Rafting In Maine on the Penobscot River

PENOBSCOT RIVER

The Penobscot River offers the most diverse, spectacular and accessible adventure in the state. From a double run of Ripogenus Gorge to a family float on Abol Deadwater, this river can serve up the best in rafting opportunities.The Penobscot is the perfect antidote to your cooped up woes. Escape, rest, rejuvenate, live on the edge...she is your river. Maine rafting delivers guaranteed whitewater FUN from April to mid-October!

The Penobscot River in the Katahdin/Baxter State Park region, is a major waterway with consistent flows ensured by its hydroelectric dam releases. Experience spectacular Maine rafting - wild, scenic, challenging and exhilarating. You will know you are in the wilderness when you raft in Maine!

Penobscot River

Penobscot Full River

Our white water rafting trips begin on the lower river with Class I to III rapids, allowing rafters to enjoy the views and smaller surf holes and waterfalls before indulging in a riverside BBQ lunch. In the afternoon, we take on the upper river, at one point dropping over 70 feet per mile through a narrow, granite walled canyon into two advanced Class V rapids known as the Exterminator and the Staircase.

  • Trip Length: 1 Day
  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Season: April-October
  • Intensity Level: Hard
Lower River Rapids Penobscot

Lower Penobscot

Our Lower River trip on the Penobscot is a great way to experience northern Maine rafting. This trip highlights Class I to III rapids, allowing rafters to enjoy the views and smaller surf holes and waterfalls before indulging in a riverside BBQ lunch.

  • Trip Length: Half Day
  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Season: April-October
  • Intensity Level: Mild-Moderate

Penobscot Gorge

Just seeking a thrill? This half day trip runs the upper section of the Penobscot and hits eleven named rapids. It includes all the class V's and a riverside BBQ lunch.

  • Trip Length: Half Day
  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Season: April-October
  • Intensity Level: Extreme

Soft Adventure

If it's your first time white water rafting or you're hoping you just want to stay in the raft, then our full-day, soft adventure trip on the West Branch of the Penobscot River is the ideal guided trip for those interested in an introductory whitewater excursion. * Class I-III * Entire Lower Penobscot (Ages 12+) * Lower Penobscot River (Ages 6+)

  • Trip Length: 1 Day
  • Minimum Age: 6
  • Season: June-August
  • Intensity Level: Mild-Moderate

Family Float Trip

This is the perfect white water rafting trip for ages 4 to 104! As part of our commitment to family adventure, the New England Outdoor Center has specially designed this river trip for visitors who want to be on the water but aren't ready to take on the rapids. It is an introduction to the beauty and wilderness of the Penobscot River as well as a playful excursion for the whole family. * Class I (very easy!) * Ages 4-104 * Lower Penobscot * No white water

  • Trip Length: 1 Day
  • Minimum Age: 4
  • Season: July-August
  • Intensity Level: Mild

Overnight Trips

Custom design an experience to meet your white water dreams! We are happy to work with you on creating an unforgettable experience on the Penobscot.

  • Trip Length: Custom
  • Minimum Age: Custom
  • Season: January-December
  • Intensity Level: Varies