Dead River – High Water Rafting

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Dead River High Water Rafting
Class of Rapids: III-IV (V)
Minimum Age: 14
Length: 16 miles
River Time: 3-4 hours
Food: Steak, chicken, fish or vegetarian option cookout at base after trip

Action is the Name of the Game!

Dead River trips begin with anticipation (the energy is palpable before a big water release on the Dead!) and a hearty breakfast in our base lodge (included with rafting and lodging packages) before each rafter gears up into comfortable river gear and listens to safety instruction from the day's trip leader.

The Dead River has eight special high volume dam releases each season that produce big whitewater action over 16 miles. The river bed drops steadily during the entire run and produces long, consistent action that builds throughout the day in Class III-IV rapids such as "Humpty Dumpty", "Elephant Rock" and "Spruce Ledges". Each rapid includes long wave trains and sudden drops into deep holes.

The Dead continues to build through dozens of rapids and culminates in the LONGEST RAPID IN THE NORTHEAST, Class IV-V "Poplar Hill Falls". "Poplar" on its own is one mile of whitewater with huge standing waves and deep, turbulent holes. When you combine "Poplar" with the rest of this action packed trip, you have the finest raft trip in the Northeast! Don't miss this special river adventure which guides and rafting veterans cherish each year.

After rafting on the Dead River, most of our guests stay over for a second night and enjoy relaxing time in our pool, take a walk into Maine's highest waterfall - Moxie Falls, or join the Nightfall Paintball game that begins ever day after rafting.

2019 Dead River High Water Trips: May 11, 18, 26, June 1, 8, September 1, 14, October 5


"What a thrilling ride down the Dead last weekend.

“We have rafted the Kennebec many times and finally got on the Dead. It was awesome, just like your guides have been telling us for years - it was just like the big rapids on the Kennebec for most of three hours. It was awesome!”

Jean and Walt - Portsmouth, New Hampshire


"Crab Apple is certainly the BEST RUN outfit in the northeast …

“You have a top-notch, well-trained excellent friendly crew through your entire operation and your dedication to the Crab Apple tradition shows.”

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