Whitewater Rafting in Maine

Soft Adventure

soft adventure

A relaxing and flexible river experience, Great for families and Kids over 8*.

More details...

Double Trouble

double trouble whitewater rafting scene

For thrill-seekers craving the ultimate whitewater experience.

More details...

Penobscot River Trip

Penobscot Gorge

Exhilarating trip, 14 Miles, Class I-V Rapids, breathtaking scenery.

More details...

Lower River Half Day

lower penobscot

Scenic views, surf holes and waterfalls, fun for all.

More details...

Gorge Half Day

Penobscot Gorge

A spectacular, fun and challenging river experience.

More details...

Family Float Trip

Family Rafting

A playful excursion for the whole family.

More details...

Before You Come – click “here” for pre-trip information

Looking for Family Rafting?

 2015-Raft-Release Form – Click Here

Penobscot River Rafting

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.

Full River Trip:

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.

  • Includes Riverside BBQ lunch
  • Full Day Trip, Available Everyday
  • Sunday to Friday Rafting $89-104
  • Saturday rafting $109-129
  • Class: I-V
  • 14 Mile River Trip
  • Minimum Age: Upper River – 15yrs and up
  • Get all Inclusive Package

White water rafting reservation button

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.

Class: V

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

    • Class IV-V Rapids
    • Two Runs of The Upper River
    • High Adventure Trip
    • Includes 11 Named Rapids
    • Includes Riverside BBQ lunch
    • From $99 to 109
    • Get all Inclusive Package

White water rafting reservation button

Soft Adventure Trips

Soft Adventure Trips (8 and up): 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 including up close views of 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)

      • Class I-III Rapids
      • Whitewater rafting for Ages 8+
      • Natural Water Slides & Surfing
      • Includes Riverside BBQ lunch
      • Full Day Trip: Mon, Wed & Fri
      • Adults $94/pp | Under 15yrs $79/pp
      • Get all Inclusive Package

White water rafting reservation button

Family Float Whitewater Rafting Trip

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

  • Class I Rapids
  • Fun trip for families & ages 4+
  • Water Slides
  • Trips Run: Mon, Wed & Fri
  • Includes Riverside BBQ lunch
  • Under 15 yrs $79/pp | Adults $94/pp
  • Get all Inclusive Package

White water rafting reservation button

Gorge Trips – Penobscot River Gorge Trip

Run the upper river only. This is a great trip if you have less time and want the exhilaration of the upper River Class III-V rapids – the Ripogenus Gorge stretch of the West Branch of the Penobscot River Nowhere in Maine will you find this much Class V whitewater. Suitable for 15 year old and older – high adrenaline trip..

    • Class: V
    • Minimum Age: Gorge River Trips are for ages 15 and up.
      • Class III-V Rapids
      • Includes 11 Named Rapids
      • Upper River Trip
      • 10:30 check-in time on river
      • Includes Riverside BBQ lunch
      • Prices from $79 – 89/pp
      • Get all Inclusive Package

White water rafting reservation button


Penobscot River

(ages 6 and up)Whitewater rafting

Family Rafting

(ages 4 and up)family float trips

Double Trouble

(ages 15 and up)family float trips

Lower River

(ages 8-12 and up)whitewater rafting

New England Outdoor Center reserves the right to cancel trips, switch rivers, and change itineraries due to weather, water flow, and our professional discretion.  Please know that we will communicate these changes to the best of our ability to ensure our customers can prepare appropriately.

**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.

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)

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

Penobscot River Daily White Water Rafting Rates

Season Dates Sun – Fri (Adult/Child) Sat (Adult/Child)
Spring/Early Summer April 25th – July 1st 89 109
Summer July 1st – Sept 7th 104 129
Fall Sept 8th – End of Season 79 99
Full River Trip ages 15 and over Available most days) 89-109 104-129
Soft Adventure Mon, Wed & Fri June 21-August 30th 94* / 79** n/a*
Family Float Trips Mon, Wed & Fri June 21-August 30th 94* / 79** n/a
Penobscot Gorge (half-day) *(ages 15 and over) Available most days 89* 109*
Double Trouble # Thursdays in Summer & Weekends in September Add 20 Add 20
(All prices are per person)


All Inclusive 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) Apr 25 - Jul 6 Sun-Fri/Sat Jul 7 - Sep 1 Sun-Fri/Sat Sep-2 Oct 15 Sun-Fri/Sat
Campsite (1+ ) 140-160/164-184 155-175/184-204 140-160/164-184
Canvas cabin tent (1 – 2) 158-178/184-204 173-193/173-204 158-178/184-204
Canvas cabin tent (3 – 4) 153-170/178-198 168-193/198-218 153-173/178-198
Twin Pine Cabins * (based on 4 in a small cabin) 224-243/244-264 255-276/235-255 224-243/244-264
Twin Pine Cabins 3 Br Lodge * (based on 6) 269-289/289-309 306-326/331-351 269-289/289-309
(All prices are per person)


Photo & Video Opportunities:

Share the best of the best with family and friends! At the New England Outdoor Center you are able to purchase both videos and photos of your white water adventure. Our digital photos are high resolution JPEG originals and the videos are shot in high definition for the best viewing quality. We also offer individual photos and videos; for more information call us at 1-800-766-7238.

          • Package A: All Photos of One Boat-$55.00
            Digital copies of all shots from your boat on a CD
          • Package B: All Photos & Video- $74.00
            Digital copies of all shots from your boat and a trip video DVD (additional DVDs are $10.00 each)
          • Package C: 2 Photos & 1 Video- $64.00
            Digital copies of 2 shots from your boat and a trip video DVD (additional DVDs are $10.00 each)
          • Prices do not include tax or handling fee.  US: $5.00, Canada: $8.00 and Overseas: $12.0

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. Breakfast menu is not online.
          • Dinner: $30pp. Choose from assorted entrees from our River Drivers Restaurant dinner menu, non-alcoholic beverage and housemade dessert (Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer Cake).


Kennebec River | Penobscot River | Dead River | Soft Adventure and Float Trips