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Live a unique Maine lifestyle.

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

Mastering Your Refrigerator’s Terrain

Taming the Chill Mastering Your Refrigerator's Terrain Welcome, culinary adventurers, to a thrilling and crucial journey—a quest to master the...
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Discovering Maine’s Wild Edibles

A Comprehensive Foraging Guide Discovering Maine’s Wild Edibles Welcome to the enriching world of foraging in Maine, where nature’s bounty...
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Surviving the One-Hour Challenge

Heatwave Kitchen Tactics Surviving the One-Hour Challenge Welcome to a guide crafted for culinary enthusiasts who relish a dash of...
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The Art of Campfire Cooking

A Maine Adventure The Art of Campfire Cooking Welcome to the enchanting world of campfire cooking, a culinary tradition deeply...
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Charting New Culinary Territories

Flavor Explorers Charting New Culinary Territories Welcome to a blog post crafted for the bold and adventurous cooks out there!...
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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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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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A Culinary Adventure into the Chill Zone

Operation Frostbite A Culinary Adventure into the Chill Zone Are you ready to embark on an exhilarating culinary journey? Today,...
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Foil Cooking in Maine

A Flavorful & Fuss-Free Adventure in the Great Outdoors Foil Cooking in Maine Maine, with its sprawling natural landscapes and...
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Safeguarding the Chill Zone

Embracing the Role of Temperature Guardians Safeguarding the Chill Zone Hello, fellow culinary enthusiasts! Welcome to our special guide dedicated...
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Fire Mastery & Noble Meats

Unleashing the Majesty of Beef, Pork, Lamb & Veal Fire Mastery & Noble Meats Welcome to a guide dedicated to...
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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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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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The Culinary Timekeeper’s Strategy

Mastering Meal Timing The Culinary Timekeeper's Strategy Welcome to the intricate and rewarding world of culinary timekeeping, where the mastery...
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Moose Watching in Maine

A Guide to Seeing Gentle Giants in the Pine Tree State Moose Watching in Maine Welcome to the enchanting world...
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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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Outsmarting False Readings in Cooking

Precision in Temperature Outsmarting False Readings in Cooking Welcome to a blog post designed to navigate the often tricky and...
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The Mastery of the Perfect Flip

Achieving Culinary Balance The Mastery of the Perfect Flip Welcome to a culinary guide dedicated to unraveling the secrets of...
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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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Hiking Trails in Maine

Discover the Wonders of the Pine Tree State Hiking Trails in Maine Maine, a land where the rugged beauty of...
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DELICIOUS recipes to master your maine KITCHEN!

A Hearty Celery & Root Veggie Chowder

Homesteading in Maine A Hearty Celery & Root Veggie Chowder When the temperatures in Maine dip to frigid lows, and...
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Maine Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Twist Pie

Pine State Decadence Maine Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Twist Pie When people think of Maine, they often conjure up...
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Cool Herb Cucumber Salad

Maine's Garden Gala Cool Herb Cucumber Salad Maine, the beautiful Pine Tree State, is a land of stunning coastlines, towering...
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Maine’s Majestic Multicolor Salad

Homesteading Harvest Maine's Majestic Multicolor Salad In the heart of Maine, homesteading isn’t just a lifestyle—it's a cherished tradition, an...
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Maple Butter Bath Corn

Maine's Autumn Harvest Maple Butter Bath Corn When you think of Maine, what comes to mind? Is it the rugged...
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Harvest Wheat Ringlets

Maine Countryside Delight Harvest Wheat Ringlets When one thinks of Maine, it's often the lighthouse-speckled coastlines or the sprawling pine...
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Rustic Irish Farls

Homestead Breakfast Delights Rustic Irish Farls Maine, with its sprawling forests, breathtaking coastline, and quaint seaside towns, is a treasure...
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Maine Wilderness Omelet Bag

Pine Haven to Your Plate Maine Wilderness OMELET Bag Imagine waking up to the scent of pines, the rustling of...
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Maine Cheesy Potatoes

Homestead Comforts Maine Cheesy Potatoes Picture this: a chilly evening in Maine. The soft hum of a fireplace, the comforting...
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Crunchy Root & Sprout Fiesta Bowl

