Trip at a Glance

16
Miles
14
Min Age
III-V
Class

Pricing

TRIP DESCRIPTION

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-V 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!

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.

Rafting Includes: Pre-trip safety instruction, licensed guide, PFD and helmet, transportation to and from river, cookout (steak, chicken, fish or vegetarian option), photo and video presentation.

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

Go For It Rafts

Our 13 foot, 6 person Go For It rafts are the shortest allowed by the state of Maine. These rafts give the Dead Rivers a whole new look – waves and holes like “Big Mama” and “Magic Falls” swallow these smaller boats making for some of the wildest rides of the season. This trip is geared toward veteran rafters and a minimum of 4 people is required to run a Go For It trip.

Trip dates: Available on Dead River May 28, September 3 and October 7. Please call to book Go For It Raft trips 1-800-553-7238.

Price: Add $25 pp to trip price
Minimum Age: 14

Call to reserve this trip! 800.553.RAFT (7238)

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Why Choose Crab Apple For Maine White Water Rafting?

Family Owned and Operated

We are a three-generation family-owned company and we love what we do! Since our inception in 1983, our family has been imbedded in every aspect of our business. We are the reservation takers, the guides, the guide trainers, and the customer service specialists. Every detail of our business is infused with our fun vibe and family-oriented atmosphere. As a result, we have grown exponentially and we are proud to have the largest New England white water rafting operation.

We have Excellent Riverside Lodging and Rafting Facilities

You are going to have a blast rafting in Maine, but you are also going to be exhausted when it is over. Our Maine rafting participants usually opt to stay overnight at our comfortable lodging facilities. We have sleeping options ranging from Jacuzzi suites to cozy cabins and our base lodge features a comfortable gathering area and a delicious pub and restaurant. We even offer guided moose safaris and paintball battles to complement your Maine white water rafting trip.

We Value Your Safety and Comfort

Safety has been our #1 priority since 1983. Our Safety Record is unmatched – we have carried over 500,000 passengers and never had a major accident or fatality. We are very proud of our safety record.

Personal Comfort – Our stock of over 400 wetsuits and lifejackets are continuously upgraded and come in a vast array of sizes to fit you comfortably and keep you safe.
We have over 100 rafts and inflatable kayaks of different sizes to ensure the best experience on the river.

We Give Residents of Maine White Water Rafting Discounts

While we are an extremely popular tourist attraction, we love taking our neighbors white water rafting in Maine. We offer special rates for those living in Maine, saving you up to $40 on a trip!

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