Whitewater Rafting is available on the Lehigh River from March through October. Daily family-style trips provide mild water with touches of Class II whitewater. On special Dam Release dates, water unleashed from the Francis E. Walter Dam provides Class III whitewater! Enjoy your adventure surrounded by pristine, state park protected woodlands and mountains. Reservations are required and dam release dates sell out quickly, so book soon to secure your spot.
2010 Whitewater Dam Release Dates:
June – 12th & 13th, 26th & 27th
July – 10th & 11th, 24th & 25th, 31st
August – 1st, 7th & 8th, 14th & 15th, 21st & 22nd, 28th & 29th
September – 4th & 5th
What should I know about this activity?
All whitewater trips include a shuttle to and from the river, all rafting equipment, and life jackets. Watertight containers are provided in the rafts to keep your lunch and gear dry during the trip. Wetsuits are also available for $7/half suit or $14/full suit.
Dam Release Whitewater Rafting trips are accompanied by a river guide in a kayak. Lunch is not included, but you can bring your own to store in a watertight container. For Class III rapids, ask for the Gorge Trip (ages 8 and up only), which travels 12 miles of river over 5 hours. For Class II rapids, ask for the Gateway Trip (good for ages 6 and up), which travels 10 miles of river over 4 hours.
Family-style whitewater trips are for ages 4 and up and last 3 to 4 hours over an 8-mile trip. These trips are available daily from March through October (except on dam release dates) and from June 1 through September 6 include a free, all-you-can-eat BBQ lunch.
Semi-whitewater trips on the Upper Delaware provide a taste of whitewater, with occasional Class II & III rapids separated by miles of smooth water. These trips are for ages 5 and up. Choose from a five or ten mile trip and plan to spend four to six hours on the river. These trips do not require a guide and are available starting at 8AM on weekends and 9AM weekdays through 6PM. All rentals include paddles, life jackets and safety instructions/trip orientation. Boating instructions are available for the novice upon request. All river users must be able to swim and weigh a minimum of 40 lbs.