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FAQ's About Whitewater Rafting on the Hudson River

Where are you located?

Generally speaking, in the south-central Adirondacks. More specifically, North Creek. Please make sure you consult our locations page so you end up at the right spot!

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

Canoeing, Kayaking, Tubing and other Guided Trips- Yes

Equipment rentals- No but it is recommended during weekends and holiday periods

Group rates require reservations

Is lunch included in the rafting trip?

Lunch is always included in Hudson River Gorge whitewater trips.

What is lunch?

Lunch is pretty basic, we stop riverside for a quick bite that we pack in coolers and bring along. It is typically curried chicken salad wraps, trail mix, and water. We serve light refreshments after the trip.

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

Yes! We can 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 piece of gear, including wetsuits and booties.

Do you wash your gear?

Yup, every time. All whitewater gear (pfds, wetsuits, and booties) is washed in a solution that is made especially to clean & disinfect neoprene.

What should I wear?

It depends on which trip you do and what time of year you come. 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, polypro, under armor 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 afterward.

Can I drink alcohol on my trip?

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. Same goes for marijuana now that it’s legal. 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 under the influence 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?


What are the age limits?

Age restrictions on the Hudson vary depending on the time of year. Summer rafting is good for ages 8+. Call for spring & fall age restrictions. Our other trips are dictated by weight rather than age because we need kids to fit correctly in one of our pfds.

Are there weight limits?

The minimum weight for canoeing & kayaking is 30 lbs. Minimum weight for rafting and tubing 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, water, and medications?


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! There is a full-time photographer on the whitewater trips. They post up right next to the biggest rapids to get the best action shots. Photos can be purchased directly from the photographer.

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, and 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. Give us a call for numbers for other guided trips.

Is the Hudson actually clean?

Yes.  Unfortunately, the Hudson gets a bad rap for being polluted but all parts of the Hudson that we operate on are pristine. 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!

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. Twice as deep as halfway to the bottom.

From a Satisfied Adventurer

So much fun. We went with kids between the ages of 7-12. As usual, the guides make the trip. The guides with Beaver Brook were outstanding. Liam was the guide who took us down the river, and he was awesome– funny, knowledgeable, kid and adult friendly and seemed to really enjoy being out on the river with us. All of the guides in the other rafts seemed great as well. Would absolutely recommend and cannot wait to come back.

– Amy W, Trip Advisor

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