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“Great Rafting Trip!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort
Certificate of Excellence
USA
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Great Rafting Trip!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

My husband and I brought 7 kids from 4 families ranging in ages from 17-21 rafting. We rafted the
Penobscot and Todd was our guide. He was funny, informative but most importantly
incredibly professional. He talked us through they key safety points, buffed
everyone's paddling skills and make sure everyone had a blast. The kids raved
about him. I was thankful that he had such a great command of the river that I
felt completely safe. I have rafted the Kennebec and Penobscot many times and was a guide in my youth. I can say without a doubt, Todd was the best guide that I have ever had. I highly recommend Northern Outdoors.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

We did the rafting trip on the Kennebec River (2 days) and stayed in the logdominium. The logdominium is a few steps above camping. There is a kitchen area with a mini fridge, 2 burner stovetop (no oven), microwave and sink. They provide plates, utensils, cups, bowls, pots, pans, spatula, peeler, can opener, dishrag, dish towel and dish soap. The bathroom has towels, washcloths and hand towels, 2 small soaps and a conditioning shampoo. 2 double beds in the loft, a futon and a single bed downstairs.

Rafting: You meet at 7:45 am where you’ll wait a while for all groups to arrive. They’ll go over the water temperature (on June 21, it was 55), your clothing needs (I wore a bathing suit with shorts and a long sleeve rash guard, the kids in our group wore bathing suits, shorts and we rented the recommended paddle jacket for $5… don’t wear cotton). Water shoes are great, make sure they fit well. Options for wetsuit rental: bottom half - $10, top half - $5, paddle jacket - $5, booties - $5. If you want to wear sunglasses, they recommend wearing straps. Helmets are provided and hats can be worn under them.

Next you purchase all the necessary items in the lodge (where you met at 7:45) and head downstairs to pick up your wetsuit. You’ll meet again in 10-20 minutes for a safety briefing. Commands are “ahead” to paddle, “back” to paddle backwards, “drift” or “stop” to stop paddling, “hold on” to grab the center rope.

After the briefing, you go downstairs to get your life jacket, helmet and oar. All of these will be your responsibility to take on the buses. The bus ride is approx 30 minutes on 2 paved roads and one long, straight, dusty, dirt road. At the parking area, you’ll have your last chance to use the restrooms. After restrooms, you’ll be assigned your group and your guide. Every guide on staff is wonderful. They love their jobs and they will impress you.

This is a hands-on adventure and your group will be required to carry your own raft down a long flight of stairs. You’ll be able to see the dam from the launch point. At the launch point, you’ll get in your raft and have a chance to practice the commands before you hit any rapids.
The adventure is exciting, the scenery is beautiful. Enjoy! It’s not constant. There are plenty of rest breaks to wait for other rafts to stay together. The guides are all aware of the other rafts and look out for each other.

Lunch: You will choose your lunch when you sign your waivers beforehand. Choices are steak, teriyaki chicken, salmon or a veggie burger. The guides pull off to a resting point and pick up all the lunch supplies. Then you raft over to the lunch spot where the guides cook the entire lunch. Plan to be there an hour or more. Lunch includes rice, a cold side and a cookie. While you’re waiting, they serve trail mix and hot cocoa or coffee, water, iced tea and lemonade. What I loved about lunch was there was nothing disposable. They have metal plates and metal cups. No plastic or paper so nothing can be littered to destroy the environment. Again, you are responsible for rinsing your plate and utensils. When you leave the lunch site, other than a few crumbs, there is nothing left behind. Lunch is delicious! Also, no restrooms are here.

After lunch the water is mostly smooth sailing. You’re given the option to paddle in a banana boat in some spots and swim in other spots.

At the end of the trip, they’ll take a group photo from a bridge and the idea is to have the coolest photo for the slide show back at the lodge. All along the trip, photos are taken from the shore. When you depart, again your team helps lift the raft out of the water and you take your helmet, oar and life jacket back on the bus to the lodge. It’s a 5 minute bus ride. At the lodge, you’ll return all your stuff and report back to the screened in porch for the slide show and video. I’d say we were done everything by 4:30.

If you are checking out and don’t have a room to return to, there are shower facilities at the logdominium.

I provided a lot of details because I had so many questions prior to my trip so I thought it might be helpful to others. Have a great time!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2012

I couldn't recommend this experience more. Myself and my partner had 3 days to kill between Boston and New Hampshire and this came up as an option which ended up being the best decision of our trip. It is 4.5 hours from Boston when driving. We stayed in the Cabin tents which were perfect for our need's, the weather was warm but it did rain one of the nights and still we stayed dry and warm in the tent.
The staff were so so helpful and accommodating. They even helped us organise some hikes and trails to do on one of our days. The resort had its own brewery with some amazing home brews, that are all worth trying!
The day we went rafting was wet and horrible but didn't matter, the spirits of the staff and the group were sky high and it went so well.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Alfred, Maine, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

We arrived at Northern Outdoors on Friday afternoon and were greeted at the front desk by your pleasant and efficient staff, keys were ready for our cabin and we were provided with a map. Information sheets and our lunch choices were provided for the next day’s rafting. We were disappointed that there were no local ATV maps available.


