15 miles of stunning scenery, a steep granite gorge, endless forest, class 5 rapids, rafting over waterfalls, floating past Mount Katahdin, crossing under the Appalachian Trail, on the edge of Baxter State Park. We first rafted the West Branch of the Penobscot River in 1976, and we’ve been perfecting our trip since then. Join us for a classic top to bottom river run, and one of Maine’s best outdoor adventures.

Ready For An Epic Adventure?

Check Penobscot rafting off your bucket list this summer… and bring your friends! This is one river trip no one wants to miss. Call us with any questions about Penobscot rafting and our Katahdin Basecamp, or to book a trip: 207-663-4466

What Does a Classic Top to Bottom Penobscot River Rafting Trip Mean?

A short ride up the Golden Road from our riverside Katahdin Basecamp, we launch our Penobscot rafting trips at McKay Station into the steep rock walls of Ripogenus Gorge, through the class V rapids of The Cribworks to raft surfing at Big Amberjack. We then enjoy a grilled riverside lunch before we tackle Nesowadnehunk Falls 11′ drop, and the rapids of the lower river. The rafting trip takeout is a few minutes away from our basecamp. Less time on the bus. More time on the river… and what a river it is!

Penobscot Rafting Katahdin Basecamp

Our Katahdin Basecamp is 19 miles north of Millinocket, Maine just outside Baxter State Park at Abol Bridge. The campground sits on the Penobscot River with great fishing from its beach, and on the Appalachian Trail with great hiking right from your campsite. Abol Bridge is the perfect basecamp for some of Maine’s best outdoor adventures, or just hanging at camp watching birds soar over Katahdin. Learn more about our Katahdin Outdoor Adventure Basecamp.


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Penobscot River Whitewater Rafting Photos

Every Northern Outdoors rafting trip includes a photo slideshow and video of the day’s adventure. View and order photos from your rafting trip. For more photos of Penobscot rafting and other epic outdoor adventures in Maine follow @northernoutdoorsmaine on Instragram, and see our Maine Whitewater Rafting Videos playlist on YouTube.

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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    Per Person