Trip at a Glance
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.
Rafting Includes: Safety instruction, licensed guide, PFD and helmet, transportation to and from river, cookout (steak, chicken, fish or vegetarian option), photo and video presentation of your adventure
Schedule: No Dead River Summer Rafting trips in 2020.
Lodging & Rafting Packages
The River Cottage sits right on the Kennebec River. Loads of space with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and living room. The River Cottage is great for large groups of friends or family who want to hang out and enjoy each other’s company but also have just a short walk across the street for breakfast before the trip and the pub after rafting. Sleeps 6-12. Air conditioned.
The Snow Cottage was designed with flexibility and convenience in mind for rafters. It is complete with kitchenette, full bath, Satellite TV, bedroom and living room. The cottage also gives you privacy as it is set away from other accommodations. Air conditioned.
Our four Queen suites are beautiful! Each includes two queen beds, wet bar, mini fridge, two person whirlpool jacuzzi tub and deck. Each room is unique and comfortable. Air conditioned.
Our four King suites are so comfortable! Each includes a King bed, wet bar, mini fridge, two person whirlpool jacuzzi tub and deck. All four are different and relaxing. Air conditioned.
Larger unit within The Lodge sleeps 4-8 people. Rooms have the feel of Maine’s wilderness with natural wood interiors and a view of the Kennebec River. Adjacent to the swimming pool and outdoor hot tub. Air conditioned.
Open floor plan well-suited for groups of friends or family. Conveniently located adjacent to the pool and hot tub. Air conditioned.
Unit within The Lodge for 4-8 people. Natural wood interiors and a view of the Kennebec River. Adjacent to the swimming pool and outdoor hot tub. Air conditioned.
The Lodge has six private guest rooms. Five Guest Rooms have two double beds, private bath and front deck. One room has a double bed and a set of bunks. Adjacent to the swimming pool and outdoor hot tub. Air conditioned.
Dead River Map
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