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Berkshire Whitewater

Thank you for a great 2016 season, we will see you in 2017!

Berkshire Whitewater! Thanks to scheduled water releases on the Deerfield River, we are able to enjoy whitewater rafting in Western Massachusetts from April through October. The Deerfield River runs through the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains along the historic Mohawk Trail. Known for it’s excellent trout fishing, the Deerfield has become an outstanding venue for whitewater rafting. The scenery is breath taking and the river is clean and clear. From first time families to whitewater enthusiasts, the Deerfield River offers an exciting whitewater rafting experience for everyone!

Rafting at Monroe Bridge Section

Monroe Bridge

Pound for pound, the best rafting trip around! Non-stop class III, IV action from put-in to take-out is what you’ll get on the Monroe Bridge section of the Deerfield river.

Rafting at Fife Brooke Section on the Deerfield

Fife Brook

With several Class I & II rapids and the Class III Zoar Gap Rapids,the Fife Brook section of the Deerfield River is the most popular rafting trip in Massachusetts!

West and Millers Rafting

West and Millers

Seasonal Mass and Vermont river rafting. With class II, III, and IV (West only class IV), these rivers offer up epic rafting and memorable trips in spring and fall.

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Trip Descriptions

 

 

The Monroe Bridge section of the Deerfield River is the most exciting river rafting in Massachusetts! A narrow river bed that continually drops over the course of five miles through class III and IV whitewater. Non-stop action from put-in to take-out is what you’ll get on the Monroe Bridge section of the Deerfield river. The rapids crescendo with the biggest rapid of the day, “Dragon’s Tooth” – which leads directly into the longest rapid, a labyrinth of white water and boulders known to our guides as “Terminator.”

This is New England’s premier rafting trip!

The Monroe Bridge section stacks up to any Class III/IV trip you’ll find, and is great value for money. Close to Boston (2.5 hrs) and NYC (3.5 hrs), It can’t be beat. The trips are limited and so are the seats, so plan your weekend away around this phenomenal rafting experience!

TRIP DETAILS:

River: Deerfield

Section: Monroe Bridge aka The Dryway

Trip Length: 5 miles / approx 2-3 hours

Class of White Water: II, III, & IV

Minimum Age: 14

Food: YUP! River Side Snack & Apres Raft BBQ at Berkshire East Base Lodge

Professional River Guide: Included

Prior Rafting Trip Experience: Some preferred, but not required.

The Fife Brook section of the Deerfield River is the most popular rafting trip in Massachusetts. With several Class I & II rapids and the Class III Zoar Gap Rapids, this section of river is the perfect introduction to whitewater rafting. Great for families and friends and highly sought after by school groups, summer camps, and scouts!

To learn the basics of paddling we start with a brief warm up. We then get right into action at Hurricane Holea perfect introduction to the rapids of the Deerfield river! We continue our trip by floating, relaxing, swimming, and soaking up the beautiful New England scenery. This theme of shooting fun rapids, refining our paddling skills, and keeping a keen eye for wildlife follows for about six miles until we approach the Class III Zoar Gap rapids! The only thing that stands between us and a riverside picnic.

After lunch, we’re back in the rafts, on our way to the take-out. BUT, not before more rapids, laughs, and some “wheelie” cool tricks from your guide!

TRIP DETAILS

River: Deerfield

Section: Fife Brook

Trip Length: 10 miles / approx 4-5 hours

Class of White Water: I, II, & III

Minimum Age: 7

Food: YUP! River Side Picnic

Professional River Guide: Included

Prior Guest Experience: None

Spring rafting at its best!

As winter starts to loose its grip and the thaw brings mud season, there’s no reason to slow down and wait for summer to start your next adventure. The Millers river awakens from its hibernation with continuous waves that build and build as you navigate this Connecticut river tributary into the French King Gorge. The exhilarating class II, III, & IV rapids of this spring time gem are sure to wash away your winter blues!

2016 Check-in times:
Saturday and Sunday trips check-in at 10 AM.
Monday through Friday trips check in at 10:30AM.

TRIP DETAILS

River: Millers

Section: Lower Millers

Trip Length: 8 miles / approx 1.5 – 2 hrs

Class of White Water: II, III, & IV

Minimum Age: 12

Food: YUP! River Side Snack & Apre Raft BBQ.

Professional River Guide: Included

Prior Guest Experience: None

 

Rafting the West river in Southern Vermont is the one of the best ways you can enjoy all the greatness of autumn. Warm water, spectacular scenery, and some super fun white water make this trip a memorable one! We only get the opportunity to run this historic stretch of river one weekend every year, so it’s quite a special way to take in the fall foliage. The West is a great blend of challenging white water and great scenery and if you’ve rafted the Fife Brook section of the Deerfield, this is your next step up! 

