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Unforgettable Moose Safari by Canoe

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Unforgettable Moose Safari by Canoe
Canoe Moose Safari
We (a family of 2 adults and 4 children ages 12 to 14) hired a private water moose safari in the afternoon, and had an unforgettable experience. Our wonderful guide, drove one hour to the lake where we were to take 2 canoes, she explained everything about moose and how we should behave to maximize our likelihood of spotting them and not scare them away, as well as gave us information about the whole area of Moosehead Lake. She knew very well the spots where it is most likely to find moose rummage around and took us to a lake where we could enjoy observing them for two hours! Yes, we were a bit lucky, as not all trips are that fortunate to have a mother and a son moose some meters away for two hours, but her knowledge and expertise were key to having that. As we boarded the canoes our guide took control of the two canoes, that is, she alone rowed for the two canoes, and made sure we were as close as possible to the moose without scaring them away, so that they did not feel uncomfortable with our presence. Of course, that exceeded our expectations and it is something we will not forget. I thus strongly recommend anyone willing to watch moose in their own habitat to hire a safari with Northeast Whitewater. They are knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. With these ingredients you only need a bit of luck to have an unforgettable experience.
Rating: Excellent⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Xavier R.
Barcelona, Spain

Canoe Moose Watching

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We had an absolutely fabulous time moose watching by canoe in the evening. Some members of our group were absolute nervous novice canoeists. Northeast staff immediately was warm, reassuring, friendly and inviting. Our guide was fantastic: knowledgeable, friendly and we had two perfect, very up close long encounters with a cow and then a bull. The lake he took us to was a scenic delight and just right for beginner and experienced canoeists alike. I did not know what to expect, but Northeast Whitewater exceeded all our expectations (one member of our group cried from happiness). The price is reasonable, staff is knowledgeable and safety conscious and I would definitely like to return for some of their other tours. Thanks for a memorable trip!

Rating: Excellent⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lisa L.

Tillsonburg, Ontario Canada

Moose Canoe Tour and Ice Caves

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Moose Canoe Tour and Ice Caves Ice Cave Hike

Our guide did an amazing job on our Moose Canoe tour last week! She is experienced and knows the area very well. We saw 4 moose and really enjoyed ourselves. We were on the lake about 2 hours and also saw a loon which was awesome. If you go, volunteer to have the guide in your canoe! That’s what my wife and I did and it was a good move. It was a lovely lake and overall experience was great. The ice caves were the next day. Harrison was great as well. We enjoyed talking to him and getting to know him better. He got us there safely and although it was quite a drive, we had a lot of fun! The caves require some climbing and you should wear long pants and shirts. Take a change of clothing if it’s warm is our advice. Northeast was terrific to work with and took good care of my family. Thank you Jessica and Harrison.

Rating: Excellent ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mike S.

Reading, Pennsylvania

Bring the kids: Whitewater Rafting in Maine

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Whitewater rafting in Maine is best for the entire family, so bring the kids!  We know you are looking to check something else off your bucket list this summer with your family.  Why not go whitewater rafting in Maine? Everyone should experience whitewater rafting, so pack your bags, load up the car and bring your kids on our family whitewater rafting trips.  family-rafting-trips

Whitewater rafting is not just for adults the kids will have a blast too! The Kennebec River is not only our #1 river trip but it is our family river. Our age requirement is 7-8 years old. Children must weigh at least 50lbs in order to fit in our PFDs (personal flotation device). On the Kennebec River you will get to experience class IV whitewater which means big waves and big fun. We hit all of our major rapids on the upper portion of the river, then grab our lunch gear so everyone can enjoy a scrumptious riverside BBQ and then relax after lunch on the lower half of the river. maine rafting riverside lunch

The lower half of the Kennebec river is so much fun after experiencing class IV whitewater because it gives you the chance to just chill out on the raft, catch some rays, play games, get to know everyone on your boat, and swim along side your raft in the river. We also offer inflatable kayaks for our guests looking to try out a different water craft in the slower moving water. This gives you the opportunity to paddle around nearby to the rafts and is great if you have both young kids and teenagers because it allows for options to make the trip even more awesome. Just another perk for everyone of all ages to enjoy!

