Whitewater Rafting in the Adirondacks
The best way to experience whitewater rafting in Lake Placid is a trip through the Hudson River Gorge with an experienced outfitter and a licensed Guide. With a history of transporting timber from the forests to the mills in Glens Falls, these rapids now transport thousands of exuberant whitewater rafting guests through one of the premier rafting trips in the Northeast each year. Rafting companies have been guiding rafting enthusiasts through the beautiful gorge for decades.
The excitement of the trip may vary with the water level and the season, but the beauty of this place that can only truly be appreciated from the river never changes. Trips leave from either Indian Lake, or North Creek. Both are just a short drive from Lake Placid. Depending on the conditions there may be choices for milder trips on lower sections of the River or wilder trips on other rivers. Some outfitters offer fishing trips as well as multi-day adventures.
Spring time=Big Water
When the piles of snow in the High Peaks begin to melt around the first or second week of April things really heat up in the Hudson Gorge. The river swells, and the rapids blend together with crashing waves, that from the seat of the raft appear to be several stories high. Your chosen outfitter will provide you with all of the equipment and instruction necessary to make your spring time rafting experience memorable.
Summer is for families
In a typical season, by the month of June the torrents of the spring time melt have calmed and the water has warmed to a temperature that invites a more relaxing trip, and a lot of swimming in the river. Summer trips have a much more casual pace, and while the whitewater is still exciting, there is plenty of time relaxation in between. Trips in the summer are great for families or for anyone looking to spend a great day on the water.
Canoeing and kayaking
Canoeing and kayaking options also exist right in the Lake Placid region. A moderate stretch of rapids on the Saranac River known as “Permanent Rapids” has been a popular training ground for locals and visitors alike for decades. Check with a local outfitter for conditions, lessons, and equipment rentals.