New England White Water Rafting
In 1989, Zoar Outdoor pioneered the original white water rafting trips on the Deerfield River in Massachusetts and since then, we have expanded our New England rafting trips to the West River in Vermont and the Millers River and the Concord River in Massachusetts. A Zoar Outdoor adventure is the perfect vacation or active getaway in New England for your friends and family.
Our professional whitewater rafting guides have years of experience guiding beginners to experts down mellow floats to Class IV thrillers. Our highly trained guides, excellent safety record and state-of-the-art rafting equipment give you the security of knowing you are in expert hands on a Zoar Outdoor adventure.
Our friendly, professional staff, delicious homemade meals and convenient lodging facilities help create a memorable whitewater rafting adventure for you and your friends or family. Join us this summer on one of our whitewater rafting adventures!
The Dryway - Class III-IV
Experience Class IV rafting excitement close to home (only 2 hours from Boston, MA) on the Deerfield River’s most exciting section, the Monroe Bridge Dryway. Combining the rush of advanced whitewater, the beauty of the northern Berkshires and the camaraderie of a paddling adventure, a Dryway rafting trip will be the highlight of your summer.
Zoar Gap - Class II-III
Take your family, office, church, or scout group rafting on the Deerfield River's most popular rafting section, Zoar Gap. With a minimum age of 7, these Class II whitewater rapids with one Class III rapid are ideal for beginner rafters.
Family Float Trip - Class I
This half-day guided family rafting float trip on the Deerfield River is the perfect active recreation to add to your family vacation in New England or to create an adventure getaway with your kids. With a minimum age of 5 allowed on our Zoar family float trips, you can show your children the fun and thrill of rafting as they learn to paddle, perhaps for the first time.
Half-Day Guided Kayak Rentals
Kayaking down Massachusetts' Deerfield River is a great way to see the Berkshires and to spend a warm summer day outside and active! These boats are easy to paddle and very stable, making them a great way to get a taste of whitewater kayaking with minimal instruction.
Spring and Fall Rivers
Concord River - Class III-IV
Come join us for early spring whitewater rafting on the Concord River, just 30 minutes north of Boston, Massachusetts. This urban whitewater gem plunges over three major class III-IV rapids - Twisted Sister, Three Beauties, and Middlesex Dam.
Season: April through mid May
Millers River - Class III
When the spring thaw turns New England rivers into a torrent the Millers River in western Massachusetts comes into its own. Its fun Class III and IV rapids peak at the Funnel where the large diagonal waves and holes require total concentration and all-out paddling from all aboard the rafts.
Season: Early April
West River - Class III
Enjoy an active vacation in Vermont on the Class III and IV rapids of the West River near Stratton Mountain, one of the state's hidden treasures. This intermediate-level white water rafting trip is an ideal way to view the fall foliage. We welcome rafters ages 12 and up on this popular Vermont whitewater rafting trip.
“When encountering other groups on the river, it was very clear that Zoar’s guides are more knowledgeable, skilled, organized and safety conscious. It confirmed for me that I had made the right decision when choosing Zoar.”