We hope to share the Kennebec River experience with you and your family this summer. As Sue Fitzmaurice once said “you must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong”.  So, start planning your next family adventure and bring the kids for a day of whitewater rafting in Maine with Northeast Whitewater!  You’ll be glad you did.

Give us a call to experience the best family rafting trip 207-695-0151.  Or browse for available family rafting trips here.


Northeast Whitewater Guide Training: Life of a Trainee

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A siren pierces the layer of fog hanging over Indian Pond Dam like a gigantic alarm clock with no snooze button. Then, right on cue, the loudspeaker crackles with a warning as icy as the water below, “WATER LEVELS DOWNSTREAM FROM DAM ARE RISING, EXIT THE WATER IMMEDIATELY!” Except we are not exiting. We are getting in. My fellow trainees and I are embarking on the toughest and most exhilarating training of our lives.


First Night and Equipment

            However, I am getting ahead of myself. Training officially began on Friday, May 26th. I suggest getting to base early to allow time to fully set up your tent and meet your fellow trainees. The first night was a barrage of information covering everything from how to correctly hold a paddle to where you can find free coffee when you are back on base. We also got to meet the employees, trainers, and the furry four legged staff members Ellis and Abby.

That night they supplied us with the necessary safety equipment to make it down the river, this included:

1 Helmet: Initially I thought this was to protect against rocks, but it is more to guard against fellow crewmembers as the fly around the boat during a rapid.

1 Yellow PFD: This is crucial for when you inevitably fall in. It will also make anyone who wears it look like a Minion.

1 Paddle: Don’t go anywhere without it, when you are in the raft you can’t go anywhere without it.

The night ended with a quick (hands on) lesson on how to inflate, deflate, and stack 15 full size rafts before we were sent to bed, with a reminder to set our alarms for 5am.


Ferrying and Flipping

            Day 1 on the river was dedicated to the basics. Our experience as a class ranged from someone who had guided before to people who weren’t sure which part of the raft to sit on so a lesson in the fundamentals was just what we needed. Under the snowy peaks of the Katahdin on the Penobscot River we endlessly practiced our guide strokes, prying and drawing across a forgiving class 1 rapid. Suddenly, the head trainer Jeremy told us to flip our boat. I wanted to remind him that the goal of the guide is to keep everyone in the boat, but I stayed quiet and we dutifully flipped our raft… 7 times. It turns out, the only way to learn what to do in the event of an actual flip is to rehearse flipping over and over and over again.

guide training resources

That night we had class time to teach us about the different hydraulics we could face on the river and a quick briefing on the Kennebec River, which would be our training ground for the next six days.



The Kennebec

           From Sunday to Friday, the Kennebec will become your home. By the end of these six days, your butt will remember every bump on the bus ride to the river. Your legs (if you are not wearing a full wetsuit- me) will be speckled with Black Fly bites from the put in. Your mind will be able to replay a safety speech in your dreams. And your strokes will be anticipating each wave as you cruise through the rapids.

My advice to a future trainee is to become a sponge. Soak up everything the trainers are saying. Even when it is not your turn to guide listen to the advice the trainer is giving, familiarize yourself with the river by looking around and asking questions when you are unsure of what certain things are. The quicker you can identify markers like Goodbye Hole, Funk Wave, Kayak Keeper, and Magic Falls the easier it will be for you to guide a solid run. Northeast does a great job of pairing trainees up with a number of veteran guides that can each give you tips and different perspectives about the Kennebec.

By the end of the day Friday, our class, which in my mind is of course the greatest training class of all time, had broken (unofficially) some Kennebec River records. Here are the most notable:


Most Bug Bites Sustained on A Right Leg

Best Drawing of the Kennebec River in Gravel

Longest and Most Discombobulated Float Out

Most Bug Bites Sustained on A Left Leg

Worst Chafing Behind Knee Caps

Slowest Inflation of Rafts at Put In

Most Pizzas Consumed in 20 Minutes at The Forks

Greatest Number of Bus Games Played

Slowest Deflation of Rafts at Take Out

Least Burnt Rice on First Try

Most Naps Sneakily Taken on Bus Home


These statistics are a testament to my training group, because although not all of these are positive achievements, we stuck together and worked as a team to get through them. That is what Northeast Training is all about, how well you can deal with adversity as a team and still find success.