Upon arriving at the Cabin we found it was clean and neat, the bathroom was stocked with plenty of towels for our party of 7. We were glad that we did bring our own bar soap the small soap on the bathroom sink was not sufficient for showering. After we finished unpacking a few of us drove down to Berry’s Store in search of a local ATV Trail Map. We were happy to find that they did have some 2011 ATV maps which we picked up and headed back to settle into the cabin. After dinner we headed up to the lodge to wait for the rest of our party which was arriving late. Some of us just sat and relaxed others enjoyed a few games of pool.


On Saturday morning 4 of us were ready for our day of rafting. We headed up to the lodge to meet our guides and have our safety instruction. We were glad that we had gone over the clothing recommendations prior to our trip. We all had our water shoes, bathing suits, under armor and fleeces. Wet suits were offered for rental at a reasonable rate. We were issued our helmets, paddles and life jackets I do have to say your team has that process down pat it is well organized. Next on to the buses, Mary gave us some great local information and kept us entertained during the ride, a quick opportunity to use the rest rooms once we arrived and we were off. The rafting was a blast a big thank you to Nick our guide! During the lunch stop I was once again impressed by all of the guide’s efficient manner and it was not long before we were enjoying a great lunch on the river side. The food was outstanding. After lunch we were back in the rafts to finish our day. When we arrived back at the lodge, we had a few min to change and the rafting pictures were ready for viewing. A perfect day on the river.


The group that went out on the quads had a great day as well they headed out around 9am and choose to go to Greenville the trails were excellent once they were about a mile out. They enjoyed their lunch at Kelly’s Landing and headed back. It was a beautiful day for a ride and they could not say enough about the trails.
After dinner we headed back up to the lodge, the Celtics game was on and there was live music. As the evening progressed we decided to grab some snacks in the restaurant. The food was good and the service was excellent.


Sunday morning after checking out we took a hike up to Moxie Falls (it was recommended by Mary on the rafting bus) we were glad we did what a beautiful site, and a shout out to Mary for the recommendation.


We had a great time and we are already planning to go again next year!!

Nancy J
Alfred, ME

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Peabody, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2012

A group of 9 stayed at the Point House Lodge (5BR/2Bath) and there was plenty of room. The kitchen was fully equipped (of course bring your own food), as well as plenty of towels in the bathroom. The place was clean and the staff was excellent. I must have called Northern Outdoors at least 6 times regarding lodging and or rafting and the service was outstanding, they were focused on ensuring all your questions and concerns were answered 100%. Oh, and the lodge overlooked a lake; we were fortunate to have the master bedroom and the view was magnificent. We had the pleasant surprise of being serenaded by howling wolves one evening – it was truly a beautiful and peaceful sound that only added to this outdoor adventure.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Woodbury, Minnesota, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

I had the opportunity to stay in a great cabin while in the Forks. The lodge and brewery made for a great evening as well. They have their own craft beer as fresh as it comes and was a great way to end the day. The staff was extremely welcoming and made sure my stay was comfortable and enjoyable. This property is in a beautiful area as well that is full of natural beauty and wildlife. I saw a giant moose right off the road which was the highlight of my trip.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Southborough
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84 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2012

Northern Outdoors, for white water rafting, is one of the best in Maine. It's worth the trip, regardless of your location. The guides on the river are excellent and end up performing many roles from guide, recreation-director, cook, and doctor (hopefully you don't need that skill). The facility has great meals, especially hardy breakfasts before you hit the river. The accommodations can be for a boat-load or for two. Don't pass on the videos and individual pictures you can purchase...priceless and I watch them to this day, years later!

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort
Address: 1771 US Rte 201, The Forks, ME 04985-3402
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Location: United States > Maine > The Forks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in The Forks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Northern Outdoors is a year-round adventure resort located in The Forks, Maine, only four hours from Boston. The company pioneered Maine whitewater rafting on the Kennebec, Penobscot, and Dead Rivers. Groups, families, and individuals enjoy affordable, fantastic adventure getaways. Relax at the big main lodge, onsite microbrewery, full service restaurant, 28 trailside and lakeside cabins and cottages year-round. Enjoy whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing, ATV trails, team building retreats, university programs, camping, snowmobile rentals and tours, and direct access to miles of trails. ... more   less 
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