White Water Rafting Vacations & Adirondack Kayaking Tours: Information and FAQ’s

Whitewater RaftingWhether you're planning a family white water rafting adventure, a long-awaited Adirondack kayaking trip or a group adventure outing, Wild Waters Outoor Center makes it easy! Our whitewater paddling experience is extensive, and we know the Adirondacks and the Hudson whitewater intimately! Call 800-867-2335 today, or reserve your trip online!

When do I need to Check-in and When Will I Return?

Check-in for Hudson River Gorge trip: 8:30 - 9:00am.  Return: 4:00pm.
Check-in for Sacandaga River trip: A 1/2 hour before your trip time (for example: if your trip time is 12pm, check-in at 11:30 am)  Return: Two hours after your trip time (for example: if your trip time is 12:00pm, return time is 2:00pm).
Check-in for Overnight Hudson trip: 8:00am.  Return: 4:00 pm the following day.

These check-in times are important!  If you are late you run the risk of not participating in your scheduled trip.  If you arrive late and miss your trip, you will not receive a refund.

What does my trip include?

The Hudson River Gorge trip includes: all equipment, lunch, dinner, shuttle, and NYS licensed guide.
The Sacandaga River trip includes: all equipment, shuttle, and a whitewater paddling guide.
Kayak Clinics include: all equipment, shuttle, lunch, and instructor.

The Top Ten Questions Asked on The Hudson River Gorge

  1. Where do I check in?  Please check in at the Glen Lodge and Market, using the entrance across from the top of the handicap ramp.  Vehicles should be parked in the bus lot.  After check in, proceed to the outfitting area where you will be outfitted for your trip.  Bathrooms and changing rooms are located in the outfitting area.
  2. What do I need?  You'll be most comfortable whitewater paddling in clothing that can get completely wet.  For spring and fall rafting, you'll want synthetic long underwear, and perhaps even a fleece or wool insulating layer, as well as a warm hat and socks.  For summer rafting, bathing suit/shorts and a T-shirt will usually work fine, along with a cap and some sun block.  For the cool or rainy days we rent spray tops and pants for $5.00 each.  Please go to the store for details.  Please ask one of our guides if you are not sure how to dress for the day's weather.  If you have forgotten anything, the Glen Market is well stocked with polyester long underwear, socks, hats, glasses straps, sun block, and waterproof cameras.

    What to Bring
    The Adirondack Mountains have four distinct rafting and whitewater paddling seasons.  While WWOC will outfit you with a wetsuit and booties (Spring only) you may need to bring additional clothing to wear under and over your wetsuit depending on the time of the season of your trip.  Please review the list below and dress accordingly.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call.  If you are a trip leader, it is important that you supply this list to every member of your trip.  WWOC reserves the right to require or restrict certain clothing on trips when the weather conditions warrant.

    EARLY SPRING (MID MARCH THRU MID MAY)
    • Wool Sweater/Fleece sweater
    • Wool gloves, socks and hat
    • Wool or polypropylene underwear
    • Nylon spray top and pants
    • Bathing suit (optional)
    • NO COTTON
    LATE SPRING ( MID MAY THRU JUNE)
    • Wool or polypropylene underwear 
    • Wool gloves, socks and hat
    • Wool sweater/Fleece sweater
    • Bathing suit (for under the wetsuit) optional
    • NO COTTON
    SUMMER ( MID JUNE THRU LABOR DAY)
    • Bathing suit
    • T-Shirt
    • Old Sneakers, water shoes, sandals--no flip flops
    FALL ( MID SEPTEMBER THRU OCTOBER)
    • Wool Sweater/Fleece sweater
    • Wool polypropylene underwear
    • Wool gloves, socks and hat
    • Nylon spray top and pants
    • NO COTTON
  3. Does everyone in my group need to sign a Release Form?  YES!  We need to know every rafter's medical history so we can care for them in an emergency, and acknowledgement that they understand the inherent risks involved with whitewater.
  4. Should I bring my wallet, keys, and valuables on the river trip?  NO!  We are not responsible for them, and they will get wet and perhaps lost.  Lock valuables in your vehicle.  We will be happy to store your keys behind the wetsuit counter during your trip.
  5. Can I go barefoot?  NO! All rafters must wear shoes, sneakers, or sandals (with a heel strap) that will stay on their feet. Flip-flops are not acceptable for this reason. The riverbed and shoreline are made up of rocks, gravel, etc. that can be very tough on bare feet. If you do not have appropriate footwear, water shoes and sandals can be purchased at the Glen Market.
  6. Is this trip safe?  Why do we wear helmets?  Do we have to keep them on all the time?    Whitewater rafting, like all outdoor adventure sports, has some degree of inherent risk.  We are very proud or our training level and safety record with individual and family white water rafting vacations. We provide helmets to all of our clients on all rivers because it decreases the chance of minor head injuries. Helmets are mandatory at all times on the river.
  7. How many people fit in a raft?  We use 16 and 14-foot self-bailing rafts that hold as many as 4 to 10 rafters.
  8. How deep is the river?  The river depth varies significantly from several inches to perhaps 40 feet in some of the calm pools on either side of the river.  This variation in depth helps to create whitewater.
  9. Is it okay to tip my guide?  Tips are an important part of your guides pay.  If you enjoyed your trip, feel free to tip your guide whatever you feel is appropriate.
  10. How do I order a picture?  Fill out a photo order form after your trip.  You'll need to know the date and the name of your guide.  We'll mail your order within 14 days, satisfaction guaranteed.