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Professional Maine Whitewater Guides

Experienced Maine Rafting Guides

When our guests join us for one of our wonderful whitewater rafting trips, they expect a safe, small, personalized trip. Providing an excellent rafting adventure falls on the shoulders of our amazing staff.

All of Penobscot Adventures whitewater rafting guides are certified by the state of Maine rafting commission and have held their licenses for at least three years. They are the key to our great safety rating. Guiding whitewater rafts on a river is just like any other profession. It takes a few years to get comfortable.

Maureen McDonald, Owner/Operator

Maureen was drawn into white water by Dan during college. She worked for several rafting companies (including getting employee of the year for Northern Outdoors) before becoming a river guide for Magic Falls and starting Penobscot Adventures with Dan. She hasn't guided since her daughters were born despite the staff's best efforts.

Daniel McDonald, Owner/Operator

Dan loves to kayak and drive bus. He started Penobscot Adventures with Maureen and Bob Lindblom in tow. Together that ran P.A. for the first year with just the help of rent a guides. After the first year we picked up more staff and things got real. Now Dan teaches in the winter and leaves the daily operations to Tyler and the finest staff of guides in the industry.

Tyler Thayer, Manager

Tyler joined Penobscot Adventures six years ago when his training class was cancelled by another company. He's been with us ever since. He brings great ideas and management skills to Penobscot Adventure's daily operations.

"SeaBass" Sebastion Jackson

Sebastion Jackson trained with Tyler and has been with us full time ever since. During that time he has also earned 2 Masters degrees and accepted a lecturing position at the University of Maine in Farmington. Can't fool us though, his first love is still rafting.

"Big" Joe Paleologos

"Big" Joe is Will's best friends and trained with Will on a last minute whim. They've been with us ever since providing some of the best trips in the rafting industry. This year oe will graduate from George Washington University with a degree in engeneering.

"Special" Will Burgess

Will has been rafting with Penobscot Adventures since he was 14! As soon as he turned 18 he trained with us and has worked full time every summer since then. He's currently attending Umass Amhearst for substainable business.
Jesse Lyons

Jesse trained with us 4 years ago and has been full time since then. He started by driving shuttle and cooking a mean lunch. Once he started guiding he never looked back. He had the most days on the water in 2014.
" Dirty" John Nixon

John Nixon trained with us four years ago. He got his name from his work on the Pigeon River as a guide. The Pigeon River is known as the "Dirty Bird" in the rafting industry. He was looking for some bigger, cleaner whitewater and decided to train with us. He worked full time for a summer and then moved back down south. He still makes a 2 week appearance every summer. Look for him during the last 2 weeks in July.
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Experienced Maine whitewater rafting guides

Dan "Butterfield" Bernard

"Butterfield" got his nickname from my favorite ice cream shop in Dover, Maine. He rafted with us a few times and decided to give training a try. An engineer by trade he has a touch for trailers and equipment.

Brian "The Badger" Blencoe

Brian is an engineering student, Kung Fu instructor, and excellent raft guide. He has a wealth of life knowledge and a great touch with equipment. His stories keep the staff laughing for days.

"Little Joe" Balzanelli

"Little" Joe trained with us last year. A whitewater kayaker and photographer he's a great addition to the team.
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