Adirondack Wild Rafting
Whitewater Rafting in Hamilton County
Hamilton County rests in the heart of the Adirondack Park – and is home to some of the most thrilling whitewater rafting east of the Rockies. Throughout spring, summer and early fall, whitewater rafting guide services offer a heart-pounding ride down the Hudson River Gorge – a 17 mile trip that – in the “big water” season – can include Class IV-V rapids. Book a camping trip and save even more with group discounts perfect for any whitewater rafting expedition.
This summer is the first annual Governors' Adirondack Challenge, an event celebrating whitewater rafting and the fun of the Adirondacks, all centered right in Hamilton County! Races, music, food, art, and guideboat building demonstrations will make the event the perfect family-friendly trip.
Rafting Season and Rapid Information
The whitewater rafting season starts in mid-April and can last through early October. Voted as one of the top 10 whitewater rafting trips in the country, the Hudson River offers three seasons of exhilarating adventure. In the fall, a timed dam release creates Class III-IV rapids, offering serious excitement amid the brilliant Adirondack fall foliage. Nearby, the Moose River boasts serious rapids for experienced rafters and whitewater kayakers during the spring rush.
Discover the Hudson River’s mighty history as the main artery of Adirondack industry during the Gilded Age at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake.
Book Your Hudson River Rafting Trip
Summer is the perfect time for families to experience whitewater rafting trips on the Hudson River, as water levels are typically lower, and rapids less torrential. Many Adirondack whitewater rafting tours originate in the Town of Indian Lake. Hamilton County boasts multiple licensed whitewater rafting outfitters – including Adventures Sports Rafting and Adirondac Rafting Company, both located in Indian Lake near the launch site for rafting trips. If you’re planning a Hudson River whitewater rafting trip, check out our online trip planner to cut down on travel time to and from the river. Book one of our cabins for an overnight stay and enjoy all that Hamilton Count has to offer.
Experience the thrill of conquering the mighty Hudson River as it winds through the Adirondack Wild.Search for Whitewater Rafting using the Trip Planner feature.