Penobscot River Rafting

Raft through Maine’s Beautiful Katahdin Wilderness on the Penobscot River

Ready for Extraordinary Penobscot River Rafting Adventure?

Spectacular scenery and thrilling whitewater await you on the best Penobscot River rafting trip in Maine! We run a classic top-to-bottom river rafting trip, unlike other outfitters. Our only stop is for a grilled riverside lunch between the upper and lower sections of the Penobscot River. Enjoy awesome whitewater rafting with class 3 – 5 action in the granite-walled Ripogenus Gorge of the Upper Penobscot River with a series of steep drops followed by pools on the Lower Penobscot section.
Float by the base of Mt Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak and the centerpiece of Baxter State Park. In addition to incredible scenery and wildlife, you’ll get a taste of some challenging, technical whitewater rapids similar in size to the infamous Gauley River in West Virginia. The Penobscot offers consistent big-water excitement all season because it’s dam controlled. Surf at Amberjackmockamus and swim around in secluded play spots.


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Ages 14-17 raft the Penobscot for Half Price on weekdays, all summer long! Get the details here. 

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This lodging is based at Katahdin Adventure Base Camp, north of Millinocket. The Katahdin Region is a gem of scenic wilderness and outdoor adventure opportunities. We are the only Maine outfitter located directly adjacent to the Appalachian Trail and Baxter State Park trails and on the river’s edge of the Penobscot! Penobscot Rafting trips meet here.

Maine Rafting Katahdin base camp - Northern Outdoors

Trip Details


Explorers, Fun Posse, Action Family



(Upper + Lower)


Minimum Age

(12 on Lower Penobscot)

Trip Location

Maine Rafting Katahdin base camp - Northern Outdoors

Meeting Time

7:30 AM

This is a full day trip with gourmet grilled lunch included.

Rapids Class

Maine registered guide - Northern Outdoors
Wetsuit rentals

Wetsuit rentals

Full Suit $20;
Farmer John $10;
Top Half or Paddle Jacket $5;
Booties $5


May 27 - Sept 10

Trip Pricing

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First off the staff at Abol Bridge campground were very accommodating, friendly and professional! We will return!…I will highly recommend Northern Outdoors, and Ryan Roderick to all my friends and business partners! In fact, I already have. Thanks to all in your group for making our family vacation fun and memorable.

Colleen P.
Queenstown, Maryland 


See what Whitewater Rafting in Maine on the Penobscot River looks like. Watch more videos here in our Video Gallery.

Prepare For Your Trip

Camping & Cabins

Located north of our resort in The Forks, our Katahdin Adventure Base Camp (where we launch Penobscot rafting trips) is located on the river at Abol Bridge Campground, with trail access to Baxter State Park and magnificent views of Mt. Katahdin.