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) in the West Forks with the intent of providing a small, family company atmosphere. In the off season Mike works as a Paramedic for both Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital and Redington Fairview.
DRE relocated to its current location, along the Kennebec, in The Forks Plantation in 2011. The move to the new base has allowed them to provide better customer service along with camping on site and a private take out for either river right in their own backyard. They specialize in personalized trips, multiple day trips, and home cooked meals!
In 2017 Mike’s wife Karen joined the DRE family. Karen has many years of professional experience in business, customer service, and marketing and in the off season works as an Administrative Assistant for Maine General. While Mike is all about the big waves, Karen prefers a quiet kayak or canoe ride on nice calm, flat water. Together they hope to continue to grow DRE into the fun, safe, family company that has a little something for everyone, at all skill levels!
2019 is going to see even bigger changes for DRE as we open a second location, Down River Expeditions, in Skowhegan, featuring kayak, mountain bike and stand up paddle board rentals. Stay tuned for more details! Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for all the latest information.