Many years ago, I had gone white water rafting in the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania, I loved it. So I checked with a group of friends and family, to see if they had any interest in going with me. I actually had quite a positive response, so I started looking around on the internet, and found White Water Challengers. This is a company that handles tours on different rivers, around the east. And, this was the company we had used many years ago in PA. So I thought let’s try them again.
The trip was fantastic. None of my group were regulars, and most have never been white water rafting. But they all had a great time.
You arrive at the center and they go over what you can expect. You can rent wet suits here if you wish to (summer months are warm, and you don’t need them). You get your assigned groups, and guide, and you are off.
The guides are great at helping with everything from getting your raft off a rock, to telling you stories about the river, and this history around the area.
The Black River is an all round whitewater river for rafters of varyious abilities. In the spring, Black River rafting offers more adventurous rafters class IV-V whitewater, the water seems to be really gushing at this time. The spring is not something that the average weekend adventurer normally would do. In the summer, after the water level drops, the Black River’s rapids become accessible and reliable exciting class III, making it the perfect outing for families and mixed groups. The slower water also leaves more time for sunbathing, water fights, and relaxation during river trips. And believe me, there are a ton of water fights.
About half way through your trip down the river, you stop for a lunch break, you can bring your own, or buy one, and bring it from base center. We brought our own. Shortly after you eat, you all get back in your rafts, and continue down the river.
You still get to come upon rapids, and there are times, when you feel like you are paddling way too much, since the river slows down in some areas. But your guide gets you through it.
When you get to the end, they have transportation to take you and your group back to the beginning, where it all started. Best part is you get to relax after a long hard day, with a great BBQ.
This is a great activity for families, girl scout/boy scout troops, team building, or just a gang of your friends. My suggestion is you wear comfortable rubber soled shoes that can grip the raft, shorts, if it’s warm out, because Jeans get wet and tight to move around in, sunglasses, a hat, and most of all, SUNSCREEN!!!