Whitewater Rafting on the Black River, NY
Waterfalls, canyon walls, no malls!
The Black River Canyon, near Watertown, New York, is a rare whitewater gem…an unusual warm-water Mecca, where summertime rafting is as good as it gets anywhere. This narrow canyon forces the river through a constricted passageway where boulders and ledges turn the fast moving water into a maelstrom of whitewater foam and fury. Alongside, waterfalls cascade into the river, wetting the vertical canyon walls along the way.
Come during May and June for the highest flows and most powerful whitewater of the year. This is a hang-on-to-your-hats rafting trip, where teamwork and strong paddling are key. A summertime rafting trip is a real fun-in-the-sun beach-party-style river adventure. The whitewater is still exciting, and the canyon offers idyllic coves and eddies for swimming, snacking or just plain relaxing.
Every trip includes an on-river snack and a scrumptious apres-rafting cookout!! Staying overnight? Check out the Black River Bay Campground – just a short stroll from our check-in window and minutes from the Thousand Islands Region!
2015 Dates, Rates & Details
May: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
June: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
July: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
August: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
September: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
October: Saturday & Sunday
Special Dam Release may be requested on any other day in May, June and September, for groups of 16 or more.
Individual Rate (1-11 people):
Weekdays = $61.00/person*
Sundays = $67.00/person*
Saturdays = $74.00/person*
Group Rate (12+ people):
Weekdays = $51.00/person*
Sundays = $57.00/person*
Saturdays = $64.00/person*
Two-day trip: add $39.00/person* for a second day of rafting!
*Rates are subject to $2/person insurance fee.
Price includes on-river snack and cookout dinner after the trip.
Rapids, on-river time and total time can vary based on weather and water conditions.
- 8 or more: Group leader earns free trip, free t-shirt
- 12 or more: All of the above plus apply group discount ($10/pp)
- 20 or more: All of the above plus another free space
- 25 or more: All of the above plus group leader earns a free return trip voucher
Enjoy a free high-energy river snack near the mid-way point of your rafting trip, and a free barbeque dinner back at the Black River Bay Campground.
River Snack: Cookies and lemonade.
Barbeque: Grilled boneless breast of chicken, baked potato, garden salad, rolls and beverage. Vegetarian meals can be arranged with prior notice.
Please Note: Naturally, alcohol isn’t included or permitted before or during your river trip. You may bring beverages of your choice to the barbeque at day’s end.
Black River Bay Campground (located adjacent to our center) has a fully stocked campground store for any last minute snacks or beverages.
Cancellation Policy: You can receive a full refund if you cancel at least 15 days in advance; 50% refund if you cancel 7 to 14 days in advance. No refunds can be made for cancellation less than 7 days ahead, or for no-shows or late arrivals.