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.
Our current pricing includes a couple of different options but always includes a NYS licensed guide and everything you need for the day. As always, feel free to give us a call with questions! Reservations are required.
You may be mixed with other groups.
This option guarantees a private raft that fits up to 6 people.
Parties of 2-5 can opt for per person pricing or choose a private boat. Choose the per person option if you’re comfortable mixing with other parties, or choose the private boat option to book a raft that is only your group and a guide.
Parties of 6+ automatically have private boats, just use the per person pricing option when booking and we will take care of it! Rafts fit up to 8 people, groups larger than 8 will be split between multiple boats. Minimum of 2 people needed to paddle a boat.
Groups of 10+ give us a call to book, we offer group rates.
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.
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.
The dam on Lake Abanakee releases the water needed to run trips on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday. Our season begins the first weekend in April and runs through Columbus Day. Trips meet at 9 am and wrap up between 3-4, depending on the water level.
The whitewater rafting on the Hudson River varies depending on the 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 the fall 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 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. Give us a call ahead of time for directions or consult our directions. Detailed directions are included with trip confirmations.
Hudson River rafting is 30 minutes north of Lake George, 1.5 hours from Albany, and about 4 hours from NYC.
We require a credit card number to hold each reservation and we charge it in full one week prior to your trip date (two weeks for overnight trips). You can cancel your trip up to one week before the trip date with no penalties. Trips cancelled within one week will not be refunded. We also do not refund trips for no-shows or weather-based cancellations. We go rain or shine and make sure everyone is dressed well before we head out! If WE cancel a trip for any reason a full refund or credit will be given (your choice which).
We keep a non-refundable window because 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 and paying them even if they come to work and their crew is a no-show.
Our online reservation system charges 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.
Lunches are made following CDC guidelines and packed individually for each group. All gear worn by customers is cleaned for each use. Customers who want to mask up on the bus are welcome to do so, we’re happy to keep your mask dry for you while on the raft. We’ve got plenty of extra masks for anyone who wants one.
My family had a great time on the Sacandaga raft trip. The folks at Beaver Brook Outfitters are great. It’s nice to see friendly people who like their jobs and clearly are good at them.
– Charles N, Facebook