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Adirondack Whitewater Rafting Season

When to Go & What Else to Know

When is the Adirondack whitewater rafting season? It runs spring through fall - learn more below, and find more tips to get you started.

Whitewater rafting is one of the most Adirondack-y activities you can do on your trip to the Park, but you want to go into it knowledgeable and safe!

whitewater rafters in the adirondacks in blue raft

Adirondack Whitewater Rafting Season

Adirondack whitewater rafting season is May through October, weather depending. Sometimes the season can start in April, although many outfitters open in May.

Springtime is the best time for Adirondack whitewater rafting, because of all the snowmelt! Melting snow means more intense, fast-moving rapids.

If you're thinking of checking out whitewater rafting for the first time, you may want to wait until summer, when the rapids tend to be a bit calmer.

For those visiting during the foliage-soaked fall, you can't beat a whitewater rafting trip surrounded by the vibrant colors of the leaves.

Most whitewater rafting outfitters include a link to a booking site from their website, where you can easily see the months and individual days that are available to book trips. Take a look for their availability and season. Many run through at least Columbus Day Weekend.

whitewater rafters in the adirondacks on yellow raft

More Tips for First-Timers to Know About Whitewater Rafting

Much of the whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks takes place on the Hudson River and Sacandaga River, although there are others - the Black River, the Moose River,  and the Indian River, to name a few.

Whitewater rafting rapids are divided into Class I, II, II, IV, and V, with IV and V being reserved for expert or experienced rafters. 

Whitewater rafting expeditions with professional outfitters typically include your gear, life vest, and transportation. 

The cost can range anywhere from $50 to $100, but varies based on the length of the trip and other factors.

Each outfitter should be able to provide info on what else you need to know to raft with them, including what to bring. You'll likely want to bring footwear (that will get wet), swimwear, sunscreen, and a towel.

whitewater rafters in the adirondacks on a purple raft

We Have Fantastic Whitewater Rafting Outfitters in the Adirondacks

Here's something else to know: All of the whitewater rafting outfitters in the Adirondacks have high reviews on Google, thanks to their knowledgeable guides and ability to provide an incredible experience for visitors and locals.

No matter the season you decide to go whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks, you'll be in good hands!

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