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Welcome to The Dead River Collective, where our deep-rooted heritage fuels our adventurous spirit! As proud descendants of the founding families of the Forks and West Forks in Maine, we’re thrilled to share our rich history and create an unforgettable experience just for you.

Get ready to be swept away as you discover our extraordinary collection of custom Maine apparel, accessories, outdoor gear, home and kitchen furnishings, and so much more. Our expert guides, mouthwatering family recipes, captivating local history, and valuable resources will delight Maine residents, visitors, outdoor enthusiasts, and home/professional cooks alike.

Our unique tagline, #madebythedead, is more than just a catchy phrase – it’s a testament to our ancestors’ sacrifices and our dedication to living life to the fullest. We bring a playful, lighthearted vibe to your shopping experience while staying focused on our mission to support local Maine communities, nourish families, protect the vulnerable, and preserve Maine’s breathtaking outdoors.

As your fun-loving, community-driven collective, we’re all about excitement, laughter, and strengthening our local communities. So, come on in, let your hair down, and explore our offerings with a beaming smile. Remember, when you choose The Dead River Collective, you’re not just snagging an awesome product – you’re joining a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts.


guides for every adventure in Maine

A Guide to Savvy Refrigeration

Leftover Wonders A Guide to Savvy Refrigeration Greetings, culinary timekeepers! Embark with us on an enlightening journey through the often-overlooked...
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Efficient Fridge Organization

Keeping Your Food Fresh & Tasty Efficient Fridge Organization Welcome to our cooking blog! Today's topic is an essential yet...
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The Art of Preparing & Cooking Fiddleheads

A Comprehensive Guide The Art of Preparing & Cooking Fiddleheads In the culinary world, fiddleheads have emerged as a unique...
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Poultry Cooking Unlocked

The Secret to Perfect Temperature Poultry Cooking Unlocked Welcome to our newest blog post where we dive deep into the...
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Your Guide to Mastering Refrigerator Temperature Control

The Thermometer’s Oath Your Guide to Mastering Refrigerator Temperature Control Welcome to a vital guide designed for every home cook,...
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The Art of Cooking Fish

Navigating the Ocean's Delights The Art of Cooking Fish Welcome, seafood lovers and culinary adventurers, to a comprehensive guide that...
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Unleashing The Power Of Clean

A Foodie’s Guide to Handwashing Unleashing The Power Of Clean Welcome to a culinary revelation that might just change the...
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Preparing for Your Campfire in Maine

A Comprehensive Guide Preparing for Your Campfire in Maine Welcome to an essential guide for every outdoor enthusiast looking to...
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Setting the Stage for Cooking Success

Preheating Perfection Setting the Stage for Cooking Success Welcome to a comprehensive guide dedicated to unraveling the nuances of preheating...
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Mastering the Art of Culinary Timekeeping

Clockwise Cuisine Mastering the Art of Culinary Timekeeping Welcome to the essential guide on mastering the art of culinary timekeeping,...
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Navigating the 2-Hour Rule

Ensuring Freshness & Safety in Maine's Kitchens Navigating the 2-Hour Rule Welcome to our culinary guide, where we embark on...
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Mastering Cooking Temperatures

Precision in the Kitchen Mastering Cooking Temperatures Welcome to our cooking blog, where today's focus is on the crucial aspect...
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Mastering the 2-Hour Food Safety Rule

Time Ticks in the Kitchen Mastering the 2-Hour Food Safety Rule Welcome to a comprehensive guide designed for culinary enthusiasts...
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The Art of Properly Storing Leftovers

Chill Factor The Art of Properly Storing Leftovers Welcome, culinary adventurers! Today, we dive into an essential yet often overlooked...
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Types of Campgrounds in Maine

Embracing the Great Outdoors Types of Campgrounds in Maine Welcome to our exploration of the diverse camping landscapes in Maine,...
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A Pro Camper’s Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Adventure

Mastering the Maine Wilderness A Pro Camper's Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Adventure Welcome to the great outdoors of Maine, where...
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Unlocking the Power of Airtight Containers

Shielding Flavors Unlocking the Power of Airtight Containers Welcome to the dynamic world of culinary preservation, where the battle against...
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Cooking with Fire

A Maine Camping Guide Cooking with Fire Embrace the warmth and allure of campfire cooking amidst Maine's majestic outdoors, where...
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Practical Guide to Perishable Foods

Ensuring Freshness and Safety Practical Guide to Perishable Foods Welcome to a comprehensive resource designed to help you navigate the...
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Perfecting the Sacred Rest

The Art of Patience Perfecting the Sacred Rest Welcome to a culinary guide crafted for passionate cooks who aim for...
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DELICIOUS recipes to master your maine KITCHEN!

