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Thank you for a great season!

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Thank you to our guests for making 2018 a great season at Northeast Whitewater Lodge, Campground & Guide Service.  Our guests truly make our job so much fun; from entertaining bus rides, rafting shenanigans, epic river runs, first time moose sightings and campfire stories that go on late into the night – each one of you made each day special.  Thank you!

What’s next at Northeast Whitewater?

2018 was packed full of adventures, training and projects.  Our small business continued to work on projects at our new outdoor adventure destination by adding a campground and yurts this year!  Both maine-yurt-campingour bunk bed and king bed yurts were very well received by our guests.  With very little promotion of the yurts in 2018, we were excited about the results.  By the time the yurts were ready to be rented (due to an extremely long winter and late start) it was the end of June and Northeast Whitewater activities were in full swing.  Needless to say, there are so many possibilities for the upcoming season with the yurts that we are already in the planning stages to make our awesome yurts even more unique!

New in 2019, Northeast Whitewater is building an outdoor covered pavilion at our campground entrance.  The concrete and posts are ready now and the roof will go on in the spring!  This will be a really nice addition to our new campground for those rainy days that guests want to cook at camp, but don’t want to get soaked, as well as a great way for our staff to serve our summer camp, recreation departments, Boy Scout troops and group meals at our large outdoor covered pavilion.  We are very excited about this addition to our Moosehead Lake area outdoor adventure facility.

Planning in our line of work never ends.  We are excited that this year 4 of our Northeast Whitewater guide staff will be attending the America Outdoors Association Conference in Daytona Beach Florida!   The America Outdoors Annual Conference & Outfitter Expo is the only event designed specifically for outfitters.  The 2018 conference is crafted to help businesses, operating in the outdoor adventure arena, tackle their biggest challenges in the areas of marketing, risk management, human resources and business management.  Most of all – it’s an amazing opportunity to connect with peers and celebrate the special culture of the outdoor industry!  We are looking forward to learning and of course having a great time together in Florida.

We are always planning for the upcoming season and hiring staff.  Even though the planning, marketing and customer service is year round, our operating season at Northeast Whitewater is seasonal, best-maine-summer-jobeach year we are posed with bringing on new staff at our seasonal guide service.  If you or you know of anyone interested in becoming a Maine guide, working as a rafting guide, wildlife interpretative guide, or trip leader in the Maine outdoors – Northeast Whitewater is hiring for 2019!  Get in touch with us, so we can talk about the opportunities we can offer you.

Hands down, Northeast Whitewater guides are the BEST TRAINED guides in our industry.  We are known as the training company in Maine.  To end the 2018 season, some of our Northeast Whitewater staff just completed a 4-day 40 hour Wilderness Advanced First Aid course and others obtained recertification for wilderness advanced first aid and wilderness first responder.  It was an awesome, informative and fun 4 days that finished up the season here at Northeast Whitewater.  Not only are our guides wilderness advanced trained responders, each one is trained above the required state of Maine guide licensing with Swiftwater Rescue training.  Our Swiftwater rescue training programs are our most popular and interactive outdoor education programs.  2019 dates will be posted online no later than December 1 – stay tuned.  If you require private instruction, get in touch with us now!

Save the dates for cool ways to save and connect with us during the winter months:

Annual Holiday Rafting Sale – this is your opportunity to buy coupons for whitewater rafting good for any river any day in the 2019 season at our lowest price during the entire year.  Just a reminder, you do not need to know your dates to buy the rafting coupons during our annual holiday sale; instead you simply get this amazing deal to then gift or redeem when you are ready!  No strings attached with no expiration dates.  Don’t miss the boat!  This fun holiday sale kicks off right after Thanksgiving and will run until Christmas.  Early bird sale.

Meet-up’s in 2019 – come see Northeast Whitewater guides at the following outdoor, camping & lifestyle trade shows:

Boston, MA: Boston RV & Camping Expo January 18-21, 2019

W. Springfield, MA: Springfield RV, Camping & Outdoor Show February 15-18, 2019

Worcester, MA: Worcester RV & Camping Show February 22-24, 2019

Thank you again for supporting our Maine small business.  We love our guests!  We are so appreciative that you chose to connect with us during your vacation and hope that you will come see us in 2019.  Thank you from all of us at Northeast Whitewater!  We hope to see you soon.

