Adirondack Whitewater Rafting: Where To Go, Tips On Getting Started & More!

Ready to have a rip-roaring time on the river? Plan a whitewater rafting trip in the Adirondacks! From spring through fall, rafting white water rapids is one of the most thrilling outdoor activities in the region. Know what to expect out on the water by reading the tips below, then choose from one of the many whitwater rafting companies we have listed below to book your next adventure!

What To Know Before You Go

  • The whitewater rafting season in the Adirondacks typically runs April through mid-October.
  • Spring is the best time for thrill seekers looking for WILD rapids! The snow melt-off creates ideal fast-moving white water for weeks during the spring.
  • The Hudson River rapids have Class III, IV, and V ratings.
  • 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 white water. You'll have stretches of calm (or flat) waters that lead up to the fast and exciting rapids.
  • Especially in the spring and mid- to late-fall, dress WARM in all polypropylene, fleece, and wool. Wear two pairs of wool socks and NO COTTON!
  • Do not drink lots of coffee, tea or other diuretics before a ride. There are usually no bathrooms.
  • Average cost is usually between $50-$100, 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 river would be distressing, don't bring it. This goes for expensive cameras, jewelry, and unnecessary gear.

Adirondack White Water Rafting Companies To Choose From

Adirondack Adventures Whitewater Rafting
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.
Sacandaga Outdoor Center
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!
Adventure Sports Rafting
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.
Experience Class II-IV rapids on the Hudson River
Whitewater Challengers
North River, NY
Right here in the central Adirondacks on New York awaits a whitewater rafting adventure. Book with Whitewater Challengers and our professional river guides. Enjoy an on-river snack and hearty dinner after the trip. Also try our aerial zipline course!
Wild Waters Outdoor Center - Whitewater Rafting
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.
Adirondac Rafting Company
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
Go whitewater rafting for one of the most thrilling experiences in the Adirondacks.
Beaver Brook Outfitters
North Creek, NY
Ready for an outdoor adventure in the Adirondacks? Beaver Brook Outfitters offers a wide range of services at their four bases, including guided whitewater rafting trips, canoe and kayak rentals, and a winter sports rental shop.
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ARO Adventures - Adirondack River Outfitters: Whitewater Rafting
North River, NY
ARO Adventures - Adirondack River Outfitters offers exciting whitewater rafting trips from spring through fall. Whether you're looking for family fun or thrilling adventures, you can ride the rapids with ARO on the Hudson, Moose, and Black Rivers.
North Creek Rafting
North Creek, NY
Rafting company offering daytrips, overnight trips, and inflatable kayaks. They operate various trips on the Hudson River, Moose River, Cedar River, Boreas River, and Indian River.

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Tip: Many white water rafting companies can recommend nearby lodging and camping packages for out-of-town visitors. Or, you can view our lodging specials to find a great place to stay, whether you are planning an overnight, weekend getaway or a longer vacation.

All the experienced and professional Adirondack white water rafting companies listed here

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