You just know this Spring and Summer will be hotter than the hinges of Hades, and what better way to stay cool than to literally fly down a category four set of rapids in Maine?
This year will be our third time White Water Rafting on the Kennebec River in Northern Maine.
Not only is Northern Outdoors a great outfit, the staff may be the stars of the experience because they've all worked there seemingly since they rafted as toddlers and the spirit is palpable.
We rented a log cabin condo unit which was a hoot.
The place was cozy and great, and every possible amenity for a bunch of cyber-freaks who all had their 'Droids, PCs, Tabloids etc. We actually counted 11 computers for two adults and two kids.
The resort's Club Cabins are designed to offer the ultimate in North Woods luxury. Each log cabin is tastefully furnished and decorated, and offers all the creature comforts (and a little more!). Each has a complete kitchen with pots & pans, place settings, microwave, toaster, full size refrigerator and stove/oven, dishwasher, and a jacuzzi. They have 3 bedrooms and sleep up to 8-10
Rafting is Mother Nature's perfect roller coaster ride. Whether you are a first-timer, family, or high adventure enthusiast, you'll find your perfect trip here at Northern Outdoors.
You can choose from riverside campsites to rustic or deluxe private cabins, and enjoy this friendly adventure resort and Kennebec River Pub & Brewery.
After your day of fun and adventure, we relaxed and enjoyed the specialty Maine beers in the casual comfort of The Kennebec River Brewery, located in the main lodge at The Forks Resort Center.
Their handcrafted beers on tap offer a unique (and tasty) addition to your adventure resort experience, and you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Kennebec River Pub which is open year-round.
The Vacation State
Maine is home to three big rivers that offer the best in whitewater rafting fun and excitement in the eastern United States, and Northern Outdoors rafts them all.
Outfitters like this one on the Penobscot, Kennebec and Dead Rivers offer river trips for adventurers of all ages, from adrenaline-pumping whitewater to gentler family float trips.
Trips are led by experienced river guides who provide training in paddling techniques and river safety. No experience is necessary and all river equipment is provided.
Riverside lunch included
River rafters will enjoy an expertly guided trip through the wild rapids in a big ten- person inflatable raft and a delicious riverside lunch of grilled steak, chicken and fish accompanied by salads and cold drinks.
Take a short side hike to a scenic waterfall, enjoy a swim, or just relax as you float the calm stretches through an amazing natural landscape.
The Kennebec River offers twelve miles of Class 3 to 4 whitewater action, starting at the dam below Harris Station and entering the steep-walled gorge of the Alleyway.
Tackle a succession of heart-pounding rapids and waves like Big Mama and Whitewasher before dropping over Magic Falls, the biggest hit on the river.
Below there’s Dead Stream and Black Brook Rapids and pretty riverside waterfalls of the same name. Osprey and moose are common along the way, so keep an eye out when you’re not paddling.
The Northern Outdoors Resort offers several packages for families, see here.