The first Saturday in May every year marks the opening for Walleye and Northern Pike season here in the Adirondacks. This opening encompasses one of the largest and most astounding spectacles every spring here in the Adirondacks – the annual spawning run of the Rainbow Smelt. These small 3-5" baitfish reside in the deep, cool waters for 9-10 months out of the year. But when the spring thaw starts these little guys move into the shallower waters and a feeding frenzy ensues.
The best time to go rafting in the Adirondacks is spring, though really it depends on the type of experience you are after! Spring is the best time for HUGE water, but you have to be ready to be a bit chilly – meaning plan to wear a wetsuit. Summer is awesome for surfing and relaxing in between rapids, and fall is great for foliage and wildlife. I love it all.