Dead River RAFTING

– Most Continuous Whitewater in the Northeast –


Dead River Rafting Release Dates

  • SATURDAY MAY 11 = 6,000 CFS – Whitewater Warrior Weekend
  • SATURDAY MAY 18 = 6,000 CFS – Whitewater Warrior Weekend
  • SUNDAY MAY 26 = 6,000 CFS – Memorial Day Weekend
  • SATURDAY JUNE 1 = 4,000 CFS
  • SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1 = 5,500 CFS – Labor Day Weekend

Dead River Rafting (Class III-IV)

West Forks, Maine


Trip Length

• 4-6 Hours


• May – October

Minimum Age

• 12

Boat Capacity



General Overview:

The Dead River Rafting Trip is the most unique river trip in Maine. We only raft the Dead River 8 times per season. This river trip is known for having the most continuous stretch of whitewater rapids in the East.

Your river trip will be run out of our Forks Fun Resort in The Forks, ME. This is the center of a beautiful area, nestled in the heart of Maine’s Kennebec Valley.


Check-in for your Dead River Rafting Trip starts at 8:30am. After check-in, we outfit you with your river gear: life jackets and helmets are provided, while wet suits and splash jackets are available to rent. Lastly, before we take you to the river, all participants must listen to the Trip Leader’s safety speech.

Your Dead River Adventure:

Your epic day on the river starts just downstream of Grand Falls. Here you will learn your guide’s commands and practice paddling before beginning your adventure. 

At 16 miles long, this is the longest river trip that we offer. Over the first 14 miles of the trip, there are upwards of 30 rapids. The first rapids are Class II – III and serve as a “warm-up”. As the day goes on, the Dead River’s rapids get bigger and better. 

Our Registered Maine Guides pride themselves on their knowledge of the many rapids and play spots on the river. Your adrenaline will be pumping as you paddle through thrilling rapids like The Mine Field, Hayden’s Landing, and Mile Long Rapid. The biggest rapid of the day is also the last rapid of the day – Poplar Falls. Once you make it through that, there is a leisurely 2 mile float back to the base.

Post Trip:

When we are back to the Forks Fun Resort, your guides will prepare your lunch and you can order drinks from the bar. You’ll have your choice of burger, veggie burger, fish, chicken, or steak cooked right in front of you. Everything is served buffet style and there are indoor and outdoor options for eating. Your guide will join you as you eat to recount the most memorable parts of the day. 

Once lunch is finished, we head inside to watch the photo/video presentation to see how you and your crew looked while conquering the the Dead River’s biggest and best Class IV Rapids. This concludes your unforgettable day of adventure on the Dead River. 

Options/Pricing (per person)

  • Saturday May 4 = $89
  • Saturday May 11 = $89
  • Saturday May 18 = $89
  • Sunday May 26 = $105
  • Saturday June 1 = $89
  • Sunday September 1 = $149
  • Saturday September 14 = $89
  • Saturday October 5 = $105

What’s Included:

  • Unique 16 mile rafting trip on the Dead River
  • Mid-trip snack
  • Post-trip meal
  • Post-trip Video/Photo presentation of trip with option to purchase

What’s Not Included:

  • Taxes
  • River Access Fees
  • Gratuity For Guides And Restaurant Staff

Options/Pricing (per person):

  • Log Cabin – $306.00 – $316.00
  • Bunk House – $252.00 – $262.00
  • Campground – $222.00 – $232.00

What’s Included:

  • 2 Nights Lodging
  • Breakfast (both mornings)
  • Lunch on Rafting Day
  • Dinner on Rafting Day
  • Wetsuit Rental

What’s Not Included:

  • Taxes
  • River Access Fees
  • Gratuity For Guides And Restaurant Staff
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Where Should I stay for my Dead River trip?

Log Cabins

Log Cabins

Our 6 Maine Cabin Rentals are the ideal spot for those seeking adventure and comfort. You’ll feel right at home at our Forks Maine Cabin Rentals with heat or A/C, comfortable beds, a full bathroom and living room. All Log Cabins also include daily housekeeping, all linens needed for bedding, and bathroom towels.

Inn By The River

Inn By The River

This four-season inn has 10 comfortable rooms in a country style setting for you to enjoy. The Inn by the River carries a relaxed ambiance that reflects our serene riverside setting. Centrally located in the heart of Maine’s outdoor recreation capital, the Inn offers convenient access to  tubingfishinghiking, and more.

