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4 Trips for Adventure Loving Families

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Family adventure trips guide you into a world of active getaways that you may never attempt on your own.  Of course most of you don’t have a whitewater raft in your backyard or inflatable kayaks to outfit your entire family, that is why choosing a guided adventure vacation can take you beyond your comfort zone and allow you to try something exciting and new together as a family, that will surely create memories to last a lifetime.  We have listed 4 trips for adventure loving families that should give you some unique vacation ideas for your next visit to Maine.

mt-kineo-moosehead-lakeGo on a hike that you have to take a boat ride to get to!  Mount Kineo rises 700 feet high above the surface of Moosehead Lake.  A commercial boat shuttle to Mount Kineo leaves routinely from Rockwood, located on Moosehead Lake’s western shore or take a kayak or canoe.  Choose from 4 different trails that all lead to the summit, each with varied difficulty from easy to more strenuous and challenging.  Enjoy panoramic views of Moosehead Lake and the surrounding mountain scenery.  Then, take a dip in the lake, sunbathe on the sandy beach and enjoy a picnic lunch on your very own (for the day) island hideaway!

Venture into the wilds of the north woods to experience the splendor of seeing one of the largest animals in the northern hemisphere…Moose!  Maine is home to 60,000 moose, but they are elusive so hiring a guide to take you and your family to the secret spots where moose live can be an adventure of a lifetime.  It’s exciting to see this large animal from a guided moose tour by canoe.  Remember to stay quiet and patient and to take in the entire experience.  Wildlife is a gift and a wonderful thing to share together as a family.  If wildlife watching is important to you and the experiential adventure vacation that you are planning, we recommend going on a Bar Harbor whale watch or puffin tour while you are visiting Maine, as well.

Hike to Maine’s ice caice-cave-hikeves.  What are ice caves you ask? A pile of heavy boulders that were plowed together by glaciers during the last ice age make openings between the rocks, with no sun exposure ice forms. There are metal rungs to help with the decent into the cave and as you enter there is a feeling like you have entered a freezer, so extra layers are recommended on this adventure.  You may even want to bring a headlamp.  There is a large main “room” that is large enough to stand and for the more adventurous caver, you can shimmy your way into smaller chambers.  What’s great about this hike is that round trip its about 3 miles.  If anyone in your group is not excited about going into the caves, no big deal, the hike is beautiful and you can swim, picnic and relax by the lake nearby!

Whitewater Rafting: If you would like your family to experience some of the best whitewatekennebec-river-raftingr in the Northeast, than a rafting trip with Northeast Whitewater will top the list for your next family adventure vacation.  We offer a unique class of adventure trips from mild to wild on the Kennebec river and Penobscot river for families with young children and teens.  Our registered Maine guides not only navigate through the whitewater rapids, they lead fun games both on and off the water, there is a delicious riverside BBQ served up mid-day and the finest selection of whitewater equipment to play around on the river.

These 4 trips for adventure loving families makes for a great start when planning your next vacation to Maine.  Check out all of our Moosehead Lake things to do for the entire family to adventure together on your next family trip.  Need some help navigating the adventure trip options?  Give our adventure coordinators a call 207-695-0151 and we’ll make your next family vacation planning easy for you with an engaging itinerary that you are sure to impress even the fussy teen in your household.


5 Reasons We Love Whitewater Rafting

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The Northeast has incredibly awesome whitewater rivers.  Here’s 5 reasons why we love whitewater rafting and think you will, too!

Adventure – the spice of life.  We all need a little adventure in our lives.  Step out of your comfort zone, feel your adrenaline flow while the river rushes around you.  Whitewater rafting is a thrilling, adventure that really makes you feel alive, puts a smile on your face and truly makes you happy.

img_0056Wildlife & Scenery – nature abounds.  Bald eagles, osprey and waterfowl; mergansers and mallards to name a few.  Craggy, rock gorge cliff walls jutting up from the rolling river waves, best seen from our whitewater rafts.  Uniquely experienced wildlife spotting of moose on the Penobscot river and moose greet our bus many days when we traverse the woods road to our Kennebec river rafting trip.