Moosehead Outdoor Adventures Checklist

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Northeast Whitewater is a nature based outdoor adventure guide service with on site yurts, ideal for families and friends to enjoy time together in the outdoors with a mix of education, fun, quality time and of course adventure.  We are your Moosehead Must Do!  When you start planning for your Moosehead Outdoor Adventures, look no further than our outdoor adventures checklist for your next adventure vacation when planning to visit Maine.  Northeast Whitewater entertains guests that love hardcore adventure and families seeking memorable moments spent in the outdoors learning about our area, the woods, the wildlife that live here – moose in particular – and world class whitewater rivers.  Located at Moosehead Lake and in the heart of moose country, guests choose from our yurts or tent camping and embrace whitewater rafting thrills, wildlife and moose watching, canoeing, kayaking, hiking or a simple day of relaxing.  Check out our Moosehead Outdoor Adventures Checklist to help with your next visit to Maine and it won’t be long now and you’ll be ready to pack your bags!

  • The first step is simplifying what to bring on vacation.  We get it, you want to make sure you have an outfit for every occasion, but is it really necessary?  Let’s get down to basics and keep packing simple.  T-shirt, shorts, bathing suit, long pants, sweatshirt or fleece, rain coat, sandals and a pair of sneakers cover the clothing that is suitable for really any activity spent in the outdoors.  These simple items allow you to layer, mix and match based on the weather and go swimming when the opportunity arises.
  • Packing for camping or a stay in our yurts?  Our yurt and camping checklist goes like this:
    • Pack your tent and tarp, sleeping bags, ground pads and pillow.  Don’t forget camp chairs for northeast-whitewater-yurtssitting around the camp fire, a headlamp, camp stove & fuel for grilling and chilling; fire starter, cooking pans, plates and utensils, biodegradable soap, sponges and drying cloth.  You will want to take showers after adventuring in the outdoors, so personal bathing products and towels for shower room are important.  If staying in our yurts; we provide bedding, pillows, blankets, fan, electricity and comfortable and unique space to sleep, visit – oh and stargaze through the dome at night!
  • Choosing the right adventures for you and your family: Our guest favorite Moosehead Outdoor Adventures is our Surf & Turf Package.  Two activities, two uniquely informative and fun guided trips and only two days is needed with your choice of 1 or 2 nights lodging stay.  Go whitewater Kennebec River Raftingrafting and surf up the river waves packaged with our wildlife tour to see the animal that rules the turf of the Moosehead Lake area – the infamous Maine moose!   Guests can join Northeast Whitewater guides on your choice of either a morning or evening moose watching tour, and choice of the Kennebec River or Penobscot River rafting trips, as well as choice of tent camping or king bed yurts or bunk bed yurts lodging stay.  Surf & Turf Adventure package is a great way to experience Maine!
  • We get it – you want to see the most of Maine while you are here.  Don’t fret.  You don’t need to have multiple days to get outside and adventure with us.   Choose from our full and half day trips moose toursand enjoy inflatable kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, ice cave excursion or waterfall hikes on one of our guided trips.  Short, quick and fun adventures start at 3 hour outings, or go all out on a Maine whitewater rafting trip!  Whatever the adventure Northeast Whitewater guides are fun to spend the day with when visiting the Moosehead Lake area!

Next steps: if you are intrigued, have questions or are ready for the best Maine outdoor adventure vacation and are ready to book your Moosehead Outdoor Adventures with Northeast Whitewater, you can give us a call at 207-695-0151 or Get Started with our helpful online reservations.  Don’t let summer slip away with out getting outside and adventuring with us.  We hope to see you on our Moosehead Outdoor Adventures soon!

Yurt So Good: 4 Yurts. 1 Amazing Place.

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It couldn’t “yurt” to choose a yurt when you start planning your next vacation.  When you think about northeast-whitewater-yurtsa yurt, you may have questions about what it a yurt is or why you should consider staying in a yurt.  It’s simple: the experience of bringing people together is easy in a yurt; there are no corners or obstacles, just a communal space to share and enjoy together.  Yurts not only bring people together, they are a uniquely, fun way to experience camping in the outdoors with modern comforts.  And did we mention how amazing yurt camping is when it’s raining?  Yurts keep you dry, out of the elements, all the while enjoying a camping experience with friends and family.  An unforgettably amazing nature vacation awaits; and it yurt so good!

