Whitewater

A Wet and Wild Trip – Our Most Popular

Our Whitewater trip is our most popular…It is a wet and wild 13 mile trip that runs through the breathtaking scenery of the Lehigh Gorge State Park. Hang on tight and experience the thrill of Class II and III whitewater. With 18 action packed rapids like Snaggletooth and Cookie Monster this ultimate whitewater trip is truly memorable and available in the Spring and Fall plus most weekends all summer long on scheduled whitewater dam release dates.

2014 Whitewater Release Dates

  • April – Natural Whitewater
  • May – 10th, 17th, 24th, & 25th
  • June – 7th, 8th, 21st, & 22nd
  • July – 5th, 6th, 19th, 20th, 26th, & 27th
  • August – 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th*,23rd*,  24th*, 30th*, 31st*
  • September – Natural Whitewater
  • October – 11th*(2000 cfs), 12th*(1500 cfs)

* These dates are subject to cancellation by the Army Corps of Engineers due to insufficient water levels.

Whitewater Rafting Adventures uses two separate launch sites on the whitewater section of the Lehigh River depending on the river conditions

The upper section (Upper Lehigh Gorge) is 10 miles long and puts in at Whitehaven and runs to Rockport. We typically only use this section on Dam Release Dates. The rapids are a mix of Class 2 and 3 whitewater1. A couple of the Class 3 rapid names are Triple Drop, Initiation and Staircase.

The lower section (Lower Lehigh Gorge) is our favorite. We launch at Rockport and raft the 13-mile stretch of the Lehigh River to Glen Onoko in Jim Thorpe. The trip takes about 5 hours as you paddle your way through a challenging mix of Class 2 and 3 rapids1 including favorites like Bridal Veil, Mile long and Pipeline.

No experience is necessary and children as young as 8 years old can paddle this section of the river. You will be accompanied by a professional guide who will escort your raft from his kayak. The scenery is spectacular and you might catch a glimpse of a bald eagle soaring overhead or other wildlife grazing along the river banks.

Trip Specs

Difficulty: Class 2 and Class 3
Length: 4 to 6 hours
Distance: 10 to 13 miles
Schedule: Spring, Fall & certain weekends all Summer long! See our Dam Release Whitewater schedule.
Minimum Age: 8 years old
Lunch: A pre-ordered box lunch is available ($7.95) from our very own Red Rock Cafe

*No Squirt or Water Guns permitted on the Whitewater Section.  Squirt Guns are allowed on the EZ Whitewater and Summer Rafting Sections.

*Adult Life Jacket accommodate individuals with a 30-52 inch chest & weigh more than 90 lb                           *Child Life Jackets accommodate individuals with a  26-29 inch chest & weigh 50-90 lb

Trip Prices*

$62.95 per person
Adult Groups (18+): $59.95
Youth Groups (18+): $52.95

Rental Gear

Full Wetsuit: $12
Half-suit: $6
Farmer John: $8
Paddling Jacket: $4
Mitts: $3
Boots: $5

*All taxes included. All rates subject to a $2.00 insurance fee. Group Rates do no apply on Saturday Dam Release dates in July and August or holiday weekends.