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Checklist & Frequently Asked Hudson River Rafting Questions

  • What do we wear Hudson River rafting?  In warm weather or water, a swim suit or shorts and quick drying shirt are best. A baseball cap, visor, or sunglasses are helpful in bright, sunny weather. Old sneakers or water shoes offer the best foot protection. We carry water shoes in our store! Flip flops, loose-fitting sandals, “crocs” and bare feet are not permitted. Snug fitting sandals (like Tevas) that attach firmly at the toe and heel are acceptable, but don’t offer the same foot protection against sharp rocks as old sneakers or water shoes do. In cooler conditions, long underwear, fleece jacket or wool sweater is ideal to wear under our wet suits. Avoid wearing cotton, either on its own, or under a wet suit. (Wet suits and waterproof paddling gear can be rented at the rafting center.) Cotton, when wet, loses all insulation value and will make you colder, not warmer. A ski-type cap is helpful in colder weather, such as in early April or late October.
  • Do I need Adirondack rafting experience?  Many of our river guests are first timers, no previous rafting experience is required. Just bring a fun attitude and a smile!
  • How long is the trip?  The Hudson River Gorge is a 17 mile run through the Adirondack wilderness. Including our riverside lunch break we are on the river roughly 4 1/2 hours.
  • What time does the trip start and finish?  We sign in river guests from 9 AM. Depending on river levels we are usually done around 3 PM.
  • How old must I be?  Minimum age for our summer trips is 8 provided the child is with a family group. During the spring we suggest ages 16+ in April, 14+ in May.
  • Can I go rafting if I am overweight?  Please Note * Our largest PFD’s can accommodate chest and waist measurements up to approximately 56 “.
  • To go rafting, you should be healthy enough to participate in periods of strenuous physical activity and capable of getting back in the raft with the assistance of a companion should you fall out. If you have excessive weight for your height or have a disability which would hinder or prevent you from getting back into the raft, we do not recommend this trip for you.
  • Can I go rafting if I have a medical condition?  Our rafting trip takes us into a very remote area where there is no emergency vehicle access. When making your reservation, it is absolutely necessary to inform Adirondac Rafting Company of any medical condition, physical or mental disability, or allergy that may require special attention or accommodations. If you have questions about particular conditions please call an Adirondac Rafting Company representative at 1-518-523-1635.
  • Can I go rafting if I am pregnant?  It depends on how far along you are. If you are pregnant we strongly suggest not whitewater rafting beyond your first trimester. At Adirondac Rafting Company we love moms, we know you agree and we appreciate your cooperation!
  • Can I go rafting if I have a disability?  We love to share the beauty and excitement of our rivers with everyone, regardless of their disabilities. Our staff is patient, compassionate and open to sharing new experiences with all our guests. While we can accommodate most conditions, it is always best to know this information in advance. It is absolutely necessary that you please let us know about your disability when making your reservations so that we can make the necessary accommodations to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for all participants.
  • How big are the rapids?  Rapids are rated from Class I (easiest) to Class V (most challenging). Class VI is considered to be not navigable. The Hudson River varies from Class IV & V in early spring to Class III + during the warmer months, Dam released water provides very reliable whitewater all summer ! Most guests will find Class III + very entertaining!
  • Do I have to know how to swim?  Swimming ability is not required, except during the high spring water. On all of our trips a PFD is worn at all times. We suggest you should be comfortable around water. Also, please remember that whitewater rafting is an active sport that requires some exertion on your part. The larger the rapids, the better your physical conditioning should be. Adirondac Rafting company is proud of our perfect safety record which reflects on our professional staff.
  • Where can we stay?  There are many places to stay after whitewater rafting. You can stay right near the river in Indian Lake or Lake George and Lake Placid are two popular destinations not far from our location. Check out our links page for lodging ideas, you can also click on the local communities links as well for motels. There are many camping areas minutes from our river base as well accessed through the links page.
  • Do all rafts have a licensed river guide?  Yes, at Adirondac Rafting every raft will be guided by a licensed, experienced and fun river guide.
  • What can we bring?  In the raft, bring as little as possible. Sunscreen and a smile. Towels, dry clothes, valuables, and other than waterproof cameras should be left locked in your car. A small bag for your wet clothes at the end of the day.
  • How do we get back at the end of the day?  Your vehicle will remain at our rafting center, and our free shuttle bus will take you to and from the river. We are located right where the trip begins, no long bus rides with us!
  • Do we raft if it rains?  We have gear available to keep you comfortable in all weather (wet suits and splash gear). We never cancel rafting trips. We promise you’ll get wet rain or shine!
  • How many people are in each raft? We have several different size rafts that are set up for various group sizes, we can accommodate 6 to 10 per raft.
  • How many people do we need to reserve a trip?  You can reserve with any number of guests. You can also add members to your group with advance notice if we have availability.
  • Do you have a store?  Yes, we have a comfortable river base with basic river supplies (long underwear, water shoes, wool socks, t-shirts, hats, visors, hoodies, sunglass straps, sunscreen) and various souvenirs. We also have photos of your rafting trip available in CD or print.