Northeast Whitewater is located just south of Maine’s largest lake, Moosehead Lake.  The Moosehead Lake area is home to mountains, rivers, ponds, wildlife, moose and 3.5 million acres of forestland, known as the North Maine woods.  When you think about the vast surroundings in nature that surround us, it’s quite simply one amazing place.  Northeast Whitewater is well known as the Moosehead Maine-moose-toursArea Outdoor Adventures, with experienced Maine guides that lead guests on informative, interactive and exceptional guided trips – and our guides are fun to spend the day with!  When you stay at Northeast Whitewater, you can choose from our king bed yurts that sleep 1-2 guests or more family circled bunk bed yurts that sleep up to 6 per yurt.  Northeast Whitewater has 4 yurts and 1 amazing place for  all Moosehead Lake Things to Do.  With outdoor adventures and on site activities for whitewater rafting, moose canoe tours, waterfall hikes and paddle boarding; you may find that challenging the guides at a game of volleyball means that much more!

Considering what to do on your next camping trip?  Visit Maine’s Moosehead Lake area and stay at Northeast Whitewater in our yurts!  No need to worry about packing a tent and all that camping gear, instead grab your personal items and come ready for some time well spent in the outdoors, enjoying the stars each night from the yurt dome, sleep in a comfy bed and let Northeast Whitewater be your guide to some amazing adventures all right here at Moosehead Lake!

Interested in more information about Northeast Whitewater Yurts?  We are glad to help!  Get started by contacting Northeast Whitewater today!  207-695-0151

Penobscot Rafting Adventures

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Penobscot Rafting Adventures start with guests seeking an adventurous whitewater rafting experience in Maine with the best mix of scenery and adrenaline rush on Maine’s Penobscot River. Take a step further and choose the best whitewater rafting guides that not only love rafting the Penobscot River, but take pride in offering exceptionally exciting Penobscot Rafting adventures, by showcasing their whitewater rafting skills, outdoor-loving personalities, and knowledge required to have the best, safest class V Penobscot River whitewater rafting adventure in Maine!

nesowadnehunk-fallsOur #1 Penobscot River rafting adventure is our full river rafting trip; challenge the whitewater rapids from class III-V whitewater excitement!  You will whitewater raft over a natural waterfall known as Nesowadnehunk Falls; whitewater surf the falls or enjoy a natural rockslide downstream knows as Nesowadnehunk Stream.  Better known as “the stream”; it’s a beautifully smooth rock ledge that guests enjoy swimming down and sliding into the large eddy pool at the bottom.  Abol and Pockwockamus Falls offer class III-IV whitewater, with big waves, turbulent holes and exciting whitewater.

penobscot-river-maineEnjoy our riverside BBQ lunch mid day.  Our Registered Maine raft guides serve up hearty home cooked BBQ of steaks, chicken, vegetable stir fry rice, pasta salad, bread and brownies.  This is a great feast to get guests fueled up for the adrenaline rush of our Penobscot rafting adventures challenging the rapids of the gorge and Penobscot River cribworks.  The class V Penobscot River gorge and cribworks rapid are the most adventurous whitewater rafting sections with big waves, steep drops, huge boulders and beefy hydraulics.  This is an adventurous rafting section only for the most adventurous whitewater rafters.  After the big stuff, take a dip in the river before tackling Class IV Amberjackwockamus falls, or “Amberjack”.  This rapid is all about surfs up and a super spot to surf the rapids!

penobscot-river-gorgeThe most adventurous guests will request our Double Trouble Penobscot River Whitewater Rafting trip.  This adrenaline whitewater ride is double the class V’s because we raft the Penobscot river gorge twice!  If you think our Penobscot Rafting Adventures sounds like a great way to get wet and have a wild whitewater ride, then jump in on the action and join Northeast Whitewater for Penobscot River rafting.  Northeast Whitewater provides all necessary safety and rafting equipment, transportation to and from the river, grilled riverside BBQ, well trained rafting guides – that are fun to spend the day with – and a Penobscot rafting adventure that is sure to delight!

