Get Your Outdoor Adventure On At ELC Outdoors

Whether you like your outdoors wild or mild, ELC Outdoors has created a choice mix of adventure and recreational packages that explore the rivers and forests of Northern New Hampshire and Western Maine. Choose from a menu of single or multi-day experiences that include a variety of whitewater rafting options, high ropes aerial adventures, and wildlife tours. Both experienced and novice adventurers will find the perfect outdoor experience at ELC Outdoors. All of the adventures are based out of ELC’s beautiful 11-acre property in Errol.

A variety of Whitewater Rafting options are available, including rafting excursions on Class II, III and IV waters.

  • Families with young children and anyone looking for a great paddling experience can embark on a Class II/III Androscoggin River adventure. There are several options for enjoying the river on multiple runs.
  • For a more intense experience, choose the Class III Magalloway River outing, which includes running Class III rapids. This is an excellent trip for youth groups looking to experience the thrill of whitewater rafting, and families looking for a little adventure.
  • Rapid River Whitewater Rafting is a one-of-a kind wilderness rafting experience down one of the steepest rivers in Maine! This classic New England River trip includes a riverside lunch and snacks, pontoon boat ride across Lake Umbagog, and transportation from Errol, NH.

During the Whitewater Rafting & Wildlife Tour, you’ll spend the afternoon whitewater rafting the Androscoggin River in Errol. Then jump aboard the Pontoon Boat for an evening cruise to discover the wildlife of beautiful Lake Umbagog.

If rafting isn’t your interest, you can choose to explore Lake Umbagog on a relaxing Afternoon Wildlife Tour via pontoon boat, with outstanding opportunities to see eagles, osprey, loons, moose, deer and other wildlife.

Learn the basics of whitewater kayaking during ELC’s one- or three-day Whitewater Kayaking courses. Under the guidance of experienced instructors, students learn all the basics, including safety and self-rescue, strokes and maneuvers, scouting rapids, paddler etiquette, and river conservation and stewardship.

ELC’s Zipline & Ropes Courses take participants through an exhilarating aerial course — a  series of ropes, wires, platforms and bridge suspended 12- 40 feet off the ground. Spend two hours up to 45 feet above ground on the 10-element ropes course and 2 ziplines.

Participants in ELC’s popular Rafts and Ropes packages have the chance to spend half a day high among the tree tops on the aerial ropes course followed by time on one of the region’s many rivers for a thrilling whitewater rafting experience.

Explore the Androscoggin River or Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge from one of ELC Outdoors’ fleet of Rental Canoes and Kayaks — truly a great way to spend a day, soaking in New Hampshire’s beautiful scenery.

ELC has a fleet of Fat Bikes for rent, making it easy to navigate the many mountain trails in the region. Rental includes the bike, helmet and trail map.

ELC also offers Leadership and Teambuilding events to suit various group needs, making it a good option for schools, corporate groups, families and individuals seeking a unique experience.

ELC supports the principles of sustainable tourism to help foster community development and growth. ELC Outdoors is a proud supporter of 1% for the Planet. A portion of profits also goes to support The Enriched Learning Center, an alternative education program serving youth throughout northern New Hampshire.

Whatever adventure you are seeking, ELC’s knowledgeable and experienced guides will make your trip a memorable one.

ELC Outdoors is located 983 Upton Road in Errol, NH. Click on the website for detailed information about all of the many adventures ELC offers: https://elcoutdoors.com.

 

Family Summer Road Trip: ATVing and White Water Rafting in NH’s Grand North

Every summer we take a family vacation but the challenge is trying to find a place to go with two active boys ages 19 and 20 who want high adrenaline pumping activities.  This summer, we decided to go up to Northern New Hampshire. Here is a recap of our days adventuring in Northern NH.

ATVing with NorthEast ATV Rentals in Gorham, NH

My boys were in the single ATV’s while my wife and I paired up into a double with me driving of course.  This was the highlight of the trip for my boys.  We had two hours of fun ripping through miles of trails in the park.  It’s was a great family activity as we sped through mud and puddles, down step trails, pits and the best part is we did not have to go with a guide.  We were on our own tearing it up out there.  A definite must do on your next adventure trip.

ATVing in Gorham NH
ATVing in Gorham NH

That night we headed to Sunday River Resort – our home for the next three days with gorgeous views of the mountains. One of the best parts of staying at Sunday River was the breakfast that was included and Chef Frank was fantastic especially with his made to order omelets.

White Water Rafting with Raft NH in Errol, NH

We got up early Friday to drive about 50 minutes to Errol, NH to Raft NH for our trip down the Rapid River for our white water rafting excursion.  Another highlight of the trip going down the Rapid River – a couple mile stretch of Class IV rapids and the beauty of the wilderness the surrounded us.

We saw a couple of bald eagles during the trip and a deer along the water’s edge.  The Rapid River only runs several times each summer because it is dam released which is one of the reasons why we choose it.  Another unique feature about the trip is that there is no take out at the end of the river because it feeds into a lake.  At the end of our trip, the owner Neil met us with the pontoon boat and took us on a nice 20 minute cruise across the lake.  When we got back to the base we had a great catered lunch of sausage and peppers, baked beans, pasta salad and cookies.  The staff was awesome and so was our guide Andy who did a great job providing us with great thrills and memories of our trip down the Rapid River.

When got back to our hotel we had dinner and decided to go to a movie at the Gem Theater in Bethel, ME.  This is a great little theater that should be stop on your trip if you are in Bethel.

Repelling Down Cloudland Falls, Franconia Notch NH with north ridge mountain guides

We got up Saturday to begin our hour drive Franconia Notch to hike up Mt. Lafayette in the White Mountain National Forest to repel down Cloudland Falls.  We met our guide Jamie in the parking lot and hiked about a mile and half passing smaller falls along the way.  Once we reached our destination Jamie set up the ropes and gave us a demonstration and instructions.  We all repelled twice down the falls and it was something I will never forget.

Repelling down a waterfall in Franconia Notch area
Repelling down a waterfall in Franconia Notch area

The rush of repelling down a waterfall often time with many hikers stopping to watch was a once in a lifetime experience. Surrounded by the beauty of the falls and the forest around us, my adrenaline was pumping so much I hardly noticed how chilly the water was until I reached the bottom of the falls.  This is something I would highly recommend for the adventurer out there.

After hiking back down we drove to Woodstock, NH and grabbed some food before heading back to the resort.  We also came to find out that Saturday was a big day in Bethel as they celebrated the Mollyocket races and festival which has been going on for 50 years.  While we missed the events during the day we did make it back in time for the spectacular fireworks display behind the Bethel Inn. Ironically the one reason we decided to stay at Sunday River was because of the mountain biking there, but because we had to leave fairly early Sunday to catch our ferry we ran out of days to go mountain biking.  Oh well I guess we will put that on the list for next year!  We had an amazing action packed week long adventure vacation!