Soft Adventures and Family Float Trips on the Penobscot River in Maine

Katahdin looms in the backdrop

Katahdin shines in the backdrop

children rafting

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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 sitting back and enjoying the magnificent scenery. Observe Maine wildlife up close and learn about the river’s dynamic history. Trip includes lunch.

Class: I-III

Minimum Age: Entire Lower River (12 and up), Lower River below Nesowadnehunk Falls (ages 8 and up)

Rafting the falls

Arriving at the natural water slide

sand play

Sand play at the slide

Children swimming at the bottom of a water slide

Fun at bottom of water slide

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 a natural water slide, take a short hike, 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, safe 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 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.

Kennebec River
Located in the heart of Maine’s whitewater country, the river includes 12 miles of fast, deep water that flows daily. The upper Kennebec gorge is where you’ll ride the thrilling roller coaster waves of Big Mama and the Three Sisters, then plunge into boiling Magic Falls. From there you’ll paddle your way down the lower river on sit-on-top kayaks to look for wildlife. You’re guaranteed to get wet with waves cresting from 4 to 8 feet high!

Kennebec River is Class: III-IV
Minimum age: Upper River/Entire Trip is designed for (ages 10 and up). The Lower River (ages 7 and up)

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