Check out our Two Rivers in Two Days whitewater rafting packages to get the most whitewater rafting packed into two days on our Kennebec River rafting trip and Penobscot River rafting trip for a mix of whitewater fun for families to fanatics. Whatever the whitewater rafting adventure you choose, Northeast Whitewater has the best whitewater rafting adventures for you!  We look forward to seeing you whitewater rafting in Maine with Northeast Whitewater.  For more information call 207-695-0151 or reserve your Penobscot Rafting Adventures today.

Moosehead Outdoor Adventures

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When you visit New England, you will find that Maine has countless adventures worthy of recognition.  Dig a little deeper, Northeast Whitewater is at the heart of Maine outdoor adventures with activities for families and fanatics at Moosehead Lake.  Our Moosehead Outdoor Adventures appeal to the most adventurous spirits or those seeking a quieter experience in the Maine woods.  Northeast Whitewater has the best mix of Moosehead outdoor adventures from whitewater rafting in Maine, to seeking out moose on one of our daily moose watching tours, and the Moosehead Lake area is home to over 20 waterfalls within 10 miles of Northeast Whitewater – the best mix of Moosehead Outdoor Adventures is right here – all we need is you!  Choose from our most popular Moosehead outdoor adventures, whether that be a half or full day trip or our popular stay and play packages.

kennebec-river-raftingOur #1 whitewater rafting trip at Moosehead Lake is our Kennebec River Whitewater Rafting trip.  The headwaters of the Kennebec River begin at Moosehead Lake.  Northeast Whitewater is the only Maine rafting company located at Moosehead Lake and we take care of our guests by providing transportation to and from the river for the day trip, provide all necessary equipment and enjoy our riverside BBQ half way through the day.  Enjoy big, high volume, whitewater waves and rapids best suited for all ages 8+ and older!  The Kennebec River is Northeast Whitewater’s most popular whitewater rafting trip and is the perfect rafting trip for families to enjoy together.   Step it up a notch for our more adventurous Penobscot River whitewater rafting trip in our two rivers in two days package at Moosehead Lake!

maine-moose-watchingWhat is most unique about our location at Moosehead Lake besides being the only rafting company here?  We have the highest population of moose in the state!  Guests have the wonderful opportunity to see a moose with us on many of our Moosehead outdoor adventures or you can opt to join us on our daily moose watching tours by land or canoe.  Our Maine moose tours are centered on the moose habitat and run in the morning and evenings daily.  Moose Watching with Northeast Whitewater is a must when you are in search of the best Maine outdoor adventures!

maine-waterfall-hikesSeek out Maine’s most scenic waterfalls less than 10 miles from Northeast Whitewater.  The Moosehead Lake area is known as the Maine Highlands because of the mountains that surround our ponds, lakes, streams and rivers – the elevation and water creates tumbling and cascading waterfalls.  Goodall falls is 2 miles from Northeast Whitewater at the start of Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness section of the Appalachian Trail with parking lot for a stop before or after you arrive at Northeast Whitewater for your Moosehead outdoor adventures.  Or join our Maine guides for our full or half day area waterfall hikes during your Maine vacation.

yurts-glampingNortheast Whitewater has the perfect mix of outdoor adventure in nature, with the opportunity to take in the tranquility of this magnificent area of the Maine woods at Moosehead Lake.  Get started with your Moosehead Lake Things to Do and outdoor adventures by planning a half day or full day trip or package any of our Moosehead outdoor adventures during your stay in our yurts!

Lastly, make sure to take the time to know who you are going on guided trips with: some of the large Maine rafting companies may advertise here at Moosehead Lake, but they are not located at Moosehead which means you have to drive away from Moosehead Lake to get to them.  Northeast Whitewater is the only Maine rafting company located at Moosehead Lake.  We are your Moosehead Outdoor Adventures rafting company and guide service, with personalized rafting trips, guided moose watching tours, hikes, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboard trips and outdoor education programs for all to enjoy.  We look forward to being a part of your Maine outdoor adventures soon!  FMI 207-695-0151

