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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Northeast Whitewater Rafting Safety Speech

Northeast Whitewater Safety Speech by Matt Hawkins
My Personal Account of How (I Think) I Deliver a Safety Speech:

Shortly after leaving Base and playing an ice-breaking game (or two), the Moosehead Bus pulls onto the Dam road, leaving a small amount of time for final crew preparations. Previously hidden by thick tree-cover, the morning sun unexpectedly hits your back through the rear windows. It begins to ease the nerves that have been crawling up your legs with the anticipation of your adventure.

Seeing the excited jitters of those around you, you are reminded of why you awoke so early on the first morning of your vacation. Like the “” commercials, you pretend to pat yourself on the back for what you’re about to provide for yourself and the ones you care about.

But then, with the click of a helmet buckle, you snap out of your quiet self-appreciation and notice a figure emerge at the front of the bus. It’s your raft guide, rising in the dusty morning light to bring everyone together.

Rushing air from the open windows slightly rustles their hair as they prepare for what appears to be a glorious reenactment of a speech by the Spartan King Leonidas. Yet, because of the way the morning light shines through the cabin of the bus and hits their face, the image of Leonidas begins to fade. However, it becomes replaced by a silhouette that uncannily resembles a young David Coverdale, lead singer for Whitesnake, in the 1987 video for “Here I go Again” (Google search: “1980s”).

Up at the front, the guide sings to himself (or herself) that chart-topping hit from decades ago: “I’ve made up my mind….I aint wastin’ no more time”. With a stare previously shrouded by a helmet, the guide finds the eyes of everyone on the bus, even your eyes, and cracks a smile. This is the moment that the Northeast Whitewater Safety Speech - the all-important, un-missable, and temporarily spellbinding safety speech - begins.
“Alrighty! Who’s ready to go WHITEWATER RAFTING?!?!”

(Give a high-five to the nearest crewmember)

“Before we can hit the river, we have to go over a few things with you. First and foremost, you all brought your passports right? The border is just up  the road…..”

“Oh you didn’t? Well it was in the email. Gary, it looks like we aren’t going to that river today.”

“Okay, well nonetheless, we are on a journey today. In whitewater rafting, just like in life, you should have a general sense of how not to get yourself hurt. The first step in knowing that is understanding how your equipment works.”

“First is your helmet, which adjusts just like a bike helmet. If you’ve never worn a bike helmet before, make sure that you sit in the front of your boat today.”

“The second piece of equipment is your Personal Flotation Device, otherwise known as a Life Jacket or “Floaty”. You’ll notice that there are 4 buckles, the last being hidden near your belly button. All of these buckles must be fastened. For each one that isn’t, your raft guide will be fined 50 DOLLARS. We only make 32 cents a day, and it would take the entire summer to pay off that fine.”

“Now, it’s very important that you understand how the third piece of equipment, your paddle, works. You may have seen me using it as an air-guitar earlier this morning. Notice, though, that that was in the parking lot. I would never do that in a boat. This is because the paddle is the most dangerous object on the river, besides Brandon of course (taps fellow guide on the shoulder). Two parts, the blade and the T-grip, can be very hazardous if moving through the air at uncontrollable velocities. Not sure why? Just ask Rileigh (softly pats other guide on the head).  The best way to prevent an injury caused by the T-grip is to have everyone in the boat  never let go of their T-grip while in the boat. If we don’t do this, we risk having an episode of what we call “Summer Teeth”. This is when summer in your mouth, summer in your friend’s mouth, and summer floating down the river. So I can’t emphasize it enough: ALWAYS KEEP YOUR HAND ON YOUR T-GRIP. The other dangerous part of the paddle is the blade. But we can minimize injuries from the blade by always resting our paddles on our laps when we aren’t paddling. Further, when we are paddling, the blade should be all the way in the water. In everyday life, nobody likes “just the tip”. Here at Northeast Whitewater, we are not satisfied either, and we like to see blades fully in the water so that we can paddle most efficiently.”

“The final piece of equipment is the raft. Plain-and-simple: It’s a beast. It can handle a lot. But, it doesn’t like it when people sit in the middle of the cabin. Here, there are grey, bench-like tubes that run across the boat. We call them “Thwarts” because, in a rapid, they will thwart anyone’s attempt at remaining in the boat. In other words: Don’t sit on the Thwarts. The other part of the boat you will notice is a bright red perimeter tube. That is what you will be sitting on for the majority of the day. Once we get to the boats, your guide will demonstrate the proper techniques on how to sit in the boat.”

