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Lake George Whitewater Rafting

If you love an exhilarating adventure with scenic views at every turn, try whitewater rafting in Upstate New York

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Before you go, here are a few tips you should know:

  • If you're looking for a wild ride, go rafting in the spring! The snow melt makes the water fast-moving and filled with rapids.
  • Want a more relaxing ride? Head to the river during the summer and fall.
  • The whitewater rafting season in Lake George and the Adirondacks spans from April through mid-October.
  • Whitewater can be classified from I to VI (easy to impassable). Hudson River Rapids have a Class IV and V rating.
  • If you take a whitewater rafting trip, it will most likely include all necessary gear, plus a snack.
  • Even if you're not a gym rat, it is important to be in moderately good shape before embarking on a whitewater adventure.
  • Although there will be some rapids on your trip, there will also be calm stretches where you can take in the scenery.
  • Be sure to dress warmly, especially in the spring. Avoid wearing cotton clothing or cotton socks as cotton will just make you colder once it gets wet.
  • Go easy on the fluids before you go - there are usually no bathrooms!
  • On average, whitewater rafting trips cost around $50-$100, but that amount could vary due to a number of factors.
  • Always wear sunscreen to protect your skin.
  • Don't bring jewelry, expensive cameras, valuables, or other items you would be sad to lose in the river.
  • Some places offer lodging and camping packages for visitors who are coming to town to experience whitewater rafting. View our lodging specials!

Find Whitewater Rafting Businesses:

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Tubby Tubes Company: River Tubing, Downhill Tubing & Zorbing, Kayaking & More
Lake Luzerne, NY
Tubby Tubes Company in Lake Luzerne is the region's original and #1 lazy river tubing and downhill tubing company. Little kids and "big kids" love Tubby Tubes, as they offer tubing, kayaking, zorbing, and more just 5 minutes from Lake George.
Adirondack Adventures Whitewater Rafting
Adirondack Adventures Whitewater Rafting
North River, NY
Our experienced and knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you with planning a trip, rafting on the Hudson River (or elsewhere), or getting instruction on what whitewater is all about.
Devocean Watersports - Paddle Board Rentals, Lessons, & Sales
Devocean Watersports - Paddle Board Rentals, Lessons, & Sales
Lake George, NY
Devocean Watersports offers a variety of Paddle Board services. Pick one up from our store in the Lake George Village to use where you want, for as long as you want - OR head to our Paddle Board location for convenient use and complimentary lessons!
Lake George Kayak Company
Lake George Kayak Company
Bolton Landing, NY
Located in Bolton Landing, NY, the Lake George Kayak Company is your one stop shop for a fun and easy paddling trip. They operate a boathouse and paddleshop where you can rent or purchase a canoe, kayak, or Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP).
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Patty's Watersports
Cleverdale, NY
Patty's Watersports, a division of Boats by George, is a boutique store and SUP shop that caters to all your stand up paddleboard needs. From purchases to rentals to lessons and gear, you'll find the latest and greatest in water sports.
Sacandaga Outdoor Center
Sacandaga Outdoor Center
Hadley, NY
Located just minutes from Lake George and Saratoga Springs, Sacandaga Outdoor Center boasts the best location on the river. Where the Hudson and Sacandaga Rivers meet in Hadley, NY, you’ll find the best rafting, tubing and kayaking around!
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Adirondack Adventure Center - ADK Tubing Adventures
Lake Luzerne, NY
Looking for a great way to beat the heat with your family and friends? ADK Tubing Adventures at the Adirondack Adventure Center provides guided lazy river tubing and rafting trips for all ages near Lake George.
Kayak Lake George
Kayak Lake George
Lake George, NY
Kayak Lake George is open 10-5 Daily. Come dressed and ready to go with the following: Bathing suit, Sunscreen & Watershoes. Located in Lake George Village at 22 Lake Avenue.
Go whitewater rafting for one of the most thrilling experiences in the Adirondacks.
Beaver Brook Outfitters
North Creek, NY
Ready for an outdoor adventure in the Adirondacks? Beaver Brook Outfitters offers a wide range of services at their four bases, including guided whitewater rafting trips, canoe and kayak rentals, and a winter sports rental shop.
Wild Waters Outdoor Center - Whitewater Rafting
Wild Waters Outdoor Center - Whitewater Rafting
Warrensburg, NY
Located in the Adirondack Mountains near Lake George New York, our whitewater rafting trips on The Hudson and Sacandaga rivers as well as our kayak programs are unmatched.
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ARO Adventures - Adirondack River Outfitters: Whitewater Rafting
North River, NY
Looking for a summer adventure? Visit ARO Adventures (Adirondack River Outfitters), New York State’s leading whitewater rafting company providing experienced, personable guided rafting tours in North River, Watertown, and Old Forge, NY!
Adirondac Rafting Company
Adirondac Rafting Company
Indian Lake, NY
Run the wild and spectacular Hudson River Gorge with the experts at Adirondac Rafting Co. Our focus is on you having a fun and safe day on the whitewater. We provide friendly professional river guides, all gear necessary and a riverside lunch
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Bolton Boat Tours and Water Sports on Lake George
Diamond Point, NY
The best private boat tours on Lake George. With tubing, cliff jumping, nature/wildlife viewing, bass fishing, and more included on every boat trip. Let's make lasting summer memories together- Why rent when you can relax? Visit our website!
A Picturesque Trip on the Lake with Adirondack Mountain and Stream Guide Service
Adirondack Mountain and Stream Guide Service
Olmstedville, NY
Jamie Frasier of Adirondack Mountain and Stream Guide Service and his team have been guiding adventurous folk like you through the Adirondacks' mountains, lakes, rivers, and streams for over 25 years.
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River Ridin'
Lake Luzerne, NY
Ready for a fun-filled adventure out on the water in the Lake George area? Take a trip to River Ridin' in nearby Lake Luzerne! The local watersports outfitter offers everything from kayak and jet ski rentals to paddling trips down the Hudson River.
four kids on a boat on Lake George
Lake George Island Boat Tours
The mansions are amazing. The history incredible. The tubing is a blast. Cliff jumping will take your breath away and the Lake and Islands are beautiful. Take a tour with the best. Bring your own refreshments, sit back, relax, enjoy your day !!
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Ausable Chasm
Ausable Chasm, NY
Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks! Explore the depths of the chasm on up to five miles of scenic walking/hiking trails, one-of-a-kind float trips via raft, and adventure tours such as the Adventure Trail via ferrata and rock climbing. FAMILY FRIENDLY!
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F.R. Smith & Sons Marina
Bolton Landing, NY
F.R. Smith & Sons Marina is one of the premier boat dealers in Lake George. Enjoy our selection of power boats, pontoon boats, kayaks and canoes available for you to rent, as well as water taxis to the islands.
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Common Man Books - Hiking, Biking & Kayaking Guides
Explore the great outdoors! Use our easy to follow trail guides for hiking, biking and kayaking in the Lake George and Saratoga Regions. The series is known as the "Common Man" series because the average man or woman can actually do these trails.
Interior of a red pontoon boat
Lake George Pontoon Boat Adventures
Diamond Point, NY
Come enjoy a truly personalized adventure on the water. Tubing, cliff jumping, swimming, hiking or whatever you like. The choices are yours!
North Creek Rafting
North Creek, NY
Rafting company offering daytrips, overnight trips, and inflatable kayaks. They operate various trips on the Hudson River, Moose River, Cedar River, Boreas River, and Indian River.
A hotel's dock space on Lake George
Kayakers on Lake George
A jet skier on Lake George