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 Sacandaga, the beautiful Black and the backcountry 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 towering cliffs.
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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. Choose 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 cost 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.
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