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Dead River Highwater Rafting

Dead River Highwater Rafting

Overview

"Be there when they raise the Dead " Experience this great whitewater rafting river on the highest releases of the year!

The scenery and the rapids make the Dead River one of New England’s premier whitewater runs.  The river flows sixteen miles through a true Maine wilderness. 
There are 8 special high water dam releases in the spring and fall. Spring trips experience extra high water while the fall delivers spectacular fall colors.These dam releases fill the river with whitewater and create one of longest continuous stretches of whitewater rapids rafted in the East. This rafting trip is fun, fast  and furious. The rapids build as the day progresses with big class IV+ holes and large wave hits. Highlights of the day are  “The Mine Field” “Elephant Rock” and “Humpty Dumpty”.  The wilderness setting is outstanding and we finish the day on the best rapid the class IV+ ” Poplar Hill Falls”.  This mile long rapid has over 15 large waves. This whitewater rafting trip is a fantastic way to kick off or wind up the rafting season.  
Experience this great whitewater rafting river on one of the 8 highest releases of the year! Minimum age is 14, Check in time 8:30 am, and includes sizzling barbecue lunch!



 

Itinerary

Check in starts – 8:30am

8:30am-9:30am: Check in begins. Waiver release forms are signed, gear is issued and we meet in front of the base lodge. Once all guests have arrived, your group will be given an orientation/safety lecture by our trip leader in the meeting area. Safety techniques and helpful hints are the main topics to be discussed. After the "safety talk" we will assign you a guide, rent wetsuits if needed, check your gear (personal flotation devices & paddles) and get ready to board the bus shuttle to the river.

9:45am-10-15am: Depending on dam release schedules we depart for the river!  It is approximately 40/50 minute drive through the wilderness to the raft put-in. Your guides will give you one last safety equipment check and paddling instructions before we launch our rafts.

10:30am-2:30pm: Raft the thrilling 16 miles of continuous class III – V whitewater rapids. This rafting trip is fun, fast and furious. The wilderness setting and outstanding whitewater rafting make the Dead River one of New England’s premier whitewater runs.

2:30pm-4:00pm: Shuttle back to base for a hearty steak and chicken barbeque lunch and DVD presentation of your day on the river. Showers and changing rooms are available.

Location

Directions to Moxie Outdoor Adventure Dead River trips. 38 Troutdale Road The Forks, Maine 04985 Lost or Late call 207-663-2105

From Points South:
I-95 North to Exit 133 in Fairfield, Maine. Follow Rte 201 North 65 miles to The Forks. Pass through Skowhegan and then Bingham (23 miles to The Forks). Once you reach The Forks look for our signs. The first one you will see is our office sign continue past for seven miles you will see our blue sign and the bridge crossing the Kennebec River. Take the right BEFORE THE BRIDGE turn onto the Moxie Road. DO NOT CROSS THE BRIDGE follow the Moxie road for 5 miles it will end at Lake Moxie look for the second blue sign. Turn right onto the dirt road go 2/10ths of a mile we you will see us on the left.

Travel time from Boston: 4.5 hours
Travel time from Worcester: 5 hours
Travel time from Providence: 6 hours
Travel time from Hartford: 6.5 hours
Travel time from Portsmouth: 3.75 hours
Travel time from New York: 8 hours

From Points North:
Take I-95 south to Exit 157 in Newport. Take Rte 2 West to Skowhegan. In Skowhegan take Rte 201 North. Pass through Skowhegan and then Bingham (23 miles to The Forks). Once you reach The Forks look for our signs. The first one you will see is our office sign continue past for seven miles you will see our blue sign and the bridge crossing the Kennebec River. Take the right turn BEFORE THE BRIDGE onto the Moxie Road. DO NOT CROSS THE BRIDGE follow the Moxie Outdoor Adventures road for 5 miles it will end at Lake Moxie look for the second blue sign. turn right onto the dirt road go .2 miles we you will see us on the left.

Travel time from Bar Harbor: 3 hours
Travel time from Bangor: 2 hours
Travel time from Calais: 4 hours
Travel time from Houlton: 3 hours

Questions

When is the best time to raft the Dead River in Maine?

Thanks to the schedule high water dam releases we are able to raft the Dead River up to 10 times per season .  May 6,13 & 28;  June  3, 10;  September 3, 16 and  October 7th.

