A Double Dose of Class V Action!


Millinocket, Maine



Trip Length

• 2 Days




• 14


• 6




General Overview:

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!

Check- In:

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.       

Riverside Lunch:

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.

More Rafting:

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!

Day 2:

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

What’s Included:

  • 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:

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

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

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