Rated as one of the top ten whitewater rafting trips in the U.S., the Hudson River Gorge is the pinnacle of New York whitewater rafting. 17 miles of whitewater combined with spectacular scenery will provide you with memories to last a lifetime. This is a full day trip that has it all–big rapids, swimming, splash fights, excellent food and reliable dam-released water. This is an action-packed whitewater rafting trip that’s a day trip from NYC.
Pricing will be a little different for 2020 in order to follow social distancing guidelines. Trips costs are a flat rate and will be booked by the boat size instead of by person until regulations are lifted.
All boats are private and booked flat rate until restrictions lift.
We know that combining groups of 2-3 often results in new friendships and camaraderie but we just don’t think we can responsibly mix groups right now. We’ve thought hard about this and know that this means that it may be considerably more expensive for small groups to go rafting than it has been in the past. The per-person price for groups on the larger end is comparable to or even cheaper than our standard $89 rate. To be frank, we’ve always tried hard to keep our prices reasonable and it’s not our first choice to move to this method of booking trips because it’s tough for small groups. We’re not able to operate as we would normally like to and this is the best option we’ve found in order to keep groups separate and be able to cover wages & overhead. We will return to standard pricing when regulations and common sense allow.
There will be a 6% booking fee if you book online, but there aren’t any fees if you do it the old fashioned way and give us a call to book.
These prices include ALL your necessities. See below for details.
We currently aren’t able to offer group discounts.
Reservations are required.
ALL the gear you need and lunch to boot! Beaver Brook is committed to being transparent with our costs. We will never charge you extra for meals or gear. What you see is what you get–no matter what time of year. Whether it’s springtime and wetsuits are mandatory or it’s a chilly summer day, we will never charge you extra to be warm and comfortable. We will not be doing dinner after the trip until regulations lift but we’re really hoping we can return to having dinner soon because we can’t get enough of Heidi’s chicken.
The dam on Lake Abanakee releases the water needed to run trips on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday.
Our 2020 season will begin 6/27 at the earliest. Whitewater rafting is in Phase 4 of the state’s re-opening plan. The exact opening date will depend on the metrics and infection rates following phases 1, 2 & 3. We will post an exact opening date once Phase 4 opening is in sight.
The whitewater on the Hudson River Gorge varies depending on time of year and water level, but generally works like this:
Snowmelt and Spring rains bring the Hudson to its highest levels in April. If it’s huge standing waves, monster holes, and nearly continuous Class IV-V whitewater rafting in NY you’re after, this is the time to go. A word of caution, with big water comes cold water and variable weather. This time of year isn’t for the faint of heart. But if you’re up for it, this is truly one of the best whitewater trips in the country. Call for age restrictions.
Late Spring (May)
If it’s exciting Class IV whitewater rafting and warmer temperatures you want, May is your time to raft. May provides the best of both worlds. With snowmelt still flowing from the High Peaks and the pleasant days of late spring, there’s no going wrong. Minimum age 10-12. Call for questions on age.
Summer brings us consistent (thanks to the dam) Class III+ whitewater. We don’t think there are many things better than great whitewater rafting, swimming, rock jumping, and sunshine. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Minimum age 8.
Fall (September-early October)
Spectacular foliage combined with Class III-IV whitewater rafting makes the fall a special time of year. The Adirondacks in Autumn are an incredible sight. Minimum age 8-12. Call for questions on age.
We are committed to making each trip the best experience we can for every person who rafts with us. We’re lucky to have an incredibly knowledgeable staff that takes their profession (and having fun) seriously. From the moment you park the car, to the time you leave exhilarated at the end of the day, Beaver Brook makes an effort to create an enjoyable experience, start to finish. We love what we do and it shows. Learn More about Beaver Brook »
The Hudson River Gorge is accessed by the Indian River in Indian Lake, NY. We meet at our rafting base in North Creek, New York. We built a beautiful new base–if you haven’t rafted with us since 2015 this will be a different location than where you went before. We’re proud of our new base and we think you’ll love it. In fact, we are the ONLY outfitter that has ever built a brand new Hudson base!
Give us a call ahead of time for directions or consult our directions. Detailed directions are included with trip confirmations.
The Hudson is 30 minutes north of Lake George, 1.5 hours from Albany, and about 4 hours from NYC.
Looking for The Moose River? We run Class V trips on The Moose for a short season in April. Trips are very limited – call for details.
We get that plans can change quickly right now. We’re not going to require deposits until trips are one week away from departure. You can book trips outside that one week window with no money down. Once we’re one week away we will require a 50% non-refundable deposit with the balance due on arrival. We’ve shortened our non-refundable window from two weeks to one. We still have to keep a non-refundable window for the same reason we’ve always had to–our guides are awesome and we need to be considerate of their time. That means not calling them off, changing their schedules on short notice & paying them even if they come to work and their crew is a no-show.
Our online reservation system requires at least a $1 transaction to reserve and will charge a 6% fee on the total cost of the trip. That 6% can be refunded if canceled more than one week out. We can also work around the online reservation system and book trips directly over the phone and avoid the fees.
There will be new safety protocols in addition to private boats. Lunches will be made following CDC guidelines and packed individually for each boat and each group will eat separately from the others. We will require masks on the bus rides and the number of people on each bus will be a max of 50% bus capacity. Check-in procedures will be adjusted and all gear & vehicles will be sanitized for each trip. We will not be doing dinner after the trip until regulations lift. We will be able to do a limited number of private shuttles to and from the river for an additional charge. Call for details.
We certainly had more fun than any of the boats that we passed or were passing us, I could see the jealousy on their faces. Beaver Brook Outfitters is a top notch company who aims to please. The food was excellent and the memories will last forever.
– Matt, Trip Advisor