Kennebec River training


The Penobscot

            The Last 3 days of training took place back where we started, the Penobscot. Except this time we would not be merely ferrying across a Class 1 rapid. Instead the Class 5 rapids Exterminator and Cribworks were our targets. Both falls acting like the final bosses in a video game, if we wanted to complete our training, we would have to go through them.

Penobscot River training


Summing Up

            Guide training is not an easy 10 days, and that is a good thing. At the end of the experience you will be able to guide customers through some of the most technical whitewater in the country, so earning this certification should not be a task that everyone can handle. There were times when I was putting on a soggy wetsuit at five in the morning that I wanted to quit, but I am glad I didn’t. The feeling at the end of training when you pass your test and receive your license must be what Tom Brady feels when he holds up the Lombardi Trophy at the end of a long season. Every late night, every mosquito bite, every dip in the 50-degree water becomes well worth it. You have conquered the training, you have bonded with a team, and you are ready to take on the white water.

Chase Stokes


Rafting Questions Answered

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Planning a whitewater rafting trip does not have to be difficult; it should be fun!   Everyday folks have questions about what to expect and how to plan for their whitewater rafting trip to Maine with Northeast Whitewater.  We make it easy for you to answer all of your questions when you call, but sometimes folks book with our online reservation system and need to be able to get their rafting questions answered and not get tied up on the phone.  That’s what this blog post is all about.  A helpful guideline of questions that tend to be the most asked questions when guests are planning their rafting trips. We hope you find our “rafting questions answered” tool, helpful as well!  It’s’ our goal to make vacation planning tons of fun, yet super easy.  Here are some of our most asked questions about our trip as guests begin planning their whitewater adventure!

When Does The White Water Rafting Season Begin & End?

Our season runs from May – mid October for moose watching tours, waterfall hikes and outdoor instruction programs; seven days a week. Our whitewater rafting season kicks off Memorial day weekend in May and runs until the last weekend in September.  We offer daily rafting trips on our family friendly and #1 rafting trip, the Kennebec river, as well as our more adventurous whitewater rafting trip on the Penobscot River.  Have you rafted these rivers?!  If so, step it up to challenge the rapids on the South Branch of the Penobscot river Canada Falls section.  This is a once in a lifetime trip offered 1 time each season!

whitewater-rafting-family-tripsHow do I stay warm on the river?

Wetsuits are required in early Spring & Fall.  You will want to wear a wetsuit on the river in early spring and we judge that by any river day prior to June 15 and anytime after September 15.  That is when the rivers are much cooler, so we want you prepared to be wet and warm not wet and cold.  If you don’t have your own wetsuit equipment, we rent full wetsuits (3mm farmer johns & 3mm tops), booties, and paddling jackets for $25 per person. No matter your size, Northeast Whitewater has the wetsuit for you!  All sizes from extra small to extra large are available.

What should I wear on the river?

We recommend a bathing suit, sneakers or river sandals, sunglasses (with a strap especially for prescription glasses); contacts are fine. Synthetic active wear is highly recommended. DO NOT wear cotton or cotton blend clothing! Also, consider a warm hat, and wool socks in the spring and fall. And, don’t forget a towel and a change of clothes for the end of the day!

Can I change while on the river trip?

We recommend bringing extra clothing to change into at the end of your trip, especially if you get cold easily. This can be left on the bus. There is no riverside changing.  Instead, Northeast Whitewater has a beautiful bathhouse available for guests to change and shower upon returning from your rafting trip.

Are there bathrooms at the lunch site?

There are bathroom facilities at the put in and take out of the river. We recommend going to the bathroom before you get on the river, since there are no bathrooms at the lunch site.

maine whitewater rafting tripsWhat can I bring with me?

We recommend that you do not bring valuables to the river or on your trip. Our vehicles are left unattended during the day and Northeast Whitewater does not take responsibility for your items left in our vehicles. Disposable cameras, bug spray, sunglasses, eye glass retainers (Chums), and sunscreen are available for purchase and can be secured to you, the raft, or put into the Guide’s drybag located on the boat. If you have required medication you can also bring that along and put that into the Guide’s drybag. Make sure that you lock all your valuables in your car, bring only what you need for a day on the river, and you can leave your car keys back at Northeast Whitewater at the front desk.

What if it rains?

ALL Northeast Whitewater trips happen rain or shine. We recommend dressing appropriately for the weather forecast expected on your trip. If you are rafting you will be getting wet anyway and too busy having fun to notice the rain!

If you found while reading this it has sparked some new questions in your mind, please feel free to give us a call at 207-695-0151 or email us at We are glad to help with your vacation plans.  Let us help plan your Moosehead Lake area things to do today!



Your Free Guide to Moosehead Lake Things To Do

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So you have decided to spend some time in the Moosehead Lake area and that’Blair Hill Sunsets awesome, but what do you do once you get here? Here’s your free guide to Moosehead Lake things to do. Yes there are plenty of pamphlets to give you ideas, but let us share some of our hidden gems with you that may not be mentioned in those pamphlets. Who doesn’t love a beautiful sunset? There is a beautiful spot just outside of town, Blair Hill. Here you not only get to watch the sun go down over the mountainous horizon, you get a full view of Moosehead Lake, Maine’s largest lake. There is always postcard worthy photo opportunities here.

Who doesn’t love an adventure? Let Northeast Whitewater be your guide to the best Maine adventure trips. The Kennebec River is our most popular whitewater rafting trip and our numbkennebec-river-raftinger one family trip at Moosehead Lake. Enjoy big waves at a fast pace with your friends and family, followed by a river side BBQ! Have you ever seen a Maine moose? If not, join us on one of our guided Moose Safaris that run daily. We also offer guided waterfall hikes and you’ll see some of Maine’s most mesmerizing waterfalls. Maybe you are a little bit of a history buff, we’ve got something for you too. New this year, we are offering guided hikes to the B52 Bomber crash site on Elephant mountain. On this trip you will learn about what happened to this aircraft and its crew, but you will also see the plane reminisce left from the crash.

Have you heard of The Challenge? The Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit is a challenge open to anyone that is an avid hiker. This challenge consists of hiking 6 different mountains that are located in the region all differing in elevation and distance. Scenery and the panoramic views offered from the hikes are amazing. To participate in the challenge is super simple. All you have to do is grab an application and record the date you climbed each mountain, time you reached the summit, and write down your mailing and email address. You can download an application from the website or pick one up from the Moosehead Lake Visitor Center. If you complete the challenge, mail your application in with a $10 program entry fee. Once your application has been reviewed you will receive a confirmation letter acknowledging that you have completed the challenge. You will also receive the official MPP patch and sticker for successfully completing The Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit.

With all these adventures and Moosehead Lake things to do who isn’t feeling hungry? Lucky for you Stress Freethere are many great options to satisfy your biggest cravings. Must eats: Kick off your day with a hearty breakfast at Auntie M’s before your adventure begins for an amazing home cooked meal.  Check out the Stress Free Moose Pub (pictured here), where you will enjoy good food and a fun, energized, family atmosphere. Enjoy live entertainment on weekends, and always the opportunity to make new friends. Maybe you just want something to satisfy that sweet tooth; our friends at the dairy bar have got you covered! Get a taste of all your favorite flavors or try one of their Maine specialty flavors, while enjoying the lake at Thoreau Park.

Start planning your summer adventure now! We recommend visiting the area during the months of May through October. Whether you come when all the plants and flowers are in full bloom or when the leaves turn vibrant fall colors, there is always something to do. Let Northeast Whitewater be your Maine adventure destination for all your Moosehead Lake things to do. Our gift shop is open daily from 7-7 for your Moosehead Lake memorabilia and our adventure coordinators are ready to help with your vacation plans. Give us a call 207-695-0151 or stop by Northeast Whitewater 155 Greenville Road, Shirley Maine. You can’t miss us on your way to or from the lake!

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Best Family Rafting Trips

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Northeast Whitewater has been perfecting our family adventure vacations to offer the best family rafting trips that will surely inspire, connect your family through true face to face time, and create memories for a lifetime.  Rediscover the adventurous, cool parent that only comes out when someone else is sweating the details.  Kick back and soak in every smile, laugh and special moment our family rafting trips offer and have the time of your lives with us.

family-rafting-tripsOur #1 family trip at Moosehead Lake is Kennebec river whitewater rafting.  Descend the Kennebec river staircase to enter our whitewater rafts and ride the waves within the magnificent river gorge.  In between the shrills of laughter and excitement, you’ll ride up and over whitewater waves while your raft guide navigates each rapid.  A highlight for our families is to jump out of the rafts at Swimmer’s rapid, a class II – medium sized waves flowing around you – to swim from top to bottom until hoisted back into the raft for the next wave ride.  A nice stop riverside to break for lunch gets everyone fueled up for the remaining float to swim in the river, sun bathe on the rafts or play around in your own whitewater craft – an inflatable kayak.  Inflatable kayaks are highly recommended for families that have varying ages of children.  This gives the teenagers some freedom to explore nearby to the rafts on their own, which is awesome for their independence and you will win the parent of the year award!

family-rafting-tripThe best rafting trip for adventurous families is the Penobscot river.  A 14 foot waterfall kicks off the whitewater rafting adventure on the Penobscot river.  Swim at a natural rockslide, float, enjoy getting to know your whitewater rafting guide and then tackle more big whitewater waves all before we break for lunch.  Fill up on our grilled BBQ feast and then get ready for the big stuff.  The afternoon rafting day trip on the Penobscot river kicks off with big, gnarly class V whitewater action.  Paddle hard and work off that river lunch in two class V whitewater rapids.  Enjoy spectacular whitewater rapids, amazing scenery, bald eagles fishing and a chance to see a Maine moose.  It’s all in a day trip for your adventurous family when you raft on the Penobscot river with Northeast Whitewater.

What are ways to ensure you are picking the best family raft trip for you and your family?  A great place to start is looking at the character of the rafting company by following along on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.  This will give you a great look into the type  of company you are choosing to make your family rafting trip truly the best.  Northeast Whitewater has been entertaining families to provide the best family rafting trips by ensuring that our “fun directors” – Maine Raft Guides – are held to the highest standard of integrity, values, and provide family fun entertainment throughout the day.  Our rafting guides are rigorously trained in all aspects of river safety, logistics and emergency preparedness to ensure your family has the best rafting trip.  We are conscientious with kids who may be fearful of the water or perhaps…not fearful enough and guarantee that our Maine Raft Guides are not only exceptionally safety oriented, they are fun to spend the day with.

We understand that parents can feel like it’s challenging to find trips and vacations that are suitable for the entire family, but Northeast Whitewater can assure you that our whitewater rafting trip options are meant to create the best family vacation.

  • Our family whitewater rafting trip on the Kennebec river is suitable for children that weigh 50LBS or more.  Northeast Whitewater has state of the art whitewater equipment and our coast guard approved PFD’s (Personal Flotation Devices) come in varying sizes, with the smallest legal weight at 50LBS.  Typically, this makes the trip ideal for children 7-8+ years old.
  • For our adventurous families, the Penobscot river is ideal for children 14+.  For those adventurous families that have joined Northeast Whitewater for Kennebec river rafting and are looking to step it up a notch, by tackling the Penobscot river trip, we will allow children as young as 12 years old with prior approval.

Northeast Whitewater Adventure Coordinators are available 7 days a week to accept calls, emails and messages to help you plan your best family rafting trips!  We also offer moose tours, waterfall hikes, ice cave excursions, wilderness buggy tours, and paddleboard trips to make your next family adventure vacation the best and most memorable family vacation yet!  What are you waiting for?!  207-695-0151.

