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Dead High Water

  • Full Day Trip
  • Minimum Age 14
  • 16 Miles
  • Class III-IV (V) Whitewater Rapids
  • Cookout Lunch at Base Camp
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We have rafted the Kennebec many times and finally got on the Dead. It was awesome, just like your guides have been telling us for years - it was just like the big rapids on the Kennebec for most of three hours. It was awesome!

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Dead River High Water

Action is the Name of the Game!

The Dead River has ten special high volume dam releases each season that produce big whitewater action over 16 miles. The river bed drops steadily during the entire run and produces long, consistent action that builds throughout the day in Class III-IV rapids such as "Humpty Dumpty", "Elephant Rock" and "Spruce Ledges". Each rapid includes long wave trains and sudden drops into deep holes. The Dead continues to build through dozens of rapids and culminates in the LONGEST RAPID IN THE NORTHEAST, Class IV-V "Poplar Hill Falls". "Poplar" on its own is one mile of whitewater with huge standing waves and deep, turbulent holes. When you combine "Poplar" with the rest of this action packed trip, you have the finest raft trip in the Northeast! Don't miss this special river adventure which guides and rafting veterans cherish each year.

Trip Details: Dead River High Water

Rapid Classification: Class III-IV (V) Food: Steak, chicken, fish or vegetarian option cookout at base after trip
Miles: 16 No. of People Per Boat: 8-9 (Go For It Rafts: 6)
River Time:  3-4 hours    
Minimum Age: 14    
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