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North Country Rivers

Bingham, ME, USA
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About North Country Rivers
Discover the Maine Outdoors with North Country Rivers. Maine Outdoor Adventure Vacations that include - White Water Rafting, Kayaking, Wildlife Tours, ATV Tours and Rentals, Snowmobile Tours and Rentals, Hiking, Biking, Fishing and more. Packages at our Bingham, Maine resort include deluxe cabins, tent camping, RV Camping and meals at our renown Patrick's Restaurant and Pub. Call today, let's start planning your Maine Outdoor Vacation.
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Bradley L wrote a review Oct. 2020
Hampton, New Hampshire40 contributions10 helpful votes
Had a wonderful time rafting with North Country Rivers on October 3rd, 2020 on the Dead River during their 6000 CFS dam release. We arrived the day before and stayed in their deluxe bunk house for 2 nights. The grounds are spacious and quiet. The accommodations were basic but very clean. Fortunately the housekeeping staff left us a few extra blankets....which we needed as the temps dropped to 38 during the night....but thanks to the extra blankets we were fine. All the staff...both administrative and river guides were excellent. Chris at the front desk ( also a tour guide) recommended a full wetsuit...which we immediately opted for (wise choice..LOL)...which made our trip on the river much more pleasant. Our river guide...Dale...was an older guide with a lot of river experience. He did a great job keeping us safe and away from the worst holes in the rapids. We had a great trip with lots of exciting rapids. Our meals at Patrick's were really good. Portions were plentiful and very tasty. Their Chef is an excellent cook. Always nice after a long day rafting. The restaurant staff were very attentive and helpful. The breakfast cinnamon french toast sticks were really good with syrup! All in all, Jim Murton ( the owner) runs a great safe operation...with excellent staff and river guides. You can not go wrong choosing his rafting company. We had a wonderful trip on the river and enjoyed the gorgeous foliage. Hope to return again in 2021.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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AdventureKA wrote a review Sep. 2020
New York187 contributions22 helpful votes
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Wow, what a trip! This was our 3rd white water rafting trip in 3 months. The 1st trip was amazing with a guide in the raft that knew how to maximize every rapid I-III for maximum splash. 2nd trip the guides were in kayaks so we were just paddling to save our lives – my arms were so sore the next day! And this 3rd time was the perfect culmination! We had a guide in the raft and rafted down the rapid I-IV which was even more exhilarating. We paid a little extra to have the raft to ourselves because sharing a raft with strangers can go either way especially when you have kids. We arrived at 8:30am to very overcast, slightly chilled weather which was contrary to the weather forecast for partial cloudy weather. The staff gave us the instructions, geared us up and put us on the bus. It was a long 45 minute drive but the staff would yell out some fun facts about what we were passing on the road. We got to the launch point at the Forks and were assigned our rafting guides Note you do have to carry the very heavy raft down on a rail with steps to the river with the help of your guide(s – some places have you carry the raft, some don’t depending on the launch point. At first, our guide Dana seemed quiet, but then he warmed right up, chatting away and having a ton of fun! He was a very experienced, safe and knowledgeable rafting guide. Additionally, he’d tell us the name of every rapids as we went into them and during slower points, would point out things like ripples in the water and indicate that the technical rafting term like eddy line. It was both memorable and educational. And most importantly, Dana was super kid friendly! He had the kids and us laughing the whole way down. In terms of the Kennebec River, it started out in a canyon and the first of the rapids came on quickly. I really appreciated that these rafts had a special foot hold for each person in the front of the raft and a rope on each of the center bars of the raft (neither of our 2 previous rafting trips had these); this was especially reassuring when we hit those class III and class IV rapids! Another fun and unique feature of this trip is at a few very specific points the guides ask if you want to float down in the (mild) rapids – my kids looked like little otters floating on their backs with their feet popping out of the water! After the rafting, we were taken back for a tasty (late) lunch: your choice of steak, chicken or fish – we ordered one of each and the fish was the best! When returning the gear, it was a little odd that they had us dunk our life vests and wet suit rentals in a barrel of soapy water then rinse in water – most places have separate staff that does this but it wasn’t a big deal and took a minute to do. The rafting photos taken by a 3rd party photographer were some of the best adventure photos because they were taken at 3 different points in the trip – we bought them all (14) but may have been the only ones to do so because it was just our family in the raft and the photo package of all photos was a bit costly to buy (NOTE: the full package would probably sell better if you lowered the price by 25%-50%). We plan to return on our next trip to Maine and we will be asking for Dana again!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Randy P wrote a review Sep. 2020
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Jim Murton and North Country Rivers. made our trip a very special experience.With all the history, and stories you shared with us.I could not have asked for a better person to guide us, down the mighty penobscot River.. the level of safety and professionalism is second to none.They constantly rotate the lead boat to the back by waiting for others to pass, ensuring safe travels for all. The state of Maine and the blue collar misfits owe you a debt of gratitude. sincerely Randy Petrarca
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Date of experience: September 2020
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FaulkL wrote a review Aug. 2020
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Great experience, we had two groups and our guides Chris and JJ were amazing! Experienced, navigated waters well, personable, we couldn’t have been happier! Everything was simple to navigate, they did all the work: we rented wetsuits, had an amazing lunch provided, effortless. Trip to remember - we will be back yearly!!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from JMurton, Owner at North Country Rivers
Responded Aug. 31, 2020
Chris, JJ and myself thank you for rafting with North Country Rivers and sharing your review. We appreciate your review and look forward to seeing you on the river in the future.
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Billy Bob Thornton wrote a review Aug. 2020
Lincoln, New Hampshire1 contribution
Absolutely fantastic trip today on the Penobscot River - well-worth the 4 hour ride from Southern Maine. The guides were all very collegial, fun and professional. They did a great job explaining the day, the rapids we’d be riding (3s, 4s and 5s) and the agenda. We had a tremendous guide - JJ - who made it fun, adventurous (a few flips!) but we all felt very safe and informed on the river, which at times could have felt very scary!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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