Homestead Gatherings Crunchy Root & Sprout Fiesta Bowl In Maine, the late summer and autumn months bring with them an...
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Maine Wild Mushroom Arancini w/ Sage Pesto

Homestead Comfort Maine Wild Mushroom Arancini w/ Sage Pesto The rich tapestry of Maine's culinary landscape is woven not just...
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Maine Coastal Egg Foo Young

Homestead Morning Maine Coastal Egg Foo Young Every corner of our beautiful planet has a distinct aroma and flavor that...
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Lumberjack’s Delight Pancake Tower

Rustic Maine Mornings Lumberjack's Delight Pancake Tower Maine is not just a place on the map; it's a feeling, an...
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Bacon & Eggs Woodland Skillet

Maine Morning Homestead Bacon & Eggs Woodland Skillet Ah, Maine. It's not just a place; it's a sensation. As dawn...
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Wilderness Potato & Rice Crisps

Maine Homestead Snack Wilderness Potato & Rice Crisps Ah, Maine, a land that whispers of forgotten legends, sings of the...
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Rustic Golden Gnocchi

Maine Homestead Meal Rustic Golden Gnocchi There are meals that warm the belly, and then there are meals that warm...
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Maple-Caramelized Onion Sourdough Biscuits

Pine State Delight Maple-Caramelized Onion Sourdough Biscuits Maine has a way of tugging at the heartstrings like no other state....
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Homestead Enchiladas

Maine's Coastal Fusion Homestead Enchiladas Maine, a state renowned for its rugged coastline, dense forests, and the iconic lobster, might...
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Acadia Forest Herb Grilled Potatoes

Flavors of the Maine Wilderness Acadia Forest Herb Grilled Potatoes Maine, with its sprawling forests, craggy coastlines, and majestic mountains,...
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Spiced Garlic-Ginger Broth w/ Wild Leeks

A Taste of Maine Wilderness Spiced Garlic-Ginger Broth w/ Wild Leeks Maine's wild landscapes are a treasure trove for foragers,...
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Places to stay in the area

Crab Apple Whitewater

Discovering the Charm Crab Apple Whitewater in The Forks Crabapple Whitewater is a family-owned and operated adventure company located in...
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Adventure Bound

The Ultimate Maine Adventure for Families and Youth Adventure Bound Maine, with its vast landscapes, roaring rivers, and dense forests,...
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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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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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Magic Falls Rafting

Discovering Maine's Wild Side Magic Falls Rafting Adventure Magic Falls Rafting, nestled in the heart of Maine, is a premier...
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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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Kennebec Riverside Cabins

Discovering Tranquility A Stay at Kennebec Riverside Cabins Kennebec Riverside Cabins provide a cozy and charming accommodation experience, allowing guests...
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Inn By The River

A Riverside Retreat Discovering the Charm of Inn By The River Nestled in the heart of The Forks, Maine, Inn...
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Moxie Outdoor Adventures

Thrills & Tranquility Unleashing Adventure at Moxie Outdoor Adventures Moxie Outdoor Adventures specializes in providing a variety of outdoor activities,...
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Sterling Inn

A Historic Retreat Sterling Inn Nestled in the heart of Caratunk, Maine, the Sterling Inn stands as a testament to...
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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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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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Bullfrog Adventures

Dive into Maine's Wilderness Waters Bullfrog Adventures Maine, renowned for its pristine landscapes, dense forests, and glistening water bodies, offers...
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Three Rivers Whitewater

Maine’s Premier Whitewater Rafting Outfitter Three Rivers Whitewater Nestled in the heart of New England’s stunning wilderness lies Three Rivers...
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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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15 Mile Stream Lodge & Outfitters

Maine's Hidden Gem 15 Mile Stream Lodge & Outfitters Tucked away in the scenic town of West Forks, Maine, lies...
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Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort

Discovering the Wilderness A Journey to Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort is a premier destination for outdoor...
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Riverdriver’s Campground & Lodging

Your Base for Adventure and Comfort Discover Riverdrivers in West Forks, Maine Maine, with its vast landscapes, dense forests, and...
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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!