New England Outdoor Center


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In a Nutshell

Guides lead half- & full-day trips through Class I-V rapids of Penobscot River, including shoreline barbecue lunch

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Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Must sign waiver. Reservation required. Limit 10 per person, may buy 10 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Trips run rain or shine and must be booked in advanced. Due to limited and often sold out capacity, reservations may not be cancelled or changed within 14 days of the date the trip is schedule to run. Expiration only valid for option purchased. Age restrictions apply: Must sign waiver. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Maine state access fees not included ($6). Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $59 for a whitewater rafting adventure with a riverside lunch, valid until July 15 ($119 value)
  • $65 for a whitewater rafting adventure with a riverside lunch, valid until October 9 ($119 value)

Rafting adventures on the Penobscot River range from full-day trips through Class IV rapids to half-day trips through Penobscot Gorge. All outings include a shoreline barbecue lunch.

The redemption location can be challenging to get to. Please visit or call 800-766-7238 for directions.

For Camping and Whitewater Rafting with NEOC – Directions: Take Exit 244 off I-95. Take Route 11/157 west towards Millinocket. Follow 157 and signs to Baxter State Park. As you drive through Millinocket leaving town heading towards Baxter State Park – note that you will have “15” miles to drive to get to our rafting and camping base at the Penobscot Outdoor Center. 9 to 10 Miles past Millinocket you will see signs for the “Penobscot Outdoor Center – 4 1/2 miles” and “New England Outdoor Center – 4 1/2 miles.” The driveway is on your right and is marked/sign posted. Travel in this dirt drive about 1/2 mile to a parking lot.

New England Outdoor Center

The northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail lies at the foot of Mount Katahdin. Beneath the mountain's silhouette, moose graze along the shorelines, and eagles roam the skies above Baxter State Park's chromatic woods. Nearby, outdoorsmen and environmental enthusiast Matt Polstein has unveiled the area's natural beauty and abundant adventure opportunities for more than 30 years through the New England Outdoor Center.

During the early summer through fall, Polstein’s team leads whitewater-rafting adventures on the Penobscot River. The raucous waterway possesses a stretch that drops 70 feet per mile through a narrow, granite-walled canyon into Class V rapids with monikers such as Exterminator and Cribworks. Further excursions include trips on the Family Float trips appropriate for kids as young as age 4. Come winter, Polstein rents snowmobiles so guests can zoom across the area's powdery expanses, perhaps to catch a view of the Northern Lights.

In addition to the plentiful year-round activities, New England Outdoor Center encompasses dining and lodging facilities, including cabins, green-built guesthouses, and campgrounds.

Customer Reviews

Great place & great staff!
Brandy M. · October 29, 2016
Had an excellent experience! The guides were all experienced and extremely professional. I will be back and definately recommend.
Kathleen O. · October 28, 2016
Wow its really fun for the whole day..
Ramesh B. · September 18, 2016

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