Rafting Maine’s Dead River – 8 Days of New England’s Biggest White Water
8 Days to Raft Maine’s Dead River
8 Days of Rafting, Music, Campfires, Cornhole, Beer Drinkin’ Good Times…
1. Saturday, May 13
Kick off spring rafting season with the first and biggest release of the Dead River, at 7000 cubic feet per second! With the most continuous white water in Maine and all of New England, the Dead River is 15 miles of nonstop action. Our Kennebec River Campground opens the night before and To Be Determined (yes, that’s the name of the band) will be rocking the lodge on Saturday night.
2. Saturday, May 20
Get in on your second and last opportunity to raft the Dead River at 7000cfs. If you’re looking for high adrenaline rafting you can’t beat the Poplar Hill Falls finale, it all builds up to this mile long, class 4-5+ rapid. Come Friday night for iGuide entertainment (playlists from our guides who have awesome taste in music, and will take your requests.)
3. Sunday, May 28
Memorial Weekend is your first opportunity to earn Maine’s Triple Crown (raft the Kennebec, the Dead and the Penobscot all in one weekend!) The Dead will flow at 5,500cfs and it’s Spring Raft ‘n Brews with brewery tours and $3 Kennebec River Brewery beer specials. Plus a “Country Gold” party with DJ Hoss that night.
4. Saturday, June 3
Book this 5,000cfs release early with a High Adventure Sports Raft to make it feel as big as the Dead River’s May releases. These smaller rafts put you up close and personal with the river. Only 4-6 guests plus a guide fit in a High Adventure Sport Raft (our standard rafts fit 8 guests plus a guide). Catch some great music that night with Stonewall Chrome at the lodge.
5. Saturday, June 10
Get in on the first Summer Flow Trip (3,500cfs) to enjoy rafting the Dead without the HUGE adrenaline rush. High Adventure Sports Rafts are standard on our flow trips. Cornhole tournament and DJ Hoss will keep the fun flowing into the evening.
6. Sunday, September 3
Spend your Labor Day weekend getting in a 5,500cfs release on the Dead River with some ATVing or hiking on all the awesome trails around The Forks. Plus 80s night with DJ Josh at the lodge. Yes, you can dress up like Billy Idol and request some “Rebel Yell.”
7. Saturday, September 16
The second and last Summer Flow Trip smack in the middle one of the most beautiful months in the Maine woods. The bugs are gone, the leaves are just starting to turn… perfect time to be flowing down the Dead River. DJ Hoss will be slingin’ tunes at night.
8. Saturday, October 7
This is it, your last chance to raft the Dead River in 2017. At 6,000cfs it’s a fun one, and it’s Octoberfest Fall Raft ‘n Brews weekend with a Halloween Party and the rockin’ Suzy and the Smelts! If you’ve never rafted in the fall before don’t miss this trip!
Which of these 8 Dead River rafting dates works for you? Book it early! Dead River rafting trips fill up quickly and we want you to see what rafting Maine’s Dead River is all about.