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Are you in need of a surge of adrenaline? Do you take pride in overcoming your fears? Do you consider an occasional swim wearing a wetsuit invigorating?   If your answer to all three is yes, then you are ready…
This May, due to extreme  water levels, we are starting our Black River season a week later than normal. This high water means that when our season begins, May 12, the Black River will have higher than normal (read exciting) water…
It felt like winter would never end in the Adirondacks...   Good for late season skiing, bad for early season rafting, GREAT for rafting now!! The warm weather has finally arrived and it is slowly melting the deep snow in the High…
It’s an exciting time for Adirondack River Outfitters! We have a NEW Hudson River base, where our rafting trips are JUST the beginning of what we have to offer. A year ago, we merged with the team at Whitewater Challengers…
ARO is the highest rated rafting company in two categories of the "'Adirondacks Best of 2018."  We are tops in the "Best kayaking, Canoeing, SUP, & Whitewater Rafting" category, and tie for top rafting company in the "Best Tours and…
Most people claim I’m crazy—but in my skewed estimation—the best time of the year to be in the Adirondack Villages of Old Forge and North Creek, is in April. Specifically--the three week season when the ice breaks free on the…
I have to make an awful confession: for me—the best part of a whitewater weekend isn’t the time spent on the river… Instead—it’s the time after the trip reliving the day’s adventure with friends around a table with dinner and…
This Spring ARO is again offering a March Madness Special! We are offering a $10/person discount on Sunday raft trips in April and May through the the Hudson River Gorge. In addition we are now including wetsuits on these exciting…
For rafters who want "big" whitewater, spring begins early in the Adirondack Mountains. While the High Peaks region lies locked in winter's icy grasp, the warm­ing trends of February and March will work on the moisture laden snows of the…
Q - What is more fun than going on a whitewater rafting trip with ARO?  A- Guiding the raft. Q- Do I have to pay extra to be the guide? A - Believe it or not if you are the…
                ARO Holiday Gift Guide Looking for a memorable gift for an adventurous friend or family member?  Happiness and memories have been shown to be more strongly connected to "doing" something than to…
Maybe we’re a little biased here at Adirondack River Outfitters—but we’re still quick to proclaim Gore Mountain and McCauley Mountain as two of the top ski centers in the state of New York…heck, make that the best in the East!…
The rain this May has created fantastic rafting levels on the Black River. As summer approaches we have our favorite combination High Water and warm weather. Our reservation staff also can offfer you a 20% discount on select days. Call…
Usually by the first of June, I’ve already burned off a couple layers of skin from my shoulders after sun-drenched weekends on the river. You’d think after 35 years I’d have learned better! But there’s something about a warm day…
The rains have come and gone leaving great water levels on the Black River and summer weather. There is still time to make a reservation for this weekend  on the Black  River. The rivers is back up to adventure class…
What makes a whitewater river unique? Why are some rivers transformed into tumultuous ribbons of foam navigable only by skillfully guided rafts or expert kayakers while other streams remain tranquil flows suitable for a quiet float in an inner-tube? Essentially—whitewater…
ARO has again won the TripAdvisor Certificate of excellence.
If you want to combine sunny beaches, spectacular mountain scenery, a stunning diversity of wildlife, with a whitewater adventure, I know just the place. Our friends at Rios Tropicales pioneered rafting in Costa Rica almost thirty years ago and have…
Fall rafting on the Hudson is spectacular! Combine Adirondack fall colors, considered by many to be the best in the world, with a 17 mile whitewater rafting trip through the Adirondack wilderness. In addition Adirondack River Outfitters has a Fall…
The lush green of the Adirondack Mountains is accented with vivid red, orange and yellow, the summer crowds are gone, kids are back at school, the river level is up, it's Fall on the Hudson. Join us on a raft…
Rain in the Adirondacks and Tug Hill Region has brought the Black River up to an exciting level not often seen in August. As summer crowds wind down rafting the high water on the Black with ARO is a great…
ARO has longest trip on the Black River and is now offering it at the lowest price! Our Friday Special like all of our trips, starts just below the Great Falls in Watertown. Most other companies miss the first three…
Adirondack river Outfitters today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses…
Xpedition Outdoors, a PBS series this week is titled: Whitewater rafting on NNY Rivers. In this episode Rafting the Hudson and Black with ARO.
If you are interested in learning how to become a professional guide send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are always looking to connect with people who have a passion for outdoor adventure and love to share their passion with…
ARO discovered the whitewater on the Black River below Watertown in 1982, and pioneered professional rafting on the Black in 1983. That's thirty years of exciting high quality trips, with an impeccable safety record.
Summer sunshine has warmed the rivers to swimming pool temperatures. The water stays warm and the leaves turn gorgeous in September and October. Come and take the plunge, in and out of the raft. Great whitewater and spectacular scenery, it…