled lunch of steak, salmon, chicken, or veggie burger served alongside fried rice, salad, and dessert. Also at our adventure resort? Craft beer from our very own Kennebec River Brewery! After lunch, your guides put on a slideshow of photos and video of you conquering the whitewater so grab a craft beer, kick back, and get ready to laugh!
Water Level Matters!
The Dead River at 5,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) and higher is made for the adventurous souls. It’s high volume, with big waves and fun rapids all throughout the 16 mile river trip. For an even wilder ride, request the 6 person “Sport Raft” for just $15 more per person!
The “summer flow” trip, under 4,000 CFS, is slower-moving, a bit more low key, but still has some solid class III rapids. This trip is geared more toward first-time Dead River folks who want to dip their toes in before committing to the big flow. 6 person “Sport Rafts” are standard on these trips, with no added charge.
Dead River Rafting Trip Details
Class III-IV rapids
The Forks Adventure Resort
The Forks, Maine
Full day trip with gourmet grilled lunch included.
Spring & Fall
Starts at $79+ Per Person
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14 Minimum Age
What to Wear
Water-friendly clothing & shoes
Available after morning meeting
Full Suit $20
Farmer John $10
Top Half or Paddle Jacket $5
2024 Dead River Releases
All river trips have the options of our 13′ Sport Rafts for a wilder ride. Seats 6 – ask for this option when you make your reservation, and book early! Sport rafts are $15 more per person than price listed above, except on summer flow trips.
Prices do not include taxes and fees
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