“So that’s our equipment. The next thing you need to understand is that your guides are here to be your friends, to make you smile, and to get you wet. That being said, we’ll be yelling at you a lot today. We have a series of commands that we tell our crew so that we can get down the river as safely as possible while having the most fun. So the commands are as follows:
-       ‘All-Ahead!’: This is when everyone, paddling in perfect unison (of course), puts the blade of the paddle all the way in to the water ahead of them and pulls the blade backwards through the water, driving us forward.
-       ‘All- Back!’: A command used to slow the raft down. It also requires paddling in unison, but this time it is in the opposite direction of ‘All-Ahead’.
-       ‘Back on the Right!’: This is where commands get tricky, but your guide will go over it again with you. When we say ‘Back on the Right!’, we are telling the right-hand side of the boat to paddle backwards. But this doesn’t mean that the left-hand side gets a break. They must paddle forwards while the other side paddles backwards. This will turn the boat faster and put us in a better position on the water.
-       “Back on the Left!’: Same idea. Left side paddles backwards while the right side paddles forwards.
-       ‘Hold on!’ (or any four-letter explicative you wouldn’t say in front of your mother): When this command is yelled, you take your outside hand and reach across your body to grab the black lines running along the Thwarts (now you realize their importance). The key point of this command: Don’t panic. We’re here for fun, remember? Panicking makes you take a hand off your T-Grip, and when that happens, you might realize at lunch that you have less teeth than you started the day with.
-       ‘Stop!’ or ‘Take a break!’: Everyone’s favorite command. Just rest your paddle on your lap and enjoy the scenery, letting the warm river water run off of your head. Don’t lose focus though, you will be needed soon.
-       ‘Shift Right/Shift Left!’: Your guide will go over this with you once we get to our boats, but it is simple. Without throwing yourself out of the boat, and while keeping  a hand on your T-Grip, shift your body in the direction that the guide commands. …. Here, lets practice!”

(We basically rock the bus now)

“Those were  the commands, and now I need to outline a few guidelines to further keep you safe and having a great time.

“The first is that should anything unexpected happen, do not panic. Your guides have experience in many different situations on the river, and you’ll notice that they will always have a smile on their face, so you should to.”

“Nonetheless, if you take a voluntary self-guided tour of the river today (i.e, go for a swim accidently), here’s what you need to know:

1)   Never try to stand up. Maine’s rivers are infamously known around the world for being the only native home to bottom-feeding river Sharks. If you try to stand up, you may feel them bite your legs. You may also feel like you just hit a rock really hard. If you attempt to stand up, you could get what’s called a foot entrapment, where your feet are caught underneath the rocks, which is a situation we don’t want anybody to find themselves in. Either way, you don’t want to stand up in the River.
2)   Never swim to shore. The boat is the safest place on the river for you and your guide. The riverbanks are littered with sharp rocks and booby-traps set by the elusive Appalachian Purple Gremlin. You don’t want to fall into their traps, because then your guide will have to come get you. Then you will swim downriver to the boat with him or her, who is now frustrated that they had to defeat a Gremlin King without the other guides watching. (Just for your understanding, river guides and Gremlins haven’t seen eye-to-eye since the late ‘70s. )
3)   There are two types of swimming: “Offensive” and “Defensive”. Offensive swimming is the technique you use when you are actively trying to get back to the boat, when you’re swimming like you would at a pool: on your chest, kicking your legs, and using your arms to get you back to the boat. Defensive swimming is your best attempt at evading the river sharks that I just talked about. You are lying on your back, keeping your ‘nose-and-toes’ above the water, with your feet pointing down-river. If there was any confusion, you keep your nose above the water because you can’t breath underneath the surface of it.”

“If you’re having a great time, getting into an intense rapid and screaming with joy, we’ve accomplished our goal for the day. But, what if, all of a sudden there's a jolt and great splash of water?! You hear a distressing scream come from your friend’s Grandmother in the back and there’s a mess of paddles in the air before everything goes dark…..”

“No, you’re not unconscious. But you are under a flipped raft. So here’s my best advice: Don’t Panic. If you are under the raft, you’ll find the message in brail that we have written on the underside of all of our boats that says “GET THE HECK OUTTA HERE!”. Then, you just pick a direction and go. The rafts are, at most, 16 feet long, so you will pop out on any side that you go to. Once you pop up, you’ll notice your guide on top of the boat, dry as a bone, helping people back into the boat. Once everyone is in, you will continue down the river with a newly-found appreciation for your seat on the raft.”

