Adirondack Whitewater Rafting

The 2014 Whitewater Rafting Season in the Adirondacks Is In Full Paddle!

Whitewater Rafting and Adirondack River Kayaking

The Hudson River winds over 300 miles from Mount Marcy's Lake Tear of the Clouds all the way into metro NYC. Historic, famous and exhilarating - the river is deemed one of the top 10 whitewater rafting trips in the United States. Adirondack river kayaking and rafting trips also abound on the wild Sacanadaga, the beautiful Black and the back country Moose rivers.

As spring's snow and ice melt, rapids on the Hudson River reach their torrential peak - creating Class IV and V rapids. By mid-summer, the river has mellowed to Class II & III; and in autumn, Adirondack fall foliage adds the perfect photographer's backdrop for your rafting adventure. Whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks is a journey along wooded shores, into gentle eddies surrounded by towered cliffs.

When to Go

Timing is key as the river's force changes as the season progresses. In spring, around mid-April, melting ice and snow create torrential rapids on certain sections of the Hudson River, while calmer rapids prevail during summer and fall months. Depending on the time of year and the waterway selected, you can enjoy a family float trip interspersed with the thrill of rolling rapids or a heart-pounding traverse through serious whitewater.

What to Bring

Guides and outfitters should provide wetsuits, life jackets and helmets - all are necessary safety precautions. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a bathing suit and sandals or water shoes.

How to Choose an Outfitter

Think about the experience you want to have. Is this a once-in-a-lifetime adventure or a leisurely family activity? Make sure the guide service and rafting guide are certified and skilled at both rafting and first aid. Families who have younger children, or who have limited experience in rafting, should consult with a guide for advice to ensure enjoyment and comfort levels while on the river.

As with all adventure sports, whitewater rafting carries an inherent risk. If you are a non-swimmer, inform your guide. Chose an Adirondack whitewater rafting guide who is known for being a skilled rafter and is a certified guide. Excursions cater to individual or group needs. Common trips include the Hudson River Gorge, middle and lower Hudson River, Moose River and Sacandaga River. Check with the outfitter of your choice to find the best trip for your level of expertise.

What it Costs

Whitewater rafting is surprisingly affordable, especially with a large group or family. Prices for a half day trip range from $25 - $60. A day trip can costs between $50 and $80 per person, depending on the outfitter and services, and a complimentary shuttle transports passengers to their vehicles at the end of the trip. For an overnight trip, the cost ranges from $110 to $140 per person. Outfitters often offer special packages that include lodging and meals. Some outfitters also specialize in river tubing, whitewater kayaking and overnight raft camping. Rafting costs decrease as the number of people participating increases.

Whitewater Listings

Adirondac Rafting Company - North Creek, NY
Adirondac Rafting Company runs the wild and scenic 17 mile Hudson River Gorge. We provide gear, licensed river guides and a riverside lunch. Our experienced guides look forward to sharing this...
North Creek, NY
Whitewater Challengers - North River, NY
Rafting the Hudson River since 1984 with unmatched safety record & experience. Located at the take-out next to the Hudson River, our trip includes top-of-the-line equipment, NYS Licensed Guides,...
North River, NY
Adirondack River Outfitters - North River, NY
Guided whitewater rafting trips on Upper Hudson River Gorge and Moose River. Guided summer tubing trips on the Sacandaga River, support boat accompanies tubes, all-day shuttles, 3 trips daily;...
North River, NY
We invite you to raft with us and enjoy a full day of "laugh out loud fun!" Trip includes experienced licensed guide, lunch, gear, snacks. Class II & III whitewater, Class IV Mother Nature...
North Creek, NY
Wild river thrills with breathtaking natural views. Raft 17 miles of nearly continuous Class III-IV rapids on NY's Hudson River. Trips include a licensed river guide, all safety equipment and lunch...
Indian Lake, NY
Offering rafting on the Hudson and Moose Rivers. Licensed guides, small personalized trips. Brand new wetsuits (washed & dried daily) and SOTAR rafts. Nearly 17 miles of Class III & IV rapids...
North Creek, NY
Hudson River Gorge world class rapids, guided rafting adventures. Spring ages 12 and up; summer and fall ages 8 and up. Sacandaga River Class II and III rapids, guided, reservations. Middle Hudson...
North Creek, NY
Enjoy a great day of fun & adventure! Guided whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing on Upper and Middle Hudson River Gorges and Moose River. Self-guided canoe & kayak tours. Overnight raft...
North River, NY
Specializes in kayaking and canoeing trips, guided trips and instruction. Whitewater, flatwater & sea kayaking throughout the Adirondacks. NYS licensed guides and American Canoe Assoc. certified...
Saranac Lake (Franklin County), NY
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