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Zoar Gap Rafting

Ages

7+

Duration

Whole Day and Half Day

Season

April–October

Location

7 Main Street, Charlemont MA

Intensity

Moderate

Price

Starts at $72 pp

Mild

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.

Moderate

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

Wild

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.

Minimum of 4 guests required for reservation. 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.

Our ten-mile white water rafting trip on Zoar Gap begins at Fife Brook Dam in Florida, Massachusetts. Rapids such as Hurricane Hole, Freight Train, and Pinball allow crews to hone their skills in preparation for the exciting class III whitewater of Zoar Gap. Below the Gap, we pull over in a state forest for a delicious picnic-style lunch with, sandwiches, and cookies. After lunch, there are opportunities to swim or simply relax as we raft back to our basecamp where hot showers and a slide show of the day’s adventure await.

A Typical Day

 

Our ten-mile white water rafting trip on Zoar Gap begins at Fife Brook Dam in Florida, Massachusetts. Rapids such as Hurricane Hole, Freight Train, and Pinball allow crews to hone their skills in preparation for the exciting class III whitewater of Zoar Gap. Below the Gap, we pull over in a state forest for a delicious picnic-style lunch with sandwiches and cookies. After lunch, there are opportunities to swim or simply relax as we raft back to our basecamp where hot showers and a slide show of the day’s adventure await.

The Half-Day Gap trips run the beautiful upper Fife Brook section ending with the Class III Zoar Gap. This trip pairs perfectly with a morning zip trip for a full day of adventure. This trip does not include food. 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. 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. 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.

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Expect everything you bring with you on the raft to get wet! 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. Guests are not allowed to wear jeans on the river. 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 rental if you need them. You are required to wear sneakers or other shoes that can be secured to your feet. No flip-flops or Crocs! Bring any required medications as well as extra money for souvenirs, coin-operated showers, etc. Before the trip, please leave any and all valuables including money as well as your dry clothes and towels for after the trip in your locked vehicle. Keep your car keys with you during registration, as we will collect those and put them in a lock box before gearing up, then 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. Specifically for our beginner Zoar Gap trip, guests should be able to paddle in the rapids, but with frequent rests. Remain calm, lay flat, and orient their body so their feet are aiming downstream if they find themselves unexpectedly in the water. Our PFDs fit a maximum chest size of 56 inches.

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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It was a good mix of just enjoying floating on the river and exciting rapids. It was my first time, so I was a bit nervous, but it turned out perfect. It was also exciting enough to satisfy my 2 teenage boys who came along! Very well run, on time, organized, fun but safe! Staff was great.

Terese R.