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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.
Enjoy an active Vermont vacation on the Class III and IV rapids of the West River near Stratton Mountain, one of the state’s hidden treasures and your only opportunity for Vermont whitewater. This intermediate-level white water rafting trip is an ideal way to view the fall foliage or the spring thaw. We welcome rafters ages 10 and up on this popular Vermont whitewater rafting trip.
Our West River trip meets at the Fire Department in downtown Jamaica, Vermont.
We raft a section of class III and III+ whitewater on the West River, putting in below the Ball Mountain Dam and finishing across from the Jamaica State Forest. Our first taste of big whitewater comes at Landslide rapid, just below the put-in. Two miles of continuous rapids later we meet our biggest challenge at the Dumplings where negotiating the river’s natural s-turn pushes each raft’s paddling skills to the limit. Want to run the Dumplings a second time? The riverside trail makes setting up a second run easy, there’s even an observation deck if you would rather just cheer your fellow boaters.
This is a half day Green Mountain adventure with morning trips departing at 9:30 am and afternoon trips at 1:00 pm. For the full Vermont experience, the charming Three Mountain Inn is a convenient stay just down the road.
Please be on time, since we must work within the schedule of water releases decided on by the Army Corps of Engineers. 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.
Expect everything you bring on the raft to get wet!
Best options for clothing:
A few more details:
Adventurers on the West River trip must be 10 years old or older.
For all of our whitewater trips, guests must be able/willing to do the following:
Specifically, for our West River trip, guests should be able to:
*Participants on this trip should also be prepared for a fairly strenuous walk down a steep rocky trail at the beginning of the trip.*
Please take the time to fill out your online guest details (available through your confirmation) as fully as possible, as this helps us provide correctly sized wetsuits and booties for everyone.
Our PFDs fit a maximum chest size of 56 inches.
Remember to read your confirmation letter (there is a lot of useful information in there!).
And remember: This trip does meets at Stratton Mountain in Vermont. Please click on the Directions link on this page for more details.
Call our office if you have any additional questions: 413-339-4010. They’re always happy to help!
Our guide provided us with an amazing experience. From start to finish, the entire trip was beyond memorable. We plan on being part of it all again next year. Can't wait!