Adirondack rafting trips begin each spring, when gravity and sunshine draw the mountains winter snow pack down  into the mighty Hudson and Moose rivers for some of most amazing Adirondack adventures.



The Hudson River is deemed one of the top 10 whitewater rafting trips in the United States. River guides in our region invite you and your family to take a run of the Hudson.  


As spring’s snow and ice melt, rapids on the Hudson River reach their torrential peak – creating Class IV and V rapids. By mid-summer, the river has mellowed to Class II & III; and in autumn, Adirondack fall foliage adds the perfect photographer’s backdrop for your rafting adventure. Whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks is a journey along wooded shores, into gentle eddies surrounded by towered cliffs.

When to Go:

Timing is key as the river’s force changes as the season progresses. In spring, around mid-April, melting ice and snow create torrential rapids on certain sections of the Hudson River, while calmer rapids prevail during summer and fall months. Depending on the time of year and the waterway selected, you can enjoy a family float trip interspersed with the thrill of rolling rapids or a heart-pounding traverse through serious whitewater.


How to Choose Your Rafting Outfitter:

Ensure the guide service and rafting guide are certified and skilled at both rafting and first aid. Families who have younger children, or who have limited experience in rafting, should consult with a guide for advice to ensure enjoyment, safety and comfort levels while on the river.

As with all adventure sports, whitewater rafting carries an inherent risk. If you are a non-swimmer, inform your guide. Chose an Adirondack whitewater rafting guide who is known for being a skilled rafter and is a certified guide. Excursions cater to individual or group needs. Common trips include the Hudson River Gorge, middle and lower Hudson River, Moose River and Sacandaga River. Check with the outfitter of your choice to find the best trip for your level of expertise.


What it Costs

Whitewater rafting is affordable and a vacation expedition that defines a true experience  The larger the group or family, the prices will drop.  Prices for a half day trip range from $25 – $60.

A day trip can costs between $50 and $80 per person, depending on the outfitter and services, and a complimentary shuttle transports passengers to their vehicles at the end of the trip.


Area Rafting Guides

Adirondac Rafting
Long Lake