Bunk Houses

Bunk Houses

Our bunk houses are a wooden structure with a screen door & window and four sets of bunks (sleeps up to 8). For smaller groups, we have mini bunk houses that sleep 3-4 people in platform beds. Each bunk house also has a picnic table and a fire ring.



Spread over acres of grassy fields, amongst tall pines and along the Kennebec River is our Kelley Brook Campground. Only a short walk from our headquarters where you will find Boatman’s Bar & Grill & our Trading Post store. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I go whitewater rafting in Maine?

Our Maine whitewater rafting trips take you into New England’s finest wilderness areas and provide you with views you could only get to on a raft! Maine is also one of the few places in the world with guaranteed whitewater rafting trips 7 days per week. Most rivers rely on snowmelt or rainfall to give them enough water to raft on - Maine get’s enough water from its dams to raft every day from May to October. This means the water we raft on is much warmer than other parts of the world - sometimes reaching 70 degrees in July and August. Maine - The Way Rafting Should Be!

How far in advance should I book my rafting trip?

The earlier the better! Especially if you plan on booking lodging with us. While we do take last minute reservations, we strongly suggest that you book your trip as far in advance as possible. We have been able to get people on the river with less than a day's notice, but we prefer to have ample time to arrange guides and logistics for your river trip.

What should we bring?

We outfit you with your life jacket, helmet, and paddle. We also have wet suits and splash tops available to rent. We recommend dry fit, breathable clothing!

Are photos or videos part of the trip?

Every trip either has a photographer or a videographer recording your raft as it goes through the biggest and best rapids of the day! When we get back to base, there is a photo or video presentation where you get to watch yourself conquer the mightiest rapids on the river. For many, the photo/video presentation is one of the highlights of the trip. Afterwards, the photos and videos of your raft are available for purchase in the gift shop. Share your Maine rafting trip memories with your friends on social media and be sure to tag @threeriverswhitewater

What meals are included with the trip?

There is a river lunch included in your trip. You get your choice of burger, veggie burger, fish, chicken, or steak and an assortment of freshly prepared sides like mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, river rice, cole slaw, and our chocolate chip cookies. 

NOTE: Guests with special dietary requests should notify us beforehand so we can best accommodate their needs.

How many people can fit in a raft?

All of our rafts are 16 feet long. The maximum number of people in one raft is 10 plus the Registed Maine River Guide. Most rafts end up with 6 to 8 people in them. No matter how many people you end up rafting with, it all comes down to how well you work as a team to paddle through the rapids. 

Is rafting fun?

No... it’s SERIOUS FUN! You’ll have a hard time finding a more fun way to spend the day after you have been on one of our Maine white water rafting trips. Think about how much fun you have while on a roller coaster - well it’s even more fun than that! Because instead of just being along for the ride, YOU are a part of the experience.

Is this the right adventure for my family/group?

Most likely, yes! Rafting is fun for everyone and our Registered Maine River Guides will cater the experience on the river to you and your group. The time spent on the river and in these wilderness areas is priceless. And without any cell phones to distract you, you’ll find it to be surprisingly refreshing.

Do I need to have experience to go rafting?

Not at all! Many of our guests are first timers and our Registered Maine River Guides pride themselves on their ability to teach their crews how to work together on the river. You will receive plenty of instruction on safety prior to the trip and there is time to practice paddling before you run any rapids. We LOVE taking first timers down the river and exposing them to our favorite places in the world. If you are an experienced rafter, we recommend our most challenging trip on the Penobscot River.

Can I bring my phone with me on the rafting trip?

It’s not recommended and won’t even have service - and that’s the best part! You will be free of distractions and really get to enjoy the pristine wilderness areas that you’re in. You’ll find that when you unplug for the day, it’s a lot easier to reconnect - with nature, your friends, your family, and yourself.

What if it’s raining on the day I’m supposed to go rafting?

We run our rafting trips 7 days per week - rain or shine! In fact, rafting is probably the most fun thing you can do outside in the rain - you’re gonna get wet anyways!

What sets Three Rivers apart from other rafting companies in Maine?

The Three Rivers Family has the highest standards for safety and guest service. We spend more time and money training our staff than any other outfitter in Maine. Our goal is for you to leave Three Rivers with lifelong memories. Since 1997, our commitment to being the best rafting outfitter in Maine has built our reputation as “The Home of Serious Fun”. But don’t just take our word for it - head to Trip Advisor to see why we have 300 more 5 Star Reviews than any other rafting outfitter in the state