Two young girls and their mother in a raft floating down the river
Families in rafts floating down a river
A family floating down the river in a raft having a nice time
Family raising their paddles in enjoyment on the river

Family Float Rafting




Under 4 Hours




7 Main Street, Charlemont MA




Chill – These trips offer a mellow outdoor experience with a minimal (but not non-existent) chance of falling out of the boat. They require a basic level of fitness.


Looking to Explore – These trips have some exciting parts and some more laid back parts. They require a moderate level of fitness.


Epic – These are our most exciting trips.
They require a higher level of fitness and carry a higher chance of falling out of the boat in challenging rapids.

Our 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 Zoar Gap trip or for groups with children as young as 5 years old. Our Family Float trip showcases the beauty of the Deerfield River as it meanders through farmland and the rolling Berkshire foothills along the historic Mohawk Trail. Our professional river guides provide insight into the natural and cultural history of the area with opportunities to swim and splash in the waters of the Deerfield.  This trip provides a wonderful afternoon adventure for families, scout and camp groups.

A Typical Day


Float trips meet at our base in Charlemont, Massachusetts. 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 Zoar Outdoor 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.


You are required to wear water shoes, sneakers or other shoes that can get wet and stay on your feet well. No flip-flops or Crocs! 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. Wool and synthetic materials such as polypropylene, nylon, and fleece, are appropriate for cooler weather and water temperatures. Wetsuits, splash jackets, and neoprene river booties are available for your use.

Bring required medications and extra money for souvenirs, coin-operated showers, etc. Before the trip, leave valuables including money and dry clothes and towels for after the trip in your locked vehicle. Expect everything you bring with you to get wet. We will collect your car keys after registration and return them to you when you get off the boats.

For all of our whitewater trips, guests must be able/willing to do the following: Wear a helmet and our personal flotation device (PFD), respond to and follow verbal or visual instruction, roll from front to back in water while wearing a PFD, demonstrate dynamic sitting position (sitting upright), and float with feet up in water. For our Family Float Trip, guests may choose not to paddle. Their paddling is not required.

Don’t forget to read your confirmation letter (there is a lot of useful information in there!). Call our office if you have any additional questions. We’re always happy to help!


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Our son is just now old enough to go out on adventure tour activities (5 years) and the Zoar float trip was a great place to start. Just enough excitement, a great and entertaining guide, dinner included and an unbelievable sunset. We also brought along some teenage friends who also found the trip enjoyable. Looking forward to going back and may be next time tackling the upper river without little ones in tow.