You don’t have to just take our word for it…

“Friendly, professional staff gave us a well planned adventure. It was our youngest son’s (age 9) first time rafting and he is hooked– will definitely come back again!” – SHFandfamily

“Best guides in the area. Safe, fun and most enjoyable vacation yet. Kennebec is great for family and Penobscot rafting is great for adventurous. Family feel at Northeast Whitewater.” – mm81397




Adventure Marketing Internships

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Northeast Whitewater Lodge & Guide Service is seeking Interns who are looking to further advance their skills in Marketing, Branding, Networking, Customer Service and Social Media with a passion for adventure and the outdoors. Our innovative adventure guide service explores new markets and unique ways to entice potential adventure seekers to vacation with us.

Northeast Whitewater is located in the Moosehead Lake area of Maine, at the heart of it all, between the Kennebec and Penobscot rivers and the entrance to Maine’s North Woods.  The Intern will work directly with customers, management and employees in areas such as sales & marketing, trip and programming and customer relations. This internship is designed to help the right person obtain valuable employment and life skills associated with the ever evolving adventure and tourism travel industry here in the Northeast.

This 12-16 week internship program is geared toward applicants currently enrolled in college or who have recently graduated. You will partner with Northeast Whitewater to learn the ins and outs of an adventure-based company focused on providing a quality, personalized outdoor adventure experience all the while working to better our marketing efforts and aid our organization in improving its presence digitally and in an online social world.

Northeast Whitewater offers a wonderfully perfect mix for those that love adventure and the outdoors.  The intern will learn new skills, generate ideas and get to know new people.  How to apply for our Adventure Marketing internship?  Complete our application and return to Northeast Whitewater immediately.  Have questions and can’t wait to talk about it?  Give us a call at 207-695-0151 and ask for Jessica, Adventure Coordinator here at Northeast Whitewater.  Or, even more awesome and a huge kudos from us, we challenge you to put together a 1 – 2 minute video about why you are exactly what Northeast Whitewater is looking for in our adventure marketing internship position.  Go!

Check out this video that Jack put together from the 2016 summer at Northeast Whitewater!

What to Know Before You Go: A Guide to Whitewater Rafting in Maine

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A whitewater rafting trip in Maine can be enjoyed by folks that may be a little apprehensive to the most adventurous travelers.  Make sure that your first trip out whitewater rafting in Maine will be a memorable and enjoyable one by knowing what to expect and how best to prepare for this out of your comfort zone experience.  Following our straight forward guidelines will help provide you with a great time whitewater rafting with friends and family.  Once you review our “What to Know Before You Go: A Guide to Whitewater Rafting in Maine” and get out on our Northeast Whitewater rivers, you will discover a hobby that will create lasting memories with family and friends.

When is the best time to go white water rafting?

Our rafting season in Maine runs from May – October, seven days a week.  Maine is fortunate to have dam controlled rivers.  This gives us guaranteed daily scheduled water flows on all our whitewater rivers throughout our entire season. So you are guaranteed an incredible whitewater rafting day whether you visit in the spring, summer or fall.  Some factors to keep in mind are both air and water temperatures which vary throughout the season.  Just an inside tidbit; since Maine’s whitewater rivers are dam controlled, you can choose to raft in say, August when it’s warm and sunshiny and have the same river flow for rafting that someone gets in May when the water is still cold.  Keep that in mind.

Do I need to have white water rafting experience?

Experience is not necessary. However, minimum ages do apply for each river (beginning at 8 years old). There is NO maximum age limit. Having normal health is advised and expected. There will be approximately 8 guests per raft, and your Registered Maine Guide will be with you at all times. You can choose to have your own private raft, called sport rafts.  Northeast Whitewater has both 4 and 6 person sport rafts.  Please note: smaller rafts make for a wilder ride and guarantee the best guide.  We offer a detailed safety orientation before all whitewater rafting trips to maximize your safety and fun!

How to make a reservation for whitewater rafting?

northeast-whitewater-raftingDo your research by searching for the right whitewater rafting company that fits into what you are looking to get out of your trip.  Is it a family friendly experience that you are looking for or is it to howl at the moon with your buddies?  There are companies that can accommodate both types of people, so make sure you have picked the right place for you.  Put Northeast Whitewater Rafting to the test today by calling to ask us questions, talk about what you are looking to get out of your whitewater rafting trip experience or request a brochure!