Maine Wildlife Tours and Safaris

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Maine Wildlife Tours and Safaris make it possible for guests that visit Maine to experience our natural world without having to be in charge of the off road expedition.  Our Registered Maine guides take guests into the natural habitat of Maine’s wildlife to experience nature, the woods, streams, ponds, rivers and wildlife that call the Moosehead Lake area home.  How does immersing yourself in nature actually feel?  When it’s happening all around you on our Maine wildlife tours it’s easy to get caught up in a feeling; that feeling that we are fortunate observers and actually apart of a greater ecological experience.  There is a heart beat of nature right here in the Moosehead Lake area, that we invite you to be apart of when you join Northeast Whitewater on our Maine wildlife tours and safaris.

maine-wildlife-toursNortheast Whitewater Registered Maine guides are fortunate to spend each day in Maine’s Moosehead Lake area observing habitat of moose, deer, loons, eagles, waterfowl and various forms of Maine wildlife in their natural setting; our home is the Maine Woods. Our registered Maine guides recognize that wildlife watching requires strong field skills, knowledge of the forest and wildlife that live here; that is why we take our guests to the best areas to gain the most informative wildlife experience.

Maine is the only eastern state with a sizeable moose population.  Scheduled moose and wildlife tours leaves two times daily, in the morning and in the evening, centered on the habitat of our maine-wildlife-moose-toursMaine wildlife.  Maine is a destination for birdwatchers during all seasons.  Visit Northeast Whitewater wildlife tours and safaris on a guided wildlife tour for highlights of the best spots to watch feathered friends of all types.  We have numerous lakes, ponds, wetlands, and rivers that are ideal habitat for a variety of water birds to listen to and photograph.

On our wildlife tours and safaris you may see trout jumping, loon and ducks, Beaver, Otter, Whitetail deer, Snowshoe Hare, Bobcat, Black Bear and of course, the infamous Maine Moose – a Maine celebrity here!  The Maine woods is home to our moose, but also Great Horned Owls, Pileated Woodpeckers, Wood Ducks, Hawks, Turkey Vultures, Turtles, Squirrels, Chipmunks, White Tailed Deer, Mink, Fisher, Wild Turkeys, Black-capped Chickadees, Cardinals, many Warblers, Bohemian Waxwings, Bald Eagles, and more!  Bald eagles are actively seen at the waters edge, near rivers and inlets or outlets ideal for fishing and waterfowl.  Maine’s inland fisheries and wildlife reports that Maine has the largest population of bald eagle in the Northeast, 500 pairs.   Our guided interpretive Maine wildlife tours and safaris offer you beautiful scenery, Moose and wildlife watching, infused with local history.  

Why choose Northeast Whitewater Maine wildlife tours and safaris?  Our guides have a passion for the wilds of the Maine outdoors and are well rounded naturalists.  We offer small, personalized trips and your choice of group moose watching tours, private Maine wildlife and moose safaris, and bird watching tours.  Visit the Moosehead Lake area, the heart of Maine’s moose country, home to the largest lake and the North Maine woods where wildlife thrive in this uniquely awesome natural environment.  For more information about our Maine wildlife tours and safaris, wildlife photography and bird watching call 207-695-0151 and Get Started on your wildlife adventure with us!

6 Reasons You Want to Stay in a Yurt

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Yurts, a unique lodging experience and way to stay.  Today, there is a growing trend for travelers to enjoy unique experiences while vacationing and a yurt lodging stay, offers just that.  We have put together 6 reasons you want to stay in a yurt this season for a unique vacation experience.  Gone are the days when the majority of travelers prefer to stay in hotels and have predictable travel experiences. This is a new era of travel, where anything is possible.  Granted you may not be looking for the most profound vacation experience, instead just looking for a new way to have a good time. You can get that in a yurt.  If you like tent camping but prefer to sleep in a real bed, you’ll definitely love staying in a yurt!  Though, I’m sure there are many more reasons to stay in a yurt, these 6 reasons you want to stay in a yurt this season offer a great start to get you well on your way to planning your unique vacation experience in Maine with all of our Moosehead Lake Things to Do.

A yurt and its surroundings:  yurts-glamping

Yurts are located in amazing places and yurts offer a unique lodging stay!  If you’ve never stayed in a yurt (or round wood framed, structured tent), you’re missing out on the benefits that these beautiful, unique and cool lodgings have to offer. Yurts offer a perfect mixture of enjoyment in the outdoors, all the while offering the comforts of home on your next camping trip.

