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Win the $1,000 Dreaming of Summer Sweep

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ARO has once again teamed up with other rafting and outdoor companies to offer $1,300 in gift cards as prizes in a "Dreaming of Summer" sweepstakes. All you have to do to enter is sign up with your email address and agree to receive at least one email, which will be discussing outdoor activities that you are interested in.  When you sign up you get to immediately "Scratch to Win" to see if you win a $100 card, and you will be signed up for a chance to win the $1,000 Visa Gift card on June 14.


This isn't like the NYS lottery with millions of entrants, the only people in the drawing will be people who have signed up through the  outdoor companies involved. A great chance to win $1,000 to spend on outdoor activities or gear, or anything else you may want. Lou L who has been rafting with ARO for twenty years won the $1,000 in the January sweepstakes.




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.

Rafting in Costa Rica: Sun and Excitement All Winter

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If you want to combine sunny beaches, spectacular mountain scenery, a stunning diversity of wildlife, with a whitewater adventure, I know just the place. Our friends at Rios Tropicales pioneered rafting in Costa Rica almost thirty years ago and have been running some of the best trips in the world ever since. I have traveled extensively in Costa Rica and Panama and will be posting a series of articles throughout the winter to help you plan some warm weather adventures.

Contact me by email for more information or advice on planning your trip. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






Fall: Spectacular Foliage, Sunday Specials

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Fall rafting on the Hudson is spectacular! Combine Adirondack fall colors, considered by many to be the best in the world, with a 17 mile whitewater rafting trip through the Adirondack wilderness. In addition Adirondack River Outfitters has a Fall Sunday Special for only $69 from September 14 October 12.

The water is still warm, the scenery is breath taking, and the crowds are gone. Fall rafting is a great way to extend your outdoor season.

Great Water Levels on Black River!

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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.

Autumn Rafting on the Hudson; A Great Season For Couples

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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."

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.



ARO Earns Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor!

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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.”

Rafting WIth ARO Featured on PBS

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Xpedition Outdoors, a PBS series this week is titled: Whitewater rafting on NNY Rivers.  In this episode Rafting the Hudson and Black with ARO.

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Hudson River Fall Special

$10 Discount

Free Wetsuit

September and October

Remaining Weekdays in August

Black River Special

Fridays $55

and Free Wetsuits!

Call or book online.

River is high, warm weather and Great Discount!

Discount also available on additional dates.

 Call for latest unpublished Specials!

Earn a Free Trip: Organize a group of eight or more and you earn a trip.


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Guest Reviews

  • My very first rafting experience
    and it was beyond anything I could have asked for!! We were lucky to have great weather and warm waters…
  • Black River Riot
    My husband and I were visiting the Thousand Islands for a quick getaway. I wanted to do something exciting and…
  • Professionals
    We had such a great time. I felt so safe as this was our first rafting trip. The staff are…


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