Afternoon Family Float Trip (I-II)
Deerfield River All Age Adventure
The Family Float trip is run by our friends at Zoar Outdoor. The trip will register, start and end at Zoar's beautiful riverside base. The half-day guided Float Trip is the perfect introduction to rafting for folks who want to dip a toe in the water before taking on our Fife Brook trip or for groups with children as young as 5 years old.
A Typical Day
Float trips meet at Zoar Outdoor's riverside base at 7 Main St. in Charlemont, Massachusetts. Just across the street from Berkshire East! Please do not be late, since we must work within the schedule of water releases decided on by the power company. You will be required to read and sign a release of liability at this time. All guests will be required to wear a Berkshire Whitewater issued PFD (Personal Flotation Device) and helmet. You will also be provided with a paddle. We raft a five-mile class I-II section of the Deerfield River. The entire trip, including registration, transportation, snack, and swim stops, takes approximately 3-3.5 hours, depending on conditions and group size.
NEED TO KNOW
Expect everything you bring with you on the raft to get wet! In warm summer weather, some guests are comfortable in bathing suits/swim trunks or light layers. However, we ask you to not wear cotton, as it will keep you cold and wet throughout the trip. Guests are not allowed to wear jeans on the river. Wool and synthetic materials such as polypropylene, nylon, and fleece, are appropriate for cooler weather and water temperatures.
Wetsuits and neoprene river booties are available for rental if you need them. You are required to wear sneakers or other shoes that can be secured to your feet. No flip-flops or Crocs! Bring any required medications as well as extra money for souvenirs, food, gratuities, etc. Before the trip, please leave any and all valuables including money as well as your dry clothes and towels for after the trip in your locked vehicle. Keep your car keys with you during registration, as we will collect those and put them in a lock box before gearing up, then return them to you when you get off the boats.