Forget camp site set up and crack a cold one:

What a pleasant relief to check-in and almost immediately get down to the business of enjoying yourself, rather than having to set up camp.  When you contemplate the off chance of a rainy weekend of camping, a yurt stay will seriously make you parent of the year with the kids.  Besides, there is no set up to worry about when you stay in a yurt.  Park the car, grab your bags – don’t forget the cooler – and relax!

Nature surrounds you:

Yurts connect you with nature.  Yurts provide the perfect link between open air camping and staying in a cabin.  Our yurts offer the best of both worlds when you yurt with us, since you are surrounded by nature, but have a bed, blankets, electricity and a dome sky light to star gaze at night.   It’s roughing it, while enjoying mother nature.

Budget friendly lodging option:

Affordability is key when you want to pack in lots of activities during your vacation getaway and yurts are just that; affordable.  Granted, yurts don’t offer the same amenities that a motel would, since there is a short walk to the bathhouse and showers and you won’t have a chamber maid to clean up after you, but the trade off of staying in a quiet, wooded setting in nature makes a yurt stay a great budget friendly lodging option.

Sleeping in a bed:

Rather than worrying about that air mattress or sleeping pad and bag, our yurts have beds.  Our 6 person yurts have 3 sets of bunk beds, each with a mattress, sheets and bedding.  Granted this may be a simple mattress, but after a full day of adventuring with Northeast Whitewater, our yurts offer a cozy and comfortable night sleep.  In a yurt, you can enjoy active outdoor adventures such as whitewater rafting and hiking during the day and then after dark, listen to the crickets.

maine-family-vacationYurts bring people together:

With our spacious 6 person yurt, an entire family can comfortably stay together. The circular design and cozy atmosphere yurts provide are ideal for embracing the great outdoors together. After a day filled with outdoor adventure, you can retreat to a comfortable bed, making it an ideal vacation choice for active families. Plus, the circular communal space inside a yurt offers an ideal setting for gazing through the domed structure at the sky and the stars and relaxing together. Inside one comfortable room, you can come together to play games, tell stories; two things that are increasingly endangered in our technological world.

There are all types of yurts.  Here at Northeast Whitewater, we have 4 yurts that are new in 2018!  2 of the yurts sleep 6 guests each with 3 sets of bunk beds; ideal for families or small groups.  The 2 smaller yurts each have 1 king bed, ideal for couples or single adventure travelers.  Decor for all 4 is in the works and we’ll make sure to post pictures when complete!  You can reserve your unique adventure vacation with Northeast Whitewater and stay with us in our new yurts this season or contact our adventure coordinators to talk about our stay and play packages and new yurts; we are pretty confident you will want to stay in a yurt this season!

Benefits of Swiftwater Rescue Training

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The benefits of swiftwater rescue training are far greater than the alternative, which could be a tragic, preventable accident.  Northeast Whitewater trains participants in our Level IV ACA Swiftwater Rescue Training with hands-on, scenario-based rescue training designed swiftwater-rescue-trainingspecifically for whitewater boaters; kayakers, rafters, cat boaters, stand up paddleboarders, river boarders, and canoeists.  You will learn and progress your knowledge of how the river works in river hydrology, risk assessment, self rescue and how to save others, as well as understanding how to use your gear and equipment.  Ultimately the benefits of swiftwater rescue training results in solid survival skills.

Our Level IV ACA Swiftwater Rescue training is a fast-paced, scenario-based rescue course designed to develop the ability to choose good actions when a river rescue is necessary. This hands-on and physical course focuses on quick reaction time and thorough understanding of options and resources. The skills portion emphasizes knowing personal limits and skill level, knowledge of basic rope skills, and the ability to execute a rescue. Focusing on rescue scenarios that you are most likely to encounter while paddling, participants will practice rescue techniques through a variety of on river scenarios.

Northeast Whitewater Swiftwater Rescue Level IV Training workshop teaches recognition and avoidswift-water-rescue-trainingance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins, also are practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a group context.  This course should be a pre-requisite for anyone boating on any river anywhere!

