Ronald  E. Smith

Ronald E. Smith

Ronald E. "Ron" Smith

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 00:00

Great Water and Summer Weather!

The rains have come and gone leaving great water levels on the Black River and summer weather. There is still time to make a reservation for this weekend  on the Black  River. The rivers is back up to adventure class levels and the weather should be in the 80s. 



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ARO Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for a memorable gift for an adventurous friend or family member? 

Happiness and memories have been shown to be more strongly connected to "doing" something than to "having" something.
A whitewater rafting trip will produce a lifelong memory.
  • Buy a gift certificate between now and Christmas and  get up to  30% discount.
  • You may purchas  a whitewater raft trip on the Black or Hudson River
  • The recicipient can pick the date of their trip when they are ready to make a reservation. 
  • Dollar value gift certificates that may be applied to any ARO trips or products are also available at a 20% discount.



  • Save 30% Hudson River Gorge $60  (an $86 value)

 May be redeemed for a trip on any day except Saturdays in July and August


  • Save 20% Hudson River Gorge $69  (an $86 value)

 No Black Out dates!


  • Save 30% Black  River Gorge $54  (an $86 value)

 May be redeemed for a trip on any day except Saturdays in July and August


  • Save 20% Black River Gorge   $61 (a $76 value)

 No Black Out dates!


or  a gift certificate of ARO Dollars.

  • $50 Holiday Gift Certificate for $40
  • $100 Holiday Gift Certificate for $80

Certificates can be applied to any ARO activities or merchandise.



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 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.

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.



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