Dead River Expeditions has had one of its best seasons in years. While other company’s numbers were down, ours were way up! And every review we get continues be 5 stars! I have been proud to do what I set out to do 9 years ago when I started DRE, to provide safe, affordable adventures for families; to help them make memories that will last a life time; and to introduce new people to the rivers and the wilderness of Maine. I have been a river guide for over 23 years, and its been one hell of an exciting ride. However, in recent years, the pressure and expense of running a business that is experiencing continued, industry wide decline, has taken the joy out of what I love most, just running the river!
So, it is with mixed feelings that I announce DRE will be heading in a new direction. As of the 2020 season, we will no longer be a white-water rafting company. DRE will still exist, just in a new form. We will be closing the location in The Forks so that my wife and I can focus on our new venture in Skowhegan. We are pleased and excited with the reception that Down River Expeditions has gotten and see only good things in the future as Skowhegan continues to grow. This is an exciting time for this community where we have made our new home!
Our Skowhegan location will open the 2020 summer season with a bang; renting kayaks, stand up paddle boards and mountain bikes for use on the rivers, the lakes, and the trails in Somerset County! In 2020 we plan on adding to our retail store, as well as adding tubing to the list of things to do in this beautiful area. I will also continue to offer guided fishing trips and hope to do lots more of them!
Personally, I will get to focus more on my career as a paramedic and I hope to have more time to spend making memories with my own family. I am looking forward to spending next summer introducing more folks to the Maine wilderness, without the pressures of increasing expenses and long hours that came with running a white-water rafting company. Every once in a while, you may still find me up north on the river, in a raft, working for one of the other great companies in The Forks, just doing what I love to do!
Please, visit us at our new location in Skowhegan. We'll have special deals for our long term customers and friends. We'd also be happy to recommend a different rafting company for your white water adventures.
Thank you to each and every one of you, who came as a client, and left as a friend.
Mike St. Laurent