Health and Wellness.  Putting outdoor time on your calendar is good for your health and well being, so why not add whitewater rafting to your outdoor agenda?  A day of whitewater rafting gives you a natural splash of vitamin D.  Rafting is a great way to get exercise while having fun, you will be embraced by a beautiful natural environment that will make you feel happy.  And what is great about that?  A good night sleep will be a great nightcap after a day spent in the outdoors on one of our Maine rivers.

Awesome guides – 2016 Maine Raft Guide Olympics Champions!  Not only are our Maine whitewater rafting guides fun to spend the day with, they are knowledgeable about the whitewater rivers, the area, tales and lore of the Maine river community and did I mention champions of the 2016 Maine raft guide Olympics?!  In a nutshell, we are a team.  Northeast Whitewater rafting guides take pride in offering an awesome whitewater rafting experience from the moment guests arrive, entertainment on the bus ride to the river and devoted to providing a safe, fun, whitewater rafting experience for all.  [Northeast Whitewater Raft Guide were the 2017 Guide Olympic runner up!]

nwr-8-04-16-k040Time spent with loved onesWhitewater rafting in Maine is our #1 family trip.  Time spent with loved ones whitewater rafting is top of our things to do list at Northeast Whitewater.  Kids unplug, memories are made with friends and family that last a lifetime.  Whether its river time with your bachelor friends, a class trip for your students or the hottest choice for your family vacation, time spent with your loved ones on a whitewater rafting trip is time well spent.

These are just a few reasons we love whitewater rafting and guarantee that you will to.  So give whitewater rafting with Northeast Whitewater a try and I’m sure that you will find our 5 reasons we love whitewater rafting, are 100% true!  You can join Northeast Whitewater for both day and overnight rafting trips from May – September.  Get started!


Northeast Whitewater Rafting September Specials

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The end of our 2016 Maine whitewater rafting season is rapidly approaching, so don’t miss out on some super September specials by joining Northeast Whitewater for whitewater rafting day and overnight rafting trips.

Labor Day weekend whitewater rafting overnight trip on the Penobscot River: $20 Off!!

IMG_0004Penobscot river overnight rafting trips are a guest favorite.  This two-day, high adventure whitewater rafting trip is a thrilling, action packed treat for adventurous rafters seeking two days on the river, overnight camping stay and meals provided by us.  Day 1 kicks off on Saturday, September 3.  All camping and rafting equipment provided, 4 delicious Maine camp fire meals and two days of whitewater rafting excitement.  This trip is regularly $279 per person, plus taxes and fees.  Sign up now and save $20 off per person!  BYOB.  Join us by booking now!

Kennebec River High Water – Saturday, September 10 & Saturday, September 24: 2 for 1 whitewater rafting September special!!

NWR 7-11-16 K018The Kennebec River High Water is an “aggressive, high water adventure whitewater rafting trip” and ideal for anyone with an adventurous, go for it, attitude! The flow nearly doubles its volume on the Kennebec river high water releases. Grilled riverside BBQ feast mid-day, all equipment, transportation and fun guides to tackle the whitewater rapids with. Join us by booking now!

Don’t miss the boat and get in on these super September specials before the whitewater rafting season rapidly flows downstream.  Questions about the September specials listed here?  Looking for information about all of our Maine whitewater rafting, moose watching and outdoor adventure trips, give us a call 207-695-0151.



Swiftwater Rescue Training Mather Rescue

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Swiftwater Rescue Training just got better!  Northeast Whitewater is thrilled to offer our Swiftwater Rescue training with guest instructor, Mike Mather of Mather Rescue. With over 20 years on the water, Mike Mather is one of the more experienced and entertaining rescue professionals in the industry. Having taught technical rescue courses all over the U.S. and in Europe, Mike has an unconventional approach to this topic. Northeast Whitewater will challenge its participants through thoughtful whitewater predicaments that will help participants to stay level headed, all the while learning to become more comfortable in swiftwater scenarios. We use kayaks, rafts, inflatable kayaks, and canoes for our Maine swiftwater rescue proswiftwatergrams. Join us for this very exciting 2-day swiftwater rescue training event on Saturday, September 17 & Sunday, September 18 at Northeast Whitewater 155 Greenville Road Shirley Mills, Maine!

