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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

Discover the Thrills of Grilling

Sizzling Culinary Adventures in Maine Discover the Thrills of Grilling Welcome to the ultimate guide on grilling in the Pine...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Taming the Wild Kitchen

A Fun Guide to Safe Food Handling Taming the Wild Kitchen Welcome, culinary explorers and kitchen adventurers, to a journey...
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Ticks in Maine

A Fascinating & Cautionary Tale Ticks in Maine Maine, a state celebrated for its stunning natural landscapes and abundant wildlife,...
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A Guide to Food Thermometers

Choosing Your Kitchen Ally A Guide to Food Thermometers Welcome to our blog, where today's spotlight is on one of...
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Unleashing the Power of the 20-Second Countdown

Mastering Hand Hygiene in Maine's Kitchens Unleashing the Power of the 20-Second Countdown In the world of culinary arts, especially...
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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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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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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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DELICIOUS recipes to master your maine KITCHEN!

Maine Apple Cider & Black Pepper Sauce

Pine State Zing Maine Apple Cider & Black Pepper Sauce Autumn in Maine is a season of vibrant colors, crisp...
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Backwoods Spinach & Feta Delight

Savoring Rustic Charm Backwoods Spinach & Feta Delight Welcome to the heartwarming world of our Backwoods Spinach & Feta Delight,...
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Wild Mushroom Gnocchi w/ Tomato Herb Drizzle

Maine Forest Harvest Wild Mushroom Gnocchi w/ Tomato Herb Drizzle Deep within the verdant forests of Maine, nature unveils a...
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Lumberjack Breakfast Bag

Morning Glory in Maine Lumberjack Breakfast Bag Picture yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of Maine, where the morning air is...
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Maine Homestead Sticky Guinness Chicken

Rustic Ale Charm Maine Homestead Sticky Guinness Chicken Welcome to a delectable culinary experience with our Maine Homestead Sticky Guinness...
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Log Cabin Lager Sloppy Joes

Forest Brew Feast Log Cabin Lager Sloppy Joes There's an unmistakable aroma that fills the Maine woods. It's a blend...
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Maine Homestead Chorizo & Cheese Spirals

Rustic Twist on Classics Maine Homestead Chorizo & Cheese Spirals Embark on a culinary adventure that twirls and turns with...
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Maine Homestead Creamy Coconut Potato Stew

Embrace the Warmth of Coastal Comforts Maine Homestead Creamy Coconut Potato Stew As the cool whispers of evening breeze through...
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Whispering Pines Poached Chicken

Homestead Harmony Whispering Pines Poached Chicken Nestled amidst the lush, whispering pines of Maine, there lies a tradition of hearty...
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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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Coastal Morning Oyster Sauce Eggs

A Seaside Sunrise on Your Plate Coastal Morning Oyster Sauce Eggs Awaken your senses to the flavors of the coast...
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Acadia’s Caramelized Onion Gravy

Maine Feasts Acadia's Caramelized Onion Gravy There’s something about Maine that makes food taste like poetry. Perhaps it’s the blending...
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Homestead Chicken Soup w/ Root Veggies

A Taste of the Maine Woods Homestead Chicken Soup w/ Root Veggies As the leaves start to turn and the...
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Northwoods Spinach & Feta Melt

Maine Homestead Eats Northwoods Spinach & Feta Melt Ah, Maine. A state so rich in natural beauty, it's almost inevitable...
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Maine’s Forest-Infused Grilled Pastrami Melt

Homesteading Comforts Maine's Forest-Infused Grilled Pastrami Melt In the rugged backcountry of Maine, there's something deeply satisfying about firing up...
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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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Comeback Corn Meal Griddle Cakes

Homestead Revival Comeback Corn Meal Griddle Cakes Ah, the Comeback Corn Meal Griddle Cakes—a classic dish with a history as...
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Homestead Pork & Egg Delightwiches

Maine Morning Memories Homestead Pork & Egg Delightwiches Maine mornings are unlike any other. The crisp air, the distant sound...
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Woodsy Soy Sauce Fried Rice

Maine Homestead Delicacy Woodsy Soy Sauce Fried Rice There's something undeniably evocative about the state of Maine. It's more than...
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Enchanting Dandelion & Walnut Pesto

Homestead Harvest Enchanting Dandelion & Walnut Pesto There's something profoundly gratifying about using local ingredients to craft a homemade dish,...
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Places to stay in the area

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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!