White Water Rafting in NY State


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3-4 Hours
Watertown NY
Min Age : 12+

NY white water rafting featuring summer sunshine, warm water, and exciting Class IV rapids; the combination was unknown in New York State until A.R.O. pioneered rafting trips in the Black River Gorge, located in the 1000 Islands region of NY.

A reliable flow of water released from dams high in the Adirondack Mountains surges into the Black River Gorge, plunging over ledges and boulders. The narrow gorge constricts the water increasing its velocity and thereby magnifying the excitement!

The result; the best stretch of summer whitewater in New York. You would have to travel to Maine or West Virginia to find anything comparable.

Tour Includes:

  • A mid-trip snack AND a post trip BBQ
  • A Powerboat will tow you through the scenic lower gorge
  • Complimentary Labatts on the tow and at BBQ

Tour Itinerary:

  • You will be challenged by 14 major sets of class II-IV rapids including Hole Brothers, Knifes’ Edge, Zig- Zag, and of course the Cruncher.
  • You may choose to jump out of the boat for a more individual experience in the fast moving but safe water of the “swimming rapids.”
  • As you paddle through the beautiful Black River Gorge, waterfalls flow from the cliffs between the clinging trees and hanging vines.
  • After the whitewater section the river calms down and the rafts are hooked together and towed by our powerboat. Complimentary Labatt Blue is provided to toast a successful day meeting the Gorge’s challenge.
  • We now can relax and watch the Lower Gorge slip past. But don’t get caught napping, you might miss the river stories and jokes that are almost as plentiful as the Great Blue Herons and Ospreys. After a short bus ride back to the outpost, a full homemade Barbecue including complimentary Labatt Blue and photo/ video show awaits you.

Tour Departs at:

The Black River Outpost can be confusing to find. The exact address is 140 Newell St. Watertown NY, 13601. The Longitude is -75.910234, Latitude is 43.977045. There is limited space for parking on Newell St. There is a large public parking lot (J.B. Wise Place) located on Black River Parkway with stairs that lead down to Newell St. and ARO.

Tour Prices:




Group Rate

Youth Rate
(Min. Age 12)

Larger Group
Rate (24+)

Friday (No BBQ) $59 $59


Weekdays $64 $54 $60
Sunday Price

Sunday No BBQ

(2pm July & Aug)









Wetsuit Rental
(when needed)


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