Not sure why you should take a swiftwater rescue training course?  Our American Canoe Association swiftwater rescue course helps participants gain the confidence and necessary skills to deal with stressful on water situations.  Learning to become a whitewater kayaker or looking to work in the outdoor industry?  This class is a no-brainer to add to your resume.

Our swiftwater rescue clinic teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards and execution of self-rescue. Rescue vest application, strainers, entrapment, and pins are discussed, and scenarios are practiced. There will be instruction both on and off the water.  Northeast Whitewater ACA-certified Instructors, Registered Maine Guides and Swiftwater Rescue Guru and all around exceptional instructor, Mike Mather, will teach you what you need to know about river rescue & safety.

Get started by booking now or calling 207-695-0151 to find out more!

Whitewater Rafting Theme Days

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kennebec-river-raftingCan you have too much fun? We don’t think so! Here at Northeast Whitewater we’ve decided to let the good times roll by making our already awesome days on the river even more memorable. Introducing (cue exciting music)… THEME DAYS on select days in July and August! We wanted to give you the opportunity to show your team spirit from the moment you arrive. Make the most of your whitewater rafting trip by coming on a theme day! Here’s a peek at what you have to look forward to:

Wild West Wednesdays: Saddle up and gear up for your wild ride down the river! Bring your plaid, paisley, and cowboy hats y’all! We want to see the best rendition of the Wild West your family can round up on your next Maine vacation! (Disclaimer: spurs NOT recommended on rafts).

Flashback Fridays: Get groovy and start your day of fun off with some funk! Who said disco was dead? NOT US! Bring your bling and most daring 70’s psychedelic style and let’s rave on! Bonus points if you bust some moves to those rollin’ rhythms you know will be coming out of our speakers when you arrive!

Hawaiian T-Shirt Saturdays: Who needs Hawaii? Get ready to have a luau right here in the Northeast! Join in on the fun by wearing your brightest palm covered clothes! We’ll bring our own heat wave to New England! Grass skirts, leis, and pineapples are strongly encouraged.

 We are all about fun here at Northeast Whitewater and want to reward those who are like minded. In addition to making some unforgettable memories, all who dress the part for their adventure will enjoy 10% off in our retail store!

 Want to join the party? Call 207-695-0151 now to join our whitewater rafting theme days or click here to book online!

Affordable Bucket List Adventures

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Think dream trips are outside of your budget?  Think again!  Northeast Whitewater offers affordable bucket list adventures that will have you thankful that you chose to visit Maine and vacation with your friends and family, while enjoying outdoor activities that will top your bucket list.  We’ve got the inside scoop on these super-affordable bucket list items.  Here goes!maine-moose-tour

Go on a moose tour.  We’re not talking about bombing around in the woods all night long, we’re talking about canoeing where moose actually come to the water to feed.  Moose are one of North America’s largest animals, second to bison.  Cross this wildlife safari off your bucket list and enjoy a nature tour into the Maine woods and natural moose habitat with us.

Who doesn’t want to visit the Grand Canyon, right?  Well, let’s do a hike to the Grand Canyon of the East, which is right in our back yard woods of Maine.  You will enjoy hiking into 5 different waterfalls, through Maine’s Boreal forest, and appreciate the spectacular photo opportunities of Maine’s grand canyon of the east, Gulf Hagas.

You think ice caves were only an adventure to be sought after when it’s snowy, cold and actually winter outside?  Think again!  Our ice cave excursions are a bucket list adventure that you’ve got to consider.  Heavy boulders that were plowed together by glaciers during the last ice age created the ice caves in Maine’s north woods.  This full-day activity allows you to see the magnificent and meandering Penobscot River, Maine’s largest mountain, Katahdin, bald eagles and maybe even a moose!  Our ice cave excursions are offered weekly, so plan ahead now!

