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FAQ's About Guided Trips in the Adirondacks

Where are you located?

Generally speaking, in the central Adirondacks. More specifically, we have 4 different locations. Please make sure you consult our locations page so you end up at the right one!

Where should I stay?

There are lots of different options for lodging in the area ranging from chain hotels to bed and breakfasts to houses for rent. Check out the lodging part of our Local Friends page for more info!

Where the heck are the Adirondacks?

The Adirondacks are a 6,000,000 acre park located in upstate New York. If you look at a map of New York, pretty much the whole Northeastern part is within the park lines. The ADKS are about 4 hours from New York City and Boston and 1.5 hours from Albany.

Do I need a reservation?

Depends on the trip.

Hudson River Rafting – Yes

Caving, Canoeing, Kayaking and other Guided Trips- Yes

Ski rentals- No but it is recommended during Christmas and Presidents’ weeks

In order to get group rates, reservations must be made in advance for all trips.

Are lunch and dinner included in the rafting trips?

Lunch is always included in Hudson River Gorge whitewater trips. We will return to providing dinner once COVID-19 restrictions lift.

What are they?

Lunch is pretty basic, we stop riverside for a quick bite that we pack in coolers and bring along. It is typically chicken curry wraps, trail mix, iced tea and water. We can make accommodations for vegetarians and those with other dietary restrictions.

Dinner changes every night but it is always hearty and hot. There is always a salad, side and main dish. We get tons of rave reviews on our post-rafting dinner.

I am a vegan, gluten free, allergic to nuts and hate fish. Will there be something I can eat?

Yes! We can always accommodate food restrictions with prior notice. It is much harder for us to pull together food for special diets without prior notice. PLEASE let us know ahead of time so we can make sure to accommodate you.

Is the gear I need covered in the cost?

Yes. Everything you need is included in the cost, no matter the time of year. The only exception to this is sleeping bags on overnight trips. We think it’s important that everyone is always as comfortable and prepared as possible, which is why we’re committed to never charging extra for any peice of gear, including wetsuits and booties.

Do you wash your gear?

Yup, every time. All whitewater gear (pfds, wetsuits and booties) are washed in a solution that is made especially to clean & disinfect neoprene. Helmets are cleaned with a soap & disinfectant. We have updated our sanitation protocols and will sanitize all common spaces, boats & transportation according to CDC guidelines.

What should I wear?

It depends on which trip you do and what time of year you come. Apart from caving (give us a call for that) all summer adventures are usually good with a bathing suit, water shorts, and a t-shirt. It’s never a bad idea to bring an extra layer, though. For Spring rafting, wool, poly pro, under armour or something similar (NO COTTON!) will do the trick. All our trip confirmations come with detailed lists on what to wear. For all trips involving water we recommend water shoes or sandals that will stay on. Many a flip flop have been lost over the years. In all cases you should bring a change of clothes for afterwards.

Can I drink alcohol on my trip?

None of our day trips allow alcohol, our insurance policy requires that all guests are sober. We do not allow alcohol to be brought on any of our day trips and will ask you to leave it behind. This is not negotiable, if you are intoxicated prior to a trip we will not allow you to go on it and you will not be refunded. Being drunk on the river puts you and everyone else on the trip at risk.

After the trip, by all means, feel free to crack a beer. We will probably join you!

How do guides get licensed?

Guides go through a process required by the State of New York that involves on river training, a water safety course, first aid & cpr, a test, and an outfitter recommendation. We’re picky about who we hire because we think it’s important to have the best. All guides hired by Beaver Brook have passed the NYS licensing standards for basic guiding as well as their specific skill (rafting, fishing, camping, etc.) and are held to high standards.

How much should I tip the guides?

Guides never expect a tip, but always welcome them. Tips of any amount are always appreciated, but a good rule of thumb is $5 per person in the boat for a good tip, $10+ per person for a great tip.

Can beginners go rafting?

Absolutely! Check out our main rafting page to find the perfect trip for you and your group

What are the age limits?

Age restrictions on the Hudson vary depending on the time of year. Summer rafting ages are 8+. Call for spring & fall age restrictions. Kids younger than 8 and weighing more than 30 lbs are welcome to canoe and kayak.

Are there weight limits?

The minimum weight for canoeing & kayaking is 30 lbs. Minimum weight on the Hudson & Sacandaga rivers is 50 lbs. We do not have a maximum weight limit for other guided trips but we do require guests to wear our pfds. They are one size fits all with a max chest circumference of 58″, if you have any questions or concerns on this give us a call.

Can I bring sunscreen and water?

Yes and yes!

Can I bring my phone or camera?

At your own risk. Since so many of our activities involve water, we don’t recommend it.

Are there pictures for sale on rafting trips?

Yes! We have full time photographers on both the Sacandaga and Hudson Rivers. They post up right next to the biggest rapids to get the best action shots. Photos can be seen and purchased after each trip.

Do people fall out of the rafts?

People do. Guides too, sometimes. However, it’s not frequent and all guests are given a safety briefing before going on the river so that they know exactly what to do should they find themselves an unintentional member of the Beaver Brook Swim Team.

What days of the week can I raft?

The Hudson runs Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday.

Why do we need a dam release?

The Hudson River is truly in the wilderness. In order to access the Hudson we raft 3 miles on the Indian River. The Indian turns from a non-raftable trickle of water to a nearly constant 3 miles of Class III whitewater with the dam release. Long story short, we need the dam release to get to the Hudson. The dam is restricted to opening four days a week in order to maintain reservoir water levels.

How many people can fit in a boat?

On the Hudson River we typically put 6-8 people in a raft plus the guide.

Can you accommodate large groups?

With advance notice, we can take groups of up to 100 on the Hudson & canoeing. Give us a call for numbers for other guided trips.

Is the Hudson actually clean?

Yes. All parts of the Hudson that we operate on are pristine. Unfortunately the Hudson gets a bad rap for being polluted and as it gets closer to NYC it is. In our neck of the woods, it is clean and beautiful.

Do I really have to wear a pfd?

Yes. It is required in our insurance policy. Everyone (including guides) must wear one regardless of age or swimming ability. If Michael Phelps came boating we would still make him wear a pfd.

Will we see any wildlife?

Maybe! There are a lot of critters in the Adirondacks and in the past we have seen deer, bears, moose, otters, beavers, eagles, loons, osprey, mink, porcupines, skunks…the list goes on!

Is your ski shop an old church?

Sure is! Our winter ski shop and former central headquarters is an old Catholic church called St. Charles Borromeo. It was built in 1875 and functioned as a church until the mid 1970’s. We bought it in the mid 1990’s

Do you take credit cards?

Yup! All of them. Sometimes we even give them back.

How deep is the water?

Chest high to a duck…. or chin high to a beaver.

From a Satisfied Adventurer

I had organized an overnight rafting trip through Beaver Brook Outfitters for a group of 14 people. It was such a great experience and so much fun. The staff were all incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, and truly went above & beyond to make something unforgettable. I would absolutely recommend this. Everyone had a blast!”

– Chelsea N­­, Trip Adivisor

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