Lehigh River- Weatherly, PA
Select dates April - October. Spring & Fall usually have the highest water levels.
- Your experienced outfitter has been leading trips since 1975 and guides have thousands of hours on the river
- Class I-III+ white water
- Spectacular river gorge scenery that will make you feel like you're out west!
- Less than 2 hours from New York City, most of Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River in the Poconos of northeastern Pennsylvania is rafting just the way you want it, with rapids ranging from easy to exhilarating.
A visit here means real fun, real rapids, and real adventure! Come rafting for the whitewater or come for the scenery.
Either way, the Lehigh River is the perfect close-to-home whitewater adventure that feels a world away! Make this year's whitewater get-away an eco-friendly vacation adventure
It is recommended that you be at least 10 years old. All necessary equipment will be provided.
On-River Time: 3-4 hours. Total Time: 5-6 hours
Most rafts have a maximum of 6 people plus one guide.
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the Experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What to Wear:
In cold weather or water, a wet suit is best. These can always be rented at our rafting center. In milder conditions, a wool sweater or windbreaker is ideal. In warm summer weather, a swimsuit or shorts and T-shirt are appropriate. Always wear laced shoes with sturdy soles wet suit boots or old sneakers are great. Sandals and river socks don't provide the best foot protection. Also, in cool or cold conditions avoid wearing cotton, either on its own, or under a wet suit or windbreaker. Cotton, when wet, loses all insulation value and will make you colder, not warmer. A ski-type cap is very important in colder weather, and a baseball cap, visor, or sunglasses are helpful in bright, sunny weather.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings 14 days in advance.
Once you have received a booking confirmation, cancellations and rebooking are allowed up to 15 days prior to the Experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and rebook at least 15 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your Experience.
What do I wear?
In warmer weather, a swim suit or shorts and T-shirt are best. A baseball cap, visor, or sunglasses are helpful in bright, sunny weather. Old sneakers or wet suit booties offer the best foot protection. Flip flops, loose-fitting sandals, "crocs" and bare feet are not permitted. Snug fitting sandals (like Tevas) that attach firmly at the toe and heel are acceptable, but don't offer the same foot protection against sharp rocks as old sneakers do. In cooler conditions, a wool sweater or windbreaker is ideal. In cool or cold conditions avoid wearing cotton, either on its own, or under a wet suit or windbreaker. (Wet suits and waterproof paddling gear can be rented at the rafting center.) Cotton, when wet, loses all insulation value and will make you colder, not warmer. A ski-type cap is helpful in colder weather, such as in early April or late October.
What can I bring?
In the raft, bring as little as possible. On the Lehigh River, a light lunch. If there is medication you might require, keep it with you on the river. Towels, dry clothes, valuables, and other than waterproof cameras should be left locked in your car.
How do I get back at the end of the day?
Your vehicle will remain at our rafting center, and our free shuttle buses will take you to and from the river.
How deep is the water?
River depths vary. Slow, calmer stretches of water tend to be those that are deeper. Faster, choppy water tends to be shallow, often 4 feet deep or less. Regardless of the depth, however, if you should find yourself overboard (this is rare, indeed) in fast moving water, the proper procedure is to float on your back, feet pointed downstream. Don't attempt to stand until the water is less than 18 inches deep. When you reach calmer water, swim toward a guide or nearby raft, or swim to shore.
Do I have to know how to swim?
Swimming ability is not required. Nevertheless, if you are especially apprehensive in or around water, you may want to consider one of our land-based adventures. Rafting, by its nature, places you on, in or around water most of the day. On all of our trips a PFD is worn at all times. Safety equipment will not fit all shapes and sizes, so please consider this in planning your reservations. Also, please remember that whitewater rafting is an active sport that requires some exertion on your part. The larger the rapids, the better your physical conditioning should be.
How big are the rapids?
Rapids are rated from Class I (easiest) to Class V (most challenging). Our easiest trips feature Class I or II rapids. At the Lehigh River, the Salmon River and the Moose River, it's not uncommon to see Class III whitewater.
Do I need experience?
No. All of our trips are guided and are appropriate for first timers. Be sure to check minimum age requirements, though.
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