Whitewater rafting in Maine.  If going rafting isn’t at the top of your bucket list, it’s time to move it on up.  Whitewater rafting is a thrilling, fun and super safe activity for young and old to enjoy.  Not to mention an amazing team-building outdoor adventure for anyone going wkennebec-river-raftinghitewater rafting in Maine and did I mention the guides at Northeast Whitewater are exceptionally awesome and super fun to spend the day with?!  Choose from our #1 family rafting trip, the Kennebec river or more challenging adventure rafting trip on the Penobscot river.  It’s likely that you will find that the one day of rafting just isn’t quite enough and you’ll be begging for more, so we’ve got you covered with our Two Rivers in Two days whitewater rafting trips.  Rafting is an affordable, budget-friendly vacation for your group of friends, and you’ll be the coolest parent’s around when you book your rafting trip this summer for your entire family, and not to mention the coolest boss or scout troop leader if rafting is on the list of summer outings planned for your colleagues or troop this summer.

We welcome you to visit Mooshead Lake!  A destination that should top your bucket list when considering affordable and memorable vacations.  Located in the Maine highlands, with charming mountain towns and unspoiled wilderness.  Northeast Whitewater at Moosehead Lake is an adventure destination ideal for families, groups seeking affordable outdoor adventures and time for relaxation.  We’ve got it all right here for you, so get that list out and start crossing off these affordable bucket list adventures by calling Northeast Whitewater today book your trip at 207-695-0151!

New England Weekend Getaways

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So you live in New England and you’ve worked hard all week and now you FINALLY have two days for yourself! Somehow, every seven days we are confronted with the question of, “What do we do now?” Sure you could stick around the house, maybe clean out the garage, maybe binge watch an entire season of something on Netflix, but is that really what you want to do?! I am certain that most of us after spending 4 hours on the couch consider deleting our accounts. Why don’t we come up with a different plan for the next 48 hours of freedom!

maine-rafting-weekendHere at Northeast Whitewater, we have several trips to help make the most of your free time. If you crave adrenaline and love crossing things off of your bucket list, try our Two Rivers in Two Days package! You get to experience two of the wildest rivers in New England (we’re talking Class V whitewater) and see firsthand some of the most scenic sights in Maine, all before going back to your desk on Monday. Want to get your blood pumping even more? Ask about using one of our smaller sport rafts!

Or perhaps you are looking for something not quite as fast paced. Our Kennebec River overnight trip is the #1 overnight camping and rafting adventure in New England! Start by paddling one of our inflatable kayaks on the breathtaking waters of Moosehead Lake before being taken to a private wilderness island where your very own Registered Maine Guide will set up camp. That night, you can enjoy a roaring campfire, ice cream (that you make!!!), the huge feast prepared by your guide, and maybe even some of the abundant wildGuided Maine Overnight Tripslife that fills the Moosehead region! The next day, you take an exciting ride down the Kennebec River! No matter what your style is, we can custom-tailor a trip that is perfect for you.


Contact Northeast Whitewater for your next New England weekend getaway at 207-695-0151 or Book Now!

Memorial Day Whitewater Weekend

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Northeast Whitewater is the perfect outdoor adventure guide service for family, church, scout troop or corporate excursions for fun, excitement, team building, and memories that will last a lifetime.  Why not kick off the summer with us on our Memorial Day Whitewater Weekend rafting trip on the Kennebec River? Our experienced whitewater rafting guides will lead your raft througkennebec river raftingh the best whitewater rapids, swimming and surfing spots for big splashes and playing in the waves of the Kennebec River for a safe, super fun, whitewater rafting day.  During your trip you’ll get a taste of whitewater at “Taster Wave”, the pulse of “Big Mama”, the now you see them, now you don’t of “Magic Falls Rapid”, and the big whitewater wave train leading into, “Whitewasher Rapid”.  Book now for pre-season pricing!

Memorial Day Whitewater Weekend Kick-off

Your Kennebec river whitewater rafting adventure includes a licensed registered Maine whitewater rafting guide, all necessary safety equipment and state of the art Aire rafts, personal flotation device (PFD), helmet and paddle!