“Now, if you’re swimming and cannot grab the side of the boat while someone pulls you in, there are two ways to get you back in the boat. The first is with a ‘T-Grip Save’. Whichever crewmember is closest to you will extend their paddle to you and yell “GRAB MY T-GRIP!!!”. After waiting for you to grab the paddle, the crewmember will pull you to the side of the boat so that you can be pulled back in. Now, let me be clear, this is the ONLY time that a guide will instruct someone to take their hand off of their paddle grip.”

“But if you are a further distance from the boat than the length of a paddle, the guide can use their handy Throw Bag. If this scenario arises, your guide will yell “ROPE!!”. However, you’ll only here “….Rope…” because you’re swimming whitewater! Then, like an Aaron Rodgers hail-Mary as time expires, the guide will throw the bag in a graceful arc directly into your arms. It’s important that you grab the ROPE, not the BAG. This is because the bag contains 75 feet of rope in it. If you are 20 feet from the boat and grab the bag, you will float another 55 feet from the boat before the guide can get tension to pull you in. When being pulled in, you should put the bag over your shoulder and face away from the boat. Otherwise, you will be pulled back to the boat with A LOT of water rushing into your nose and mouth. Unless you have a sinus infection, you won't like this.”

(Take a brief pause to let it all soak in)

“Does anyone have any questions at this point? That was a lot of stuff to be thrown at you, but don’t worry, your guide will go over it again.”

“Well we’re almost there so I have only have a few small things to say:”

“First, this is strictly a chem-free trip. If you brought anything that would be classified as “not chem-free", please leave it here on the bus. Our bus driver will hold onto it and sell back to you whatever is left at the end of the day. If you bring anything on the river, SHAME ON YOU. Technically-speaking, you are operating a vehicle under the influence, and we don’t want to deal with any of that today.  So, if we suspect you of doing anything illegal, your guide will take your paddle and have you sit on the Thwarts. When we go down the river, anybody that sees us passing by will notice you, bored and without a paddle,  and quickly realize that you were caught doing something bad.”  

“Second, know that we are here to help you enjoy this experience as much as possible. If you are cold, let us know. We have extra cloths in our dry bag. If you are thirsty, we have water for you. If you are hot, we will (gently?) throw you in the river.”

“If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Further, if you have any medical conditions or allergies that we should know about, please let us know.”

“So I can only speak for myself here, but I am STOKED to get to the River! Anybody else?!”


We approach the gate to the Dam, another successful safety speech delivered. You still see a little bit of David Coverdale in that silhouette now laughing and jumping at the front of the bus.
In their head, with full confidence for the day that lies ahead, they think to himself or herself: “Here I go again”.

Finally, the real adventure begins.

Guide Profile:  Matt Hawkins works for Northeast Whitewater as a Maine Raft Guide, Trip Leader, Creative Videographer and is quite frankly, an all around great guy.  For a young man born in the mid-90's, his love for 80's rock bands is a bit confusing, yet charming (especially when he plays air guitar "to really get in the groove" each raft day morning).  Matt is a full-time student at Colby College in Maine and just returned from a semester abroad in Scotland.  To meet Matt or request him as your river guide, call Northeast Whitewater 207-695-0151. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Whitewater Rafting Morning Raft Day Checklist

Whether you have been whitewater rafting before or its your first time whitewater rafting in Maine, Northeast Whitewater answers all your questions about whitewater rafting in the morning raft day checklist speech.  It's a fact, that all guests have the same questions!  It makes it very easy for us to answer each and every question posed by all of our guests the morning of the raft trip day, at our morning rafting speech.  Granted, we go over our raft day checklist information via phone when guests schedule with us, then again in our reservation confirmation, but to hear it first hand the morning of the trip goes like this. 

"Welcome to Northeast Whitewater!  You are whitewater rafting today on the KENNEBEC river.  We need to go over the boring stuff before we can head out on the river and have some fun! 

