Trip Description and Overview
In the summer, the Dead River has dam releases for intermediate, Class III white water rafting. This 16 mile trip is ideal for families with younger children or adults who want intermediate action.
Dead River trips begin with 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 features long, continuous rapids throughout the trip. Rapids such as "Spencer Rips", the chute at "Elephant Rock" and the famous "Poplar Hill Falls" are among the dozens you'll encounter. The Dead in the Summer is a favorite at Crab Apple because it combines 16 miles of whitewater thrills with remote wilderness scenery.
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.
"Thanks for a wonderful July 4th...
“I have been telling all of my friends about your rafting operation. I only wish I had done it sooner, so I guess we’ll be back. Additionally, I was very impressed by all of the staff. You run a very professional and genuine business … It truly was a gas.”
"23 boys and 7 Dads from Troop 1 had a fantastic time on the Dead River last weekend.
“Our troop has talked about rafting for years and we finally did it! Your staff was great with the boys and they were very safety conscious, more than the other groups we saw on the river. I liked having a satellite phone with us way out there in the wilderness. The free group campsite was also perfect for our needs.
Thanks again, we'll see you next year!"
Ken, Scoutmaster Troop 1
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