Rafting in New York

Whitewater rafting in New York as a whole, is a refreshing and exciting recreational experience. With an abundance of mountain streams, rivers and lakes, New York State has it all. Up in the southern Adirondacks the head¬waters of the mighty Hudson provide great scenery and rugged whitewater. In the southwestern Adirondacks the Moose River system combines grand wilderness with rapids that even experts treat with respect. Less than a two hour drive from New York City, flows the Delaware, with its scenic 76-mile run from Hancock to Port Jervis. In the Catskills, not far from the Delaware's head¬waters, slalom races are held during the first weekend in June on Esopus Creek's exciting whitewater. Out at the western end of the state the Genesee cuts across from Pennsylvania and empties into Lake Ontario at Rochester, offering attractive paddling through Genesee Valley.

Whitewater rafting in New York on the Hudson

The Hudson River is the first river that comes to mind when one thinks of whitewater rafting in New York waterways. The Hudson River Gorge provides 16 miles of almost continuous whitewater as the river rushes through a vertical-cliff canyon. Trips on the Hudson feature rapids over a mile in length, with waves cresting 10 feet high. Outfitters offer one-day rafting trips from the end of March until the beginning of June, resuming from Labor Day to Columbus Day. The Gorge rapids are roughest in April-May after the snowmelt and spring rains, some reaching into the Class IV+ category. With such thrills at hand, it is no surprise that the Gorge trip attracts more than twenty thousand people for whitewater rafting in New York each year. Some are also drawn to the area by the excellent trout, pike and bass fishing, and by the abundant wildlife ranging from loons and hawks to bears and beavers.

For the Rigged outdoorsman prepared to face the rigors of April in the Adirondacks and whitewater rafting in New York, the Moose River offers some of the toughest rapids in the East. At least two of them, Tannery and Mixmaster, are Class V and definitely not for the novice. Wet suits and extra woolens are needed for protection against the cold since April is the only month the river is runnable. Rafts frequently overturn amid these complex rapids with their wide ledges and massive boulders.

Family fun for rafting in New York

The Genesee meanders through a pastoral landscape in the foothills of western New York State and offers the birdwatcher much to view through his binoculars. The stretch to paddle is from Genesee, just across the Pennsylvania line, to Portageville - a well-named spot since the waterfalls just downstream in Letchworth State Park are strictly for riverbank sightseeing. But the park's 600-foot-deep gorge of shale and sandstone also contains a six-mile stretch with gentle rapids that makes a great raft trip for families wanting to do rafting in New York State. These tours begin in early April and run through October.

New York Rafting on the challenging Moose or Black Rivers

Rafting Trips on the Moose River have intimidating rapids resembling small waterfalls. Rated as Class IV-V, Moose River trips are best suited for rafters with prior white-water experience. The most challenging of all Adirondack white-water runs is the "Big Water Black," a spring high-water trips that has a continuous and potentially dangerous three-mile rapid. Paddlers on this Class IV-V trip must have prior white-water experience. Later in the season, the "Summer Black" trip offers a challenging white-water run of towering waves and foaming hydraulics. With 14 sets of rapids packed into seven miles of river, this Class IV trip boasts more action than any other New York rafting whitewater run.

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