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Whitewater Rafting

Each spring, as the mountains shed their snow, streams and rivers build up a head of water and pour down through valleys and gorges.


Area Outfitters

Adirondack Adventures
321 Peaceful Valley Rd
PO Box 2
North Creek, NY 12853
518-251-2802
877-963-RAFT
http://www.adkadventures.com/

Beaver Brook Outfitters
Jct Rte 8 & 28
Wevertown, NY 12886
518-251-3394
888-454-8433
http://www.beaverbrook.net/

Hudson River Rafting Company
1 Main St
North Creek, NY 12853
518-251-3215
800-888-RAFT
http://www.hudsonriverrafting.com/

Whitewater Challengers
Main Street
North Creek, NY 12853
518-251-3746
800-443-RAFT
http://www.whitewaterchallengers.com/

Whitewater World
307 Main St
North Creek, NY 12853
800-944-8392
http://www.raftny.com/

Wild Waters Outdoor Center
1123 Rte 28
Warrensburg, NY 12885
518-494-4984
800-867-2335
http://www.wildwaters.net/

The Rafting Water

Hudson River

Beginning as a brook out of Lake Tear of the Cloud, the Hudson is joined by several other rivers as it gathers momentum through cataracts and gorges, growing ever deeper, ever wider, as it heads south. Running through Hamilton, Warren, and Saratoga Counties, the Hudson offers rafting second to none. For 17 miles, from Indian Lake to North Creek, the Hudson is considered one of America's ten best whitewater rivers. During spring freshets, Class III and IV water rushes through the gorges. Summer and fall can be challenging and exciting with the Abanakee Dam release.

Sacandaga River

Flowing from the Great Sacandaga Lake to its confluence with the Hudson River at Lake Luzerne in southwestern Warren County, its Class II and III water provides great family rafting.


River Rapid Classifications

Class I   Very small rapids with low waves, slow current, no obstructions.
Class II   Fairly frequent rapids of medium difficulty, few or no obstructions.
Class III   Difficult, large, irregular waves up to four feet, numerous rapids. The course requires some maneuvering of the raft.
Class IV   Very difficult, long, extended rapids that require careful maneuvering of the raft. Powerful irregular waves and dangerous rocks are common. The course is hard to determine and scouting is necessary.
Class V   Long and violent rapids. Large waves that are unavoidable and irregular. Extremely difficult and complex course. Scouting is essential.
Class VI   Maximum difficulty. Nearly impossible and extremely dangerous. Class V carried to the limit of navigability. Involves risk of life.
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