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A Typical Rafting Trip

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Concord River Rafting

The Concord River trip is an urban whitewater gem that plunges over three major class III-IV rapids – Twisted Sister, Three Beauties, and Middlesex Dam. We run this section twice on each Concord River rafting trip.

We meet at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, located at 50 Warren Street in Lowell, MA about half an hour north of Boston. Directions to the Hotel are below. There is PARKING available at the Lower Locks Garage next to the hotel.

Morning trips depart at 9:00 am; afternoon trips depart at 1:00 pm. Plan to arrive for your trip no later than 15 minutes prior to its scheduled departure. Please note that upon arrival you will be asked to sign liability waivers. For youth groups, these forms must be signed in advance by a parent or legal guardian. Our minimum age is 14 years old.

Millers River Rafting

We raft an eight-mile section of class III-IV whitewater on the Millers River. The entire trip, including lunch and transportation, takes about 5-6 hours, depending on conditions. Zoar Outdoor reserves the right to move a trip to another section of the river or a different river depending on water levels. Please allow extra time at the end of your day to accommodate the possibility of a later day. Please arrive at 10:30 am for registration (10:15 am for groups of 20 or more). This trip comes with a picnic-style lunch, and a spread of chips & salsa, hummus or black bean dip, with choices of cold cuts and cheeses, as well as lettuce, tomato, condiments, and dessert and a drink. This trip also comes with a side dish of vegetarian soup or chili. Please note that upon arrival you will be asked to sign liability waivers.

Zoar Gap Rafting

The Zoar Gap trip meets at our base in Charlemont, Massachusetts, check your confirmation email for the exact meeting time of your trip. Please try to be on time, since we must work within the schedule of water releases decided on by the power company. Trips take place on the Fife Brook section of the Deerfield River in Northwestern Massachusetts. Both full and half day trips include class II & III whitewater.

Full day trips start at Fife Brook Dam and finish at our base camp in Charlemont, MA. The trip usually takes 6 hours, including registration, transportation to the river, swimming stops, a picnic lunch served on the river, and a slide show of your run through the biggest rapid.This trip comes with a picnic-style lunch which includes chips, salsa, hummus or black bean dip, sandwich fixings with choices of cold cuts and cheeses, as well as lettuce, tomato, condiments, and dessert and a drink. From April 1st to May 15th, this trip comes with a side dish of vegetarian soup or chili. Lunch on this trip may sometimes be served later in the day due to water release times, weather, or other factors beyond our control.

If booking the Half-Day Gap trip, eat lunch in town before your arrival, or enjoy a picnic your way by making use of the picnic tables on our lovely campus. The half day trip meets at 12:30 and rafts the beautiful upper Fife Brook section, ending with the class III Zoar Gap. Both the full day trip and the half day trip end at approximately 4:30, leaving your late afternoon and evening free to explore the local hiking trails, sight see surrounding towns, or relax in our campground.

Please note that upon arrival you will be asked to sign liability waivers.

West River Rafting

Our West River trip meets at 10:30 a.m. We meet at the Main Base Lodge at Stratton Mountain in Stratton, Vermont. Please try to be on time, since we must work within the schedule of water releases decided on by the Army Corps of Engineers. Please note that upon arrival you will be asked to sign liability waivers.

We raft a section of class III and III+ whitewater on the West River near Jamaica, Vermont. We put in below the Ball Mountain Dam and finish the trip at Townsend Reservoir. The trip usually takes about 2-3 hours on the river and about 5 hours overall, including registration, transportation to the river, and a riverside snack spot. At Stratton Mountain a hearty lunch will be served while viewing a slide show of your run through the river’s largest rapids. The following statement is required by state law: Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy.