PENOBSCOT RIVER (CLASS Iv-V)
• 2 Days
• 6-9 PASSENGERS
This is the most intimate way to experience the Penobscot River. You will run the same stretch of river that we normally run on our Penobscot River day trip, but you will have more time to explore the area and play on the water. Explore Ripogenus Dam, play on a natural waterslide, camp out under the stars, and enjoy the best rafting in New England!
Your Penobscot River Overnight Trip will be run out of our Penobscot Outpost in Millinocket, ME. Check-in for your Penobscot Rafting Trip starts at 8:00am. Here, you will meet the guides who will be with you every step of the way for the next two days. They will help you pack your camping gear into dry bags and outfit you with river gear.
Your Penobscot River Adventure:
Your adventure starts with a trip to Pelican Rock. Here you will watch other rafters navigate the most technical Class V rapid in New England – The Crib Works. You will also have an opportunity From there you will head to McKay Station – this is where your epic day on the river starts. Here you will learn your guide’s commands and practice paddling before charging into Ripogenus Gorge. You’ll be able to look up in amazement at the tall, rock walls that line both sides of the river before descending into Maine’s best Class V rapids.
The adrenaline will be pumping as you paddle through thrilling rapids like Exterminator, Troublemaker, and The Crib Works. Between the thrills are stretches of flat water that allow you to take in the Maine’s amazing scenery, look for wildlife, and hop in for a swim.
Halfway through your day we will stop at our riverside lunch site. Here, your guides will lay out a spread to enjoy a riverside picnic. While you enjoy the meal and the views around you, your guides will start preparing you for the second half of day one.
After lunch, we head straight to the Amberjacks. The highlight of your afternoon will be surfing. There are two great surfs in this rapid and you will get to enjoy them for as long as you please! During the one day river trip, we have time constraints, but on the Penobscot River Overnight, we have plenty of time to play.
After the Amberjacks, you’ll enjoy a scenic float down to horseshoe eddy. From there, we will head to Salmon Point where we will camp out under the stars for the night. When you first get there, your guides will help you get set up in your tents for the night. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon, drop a fishing line in, or explore the area. As the sun sets, your guides will be preparing your dinner.
Post dinner is the time for swapping stories around the campfire, games, dessert, and amazing stargazing. With zero light pollution for miles around, this may be the clearest night sky you’ve ever seen. After you take it all in, head to bed to rest up for another big day of paddling!
You will awake to the smell of breakfast prepared by your guides. As you sit to enjoy your eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns, your guides will start packing up camp. Soon you will be gearing up for the second day of Penobscot River Rafting.
The first rapid you face on day 2 is arguably the most fun place on the Planet. It is called Nesowadnehunk Falls. This section of river features a 13 foot drop over a waterfall that leads into a calm pool of water. The fun here is endless: you can surf, play under a waterfall, and carry your raft upstream to take it over the falls again and again! Many rafters consider this their favorite part of the trip and refer to Nesowadnehunk Falls as a “whitewater playground”.
Your day will continue through a long stretch of water that is perfect for swimming on a hot summer day. For the rest of your trip, you will have unparalleled views of Mount Katahdin – even through the last three rapids of your trip!
Your Penobscot Overnight Adventure finishes with Abol Rapid and the Pockwockamus Rapids. The first two are class 3, and the last rapid, Big Pockwockamus, is Class IV. At the end of the final rapid, there’s one more place to surf (if you have the energy for it). The trip ends with a short float to the take out and a ride back to the Penobscot Outpost.
Once we are back to the base, you can unwind at the Boatman’s Bar & Grill. This concludes your unforgettable 2 day adventure on the Penobscot River!
OPTIONS/PRICING (per person)
- Varies by Month – $237.00 – $247.00
- 12 mile rafting trip on the Penobscot River
- Overnight Camping & Riverside Dinner
- Mid-trip snack
- Post-trip meal
- Post-trip Video/Photo presentation of trip with option to purchase
What’s Not Included:
- River Access Fees
- Gratuity For Guides And Restaurant Staff