The Dryway (II-IV)

Zoar Outdoor_ Dryway Rafting

What is the dryway Trip?

The Dryway 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 Dryway 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

Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St, Charlemont MA 01339
** 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 Zoar Outdoor 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 

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

Enjoy it! 


You’ll be excited, accomplished and ready to eat! We’re on our way back for an Apres Raft meal at Zoar Outdoor!

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. We recommend topping off the day with a ride on the Thunderbolt, one of North America’s Longest Mountain Coasters!

Trip duration is approximately four to five hours from check-in to departure.

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.



We're excited to welcome Zoar Outdoor into our adventure family. Due to the current state restrictions, Zoar Outdoor will be hosting all of Berkshire Whitewater rafting trips for the foreseeable future. Rest assured you'll have the same attention to detail and quality - even many of the same guides. You'll be in good hands when booking your whitewater rafting adventure this year! Please feel free to reach us at 413-339-6618 if you have any questions. We'll be happy to help!

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