Adirondack Whitewater Rafting Trips on the Hudson River Offer Spring Adventure
Well, if the snow's good for one thing this late in the season, it's creating epic whitewater rafting conditions on the Hudson River in the Adirondacks. Each spring, the Hudson River Gorge swells with melting snow and ice, surging downriver to generate Class IV and V rapids.
The "Big Water" season lasts through May, and there are quite a few whitewater rafting guides and outfitters who are more than happy to share their love of the river.
Adventure Sports Rafting Company out of Indian Lake brings more than 25 years of experience to the Hudson River, offering exciting whitewater rafting trips and the best safety record in the New York whitewater industry. All rafting guides are licensed in New York State, and are First Aid and CPR Certified.
North Creek Rafting Company out of North Creek boasts talented guides with navigational savvy, top of the line equipment and organized lunches for rafters - just a few of the reasons why they've received nothing but praise for their expeditions down the Hudson.
Beaverbrook Outfitters in the Lake George Region is the number one attraction in Wevertown, earning high marks for their experienced and professional guides. Renowned for friendliness and attention to detail, Beaverbrook is one of the top whitewater rafting companies operating on the Hudson River.
Wrap in a short getaway with a whitewater adventure and book a rafting package to save yourself time.
The Copperfield Inn's Adirondack Adventure Package on the Hudson River Gorge includes luxury accommodations, $50 in resort credit with a two-night stay, a full day of whitewater rafting for two, lunch on the river and equipment rentals. Value package prices start at $110.50 per person, based on double occupancy per night with a two-night minimum.
Garnet Hill Lodge's Special Spring Package offers two nights' accommodations at their cozy wilderness lodge, three days of breakfast and dinner, and rafting with Square Eddy Expeditions on the Hudson River complete with lunch and transportation for $225 per person. Package available after April 15.
Fern Lodge's Rafting the Mighty Hudson package includes two nights of ultra-luxurious Adirondack accommodations overlooking Friends Lake, breakfast each morning, and a guided whitewater rafting trip down the 17-mile Hudson River Gorge with North Creek Rafting Co., complete with lunch, wetsuit and transportation to and from the river. Rates start $910 per couple. Available throughout the spring, summer and fall. Call for reservations.
If you're keen to go for a whitewater rafting adventure, and then watch racers tackle the rapids, don't miss the 58th Annual Hudson River Whitewater Derby May 2-3, when it kicks off at three locations, in North River, North Creek and Riparius. The derby features several days of races for amateurs and advanced whitewater paddlers. On Saturday, the Slalom Races and the "Not-So-Whitewater" River Race, which will cater to beginner and intermediate rafters, and feature a 2.5-mile race through moving water on the Hudson River just south of the traditional Slalom Races in North River the following day on Sunday. The Whitewater Derby Downriver Race kicks off at 11 am for novice and advanced competitors.