It’s important when you call a whitewater rafting company to ask, why you should choose their company.  Make sure you are given specifics and what their company does to make the whitewater rafting trip interesting and fun, both on and off the river.

Planning a Group Rafting Trip

Organizing a group whitewater rafting trip doesn’t have to be stressful, but can be if you aren’t aware of when to plan.   Start by selecting your rafting date and collecting money from the group members.  A deposit is required when you book your whitewater rafting trip to hold your spots in the rafts for your specified date.  At Northeast Whitewater you can choose to pay for the entire group or can create an online group reservation for individuals to pay for themselves.  Recognize that there are discounts in rafting when scheduling as a group, so individual payments may cost you and your group more.  Remember to book for the number of rafters that you know, not what you don’t know.  Check the cancellation policy before you pay for the entire group. Cancellations within 30 days of the trip are non-refundable.  Whitewater rafting companies in Maine have a short season and limited space in rafts and on trips each day – these limits are set by the State of Maine legislation and operational capacity.  When you make a reservation, you are buying a seat in a raft on a certain date on a certain river.

How Long is a River Rafting Day Trip?

A typical whitewater rafting day kicks off between 8 and 9 AM and wraps up between 4 and 5 PM.  This will depend on which river you and your family choose for your day trip in whitewater rafting.  Average river miles range from 10-15 miles.

What is Provided for Whitewater Rafting?

northeast-whitewater-raftingMaine whitewater rafting outfitters provide the tools needed for a fun, safe day on the river; paddles, type V personal flotation device (PFDs), helmets (which are typically required for rapids greater than class II), wetsuits for cold weather rafting days are available for rental, Northeast Whitewater has state of the art self-bailing rafts, Registered Maine Whitewater Raft Guides at the helm of each raft, a BBQ riverside lunch, transportation, a photo slideshow of the days adventure, and a super fun, exceptionally amazing whitewater rafting day.

Can I Bring My Own Gear?

If you have your own wetsuit and footwear you may wear it, as long as it meets Northeast Whitewater Rafting and State of Maine standards. You must wear our PFD’s during all Northeast Whitewater Rafting trips. Helmets are required on all trips and if you have your own whitewater helmet you may wear it on the river.

  • Wear proper gear: Expect to get soaked (who doesn’t love a good chance to show off that bikini). But, to stave off what we call “Raft Butt” pack a pair of gym shorts or water-resistant shorts for a barrier to the raft, so your bum won’t get chaffed. Adventure Coordinator at Northeast Whitewater Jessica Hargreaves recommends wearing synthetic materials because cotton pulls heat away from your body, which drops your core temperature. And to protect the toes, Hargreaves suggests water shoes or sandals that are securely fastened to your feet, instead of wearing flip-flops and no bare feet.
  • De-bling: Leave jewelry and money in the car.  If you don’t want it to get wet or take the chance of slipping off and losing your wedding ring to the river gods.
  • Dry off: Pack a change of clothes, a towel, and some water — though drenched, you’ll likely be thirsty once the rafting day is over.  Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and bring medications that you can not live without.

Where To Stay?

Northeast Whitewater at Moosehead Lake uniquely offers a variety of lodging options suitable for everyone all near to our quaint little town with gift shops and restaurants for your evening out after your day of whitewater rafting.  We offer cost-effective Stay & Play Packages that incorporate staying in campgrounds, cabins, Inns, or motels along with the total price for your trip.  If you aren’t familiar with the area, have a large group, or simply don’t want to bother with finding your own accommodations this is the way to go!

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Get as much information about Moosehead Lake things to do when you call.  Northeast Whitewater offers many adventures from 3 hour tours to full day trips.  Don’t forget to bring some extra money for wetsuit rentals (if a chilly day), a polyester Northeast Whitewater river shirt, souvenir t-shirts, hats, eye glass retainers (chums), pictures of the rafting day and any other last minute items that will help to make you more comfortable or provide an awesome souvenir for your whitewater rafting day trip.

All Northeast Whitewater Rafting guided trips meet at Northeast Whitewater Lodge & Guide Service 5 miles south of Moosehead Lake located at 155 Greenville Road Shirley, Maine 04485.