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Video: Rafting the Dead River (at various water levels)

Dead River Rafting – White Water Rafting in Maine

16 Miles of Continuous White Water Rapids

(The Most Continuous White Water Rafting River in New England)

  • 2018 Season: May 12 -October 6, 2018.
  • Meeting Location: 36 Main St., Route 201, Bingham, Maine 04920.
  • River Rating: Class 2-4+ (based on scheduled releases).
  • River Type: Continuous rapids. Technical at high release levels.
  • Range of River Flow: 2400-7000 CF/S (cubic feet per second).
  • River Length: 16 Miles (4.5 hours on the river).
  • Trip Types: Full River, Two-Day Trip.
  • High Adventure Sport Rafts: Available:
  • River Lunch Included: Steak, chicken, veggie burgers, salad, desert, beverages.
  • Minimum Age: 8 Years (Summer & Surfing Flow); 10 Years (high water); 12 Years (spring high water).
  • Lodging: Tent camping, platform tent camping, RV camping (with ALL hookups).
  • Restaurant: Patrick’s Restaurant, with game room and pub on-site.

Rafting the Dead River with North Country Rivers is an experience you will remember for a lifetime! Located in remote Maine, the river is an absolute “gem." Until more recently, it had no regularly scheduled dam releases so it was known only to locals. Even today, it doesn’t have “daily releases" like The Kennebec and Penobscot. So don’t miss a chance to raft this river – especially at high flow levels. It’s nothing short of amazing!

If you’re looking for a great adventure on “The Dead," then you only have limited release dates each year. Of these dates, there’s really only 2 types of release; “moderate-to-high", and “moderate". Spring releases are almost always the highest. Summer is when the moderate releases dominate.

You begin your Dead River rafting adventure by being driven by bus into the Maine woods. During the drive on paper company roads, don’t be surprised if you see Moose, Bear, Deer, logging trucks, an Osprey or even an Eagle. Except for all the rafters and some hard-core kayakers, this is a completely undeveloped portion of Maine – and it’s truly beautiful.

Combine your trip with a full-day or express ATV trip, a Moose/wildlife watching safari tour, great camping and lodging options, and even a meals package. See trip package and price options above and to the right.

For more info on rafting the Dead River and setting up your Maine adventure vacation with North Country Rivers, use our trip planning and space reservations form, OR…


We’ll make sure that your Dead River adventure vacation is the absolute “Thrill of a Lifetime!"

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