Do I have to know how to swim?


Not knowing how to swim is not a prerequisite on our river trips. The type V pfd we will give you is designed to float you high in whitewater conditions. On our class V trips in Maine we recommend that you have basic swimming skills.

What should we bring?

You need to bring a wool hat, fleece or under armour, shorts, swim suit, foot protection (old tennis shoes, beach shoes, or sport sandals etc.), any medication you are on, and a dry set of clothes for your ride home. Everything that you wear will get wet so plan accordingly. Please do not bring valuable items (i.e. expensive clothes or shoes, jewelry, non-waterproof cameras or other items) on the raft. Under a wetsuit you will wear swimwear or insulated synthetic winter underwear (No COTTON) on cold spring days. On cold days wear wool socks with your wetsuit booties for extra warmth.

Can I rent a wetsuit?

Yes we rent wetsuits, booties, and river shoes at all locations. The can be rented the day of the trip or pre book and receive a discount.

What type of meals are served?

We serve a barbecue lunch with a choice of  steak, chicken or a vegetarian option with salads, Moxie Baked Beans, dessert with juice or ice water. . We can accommodate most dietary needs given an adequate warning.

How often do trips run? 

Eight high water days and 7 medium water days on the Dead River per year

How many people and rafts go on a trip?

Dead River trips generally have 7-15 rafts per trip. We can accomadate up to 160 rafters on a Dead River Trip in Maine.

What if weather is bad?

Trips run rain or shine. You are going to get wet.  In twenty plus years of rafting we have only cancelled one rafting trip. That was when Hurricane Irene directly hit the Deerfield River in Massachusetts! In the event we have to cancel a trip we will issue you a trip credit or rain check for a future trip.

Can we request a guide?

Yes we will make every effort to schedule guides you have enjoyed in the past.

Is it appropriate to tip a guide after the trip?

Yes, guides work very hard to make sure you have a exciting and fun river experience, cooking your lunch and keeping you  safe.. If you feel your guide has made your trip an exciting and memorable experience then a tip is a very nice way to show your appreciation.

Can we still raft if we have children (under 7 years of age)


Yes we have several trip options in Maine for children under the age of seven.  These include raft float trips, and inflatable kayaking options on class 2-3 rivers. We also offer rowing frame and split trip options on class III rivers and above. See our family rafting trips page  and our row frame trip options.

See schedule on the website: www.moxierafting.com

What to Bring

 

What you should know about your rafting trip!
 

•This is important for your enjoyment on all our river adventures
•Start with a bathing suit and add on: fleece, wool or synthetic top, socks,
 NO COTTON, it gets wet and it gets cold) a wind breaker or paddling jacket,
 hat and shoes that will stay on such as sneakers, secure sandals.
•Bring sunscreen, sun hat,you will be on the river for several hours.
•Your trip includes lunch,: let us know  if you have any special needs or allergies.
•Guides have a dry bag if you need special medication or food with you.
•If you wear wear glasses something to hold them on. We sell eye glass straps.
•Wet suits are available for rent the morning of your trip: $20 full wetsuit,
 including booties, $8 Paddle Jacket.
•You will get wet!
•We will provide you with guides, paddles, type V life jackets, helmets,
•We use state of the art self bailing rafts
•After a safety talk, we shuttle by bus to the river.
•An average river trip is 3 to 4 hours on the river. Some longer some shorter.
•Photographers or Videographers will be available along the river to catch your most
 exciting moments.
•After your trip your guides will conduct a slide or video show and you can order
 prints and videos at that time.
•All participants are required to sigh a liability release form.

 You should bring the following:

Change of clothes, including dry footwear and towel
River shoes sneakers or securely fastening sandals are fine
Bathing suit or shorts you can get wet
Windbreaker, Wool sweater socks, hat in spring and fall
Sunscreen, bug spray and camera

Camping & Lodging

Maine Lodging includes: Camping, platform tents and lakeside cabins are available at Lake Moxie Camps for all Dead River trips.

Trip Details

Dead River Raft
Trip Length: 1 Day
Difficulty: 4+
Minimum Age: 14 yrs

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Price: $99 - $100

Continuous Class IV Whitewater
2017 Releases:

May 13,20,28; June 3, 10; Sept. 3 & 16; Oct. 7