Harvest Roasted Cabbage w/ Beet & Garlic Drizzle

A Symphony of Autumn Flavors Harvest Roasted Cabbage w/ Beet & Garlic Drizzle Step into the essence of fall with...
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Spinach Mozzarella Logs

Homestead Harvest Spinach Mozzarella Logs A great dish has the uncanny ability to transport us – across time, culture, and...
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Yankee Brown Sugar Peach Cake

Maine Harvest Blessings Yankee Brown Sugar Peach Cake Maine is undoubtedly a state that cherishes its agricultural heritage. Known for...
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Acadian Pineapple Pork Sandwich

Homestead Hearth & Pine Forests Acadian Pineapple Pork Sandwich Maine, with its rugged coastline, verdant forests, and pastoral landscapes, is...
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Homestead Meat Hand Pies

A Taste of Maine Homestead Meat Hand Pies The scent of warm, savory pies wafting from the kitchen is one...
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Garden-Fresh Tangy Radish Seed Pods

Discovering the Crunch of Nature Garden-Fresh Tangy Radish Seed Pods Welcome to a journey of tang and crunch with our...
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Poultry Pie Al Fresco

Seaside Harvest Poultry Pie Al Fresco Maine's coastline stretches far and wide, each mile more captivating than the last. But...
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Maine Homestead Cabbage & Scallion Pancakes w/ Soy Dip

Garden Fresh Delight Maine Homestead Cabbage & Scallion Pancakes w/ Soy Dip Savor the essence of Maine's home gardens with...
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Backcountry Brown Rice & Lentils

Savoring the Rustic Charm Backcountry Brown Rice & Lentils Embark on a culinary journey back to the basics with our...
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Maine Homestead Potatoes w/ Oceanic Feta Drizzle

Savoring Maine's Earth & Sea Maine Homestead Potatoes & Oceanic Feta Drizzle Welcome to a comforting culinary creation - Maine...
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Maine Wilderness Blueberry Liqueur

Crafting Blueberry Bliss Maine Wilderness Blueberry Liqueur Embark on an enchanting journey into the world of homemade liqueurs with our...
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Maine Forest Crunchy Green Bean Snacks

A Homesteader's Delight Maine Forest Crunchy Green Bean Snacks Ah, Maine. The land of dense forests, tranquil lakes, and a...
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Wild Berry Bliss Cherry Infusion

Savoring Nature’s Bounty Wild Berry Bliss Cherry Infusion Embark on a journey into the enchanting world of homemade infusions with...
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Maple-Braised Onion & Cheddar Dip

Lighthouse Legends Maple-Braised Onion & Cheddar Dip Maine is more than just its craggy coastline and iconic lighthouses; it's a...
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Maine Farmhouse Pickle Hummus

A Taste of Homesteading Maine Farmhouse Pickle Hummus In the picturesque landscapes of Maine, where rolling farmlands kiss the sky...
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Maine Garden Nasturtium Infused Loaf

A Floral Twist on Homestyle Baking Maine Garden Nasturtium Infused Loaf Embark on a delightful culinary journey with our Maine...
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Maine Woodland Crunch Salad

The Rugged Trails and Tasty Greens Maine Woodland Crunch Salad As the crisp, autumnal air sweeps through the dense forests...
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Maine Homestead Creamy Lobster Stew

Maine's Coastal Delicacy Maine Homestead Creamy Lobster Stew Welcome to a gastronomic experience that encapsulates the very essence of Maine's...
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Harbor Glazed Country Pork

Savoring Seaside Serenity Harbor Glazed Country Pork Embark on a culinary journey to the picturesque harbors of Maine with our...
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Maine Woods Stuffed Pitas

Homestead Harmony Maine Woods Stuffed Pitas Maine's allure isn't just its rugged coastlines, misty mornings, and towering pines; it's the...
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Places to stay in the area

West Forks Family Campground

Discover the Charm of Eco-Friendly Escapades West Forks Family Campground West Forks Family Campground in West Forks, Maine, offers a...
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15 Mile Stream Lodge & Outfitters

Discovering Nature's Retreat 15 Mile Stream Lodge & Outfitters Nestled in the serene backdrop of West Forks, Maine, the Fifteen...
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Hawks Nest Lodge

Experience Maine’s world class white water rafting, fishing, ATVing, and hiking during the spring, summer and fall. Enjoy spectacular Maine...
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Riverdriver’s Campground & Lodging

From Cozy Cabins to Starlit Campfires in West Forks Riverdriver's Campground & Lodging Riverdriver's Campground & Lodging in West Forks,...
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Sterling Inn