1) Liability Waiver
First, everyone in your party must complete a liability waiver.  In a nutshell, this waiver says there is inherent risk involved in the activity that you are signing on to participate in today; whether that is eating Rileigh's lunch, riding on the bus or doing a day packed full of whitewater action.  A few things on the form that we need to go over.  What folks never seem to know when they are on vacation - the date!  Today's date is (insert date of trip).  Program name is RAFT and the trip location is spelled on our Northeast Whitewater river map - KENNEBEC.  The rest of the form is your contact information.  If you have anyone in your party that is under the age of 18 a parent or guardian that is over the age of 18 is required to sign for that member of your party.  I will call your party name, you will come meet me at the Northeast Whitewater counter and I'll give you your groups liability waivers and some pens.  Once your done filling out the liability waivers in their entirety, please return those to me and we will continue to talk about what to wear and what to expect for the day.  Sound good?!

...Smith Party of 8!!!

Thanks folks for turning in your liability waivers.  Now, let's talk about what to expect for today!

Your guess is as good as mine as to what the weather is going to do today.   The weatherman is calling for temps in the 60's and a chance of showers this afternoon.  No matter what the weather decides to do though, we dress for the WATER not the weather.  Why do we dress for the WATER, not the weather?  Because you are going to be WET all day!  We want you wet and warm, not wet and cold.

2) What to wear
Some options in regards to what to wear on today's whitewater rafting trip.  No cotton on the river!  Once cotton is wet, it keeps you wet and cold and will suck the heat out of you.  So, you are welcome to wear your cotton t-shirt on the bus ride, but don't wear it on the river.  We have a few options for you to keep you wet and warm - our Northeast Whitewater river shirts are one option.  We have both short and long sleeve options in a variety of colors and what is really super cool about our river shirts is that the river that you will be rafting on today is on the back of the shirt.  Just make sure if you are going to opt for that option, you are the guest that picks the seat in front of the guide, so the guide knows where to go on the river today!  Northeast Whitewater river shirts are multi-purpose because they not only can be worn on the river today, they are a great souvenir.

If you would like to rent wetsuits today, we can offer you a half wetsuit or a full wetsuit.  We have farmer john's for you fellas and farmer jane's for us ladies.  They are very fashionable!  What happens is the water between your skin and the neoprene warms, which helps to keep you warm.  If you would prefer to wear our wetsuit top instead, that is available as well.  The wetsuit top is more of an insurance policy that you have an extra layer for the rafting trip, but if you decide that you are too warm, you can take it off and tie the wetsuit top right into the raft.  If your prone to getting cold we recommend a full wetsuit, which is both the top and the farmer john.  Wetsuits are available for rent when we are through with our morning raft day checklist.

3) River shoes
Next, you must where shoes on your feet - no flip flops, no crocs - something that is securely fastened to your feet.  If not, the river will take your shoes away and you won't be happy at the end of the day without your shoes.  Sandals with a back strap, old tennis sneakers or your own water shoes work great.  We also have river shoes that are for sale in the shop, or river booties available for rental.

4) Holding your sunglasses on your face
You are welcome to wear glasses or sunglasses on the river, but you must get some restraining straps called CHUMS to hold your glasses on your face or the river will ... woosh ... take your glasses away and you won't have your glasses at the end of the day and that will make you sad.  So, either get some CHUMS here in the shop or don't wear your glasses.

5) What to take with you (or not to take with you)?
You are welcome to take a bag on the bus.  What my bag would have in it is some sunscreen, my water bottle, a dry cotton t-shirt for the end of the day, a towel and maybe a little snack for the end of the day.  Do not take anything of value with you on today's river trip.  Gary is our bus driver today and he's not responsible for your personal items.  You don't need your wallets, phones or valuables out on the river.  Lock up your valuables in your car and we have a key box here at the desk, in which we will make sure that your car is safe in our parking lot today.  Just make sure any of those fancy cars out there are fueled up, so Jess can go get some lunch.  (chuckle, chuckle).

6) Cameras
You are welcome to bring a waterproof camera along.  If you don't have your own waterproof camera, we have some disposable cameras here for sale that take great candids of your river experience.  We will be showing pictures at the end of today's whitewater rafting trip on our big screen TV's.  You will get to see all of your big whitewater rafting hits today and we'll also get to see if there were any lily dippers on your raft (learning how to paddle comes later in the guides morning safety speech).  The pictures are available for purchase when you return from today's rafting trip.

7) Food
Is anyone in this group a vegetarian?  We won't make fun of you, I promise.  We serve our famous grilled riverside BBQ today half way through the trip, which includes steak, chicken, a vegetarian option for any vegetarians, river rice, pasta salad, bread and brownies - a nice big feast half way through your day.  If anyone has any food allergies, please be sure to come see us at the counter, so we can accommodate you.

