How Much Should I Tip My Whitewater River Guide?

Great whitewater rafting trips are the direct result of great river guides.   

A good river guide is adept at handling the rapids on the rivers, but the truly great ones at Adirondac Rafting Company add so much more.

What Makes a Great Whitewater Raft Guide?

When running the rapids, the skill of our highly trained top-notch guides is a huge factor in determining that you have a thrilling experience that keeps safety in mind at all times.

  • Our highly-trained whitewater river guides treat each guest with respect and exhibit genuine enthusiasm when introducing their guests to the wonders of the Upper Hudson River.
  • Our professional guides confer interesting information about local history, wildlife, geology, and other great river stories.
  • Our guides are flexible and attentive to the unique needs and questions of their rafting guests regardless of the paddler's age, ability level, and background.

Gratuities for Whitewater Rafting Guides

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 I Tip?

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-$15 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.  

How Should I Tip My Whitewater River Guide?

Gratuities can be given directly to the guide or to front-desk staff, depending on the situation.  Tips can be given at the end of the adventure in person or left at the service desk if the guide is unavailable because of other duties.  

Usually, our guides can be found behind the base after the trip performing glamorous tasks such as washing wetsuits and putting away rafts.  They are always very happy to take a break from what they are doing to see you off and say goodbye.   Your guide will always be very grateful for any appreciation you might show them.


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.