Penobscot River White Water Rafting

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Maine is home to the challenging class V rapids of the Penobscot River.

White Water Rafting on the Penobscot River in Maine is one of the most spectacular and challenging whitewater river experiences in the eastern United States and has become our most popular river. The Penobscot River boasts a reputation of exhilarating rapids and breathtaking scenery.

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.

Minimum age: We have a trip for everyone from age 4 to 104!

Family Float Trips on the Lower Penobscot River (4 and up)

Soft Adventure Trips (8 and up)

Hi-Adventure Lower River Trips (12 and up)

Regular River Trips and Double Trouble Trips (15 and up)

Penobscot River Daily White Water Rafting Rates

Season Dates Sun - Fri
(Adult / Child)
(Adult / Child)
(All prices are per person)
Early Summer – Full River Trip May 1st – June 30th 89 109
Summer – Full River Trip July 1st – Sept 7th 104 129
Fall – Full River Trip Aug 31st – mid-October 89 109
Lower Penobscot – half-day trip* Avail Most Days 89* 79**
Soft Adventure Mon, Wed & Fri, June 19-Aug 31 94* / 79** n/a
Family Float Trips Mon, Wed, Fri, June 19-Aug 31 94* / 79** n/a
Penobscot Gorge (half-day) *(ages 15 and over) Available every day(except designated Saturday’s & Double Troubles) 89* 109*
Double Trouble # Every Thursday in Summer & Weekends in September Add 20 Add 20


Outdoor Adventure Packages, Your Best Value

Packages include: raft trip, two nights lodging, one dinner and two breakfasts at River Drivers Restaurant, and use of all resort amenities. The price ranges given depend on day of week rafting or lodging and depend on number of people lodging.
*Lodging at Twin Pine Cabins has minimum occupancy requirements and includes 1 breakfast and one dinner the day of your raft trip. Cabins vary and sleep from 4 to 14. Ask our reservations staff for pricing for children 12 and under.


Lodging Options (number or people) Early May - Jul 6 Sun-Fri/Sat Jul 06 - Aug 31 Sun-Fri/Sat Aug 31 - Early Oct Sun-Fri/Sat
Campsite (1+ ) 131-153/145-165 151-173/150-170 131-153/145-165
Canvas cabin tent (1 – 2) 151-173/167-187 171-193/170-192 151-173/167-187
Canvas cabin tent (3 – 4) 146-169/161-181 146-161/146-166 146-169/161-181
Twin Pine Cabins * (based on 4 in a small cabin) 207-227/217-237 244-265/239-259 207-227/217-237
Twin Pine Cabins Cove Side Guest House * (based on 6) 253-263/304-324 285-316/270-290 253-263/304-324
(All prices are per person)


Penobscot Double Trouble
This whitewater rafting experience is so much fun, we want you to experience it twice! Saturdays in June, Thursdays during the summer, and weekends in September we “double” the fun on the Penobscot for thrill-seekers craving the ultimate whitewater experience. If you want the best whitewater rafting in Maine, then a “Double Trouble” trip with NEOC will provide great value and excitement for your entire group. The “Double Troubles” run the Ripogenus Gorge stretch of the West Branch of the Penobscot River not once, but twice in the same day! Nowhere in Maine will you find this much Class V whitewater.

Minimum Age: Double Trouble River Trips are for ages 15 and up.

Additional Information

  • You Go Free! If you organize a group of 11 mid-week or a group of 16 on a weekend, you go FREE!
  • Private Raft: Do you have a party of 6 or 7 people and want your own personal raft and guide? For $10 more per person for 7 people or $15 per person for 6 people, you get just that – your own private raft and guide! (Not available for groups of less than 6 people.)
  • Want an even wilder ride? Choose one of our smaller rafts for 6-7 people, all for only $15 per person extra.
  • Breakfast: $9.50pp. Complete breakfast at the River Driver’s Restaurant.
  • Dinner: $30pp. Choose from assorted entrees off our River Drivers Restaurant dinner menu, non-alcoholic beverage and house made dessert (Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer Cake).


Penobscot River “Soft Adventure” Trips:

If it’s your first time white water rafting or you’re thinking 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. This is a relaxing and flexible river experience.

Guests will enjoy some of the less intense, low-key rapids on the West Branch as well as time to “play” on the river. This may include “surfing,” climbing under waterfalls, swimming, playing in a natural water slide, or just sitting back and enjoying the magnificent scenery and Maine wildlife. Trip includes lunch.

Class: I-III

Minimum Age: Entire Lower River (10 and up), Lower River below Nesowadnehunk Falls (ages 8 and up)

Penobscot River “Family Float” Trips:

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.

Guests will spend the day on the river, swimming, floating, paddling and playing. We can even show you how to use our individual inflatable kayaks as we travel together from below Nesowadnehunk Falls to Abol Bridge. Along the way, we will visit natural waterslide and learn about the river’s natural and cultural history. We will provide a riverside lunch so you can leave your worries behind and just enjoy the scenery, wildlife and each other. The personal attention from our family friendly Maine guides will ensure an unforgettable, rafting experience that everyone, of all abilities and ages will enjoy.

Class: I floating/light paddling, no whitewater, sit-on-top inflatable kayaks, swimming

Minimum Age: This is a custom trip on the Lower Penobscot River – Family Float Trips (ages 4 and up)

Note: Photos and video may not be included in these soft adventure and float trip packages, but can be added through prior arrangement. It is a wonderful way to remember your trip and share the excitement with friends and family.

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