Historic Charm Meets Modern Comfort The Sterling Inn The Sterling Inn in Caratunk, Maine, established in 1816 and renovated in...
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Northeast Rafting & Tubing

Thrills & Serenity in West Forks Northeast Rafting & Tubing Nestled in the scenic heart of West Forks, Maine, Northeast...
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Magic Falls Rafting

Discover the Thrills of Maine's Wild Waters Magic Falls Rafting Company Nestled in the heart of Maine, Magic Falls Rafting...
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Crab Apple Whitewater

Experiencing the Thrill & Ride the Rapids Crab Apple Whitewater Experience the exhilaration of Maine's whitewater rapids with Crab Apple...
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Moxie Outdoor Adventures

The Dual Charm of Rushing Waters & Serene Settings Moxie Outdoor Adventures Moxie Outdoor Adventures, located in East Moxie Township,...
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Bullfrog Adventures

Unveiling the Joys of River Rhythms & Campground Bliss Bullfrog Adventures Bullfrog Adventures in Caratunk, Maine, stands out as the...
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Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort

Discovering the Wild Side of Maine Thrills & Chills Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort in The Forks,...
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Northeast Whitewater

Majestic Moose & Thrilling Rapids Northeast Whitewater Nestled in the heart of Maine's wilderness, Northeast Whitewater in Shirley Mills offers...
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C. Moxie Gore Outfitters

Thank you for your interest in C. Moxie Gore Outfitters. We are very excited to offer 4-season outdoor recreation and...
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Adventure Bound

Unleashing Fun, Thrilling Rapids & Family Bonds Adventure Bound Adventure Bound in Caratunk, Maine, offers an array of exhilarating and...
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Inn By The River

Unveiling the Charm of Riverside Relaxation Inn By The River Inn By The River in The Forks, Maine, is a...
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North Country Rivers

So what are you waiting for? Why not experience an unforgettable Maine adventure vacation? You’ll want to come back too...
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Maine Lakeside Resort & Event Center

The Allure of Serene Retreats & Lakeside I Dos Maine Lakeside Resort & Event Center Maine Lakeside Resort & Event...
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Three Rivers Whitewater

Exploring The Forks' Ultimate Outdoor Playground Three Rivers Whitewater Since 1997, Three Rivers Whitewater has been synonymous with exhilarating rafting...
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Kennebec Riverside Cabins

Unveiling the Rustic Charm of Riverside Retreats Kennebec Riverside Cabins The Kennebec Riverside Cabins in The Forks, Maine, offer a...
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West Forks Volunteer Fire Department

Our Favorite Neighbors!

West Forks Volunteer Fire Department


The West Forks Volunteer Fire Department, an assembly of remarkably skilled firefighters and proficient medical responders, stands steadfast in their unwavering dedication to safeguarding the lives and properties of the local community. Driven by their noble mission, these valiant individuals tirelessly provide essential fire protection and emergency response services to prevent the devastating loss of life and property.

This esteemed department boasts a diverse arsenal of cutting-edge firefighting equipment and advanced technologies, allowing them to adeptly tackle an extensive array of emergencies. Their expertise extends beyond quelling ferocious flames, as they also respond with urgency to medical crises, treacherous motor vehicle accidents, life-saving rescue operations, and precarious incidents involving hazardous materials.

The steadfast team of responders at the West Forks Volunteer Fire Department exhibits fervent passion for their crucial work, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to delivering the highest quality service to the community they cherish. Round the clock, these dedicated professionals labor to ensure the safety and security of West Forks’ residents.

The department’s devotion to the community reaches far beyond their indispensable emergency response services. They actively participate in community outreach and education initiatives, generously imparting vital fire safety knowledge through comprehensive training sessions and informative presentations catered to schools, businesses, and community organizations.

Come Visit & Find Adventure

More Than Just A Vacation


Get ready for the ultimate outdoor adventure! Escape the mundane and immerse yourself in the picturesque plantation of West Forks, located in stunning Somerset County. This destination is a playground for thrill-seekers, offering a plethora of activities all year round.

West Forks is more than just a vacation spot, it’s a magical escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty at every turn, you’ll be living life the way it should be – free and untamed.

Established in 1859 for elections, West Forks officially became a plantation on March 31, 1893. Since then, it has captured the hearts of outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, becoming a beloved destination for adventure seekers.

Nestled between the Dead River and the Kennebec River, just north of The Forks Plantation, West Forks is a paradise for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing enthusiasts. When winter arrives, the area transforms into a wonderland for snowmobiling and skiing, with countless trails waiting to be explored.

Are you ready to find your sense of adventure in West Forks? With stunning scenery and endless outdoor activities, it’s the perfect place for those seeking an adrenaline rush and an escape to the beauty of nature. So pack your bags and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!