Monroe Bridge (II-IV)
What is the Monroe Bridge Trip?
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 rafting trip. The rapids crescendo with the biggest rapid of the day, “Dragon’s Tooth” (IV) – which leads directly into the longest rapid, a labyrinth of white water and boulders known to our guides as “Terminator” (IV).
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 a great value for the 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!
What will my day look like?
Guest Check-in: 8:30am
West Lodge at 65 Thunder Mountain Road
** Check confirmation email for specifics. Arrival 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 all are equipped with:
- PFD (personal flotation device)
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
Hop on the bus, enjoy the scenic ride to the put-in, and prepare for a great day out on the river!
We've made it to the river put-in! Your guides will now ensure your equipment is fitting properly and demonstrate how to sit in the raft and paddle as a team.
Run the River
You’ll be excited, accomplished 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 Beer Garden. 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, or downhill mountain biking at Thunder Mountain Bike Park!!
Trip duration from check-in to departure is approximately five to six hours.
What to wear
Water appropriate footwear with heel strap and quick-drying, non-cotton clothes should be worn. Please check our FAQs for more info on what to wear. Wetsuits are provided before Memorial Day and after Labor Day weekend.