Northeast Whitewater offers training programs in Swiftwater Rescue Training for Boy Scouts in their Merit Badge Pursuits, Wilderness First Aid & CPR, Maine Guide Courses in Recreation & Whitewater Rafting.  For more information about Swiftwater Rescue Training, its benefits and why Swiftwater Rescue is invaluable for all individuals who spend a good portion of their lives on whitewater rivers as river guides, trip leaders, or paddlers contact us today!  207-695-0151. Ready to enroll?  Sign up today!

Wildlife Watching Nature Tours

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Maine welcomes you to be an observer of the natural world through wildlife watching nature tours!

Birds chirping, moose munching, deer bounding and otters playing – the sounds of the forest are all right here. Wildlife watching allows you to experience places you would not normally go, but because it is awe-inspiring, fond memories are created through the sounds and smells of the forest, being surrounded by nature and feeling like you are actually a part of something really special.  If you have a love for nature, wildlife and all living things, wildlife watching nature tours are a wonderfully wild way to immerse yourself in our natural world.  All you need is a little patience.

Successful wildlife watching is truly an adventure.  Wildlife are not always predictable and that is whatmoose tours makes the excitement of those special wildlife watching moments so thrilling.  For example, on our wildlife watching nature tours, we spend time in areas that are known for moose.  Even though moose are prone to being very habitual creatures, timing is what makes the encounters so exciting each time. Wildlife are unpredictable, even when we think we can predict their next move, they continue to surprise us.  A rewarding wildlife watching adventure allows you to understand nature and the inhabitants of the woods around you.

Important tips to take into consideration when planning your wildlife watching nature tour:

  • Each season presents a different occasion for viewing wildlife.  Therefore, if you have specific goals with wildlife watching, for instance seeing a moose calf, make sure you are visiting at the right time of year.
  • Time of day is important to take into consideration.  Visiting at dawn and dusk, when many animals feed, offers the best moments to spot wildlife.
  • Wildlife watching ethics are vital to our continued ability to wildlife watch.  Respecting wildlife by blending in to our natural world and remaining quiet, keeping a respectful distance from the wildlife, and finding a comfortable spot to remain still and take in the wildlife watching nature experience is really what makes wildlife watching so special.

Wildlife Watching Nature Tours

The Moosehead Lake area of Maine and Northeast Whitewater are a prime location for wildlife watching nature tours.  With 3.5 million acres of forestland, the Maine woods are home to white tailed deer, moose, black bear, bobcat, coyotes, red fox, fisher, otter, mink, beaver, snowshoe hare and so much more!  Combine your Bar Harbor whale watching and puffin tour with our wildlife watching nature tours, Maine moose watching tour, moose watching safari or bird watching tour – no matter what the wildlife watching adventure, let Northeast Whitewater be your guide!

Guides Fishing Weekend

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Northeast Whitewater guides fishing weekend was a fabulous fishing success, but also a wonderful northeast whitewater guideswinter weekend for Northeast Whitewater guides to get together here at Moosehead Lake to catch up, catch fish and enjoy the snow, ice and lots of food together.  All good times begin with food and we all enjoy camp stove cooking -a daily occurrence on our rafting trips– so we traded the whitewater for ice fishing and cooked up some great home-cooked food for a weekend on the ice.

Northeast Whitewater guides registered for the 11th annual ice fishing derby.  Our registrations makes it mount kineopossible to win prizes, but more importantly the ice fishing derby is the largest fundraiser for the Natural Resource Education Center (NREC) and all the profits go toward programs like the Maine Woods Explorer program and Fisheries Internships.  It’s a wonderful winter weekend to get together and enjoy Moosehead Lake, with bonus that all the proceeds go to valuable programs in our community.  Can’t you picture yourself right here?  Mount Kineo is our favorite ice fishing spot.

The Natural Resource Education Center (NREC) in conjunction with Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife & Rick Craven host the Moosehead Lake Togue Ice Fishing Derby each year.  Ricky Craven is an ESPN broadcaster.  Prior to his ESPN duties, he was a NASCAR driver who won in four different series—the K&N Pro Series, and the three national series. Ricky is from Maine, lives in North Carolina and also has a home here at Moosehead Lake.  The Moosehead Lake ice fishing derby is typically the last weekend of January each year, so plan ahead.

Ice fishing is a fun winter activity.  Plan to bundle up, bring your friends along, cook up some good food and enjoy!  We all had a great time together and of course was a bonus that the fish were biting. northeast whitewater fishing