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Whitewater Rafting the Lehigh River Gorge

A fun and exhilarating day of class II-III rapids await all thrill seekers as we paddle our way down through the spectacular scenery of the Lehigh River Gorge in the heart of the Pocono Mountains.  No experience is necessary.  All equipment provided, continental breakfast in route, and picnic lunch on river.

Please note that you must register and book this trip on the Outdoor Connections website to reserve your spot. See link below ....

Get ready for some wet and wild fun as we ride the rapids through the awesome river gorge scenery of Lehigh Gorge State Park.

This is the ultimate whitewater trip – the best in the tri-state area. This particular weekend has a scheduled “dam release” from the upstream Francis E. Walter Dam which all but guarantees perfect rafting conditions. We will hold on tight for Class II and III rapids – 18 in total – and cover a distance of approximately 13 miles in about 5 hours.

So you never have been rafting before and are perhaps a little unsure? No worries, no experience is necessary. Upon arrival at base camp, we will check-in, get geared-up and then go through a briefing by our outfitter’s certified and experienced river guides. They will show and teach us the basic rafting skills and proper paddling techniques to negotiate the river. A quick hop into the bus will take us to the raft put-in where our journey begins. Several guides outfitted in whitewater kayaks will escort our group of rafts down the river from start to finish giving us encouragement and direction along the way. You say you don’t know how to swim? That’s not a problem either as you will be wearing your life vest which will keep you afloat as the guides will get you back into your raft.

We will stop roughly half way through our whitewater adventure to break out our picnic lunches – in warmer weather this is a great opportunity to get in a quick swim as well. After our day of paddling the river, we will head back to base camp, clean-up and head on back home. You are assured to sleep well on the ride back!

All trip details and final trip itinerary will be e-mailed to all registered guests the week of the trip date.

About this Adventure

Trip Date: Saturday Aug 30

Departure: 7:45am. (check in time) – 8th Avenue between W31st and W33rd streets - on the steps of the US Post Office.....departing shortly thereafter - don't be late b'cus we can't wait!

Return: 9:00 p.m. (approximately - water conditions will dictate our duration on the river)

Trip Rating: Moderate – We will paddle the whitewater for approximately 5 hours and roughly 13 miles with 18 Class II and III rapids.

What's Included: Trip includes all transportation costs, certified river guides, equipment rentals, continental breakfast, and picnic lunch.

What to Bring: Wear clothing appropriate for getting wet, preferably quick drying fabrics. Dress appropriately for the season and in layers - this means have the ability to take tops on/off as needed to keep you comfortable. Wear water shoes, secure sandals, or sneakers (absolutely no flip flops, loose sandals or crocs). Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and chapstick are recommended. Wear a strap to secure your eyeglasses or sunglasses. If you are not sure, bring more clothing than you think you need – extra items can be left in the van. Bring extra snacks for the ride up, water, and a waterproof camera. If need be the outfitter has a store to purchase last minute stuff. For the ride home, bring a towel and change of clothes / shoes.

Trip Cost:
Meet-up Price with Transportation $118.00
Meet-up Price Drive Yourself Option $94.00

All trip details and final trip itinerary will be e-mailed to all registered guests the week of the trip date.

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  • Michelle

    Could you please forward me the site location, thx

    August 29, 2014

    • Jim K.

      Hi- Just resent it to mslayde32. I had previously sent it to choclatelayde.

      August 29, 2014

    • Michelle

      Got it...see u guys in a few

      August 30, 2014

  • Jim K.

    Hi Pam-

    Not Jim Thorpe - but another one - largest outfitter on the Lehigh...Hope you can join us...

    August 16, 2014

  • Pam E.

    Which company will you be using for the white water rafting trip? Jim Thorpe River Adventures or another one? Your trips look great! I'm looking forward to attending when I can.

    August 16, 2014

  • Jim K.


    It's in the Poconos - Jim Thorpe area - about 2hr10min from Manhattan. Exact meeting location and time will be given out after registering. Hope you can join us...

    Thx, Jim

    August 15, 2014

  • Prince C.

    Looks like fun, Jim. I live in NJ, midway from NY and Pocono Mountains, So I'll rather drive myself. Whats the exact location of this place?

    August 15, 2014

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