Northeast Whitewater uniquely offers our Famous Grilled Riverside BBQ at our riverside lunch site.  Our famous riverside BBQ includes choice of steak, chicken, or veggie burger, river rice cooked up in our BIG Daddy Fry Pan, Pasta Salad, Bread, and customer favorites our chewy, gooey chocolate brownies.  After lunch enjoy a float to take-out and shuttle bus back to Northeast Whitewater base lodge for slideshow of the day’s whitewater rafting excitement!

Reminder:  During the “off season” wetsuits are required prior to June 15 due to the water temps and unforeseeable weather conditions!  Wetsuits are available at Northeast Whitewater for rent ($15-$25) if you do not have your own.   A user fee of $6 per person for the Kennebec river rafting trip covers the Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife river and road access.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor to Maine, or a lifelong resident, it’s time to get out – to the heart of it all at Moosehead Lake – and experience firsthand the excitement and one-of-a-kind thrills of Maine whitewater rafting with Northeast Whitewater this Memorial Day Whitewater Weekend!

Call or Book Now for pre-season pricing with Northeast Whitewater 207-695-0151 and get in on our Memorial Day Whitewater weekend!

7 Reasons Why Maine Is Vacationland

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There are many reasons that Maine is called Vacationland.  Maine offers a unique natural setting that has been luring summer vacationers here for years.  Visitors can find endless things to do and places to explore, from pristine wilderness waterways to pine forests, clear waters and its rocky shorelines, Maine represents the perfect setting for summer—one that you won’t find just anywhere.

Maine is a great place to visit because it’s so diverse in what it has to offer.  There’s truly something for everyone when you visit Maine. Simply put, it’s beautiful here!  You can raft down a whitewater river; watch the sun rise from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park; see a moose in Maine’s wilderness, relax on the beach; and explore Portland—Maine’s world-class city.

Just in case you are still undecided about your families vacation this summer, here’s 7 reasons why Maine is Vacationland – a vacation destination that can’t be matched anywhere!

  1. Go on a moose watching tour – Maine moose can weigh over 1,000 pounds and stand over seven feet just to their shoulders!  And yet despite the massive size of the Maine moose, it can be very hard to find on your own.  Northeast Whitewater’s Maine Moose Watching Tours go on land or by canoe to proven moose hideouts with experienced registered Maine guides.  Get up close and personal, take a great photo of a moose and tell your friends that moose really do exist! moose-canoe-tour
  2. Eat a Lobster or 2!  It doesn’t have to be a lobster on the coast, though that does sound delicious, sitting ocean side taking in the salty air and savory Maine meal.  You can visit Maine, really any part of Vacationland and crack into fresh Maine lobster.  So, tie on your bibs and enjoy the succulent Maine delicacy of lobster when you visit this summer.
  3. Visit Portland Maine – there are so many reasons to visit Portland, but for this post it’s because of the amazing restaurants here.  Portland offers an innovative and nationally recognized hub of cuisine.  Bon Appétit named Portland America’s foodiest small town, the New York Times calls it “one of the best places to eat in the Northeast.”  A culture of eating out and supporting the local culinary scene has been created in Portland and if you love food, you won’t want to miss out on the experience offered in Portland for foodies.
  4. Enjoy a Maine Festival –  Maine has many festivals throughout the summer to celebrate our favorite things about Maine; its heritage, crops, music and lifestyle.  Festivals are typically held annually in Maine and for a couple days to week long events.  You can enjoy Maine’s lobster festival, potato blossom festival and wild blueberry festivals.  Beer even has its own festival in Maine because Beer and Maine’s brewer’s are on the rise.
  5. Whitewater rafting – Northeast Whitewater rafting vacations are not just wonderful ways to see Maine’s Kennebec River and Penobscot River—they’re wonderful ways to see Maine’s Vacationland.  Maine is the only state in the Northeast that can guarantee water levels even during dry sAcadia Bar Harbor Raftingummers due to daily hydropower dam releases.  Rafting trips can range from day trips to overnight whitewater rafting trips, with visitors staying at area campgrounds, lodges or cabins.  Northeast Whitewater is located at the heart of whitewater rafting country with daily whitewater rafting trips from May – September.  All equipment, transportation to and from the river and a grilled riverside BBQ feast are all included in the rafting trip.
  6. Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor, Maine – When you visit Acadia National Park you will find granite cliffs side by side with sand and cobblestone beaches at its 49,000+ acres of rock-bound coast on Mount Desert Island and offshore islands.   Enjoy hiking paths, biking trails, Cadillac mountain which is the highest peak and where the sun is first seen to welcome the day, the rocky coast and thunder hole.  After a day of adventuring in the park, enjoy the shops and bustling, yet quaint town of Bar Harbor.
  7. Moosehead Lake “America’s Crown Jewel” – When considering places to visit in the Northeast and Vacationland, the Moosehead Lake area of Maine should be a destination that tops your list if you enjoy wide open spaces, all things outdoors, and a vacation that can offer both time for relaxation and recreation.  Northeast Whitewater Moosehead Lake Things To Do give your family an assortment of outdoor options to consider for both half day family activities or full day adventures on Maine’s whitewater rivers or in the wilds of our Maine woods.

