Whitewater Rafting on the Black River
Thousand Islands Region, NY
The Black River Canyon, near Watertown, NY, is a rare whitewater gem…an unusual warm-water Mecca. Summertime rafting on the Black River is as good as it gets anywhere. Narrow canyon walls force the river through a constricted passageway where boulders and ledges turn the fast moving water into foamy whitewater rapids. Waterfalls cascade over the limestone walls of the Black River Canyon.
Come during May and June for the highest flows and most powerful whitewater of the year. This is a high adventure rafting trip – teamwork and strong paddling are a key part of this outdoor activity. Summer whitewater is still exciting, and the canyon offers idyllic coves and eddies for swimming, snacking or just plain relaxing.
Organize a group and reap the benefits of being a group leader. You can earn one free space when you reserve rafting for 8 or more people, two free spaces with 20, or three free spaces with 25 or more! Don’t forget that our discounted group rafting rate for the Black River begins at 12 people. Take advantage of these great deals today when you book rafting with Whitewater Challengers on the Black River.
2016 Rafting Dates Available…
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.
Black River Rafting Rates
Every trip includes an on-river snack and a scrumptious cookout after whitewater rafting. Check out the menu below! Whitewater Challengers provides you with the required safety equipment, raft and expert river guide. Minimum age requirement is 14.
Individual Rafting Rate (1-11 people):
Weekdays = $61.00/person*
Sundays = $67.00/person*
Saturdays = $74.00/person*
Group Rafting Rate (12+ people):
Weekdays = $51.00/person*
Sundays = $57.00/person*
Saturdays = $64.00/person*
Two-day rafting trip: add $39.00/person* for a second day of rafting!
Staying overnight? Check out the Black River Bay Campground in Dexter, NY – just a short stroll from our check-in window and minutes from the Thousand Islands Region!
*Rates are subject to $2/person insurance fee.
Rapids, on-river time and total time can vary based on weather and water conditions.
Meals and Snacks Included with Black River Rafting
Enjoy a free high-energy river snack near the mid-way point of your whitewater rafting trip, and a free barbeque dinner back at the Black River Bay Campground.
River Snack: Cookies and lemonade.
Cookout: 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.
Group Leader Benefits
- Free trip for group leader (with 8 or more, 2nd free space with 20).
- Free t-shirt for group leader (with 8 or more).
- Generous discounts with 12 or more.
- Bring 25 or more to earn a free return rafting trip voucher to be used on any one of Whitewater Challengers rafting trips in NY and PA.
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.