If you’re looking for adventure the next time you’re camping in Northern Maine, consider checking out one of the local whitewater rafting companies. My personal favorite is Penobscot Adventuresin Millinocket about an hour north of Bangor.
Penobscot Adventures has some of the friendliest guides in the industry (we had Bob), and after your morning run down the rapids they serve you a wood fired BBQ lunch (vegetarian meals are available on request). In addition to the warm hospitality and and hearty food, you’ll find a challenging variety of rapids suitable for virtually every individual taste.
For the adrenaline junkies, try the Ultimate Penobscot Adventure where you’ll make a morning and afternoon run down the “treacherous” Upper Penobscot through the famous Gorge and Cribworks sections of the river.
The Kennebec River, Dead River, and Penobscot Rivers all have thriving paddling communities, each with it’s own unique feel. Personally the Penobscot River appeals to me the most. It’s wilderness feel, easy access, great rapids and un-crowded play spots, put it at the top of my list. That’s why I chose to base my rafting company here. Penobscot Adventures is the only rafting company in Maine that focuses on the Penobscot River.
Although Maine doesn’t have the slogan on it’s license plate (Idaho does), it could very well be “The Whitewater State“. - Dan McDonald, Owner Penobscot Adventures.
Whether you’re an experienced or novice whitewater rafter, the first priority is safety. Consider this, Penobscot Adventures was ranked the safest rafting company in 2004, and had perfect safety records for the 2005 and 2006 seasons as well. There are no compromises when it comes to safety, and after a thorough safety briefing prior to launching the rafts, each participant is required to where a helmet, lifejacket, and protective footwear.
I’ll admit that I was a little nervous as we sent out on our first voyage down the mighty Gorge, but once the adrenaline starts pumping, you realize you’re participating in something special.
There are a number of lodging options in the area, including a decent campground adjacent to the facility. Penobscot Adventures is also located along the access road to the North Maine Woods Recreational and Land Management Area, providing some of the most remote and beautiful isolated camping destinations on the East Coast.