The purpose of this policy is to address program staff needs for guidance regarding the complex issues of the public rights of and fishing in the context of private property ownership. Waterways that are affected by tides are "navigable-in-law" and the public has a right to navigate on these waters regardless of who owns the bed or whether the waterway is posted. See Section III.
Historic, famous and exhilarating - the river is deemed one of the top 10 whitewater rafting trips in the United States.
Adirondack river kayaking and rafting trips also abound on the wild Sacandaga, the beautiful Black and the backcountry Moose rivers. As spring's snow and ice melt, rapids on the Hudson River reach their torrential peak - creating Class IV and V rapids.
Whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks is a journey along wooded shores, into gentle eddies surrounded by towering cliffs. 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.
When to go whitewater rafting
Pack your gear and get ready for a whitewater rafting adventure in the Adirondacks. Think about the experience you want to have. Is this a once-in-a-lifetime adventure or a leisurely family activity? Make sure 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 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. Choose 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.
Check with the outfitter of your choice to find the best trip for your level of expertise. Whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks is surprisingly affordable, especially with a large group or family. Outfitters often offer special packages that include overnights, lodging and meals.
Some outfitters also specialize in river tubing, whitewater kayaking, and overnight raft camping. Rafting costs decrease as the of people participating increases. Moving water with a few riffles and small waves. Few or no obstructions.
Easy rapids with waves up to three feet and wide, clear channels that are obvious without scouting. Some maneuvering is required. Rapids with high, irregular waves often capable of swamping an open canoe. Narrow passages that often require complex maneuvering. May require scouting from shore. Long, difficult rapids with constricted passages that often require precise maneuvering in very turbulent waters.
Scouting from shore is often necessary, and conditions make rescue difficult. Generally not possible for open canoes. Boaters in covered canoes and kayaks should be able to Eskimo roll. Extremely difficult, long, and very violent rapids with highly congested routes that nearly always must be scouted from shore.
Rescue conditions are difficult and there is a ificant hazard to life in the event of a mishap. Ability to Eskimo roll is essential for kayaks and canoes. Difficulties of Class V carried to the extreme of navigability.
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Nearly impossible and very dangerous. For teams of experts only, after close study and with all precautions taken. New York State Law requires all boats and canoes must carry a U. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device PFD for each person on board. Adirondack Whitewater Rafting.
When to Go Whitewater Rafting Timing is key as the river's force changes as the season progresses. What to Wear for Whitewater Rafting Pack your gear and get ready for a whitewater rafting adventure in the Adirondacks. A bathing suit Water shoes or strapped sandals Quick-drying t-shirt and shorts avoid cotton clothes Sunscreen Bring hair ties to pull your hair back A wetsuit, depending on the time of year Wear wool socks in water shoes during cooler seasons Guides and outfitters will typically provide life jackets and helmets for safety.
How to Choose an Outfitter Think about the experience you want to have. Class II Easy rapids with waves up to three feet and wide, clear channels that are obvious without scouting. Class III Rapids with high, irregular waves often capable of swamping an open canoe.
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Class IV Long, difficult rapids with constricted passages that often require precise maneuvering in very turbulent waters. Class V Extremely difficult, long, and very violent rapids with highly congested routes that nearly always must be scouted from shore. Other Water Recreation. Miles of Waterways. See the 'Dacks by Boat. Take a Boat Tour. Adirondack Waterfalls.
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