There are so many more reasons to visit Maine’s Vacationland and we have scaled it down to our top 7 reasons why.  If you are looking for more inspiration or have questions about your summer vacation plans, contact Northeast Whitewater 207-695-0151 – we are glad to help you visit Maine and enjoy Vacationland with us!

Best White Water Rafting in New England

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Whitewater rafting is a popular activity for outdoor enthusiasts to test their skills and tackle the rapids, penobscot river raftthanks to Mother Nature. New England offers many scenic settings for rafting surrounded by mountains, vast forests and exceptional white water rivers. White water rafters in New England can enjoy mild river rafting on some of the less challenging rivers here in the Northeast or step it up to push their skills on high energy, big fun, adventurous whitewater rapids.  There are rivers ranging from easy Class II to challenging Class V in New England, so you are sure to find the right whitewater rafting experience that is a perfect fit for your group.

The Best White water Rafting in New England is in the Maine Highlands, home to Moosehead Lake, the head waters to the Kennebec River and Penobscot Rafting Adventures launch daily at Northeast Whitewater Rafting.  When looking for whitewater rafting action in Maine take a trip with Northeast Whitewater, founded in 2006 on the principles of providing small, personalized trips to exceed guests expectations. Our whitewater rafting trips are led by experienced guides who provide groups with skilled instruction in rafting practices and whitewater river safety. We are also the only Maine rafting company that trains all of our whitewater rafting guides in a secondary training program, called Swiftwater Rescue, after our guides have completed their state of Maine required training to guide rafts. So, you are guaranteed the best whitewater rafting in New England with Northeast Whitewater and the best and safest whitewater experience for your family and friends.

Whitewater Rafting trips in New England are offered daily from May – September on the Kennebec kennebec-river-raftingand Penobscot Rivers in Maine. The Kennebec river is ideal for families and inexperienced whitewater paddlers.  The Kennebec river provides thrilling waves, high volume whitewater rapids, like Big Mama and her Three Sisters and the big class IV Magic Falls rapid.  The 14 miles of whitewater also includes a lower river where thrill seekers can swim in the river, experience Northeast Whitewater’s inflatable kayaks, better know as ducky’s, or relax and enjoy the beauty of the river, and its surrounding landscape.

Step it up a notch to tackle Maine’s Penobscot River, which is Maine’s longest, steepest whitewater penobscot adventuresrafting river and the most thrilling and technical whitewater rafting in the eastern United States.  The Penobscot river is suitable for more experienced rafters and those seeking a high adrenaline whitewater rafting trip.  All of Northeast Whitewater’s rafting trips include transportation to and from the river, all necessary whitewater safety equipment, the best Registered Maine raft guides and our famous grilled BBQ served up hot and delicious, riverside.

You’ll find New England rafting at its best when you head to Maine for whitewater rafting adventures with Northeast Whitewater.  Our Maine-based whitewater rafting adventure guide service offers whitewater rafting day trips, guided overnight rafting adventures and Yurts!  Look no further than Northeast Whitewater when seeking the best white water rafting in New England.  Give us a call today 207-695-0151 or book your trip now with our convenient online reservations for Kennebec River and Penobscot River Rafting.  We hope to see you on the river this summer, right here in New England, at Northeast Whitewater.