Checklist & Frequently Asked Questions

Planning a Rafting Trip?  Here's what you need to know.

What do we wear rafting?

  • In warm weather: a swimsuit or shorts and quick drying shirts are best.A baseball cap, visor, or sunglasses are helpful in bright, sunny weather. Old sneakers or water shoes offer the best foot protection.  Flip flops, loose-fitting sandals, "crocs" and bare feet are not permitted. Snug fitting sandals (likeTevas) that attach firmly to the toe and heel are acceptable but don't offer the same foot protection against sharp rocks as old sneakers or water shoes do. We carry water shoes in our store! 
  • In cooler weather: long underwear, a fleece jacket or wool sweater is ideal to wear under our wetsuits. Avoid wearing cotton. 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.                                                                                                                             
  • (Wetsuits and waterproof paddling gear can be rented at our rafting  base.)

Do I need rafting experience?

Many of our Adirondack rafting 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 16 mile run through the pristine Adirondack wilderness. Including our riverside lunch break, we are on the river roughly 4 1/2 hours.

Is this "lazy river" rafting?

No!  Whitewater rafting is an active paddling sport.  Each guest should expect to paddle.  Like all whitewater rivers, there are serene periods of calm between rapids and this can be more pronounced in summer but even in calm stretches of the river there are obstacles along the way which require guest participation and paddling.  

How big are the rapids?

Rapids are rated from Class I (easiest) to Class V (most challenging). Class VI is considered 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+ whitewater pegs their fun meter just fine!

What time does the trip start and finish?

We sign in guests at 9 AM. Depending on river levels we are usually done around 3 PM.

How old must I be?

The 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, 10+ in May.

Can I go rafting if I am overweight?

Please Note * our largest PFDs 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 (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 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.

Do I have to know how to swim?

Except during the high spring water, swimming ability is not required. On all of our trips, a type-5 coast guard rated PFD (personal floatation device) 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 condition should be. Adirondac Rafting Company is proud of our perfect safety record thanks to 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 and camping areas. You can also click on the local communities links for motels.

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.

Should we tip our river guide?

If you have enjoyed a rafting experience and feel that your guide has provided excellent service in the areas of whitewater skill, enthusiasm and care with your group, general knowledge of the river and surrounding area, etc., then a gratuity is always appreciated.  

How much should we tip our river guide?

Sizing of gratuities for whitewater river guides depends on many factors – these include, but are not limited to the length of the trip, the cost of the trip and the level of whitewater on your trip.  A gratuity can be based on the number of people in your rafting party or by using a percentage formula based on the overall cost of the rafting trip.  Gratuities based on a per person basis might be $10-$20 per person for a full day rafting trip.  Using a percentage formula, gratuities in the 15%-25% range of the full day trip cost are standard.   Gratuities may range from that amount for certain demanding, expensive and/or high-level day trips.

What can we bring?

In the raft, bring as little as possible. Sunscreen and a smile. Towels, dry clothes, valuables, and non-waterproof cameras should be left locked in your car. Bring 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 (wetsuits 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 generally accommodate 6 to 9 guests per raft. Please note that it is possible to reserve your own small private raft for groups of 3 - 5 guests.

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 pictures of your rafting trip available for viewing and purchase after your trip.

Have any other questions?

Please call us @ 800-510-RAFT or (518) 523-1635, we'd be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

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Address: ADIRONDAC RAFTING Lake Placid, NY

Phone: 1 (518) 523-1635


Adirondac Rafting Company

At Adirondac Rafting Company, our goal is to provide a very entertaining and safe day on the river to each one of our guests. We’ve organized an extremely skilled team on the Hudson River Gorge who are very familiar with the Adirondack Mountain region. Our guides have many years of experience in Adirondack white water rafting and are well educated with the ways of the wilderness environment where we work and live.