We provide a farmer john wetsuit, neoprene booties and a sprayjacket at no extra charge on West River rafting trips. The following clothing items are suggested to be worn in conjunction with the wetsuit for added warmth; Other-Wool or fleece sweater, bathing suit and/or shorts, running tights or other synthetic tights to wear on your legs under the wetsuit if it's especially cold and wool or synthetic socks. Cotton Clothing such as blue jeans, sweatshirts, or t-shirts, is not appropriate for rafting since cotton keeps you cold when it gets wet. Wool, nylon, or polypropylene clothing are ideal. We provide paddles, helmets and life jackets. We must insist that you wear our life jackets; no substitutions will be allowed. Bring any required medications as well as extra money for souvenirs, etc
West River Rafting
Highlights, Dates & Pricing
Season: 2019-May 4th & 5th, September 21st & 22nd
Time: 10:30 - 4:30
Minimum Age: 10
$103 per adult, $79 per youth.
While we do our best to accommodate last-minute registrations, our trips generally sell out in advance and we strongly encourage you to plan ahead and make reservations well ahead of time.
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 base of operations for the West River trip is the Main Base Lodge at Stratton Mountain, southern Vermont's premier four-season resort. With an alpine village, full amenities, comfortable accommodations, and a large meeting space, Stratton Mountain is the perfect starting point for a great spring or fall adventure!
We put in at Ball Mountain Dam, where water is released for the trip. Our first taste of big whitewater comes as we head into Landslide rapid. Several 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. We stop by the riverside for a brief snack and have opportunities for swimming before taking out below the route 100 bridge. Back at Stratton Mountain a hearty meal and the trip's slideshow provide a fitting finale to this unique adventure. Participants on West River trips should be prepared for a fairly strenuous walk down a steep rocky trail at the beginning of the trip. Participants on this trip may be required to swim aggressively in rocky, fast whitewater.
It was my first white water rafting experience and it was WONDERFUL. I had a GREAT time. I'll be back!!! -Rick
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! -Bianca
Really great experience. The staff is all very friendly. It was the perfect trip for our friend's bachelor party! -Erik