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Adirondack Whitewater Rafting

What's it like to go whitewater rafting in Upstate New York?

FUN! Exhilarating! Beautiful!

Know before you go:

  • Spring is the best time to go for thrill seekers looking for WILD white water! The snow melt-off creates ideal fast-moving waters for weeks all spring long.
  • Adirondack whitewater rafting season runs April through mid-October.
  • The Hudson River Rapids have a Class IV and V rating.
  • Day whitewater rafting trips almost always include all your gear, life vest and a snack.
  • Be in good shape. You don't need to be super fit, but being in good health is always an important part of an outdoor adventure.
  • Much of the ride will not be whitewater. You'll have stretches of calm waters that lead up to the fast and exciting rapids.
  • Summer and fall are beautiful but a calmer ride than spring.
  • In the spring - dress WARM - all polypropylene, fleece and wool. Wear two pairs of wool socks - no cotton.
  • Do not drink lots of coffee before a ride - there are usually no bathrooms!
  • Average cost: usually between $50-$100 for whitewater rafting, but varies based on age, length of trip, and season.
  • Protect your skin from excess exposure to the sun. Put on your sunscreen.
  • If getting it wet or losing it in a rapid would be distressing, don't bring it. This goes for expensive cameras, jewelry, and unnecessary gear.
  • Many companies can recommend nearby lodging and camping packages for out of town visitors. View our lodging specials!

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Find Whitewater Rafting Businesses

Sacandaga Outdoor Center Hadley, NY
Located just minutes from Lake George and Saratoga Springs, Sacandaga Outdoor Center boasts the best location on the river. Where the Hudson and Sacandaga Rivers meet in Hadley, NY, you’ll find the best rafting, tubing and kayaking around!
Adirondack Adventures Whitewater Rafting North River, NY
Our experienced and knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you with planning a trip, rafting on the Hudson River (or elsewhere), or getting instruction on what whitewater is all about.
Hudson River Rafting Company North Creek, NY
Whitewater rafting, tubing, and kayaking on New York State's Adirondack rivers since 1978. Our friendly, enthusiastic, and experienced guides will make your day on the river special.
Whitewater Challengers North River, NY
"The most fun you'll have all year!" A whitewater rafting trip through the Hudson River Gorge means western-style whitewater adventure right here in the central Adirondacks of New York!
Wild Waters Outdoor Center - Whitewater Rafting Warrensburg, NY
Located in the Adirondack Mountains near Lake George New York, our whitewater rafting trips on The Hudson and Sacandaga rivers as well as our kayak programs are unmatched.
Adventure Sports Rafting Indian Lake, NY
Raft along majestic waterways in the Adirondack Mountains on the Hudson River Gorge. Gaze upon spectacular canyon walls, mountains and waterfalls and perhaps even sight a bald eagle or blue heron.
Beaver Brook Outfitters Wevertown, NY
Whether you want to canoe, kayak, climb mountains, raft, go fly fishing or ski, this is a great first stop! Find guided tours, unlimited advice and whatever else you need for your trip.
Adirondack River Outfitters North River, NY
Adirondack River Outfitters has been providing memorable whitewater rafting experiences since 1980. With trips ranging from family fun to high adventure, we are sure to have a trip for you.
Adirondac Rafting Company Indian Lake, NY
Run the wild and spectacular Hudson River Gorge with the experts at Adirondac Rafting Co. Our focus is on you having a fun and safe day on the whitewater. We provide friendly professional river guides, all gear necessary and a riverside lunch
North Creek Rafting North Creek, NY
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Middle Earth Expeditions Lake Placid, NY
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