In the springtime all the snow melt from the mountains create class IV and sometimes V rapids. It’s much more calm in the summertime with class III and possibly IV. Although, with the dry hot summer we’ve been having, there really were no class IV.
A perfect starting point for our friends and their kids.
We had a beautifully clear day. Hot in the low 90’s. However the water temp was a wonderful 76 degrees. Perfect if I do say so myself.
What is interesting about these rapids is they are some what man made. By that I mean, the starting point to the rapids is at a dam north of the town of North Creek, NY. North Creek is located on Gore Mountain. In the summertime the town opens up the dam for 2 hours a day to create these rapids. These dam releases are a vital part of rafting and tourism in the summertime throughout the US when snow melt is much slower.
The Hudson River trip is rated as a top ten rafting trip in the US.
We went with the Hudson River Rafting Company. They’ve been around since 1979 and pioneered rafting in this region.
We had a great guide, Mark, who had been rafting this river for over 17 years.
You start out on the Indian River for 3.5 miles. Then you enter the Hudson River. The total trip is 17 miles long.
There were some slower moments too when we were able to rest and enjoy the scenery.
Joe took advantage of those moments. Feet up, eyes closed, enjoying the gentle breeze while the raft takes you down the river.
We all had a great time.
And yes, David had his GoPro attached to his helmet. Below is a montage that David put together. He was able to get our 7 hour day down to 7.5 minutes…Enjoy!