Dead River

Maine’s Longest Continuous Whitewater

  • Length: 16 miles
  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Class IV - V
  • Best Rapid: Big Poplar Hill Falls
  • Rec. Level: 3,500 - 7,500 cfs
  • Put-in: Spencer Stream
  • Take-out: Crusher Pool (Kennebec)
  • Season: May - October

Dead River Rafting with NEOCThe Dead River has the longest most continuous stretch of whitewater in New England. Big whitewater is released only 10 times a year, and this is the Maine river no serious rafter should miss! This 16-mile run is a wild and woolly, boulder-strewn whitewater bonanza.

The Dead River comes alive when spring run-off causes flooding, and also in the fall when the lakes are drawn down to get ready for winter.  From our put-in at Spencer Stream we paddle into the Dead River at flood stage.  The Class II rapids alternate with Class III & IV rapids so there is not a dull minute until after the stomach churning Class V Big Poplar Falls which ends our whitewater day.  Big water, spectacular fall foliage, and guaranteed fun!  A lakeside barbecue awaits all rafters back at our base. 

Minimum age: 16 years

To book your trip on the Dead River call New England Outdoor Center at 800.766.7238!