Ronald  E. Smith

Ronald E. Smith

Ronald E. "Ron" Smith

Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

Great Water Levels on Black River!

Rain in the Adirondacks and Tug Hill Region has brought the Black River up to an exciting level not often seen in August. As summer crowds wind down rafting the high water on the Black with ARO is a great way to end the summer with a surge of adrenaline.

The lush green of the Adirondack Mountains is accented with vivid red, orange and yellow, the summer crowds are gone, kids are back at school, the river level is up, it's Fall on the Hudson.

Join us on a raft trip during this magic season in the Adirondacks. Come up for the weekend or an extended stay during the week. Combine your raft trip with a hike to a scenic waterfall, a gondola ride at Gore Mountain, a leaf viewing Adirondack drive, or a romantic dinner at an Adirondack Inn. Extend your trip by staying with our friends at Copperfields Inn or Garnett Hill Lodge. 





Coyote Moon Vineyards in Clayton NY, is a nationally acclaimed winery and one of the most entertaining destinations in the Thousand Islands region. Their Wine & Craft Beer Lounge, located in downtown Clayton, with a deck on the St Lawrence, is  a great place to enjoy the beauty of the river with family and friends. On weekends, Coyote Moon has live entertainment at the lounge as well as wine tasting boat tours.

The Coyote Moon Lounge has a great menu featuring paninis and lighter fare. Coyote Moon Vineyards is "passionate about creating the ultimate food and wine experience."  Their menu showcases the Thousand Islands region’s agricultural offerings with each item handcrafted in small batches with their very own wines in the recipe. 

Coyote Moon Vineyards and Winery, is located 3 miles east of Route 12 in Clayton, NY, and their lounge is downtown in the Village of Clayton at 524 Riverside Drive.

Combine a whitewater raft trip, a visit to the Coyote Moon Vineyard and Lounge, a boat tour, and an extended stay in the Thousand islands, for a great Northern New York vacation! Clayton and the Thousand Islands have a range of accommodations including resorts, hotels, motels, cottages, and campgrounds. The Thousand Islands and Coyote Moon Vineyards are only twenty miles from Adirondack River Outfitters' whitewater rafting trip on the Black River in Watertown.

Coyote Moon was founded and is run by the Randazzo family who are"committed to creating great tasting award-winning wines in a uniquely fun filled environment." Visit Coyote Moon Vineyards and Winery and experience for yourself their overwhelming hospitality and wine making obsession."

Thursday, 14 May 2015 00:00

Kayaking in theThousand Islands

The Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River, only 29 miles from ARO's Black River Rafting outpost in Watertown, NY, is an outstanding destination to explore by kayak and canoe.

  • ·         Over 1,800 islands, most with natural wooded shorelines
  • ·         Outstanding fishing
  • ·         Emerald green waters so clear you can see the bottom to depths of over fifty feet
  • ·         Historic sunken ships, many visible from the surface

Bring your own boat, or rent one in the region, spend a half day or a week exploring and camping. River Bay Adventure Inn has a variety of kayaks for short and long term rental and is planning to add some guided trips this summer. They are located in Chippewa Bay and will transport boats to your chosen starting point.

Parks Canada and New York State have areas for camping and picnicking throughout the islands, many accessible only by water

The Thousand Islands provide some of North America’s most interesting fresh water paddling.

Friday, 13 June 2014 00:00

Thousand Islands Aerial View

A great overview of the Thousand Islands less than 30 minutes from ARO's Black River operation in Watertown NY!

Combine a whitewater raft trip with an extended vacation in the area. Kayaking, boat tours, world class fishing, wine tours, scuba diving on one of the many sunken ships, or just relaxing at a resort, cottage or campsite the Thousand Islands Region has something for everyone.



The calm, emerald green waters of the mighty St. Lawrence River provide a peaceful contrast to our whitewater rafting trip on the Black River. Alexandria Bay, located only 29 miles from, our rafting outpost in Watertown, is the home to Uncle Sam Boat tours. Uncle Sam's tours are a great way to experience the scenic beauty and architectural history for which the 1000 islands are famous.

On many tours you can be dropped off on Heart Island for a self guided tour of Boldt Castle, or view the "castle" as you cruise by. Uncle Sam Boat Tours offers a variety of tours including Twilight, Lunch, Dinner, and Wine&Brew tours. Accommodations in the area range from campgrounds, riverside cottages, to hotels, motels and all inclusive resorts.



Sunday, 25 May 2014 00:00

Black River Riot

My husband and I were visiting the Thousand Islands for a quick getaway. I wanted to do something exciting and fun and this did not disappoint. Our guide Andrew was FANTASTIC so fun and engaging. I was the only female in the boat and he was attentive to that. He made regular checks to ensure everyone agreed before we attempted a challenging rapid. I was all about the YOLO so we did it all. Some of the other boats were having problems entering and staying within the hydralic's and even though they weren't his responsibility he jumped out and helped them have the experience. I seriously had the best time ever. All of the staff was friendly, funny and genuinely cared about us walking away with the best experience. At the end when the rapids stop you are attached to a motor boat and pulled through the river to Fish Island. That part was enjoyable as well. Most of the other companys make you get out and walk up a very drastic hill. I can't wait to go back and have my boys experience this as well. Thank you everyone for a lifetime memory!
Sunday, 25 May 2014 00:00


We had such a great time. I felt so safe as this was our first rafting trip. The staff are so friendly and professional. They know the river like a best friend. Cannot wait to go again!

This was only my second time rafting, so I was a little nervous. The crew at ARO are professional and knowledgable. Our guide,Rick, was great, telling funny stories and provide some local history about the river and the general area. You will not be dissappointed. We are planning on going back in the spring.

Adirondack river Outfitters today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.  Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings.  Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Adirondack river Outfitters and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

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