Dead River Rafting Trips
The Dead River Rafting Trip – A Maine Whitewater Adventure
The Dead River is a 16 Mile Class IV Whitewater Adventure like no other! This is the longest and most continuous section of whitewater in the Northeast and offers an all-day, adrenaline packed experience for whitewater enthusiasts everywhere!
The Dead River is a Flood Stage river that is dam controlled and is considered “The next level up” from The Kennebec. This Class IV river only runs on a limited and predetermined set of dates throughout the season which correspond with seasonal spring melts and fall lake level management techniques. These anticipated releases provide us with lots of water which create fun and exciting rapids from the put-in to the take-out! Wither it be tall waves, steep holes or sticky surfs that you seek, the Dead River will satisfy all of your paddling needs and leave you coming back for more!
The Dead River is different from the other rivers that we run trips on in the fact that it starts off slower and gets progressively bigger as the day continues. This gives everyone a chance to warm up a little bit before conquering the challenging rapids such as Hayden’s Landing (IV), The Gravel Pit (III) and Mile Long Rapid (IV) that The Dead River entails!
Just like all of our other river trips, Dead River Trips include: shuttles both to and from the river, snack and refreshments on the river, a full homemade BBQ Lunch which is complete with your choice of steak, chicken, fish, hamburger or vegetarian with all of the fixings and a slide & video presentation of your trip that day! The Dead River is truly a beautiful and exciting place that will leave all worries of “the real world” behind!
Dead River Minimum Age: 12 yrs
Arrival Time: 8:30am
Available Dead River Trips
Dead River High Water 1 Day Trips
Run The Dead River at its’ best and overcome 16 miles of Class IV Whitewater Rafting in one day! These releases are celebrated on and off of the water so book early as space fills up quickly!
2016 Dead River Schedule
- Saturday, May 7th – 7000 cfs – (First Blast w/Pig Roast!!)
- Saturday, May 14th – 7000 cfs
- Sunday, May 29th – 5500 cfs
- Saturday, June 4th – 5000 cfs
- Saturday, June 11th – 3500 cfs
- Sunday, September 4th – 5500 cfs (Labor Day Wknd)
- Saturday, September 17th – 3500 cfs
- Saturday, October 1st – full open up to 6000 cfs
$99.00 pp (Last Blast w/Pig Roast!!)
Dead River 2 Day Trip
Run 2 rivers in 2 days and experience all of the whitewater that The Forks has to offer by pairing up your Dead River Trip with a run down The Mighty Kennebec! These are 2 individually amazing river trips, but when combined together they make for the Ultimate Whitewater Weekend!
Availability is limited to the Dead River Schedule above!
- $159.00 pp
($179.00 Labor Day Weekend)
Dead River Inflatable Whitewater Kayaking / Family Rafting Trip
Throughout the summer The Dead River runs at lower water flows called recreational releases. Through the use of smaller boats and inflatable kayaks these releases offer a technical run with endless play spots-combining a day of intermediate rafting with aggressive inflatable kayak paddling.
This 16 mile trip is full of action and is considered our most difficult inflatable kayak trip available. By being in control of your own craft, you will be able to choose if you want to “go right for it” or if maybe you’ll just “go around this one”!
We will often bring inflatable kayaks along on a family rafting trip to accommodate both young children and the older more adventurous family members on the same trip.
Dead River Inflatable Kayak Trip Minimum Age: 16 yrs
Dead River Family Rafting Trip Minimum Age: 6 yrs
- $89 pp
2016 Dead River Recreational Release Schedule
- Family Raft or Aggressive Inflatable Kayak – Min. Age 6 & 16Sunday June 12 2400 cfsSaturday June 25 1800 cfsSaturday July 2 1800 cfsSaturday July 23 2400 cfs
Sunday July 24 1800 cfs
Saturday August 13 2400 cfs
Saturday August 14 1800 cfs
- Inflatable Kayak Only – Min. Age 16Monday May 30 1300Sunday June 26 1300Sunday July 3 1300