Our History

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Mike St. Laurent has been a river guide since 1996, working for and managing multiple large rafting outfitters. After years of observing the large companies, Mike decided that there was a need to provide a more personalized, high-quality outdoor experience. In 2010, he founded Dead River Expeditions (DRE) with the intent of providing a small, family company atmosphere.


For nine seasons, Mike and his staff provided professional, personalized,  and exciting white water adventures to his customers on both the Kennebec and the Dead Rivers!  In 2017 Mike’s wife Karen Foley joined the DRE family. Karen has many years of professional experience in business, customer service, and marketing. While Mike is all about the big waves, Karen prefers a quiet kayak or canoe ride on nice calm, flat water.

In 2019, Mike and Karen expanded their business into the Skowhegan area with a second location called Down River Expeditions. Down River Expeditions, specializes in Kayak, Stand Up Paddle Board, and Mountain Bike rentals. This location also has a retail store with souvenirs and last minute items for your adventures such as sunglasses and Chums. 

As of the 2020 season DRE has decided to leave the white water to the other guys and focus on growing the business in Skowhegan, expanding their retail store and adding Tubing to the adventures they offer. As a Master Maine Guide, Mike will also continue to offer personalized fishing trips in and around Somerset County. 

Together, Mike and Karen hope to continue to grow DRE into the fun, safe, family company that has a little something for everyone, at all skill levels!


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