TRIP DETAILS:

River: West

Meeting Place: Stratton Mountain School (Directions Here)

Meeting Time: 10:30am

Trip Length: 8 miles / approx 2-3 hours 

Class of White Water: II, III, & IV 

Minimum Age: 12 

Food: YUP! River Side Snack & Apres Raft BBQ 

Professional River Guide: Included 

Prior Rafting Trip Experience: None required 

 

 

Unguided Livery Kayak

The lower section of the Deerfield provides paddlers with the chance to enjoy the scenery of the Deerfield River Valley while paddling through small waves and calm sections where river users can swim and bask in the late afternoon sun.  This trip is designed for first time paddlers and folks looking for a refreshing summer afternoon river experience.

Trip Details
River: Deerfield
Trip Length: 5 miles / approx 1.5 – 2 hours
Class of White Water: I & II
Minimum Age: 12
Food: Yup! Post trip snack
Professional River Guide: Not Included
Experience Required: None

An afternoon scenic float trip on the Deerfield River. This trip was designed for families with young children, as young as 5, or adults just looking for a relaxing float down easy whitewater. During this five mile stretch, you will float down the Deerfield River, through the scenic foothills of the Berkshires. Running along the Mohawk Trail, this section of river includes easy class I rapids, one class II rapid at the finish, as well as calm stretches that provide you with the opportunity to swim, relax, and bask in the New England scenery.

The Family Float is a perfect way to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the river and introduce younger children to rafting. To make a full day of adventure, pair it with one of our exciting Zip Line Tours in the morning

Trip Details

River: Deerfield

Trip Length: 5 miles / approx 1.5 – 2 hours

Class of White Water: I (II)

Minimum Age: 5

Food: Yup! Post trip snack

Professional River Guide: Included

Experience Required: None

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A lovely float on a quiet summer afternoon.

Berkshire Whitewater Sample Trip Itinerarys
Monroe Bridge aka The Dryway

Monroe Bridge

Guest Check in: 8:30 am  ***Check in times may vary depending on time of year and river conditions***

  • Waivers reviewed & signed at check in desk at the Berkshire East Mountain Resort Main Lodge
  • Wetsuit rentals & change for the river

Gear Up & Pre-trip Orientation:

Once all guests have arrived in the Berkshire Rafting Center all are equipped with:

  • PFD (personal flotation device)
  • Helmet
  • Paddle

Safety Briefing

This is when we talk about the equipment you’re wearing, proper paddling technique & team work, what happens if you fall out, and how we get you back in the raft.

Departure for the river: 9:00 – 9:30 am

Hop on the bus, enjoy the scenic ride to the put-in, and prepare for a great day out on the river!

Take-out: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

You’ll be tired, excited, and ready to eat! We’re on our way back for an Apre Raft BBQ at Berkshire East – Mountain Side!

Remainder of the Day

After you’ve eaten, we host a slide show presentation of our rafting journey. You will have an opportunity to purchase your photos, check out our souvenirs, or relax with a cold beverage in our mountain side pub, the Crazy Horse – But we recommend topping off the day with a ride on the Thunderbolt, North America’s Longest Mountain Coaster, A zip line canopy tour with Berkshire East Canopy Tours, downhill mountain biking at Thunder Mountain Bike Park!!

Trip duration from check-in to departure, is approximately five to six hours

Fife Brook aka Zoar Gab

TRIP ITINERARY 

Check in: 10:00 am

**Check in times may vary depending on time of year and river conditions.

  • Waivers reviewed & signed at check in desk.
  • Wetsuit rentals & Change for the river.

Gear Up & Pre-trip Orientation: 

Once all guests have arrived in the Berkshire Rafting Center.

Everyone is equipped with:

  • PFD (personal flotation device)
  • Helmet
  • Paddle

Safety Briefing 

This is when we talk about the equipment you’re wearing, proper paddling technique, what happens if you fall out, and how we get you back in the raft.

Departure for the river: 10:30-11:00 am 

Hop on the bus, Enjoy the scenic ride to the put-in, and prepare for a great day out on the river!

Picnic Lunch

You’ve made it through Zoar Gap time to celebrate with a delicious riverside picnic! Remember to save room for Lynn’s homemade cookie-brownies!!

Take-out: 3pm-4pm

Congratulations, You’re now an experienced rafter! Just a short drive from our private take-out back to the Rafting Center at Berkshire East and dry clothes.

Remainder of the Day

After you’ve eaten, we host a slide show presentation of our rafting journey. You will have an opportunity to purchase your photos, check out our souvenirs, or relax with a cold beverage in our mountain side pub, the Crazy Horse – But we recommend topping off the day with a ride on the Thunderbolt, North America’s Longest Mountain Coaster, A zip line canopy tour with Berkshire East Canopy Tours, downhill mountain biking at Thunder Mountain Bike Park!!

Trip duration is approximately five to six hours, check-in to departure.

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