8) Get your gear
If you all have signed your life away and we've answered all of your questions, in regards to today's whitewater rafting trip and you don't need anything in the shop or wetsuit rentals; you are going to turn around, go outside and there are some knuckle heads outside that we call raft guides, that are going to give you three required pieces of equipment today - a lifejacket, helmet and a paddle.  There are changing rooms outside, so go get geared up for the river day and then we'll meet back at the picnic tables for the morning group photo, where you'll meet your guide and then load up on the bus and head to the river."

White water rafting in Maine is not only a fun, exhilarating adventure for most age groups, but also a great way to disconnect from our hectic lifestyles, enjoy family and friends time (and an excessive amount of water).  Our #1 family activity at Moosehead Lake Maine is our Kennebec river whitewater rafting trip.  Northeast Whitewater's Kennebec river trip is great for kids as young as 8 and as old as you can be!  Check out Northeast Whitewater Rafting Trips and our guided overnight rafting trips. And remember, it's okay to be a little nervous, but our experienced Registered Maine Guides are not only exceptional at providing an amazing river experience, they are fun to spend the day with.  Visit Northeast Whitewater this summer to check out our trips first hand!
Northeast Whitewater Rafting - Kennebec River

This is Jessica's morning raft day checklist speech.  All Northeast whitewater raft guides have their own twist and variation to make it a fun, yet informative raft day informational session for our guests.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

7 Maine Experiences You Can Gift this Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing, kicked off this week with turkey day and giving thanks.  With all the shopping talk going on this weekend; black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday; who isn't feeling a little overwhelmed about what to buy your 14 year old niece or get for your 39 year old brother.  Well, here's a list of 7 Maine experiences you can gift this holiday season for friends and family living in or visiting Maine in 2016.

1) State of Maine Park Pass
Maine is home to over 500,000 acres of both state and national parks.  When you buy a State of Maine Park pass, your gift gets your loved one the choice of 32 state parks for a picnic lunch, tackling an outdoor adventure or relaxing under an old oak tree.  Our State parks offer swimming in the ocean or a lake, hiking up a mountain or through the woods, biking along rail-trails or even camping at 12 of the state parks in Maine.  This is sure to be a great gift for young and old.

2) De-Stress Gift
Who are we kidding?  The holiday season is stressful.  Granted it's a time for giving, sharing, and caring, but it tends to be hectic.  Help your sister, who has her hands full with 3 toddlers, de-stress for an afternoon of pampering.  Anthony's Day Spa in Bangor is one of my favorites.  Whether she chooses a pedicure to relax those aching feet or a relaxation massage to unwind, you will definitely delight her with the attempt to make that busy mom feel at ease.

3) White Water Rafting for the entire family
Kennebec River Family Trip
Okay, so you will absolutely be the #1 uncle when you buy whitewater rafting gift certificates for your family this holiday.  Kennebec river rafting is Northeast Whitewater's #1 activity for anyone seeking adventure.  Tackle rapids like Big Mama and her Three Sisters and Magic Falls Rapid during on Maine's Kennebec rafting trip, then float down the river or experience the lower river on inflatable kayaks.  This Maine raft trip is a hit for all ages and abilities! Gift certificates are on sale now for a super low price, so why not give the gift of adventure to the most adventurous family members?!

Our raft guide, Stephanie at Muse.
4) Wine & Paint
Men, listen up.  This is your chance to really make your lady happy.  This is a great date night when you gift this Maine experience.  Portland and the Bangor area are leaders in the wine and sip movement here in Maine, but I'm sure it won't take long for more Maine communities to offer this fun, creative and whimsical experience in their own hometown.  Check out Muse in Portland or Generations Boutique & Art Studio in Brewer to buy gift certificates for this super unique holiday gift.

5) Isn't it grand... Canyon of Maine
You don't have to leave the great state of Maine to see the Grand Canyon of the East.  Travel to the Moosehead Lake area to join a guided waterfall hike with Northeast Whitewater.  Peak summer, expect the waterfalls to be warm enough to take a refreshing dip.  During the spring, the volume of whitewater tumbling over the ledges is worth every step in the woods.  Fall is spectacular with blazing colors ideal for say ... your niece that is really getting into photography to seek out an adventurous Maine day in the woods. 

