New England Outdoor Center

New England Outdoor Center

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In a Nutshell

Guides lead trips through Class V rapids of Penobscot River, including shoreline barbecue lunch

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 1, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Must sign waiver. Reservation required. Limit 10 per person, may buy 10 additional as gifts. Trips run rain or shine and must be booked in advanced. Due to limited and often sold out capacity reservations may not be canceled or changed within 14 days of the date the trip is schedule to run. Age restrictions apply. Must sign waiver. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Extra $6 Maine state access fees not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $49 for whitewater rafting with river-side lunch ($119 value)

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

Had a great day on the Penobscot river! Our raft guide Andy knew his stuff and made for a very interesting rafting experience in more ways than one. Highly recommend the full river experience.
Ethan S. · August 13, 2017
NEOC was great!! We had a blast and look forward to going again! The guide was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun! Be sure to rent the wetsuits so you stay warm!
Bonnie R. · January 17, 2017
Great place & great staff!
Brandy M. · October 29, 2016

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