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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.

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guides for every adventure in Maine

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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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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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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Embrace the Joy of Campfire Roasting

Unleashing Culinary Creativity in Maine’s Great Outdoors Embrace the Joy of Campfire Roasting Welcome to the delightful world of campfire...
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Fiddleheads in Maine

A Comprehensive Guide to Foraging, Identification & Cooking Fiddleheads in Maine As spring awakens the landscapes of Maine, it brings...
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Ground Meat Made Easy

Your Guide to Perfect Cooking Ground Meat Made Easy Welcome to our latest cooking guide! If you're looking to up...
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A Humorous Guide to Peeing Outside in Maine

When Nature Calls in Nature A Humorous Guide to Peeing Outside in Maine Venturing into the great outdoors of Maine...
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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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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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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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Organizing for Optimal Preservation

Fridge Freshness Frontier Organizing for Optimal Preservation Welcome to a practical guide dedicated to unlocking the full potential of your...
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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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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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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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Mastering the Food Thermometer

Perfect Cooking Every Time Mastering the Food Thermometer Welcome to our newest blog post, where we're excited to delve into...
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The Art of Selecting the Perfect Campsite in Maine

A Comprehensive Guide The Art of Selecting the Perfect Campsite in Maine Welcome to a comprehensive guide designed for every...
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Unveiling the Majestic Terrain of Maine’s Appalachian Trail

Journey Through the Wild Unveiling the Majestic Terrain of Maine's Appalachian Trail Embarking on the Appalachian Trail in Maine is...
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Discovering Maine’s Wild Blueberry Wonder

Exploring the Wild Barrens of Maine Discovering Maine's Wild Blueberry Wonder Maine, often affectionately called the Pine Tree State, offers...
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Navigating Your Fridge

A Guide to Perfect Placement Navigating Your Fridge Welcome to our cooking blog! Today, we're setting off on an essential...
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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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DELICIOUS recipes to master your maine KITCHEN!

Maine Homestead Creamy Potatoes w/ Ham Hock

Rustic Comfort Maine Homestead Creamy Potatoes w/ Ham Hock Step into the world of comfort cooking with our Maine Homestead...
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Maine Maple Pulled Pork Poutine

Downeast Delights Maine Maple Pulled Pork Poutine Ah, the crisp New England air, the amber leaves drifting gently to the...
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Downeast Maine Spiced Rice

Coastal Comforts Downeast Maine Spiced Rice In the great state of Maine, where the coastline stretches as far as the...
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Harvest Meadow Cheese & Herb Soda Bread

Rustic Delight Harvest Meadow Cheese & Herb Soda Bread Step into the heartwarming world of homestyle baking with our Harvest...
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Browned Butter & Maple Herb Mashed Potatoes

Maine Harvest Delight Browned Butter and Maple Herb Mashed Potatoes In the heart of Maine, fall brings more than just...
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Forest Green Orecchiette

Maine Homestead Pasta Forest Green Orecchiette Maine, with its vast greenery and untouched wild beauty, is a state that wears...
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Twilight Carrot & Berry Relish

Maine Homestead Tales Twilight Carrot & Berry Relish In the rugged heart of Maine, where vast forests give way to...
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Sunrise Strawberry Cheesecake Buns

A Morning Delight Sunrise Strawberry Cheesecake Buns Awaken your senses to the sweet and indulgent Sunrise Strawberry Cheesecake Buns, a...
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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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Sticky Maple Toffee Pudding

Maine Maple Magic Sticky Maple Toffee Pudding Hello, dearest foodies, bakers, and anyone who has a sweet tooth for that...
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Maine Blueberry Basil Pesto

Pine Tree Pantry Maine Blueberry Basil Pesto The mention of blueberries conjures up images of tranquil Maine summers with landscapes...
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White Bean & Wild Blueberry Barley Salad

Maine Forest & Field White Bean & Wild Blueberry Barley Salad Maine, a state rich in natural wonders, offers a...
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Coastal Maine Cabbage Wraps

Harbor Homestead Delicacy Coastal Maine Cabbage Wraps When you think of Maine, what comes to mind? For many, it's the...
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Maine Coastal Cornmeal Biscuits

Savoring the Spirit of the Pine Tree State Maine Coastal Cornmeal Biscuits Ahoy, culinary explorers! Today we're sailing along the...
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Spicy Garlic Rice

Homestead Traditions Spicy Garlic Rice In the countryside and sprawling lands of Maine, we often find comfort in the simplest...
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Harvest Beet Symphony Focaccia

Rustic Roots Harvest Beet Symphony Focaccia Welcome to a delightful and innovative twist on classic Italian bread with our Harvest...
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Maine Forest Ale Meatballs

Homestead Harvests Maine Forest Ale Meatballs Maine, a state teeming with dense forests, pristine lakes, and historic lighthouses, has more...
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Maine Maple Chipotle Pork Links

Homesteading Delights Maine Maple Chipotle Pork Links Maine, a state renowned for its rugged coastline, scenic landscapes, and a sense...
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Maple-Infused Apple Cobblestone Cake

A Taste of Maine Orchards Maple-Infused Apple Cobblestone Cake Maine's apple orchards are akin to a sanctuary—places where the air...
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Woodland Spice Maple & Orange Mead

A Taste of the Wild Woodland Spice Maple & Orange Mead Welcome to the enchanting experience of crafting Woodland Spice...
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Places to stay in the area

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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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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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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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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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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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

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

Our Favorite Neighbors!

West Forks Volunteer Fire Department

FIRE PROTECTION & EMERGENCY RESPONSE

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

THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE

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!