6) Maine Beer Tour
You know one or two, okay maybe more than that, but we all have beer lovers in our lives, right?!  As Maine raft guides, WE are beer lovers, so yes we know a few first hand.  Beer tours are a fun way to meet other people, as well as the connoisseur of yeast and hops first hand.  The Portland Maine area has a couple of tour options where you leave the driving to the experts.  The Maine Brew Bus and Maine Beer Tours both offer comfortable rides to distilleries and breweries.  The Sea Dog Brewing Co. located on the Penobscot river waterfront in Bangor offers brewery tours daily and yummy food.

7) Canoeing with a Moose
Maine Bull Moose Canoe Tour
When in Maine, see a moose.  All ages will love this Maine experience gift.  Guided tours are offered daily from May - mid October in the Moosehead Lake area with Northeast Whitewater's Maine Moose Watching guides.  Guests will enjoy interpretative guiding on the ride to a remote Maine woods pond.  Big, wide and stable canoes are placed into the water and with the guides help, guests load for a leisurely paddle to explore the woods pond to see waterfowl, Maine foliage, birds, otter and the elusive Maine moose.  Round-trip this experiential Maine trip is 3.5-4 hours and wonderfully wild fun for everyone.

No need to stress on what to buy this holiday season.  Think adventure gifts, not junk and you'll be the #1 gift giver at the holiday party.  Happy Holidays!

Thoughtfully submitted by Jessica Hargreaves.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Maine Adventure Gifts - Annual Rafting Sale - Gift Ideas

Northeast Whitewater is excited to offer our annual whitewater rafting sale.  Maine
adventure gifts are the best gift ideas for your adventurous family and
friends.  Northeast Whitewater's annual rafting sale is our lowest
priced trip offer all year long.  It won't last long!  Sale ends
December 18, 2015.  Call Northeast Whitewater to buy your gift
certificates today.  207-695-0151.

Maine Whitewater Rafting on the Penobscot River

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Northeast Whitewater Traveler Reviews

Thanks for clicking the learn more link!  You are only steps away from receiving 1 Free Raft trip from Northeast Whitewater.  Here's what you need to do - write a nice review of your experience with Northeast Whitewater on YELP or TRIPADVISOR between now and October 31, 2015.

If you take the time to review us, then send us an email with the subject line "Traveler Review" and a copy of your review; we will reward you for your kindness! Anyone that enters a review between now and October 31, 2015 will receive 1 FREE RAFT trip in the 2016 season from us.  Just our way of saying thank you.

Some of you may have already reviewed Northeast Whitewater on TRIPADVISOR, well that is awesome and thank you!  But, please go ahead and review us on YELP during this time frame (or vice versa) to take part in our end of season THANK YOU offer.

The fine print:
Traveler review entries must occur between Sunday, October 4 and Saturday, October 31, 2015 to be eligible for 1 Free Raft trip in the 2016 season.  Limit 1 Free Raft trip no matter how many reviews are written.  Offer can not be combined with any other discount offer.  Non-refundable/non transferable.  1 Free raft trip is redeemable from Saturday, May 28, 2016 - Saturday, July 9, 2016.  1 Free Raft trip is valued at $100.  State of Maine river/road access fee is additional and $6 per person on both the Kennebec and Penobscot rivers.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Back to School Rafting Trip Sale!

Who doesn't like a back to school sale and why not have that back to school sale be whitewater rafting in Maine?!!  Northeast Whitewater rafting doesn't want summer to slip away, so our incentive for you is to get outdoors with us and have some fun on our Maine rivers before the back to school bug really hits. 

Why you want to plan now for your back to school raft trip with Northeast Whitewater?
  • We are Maine's family-oriented whitewater rafting company.
  • You connect with experienced and FUN Maine whitewater raft guides that love showing our guests a safe, superb river time.
  • Since we are the ONLY Maine rafting company at Moosehead Lake, we are convenient to BOTH the Kennebec and Penobscot rivers, which allows you to experience TWO RIVERS in TWO DAYS!
  • Your kids raft with us for half-off the regular trip price on specified days (see below)!
Saturday, August 29
Sunday, August 30
Wednesday, September 2
Sunday, September 6
Saturday, September 12 - TURBINE TEST
Sunday, September 20
Saturday, September 26 - TURBINE TEST

Call Northeast Whitewater at 207-695-0151 and GET STARTED planning now by completing our online form.  We hope to see you on the river!

Half price deal for kids ages 8-17.