WHITE WATER RAFTING ON THE HUDSON RIVER
North River Hobby farm is very convenient to several whitewater rafting companies who will take you on an amazing trip through the sparkling clear Hudson River which is right at the bottom of the hill. The whitewater trips run from mid-April through late October.
The 17 mile wilderness rafting trip begins on the Indian River and continues through the Hudson River Gorge, with great whitewater and spectacular Adirondack scenery. You will travel through a true wilderness area filled with towering cliffs, waterfalls & over 22 Class III or higher rapids. This is longest stretch of whitewater in New York and is considered the "Grand Daddy" of New York whitewater rivers.
The whitewater trips are usually seven hours long. Wet suits are provided and there is usually a lunch provided midway and an optional grilled dinner when it’s over. It’s exciting but it is very safe. You will be guided by a professional, licensed whitewater rafters.
Spring is "Big Water" season. It will provide you with all the excitement and heart pumping adrenaline you can handle. (Note that most rafting companies during spring only take adults.)
In the summer, water levels mellow and the river is perfect for families. In the Fall the gorge is turned into an aurora of scenic splendor not to be missed.
There is plenty of water all season because a dam up river at Lake Abanakee is released providing a daily “bubble” of water which lifts the rafts and makes it possible to raft all summer and fall.
4659 State Route 28 - North River, NY 12856
Phone: 1-877-963-RAFT or 518-251-2802
In addition to being terrific whitewater guides, owners Jeff and Becca also rent wonderful tubes so you can float down the Hudson River. They pick you up about three miles down river. They have kayaks for rent which they deliver to 13th Lake for your use, and offer lessons and individual boating tours. Adirondack Adventures is on the corner of 13th Lake Road and Route 28.
In addition to being a great white rafting company, Whitewater Challengers offers a zipline course. The excitement builds as you harness up and climb to the “launching pad.” Then it’s into the air, soaring like an eagle, for a zippy, tree-top view. Course elements include ziplining, climbing, swinging, and jumping through aerial obstacles. Make this adrenaline-pumping course a part of your next Adirondack Adventure with Whitewater Challengers. Our staff will help you along the way. No experience needed.
SQUARE EDDY EXPEDITIONS
282 Main Street
North Creek, NY 12853
Lori and Link have been taking folks whitewater rafting for many years.
Recently they added an exciting and unique hike-and-raft expedition. Discover the newly acquired state lands in the central Adirondack town of Indian Lake with Square Eddy. This combination trip begins with an intermediate hike to the top of one of New York’s tallest waterfalls, OK Slip Falls. The trail arrives at spot with a spectacular bird’s eye view of the cataract. Feel the energy of the falls and enjoy this special place before heading down the trail to the Hudson River to meet your raft. This adventure is fun for hikers, rafters, waterfall lovers and all that enjoy the outdoors. For the trip out, paddle rafts are available for high adventure. Or enjoy the luxury of being rowed downstream through six rapids and pleasant swift moving water without having to paddle, just hang on and enjoy the ride. All our expeditions are led by New York state licensed guides.
3921 Rt. 28 - North Creek, NY 12853
In addition to whitewater rafting trips, Beaver Brook Outfitters has a private launch site on the Hudson River where paddlers can canoe or kayak on one of the most scenic stretches of the Upper Hudson River, self-guided. Trips are a tranquil 3-5 mile paddle depending on water levels. Trip times are up to you! Show up any time between 10-4 and put into the water with your own group. Self-guided means your own private trip! They run pick ups down river every hour on the hour.
Pete and Diana Burns started Beaver Brook Outfitters in 1991. Pete is a 7th generation Adirondacker and has a long family history of skiing and river running. His Grandfather Jack Donohue was the River Boss for 40 years during the Hudson River logging era, and his parents were some of the first to ski Gore. He started his guiding career in 1980 on the Hudson and went on to guide all over the East coast before coming back to run the Hudson again. Pete and Diana operated Beaver Brook out of their house and ran guided fishing trips (with Pete as the only guide) and slowly expanded over many years to a retail shop and all around outdoor outfitter.
Bone Bayse and his wife Autumn Goerner joined the party in 2006 and helped Beaver Brook grow into the outfitter it is today. Both are extremely experienced guides and a couple of the most fun people in the North Country.