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Dam release weekend!
Join other water–loving New Yorkers and Philadephians on a ride down the thrill-packed Lehigh River.
Licensed whitewater guides will take you on 3.5 to 4 hour ride down a 12-mile ride stretch of class I-III rapids. Managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, thousands of gallons of water will be released into the river. Surrounded by protected woodlands and mountains, you will enjoy outstanding scenery and wildlife. This is an area with a great diversity of plants and animals including great blue herons, mergansers, and kingfishers just to name a few. It will come as no surprise that this is where naturalist and painter John James Audubon visited to paint birds.
We’ll paddle over 17 rapids, stopping to swim and rest along the way. Your guide will brief you on the techniques of whitewater rafting. After that, you’ll be set loose on the river, with guides in kayaks monitoring everyone’s progress.
WHAT TO EXPECT
While many companies put hundreds of people on the river at the same time, we will have a section all to ourselves and personalized attention of each guide.
No prior experience necessary - they’ll teach you everything you need for a successful day on the water.
What are you waiting for? Jump in!
DEPARTURE AND RETURN LOCATION
Eastern Mountain Sports Upper West Side (Broadway/76th St.) Subways 1, 2, 3 to 72nd Street.
7:30 AM. Please arrive by 7:15 AM to check in
Approximately 7:00 PM, depending on traffic.
If you choose to bring your own lunch, put it in a ziplock or drybag. Bring extra cash if you wish to rent a wetsuit ($20). Any valuables you bring will be locked in the van. Bring a dry change of clothes and towel for the ride home. If you plan on wearing glass/sunglasses bring a strap.
Non-cotton athletic clothing and a swimsuit underneath. Bring river shoes such as Tevas or old tennis shoes. No flip-flops, please.
Lunch, round-trip transportation, river guides and a private whitewater rafting experience.
We have the option of going Saturday or Sunday this weekend. Saturday's departure is from the UWS and Sunday's is Union Square. Please let me know ASAP if you'd like to join. Since it's so close to the weekend, we need to book before they sell out!! We can have our own private van or join the bigger group!