Ronald  E. Smith

Ronald E. Smith

Ronald E. "Ron" Smith

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.”

Whether you are rafting the whitewater of the Black River, near the 1000 Islands, or the Hudson River in the Adirondacks, it is easy to extend your adventure. The 1000 Islands is a paddling paradise with beautiful water, secluded islands to explore, outstanding fishing, and great places to camp.  The Adirondacks are the East’s largest wilderness area with 100s of peaks to climb, countless lakes and rivers to paddle, hikes that lead to back country water falls, and literally millions of acres to explore and inspire.

Over the next three weeks the ARO Blog is going to describe a series of vacation itineraries, which will of course include a whitewater raft trip or two. With thirty four years of leadership in outdoor recreation, we are familiar with what Northern New York has to offer, and who can best provide the experience you dream of.

Check our Blog or Facebook for the latest Northern New York outdoor vacation advice.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 00:00

Rafting WIth ARO Featured on PBS


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

Are you in need of a surge of adrenaline?

Do you take pride in overcoming your fears?

Do you consider an occasional swim wearing a wetsuit invigorating?


If your answer to all three is yes, then you are ready for the Hudson or Moose River in April and early May. Outside Magazine rated the Hudson as “One of the ten best spring whitewater trips in the country,” and the Moose is its wilder cousin.

This year the spring run off from the Adirondack High Peaks will be creating waves in the Hudson Gorge that resemble small mountains. While summer trips on the Hudson can provide excitement for the whole family, spring trips have a much higher minimum age, and are not for the faint of heart. We anticipate that there is enough snow in the High peaks to keep the river at “Adventure Class” from early April until the beginning of May. When my friends and family ask for a recommendation for the most exciting trip for them, I tell them to go on the Hudson in April or early May in April or early May when the river is high.

The Moose is a different type of river with a series of ledges that the river drops over creating not only waves but some aggressive “holes” that you have to help power your raft through. While our Moose trips have some of the best whitewater guides in the country, they can’t do it alone, you need to be ready and able to paddle through the whitewater. The Moose is best for experienced rafters, and will be running until the end of April.

Friday, 10 February 2017 00:00

Spring Rafting.. Let The Adventure Begin!

For rafters who want "big" whitewater, spring begins early in the Adirondack Mountains. While the High Peaks region lies locked in winter's icy grasp, the warm­ing trends of February and March will work on the moisture laden snows of the lower slopes. The softening spring snow begins to dwindle, creating millions of gallons of crystal clear run-off to fuel rafting fever. Tiny rivulets become rushing streams, which in turn feed boiling spring torrents. Surging rivers turn overnight into raging thunderheads, pounding down through the ancient gorges of the Adiron­dacks. It's rafting paradise for those bold enough to tackle big water, and it is home ground for Adirondack River Outfitters. Inc.

ARO has had springtime operations on the Hudson and Moose, and Black Rivers, three of the best spring rafting rivers in the Northeast since 1981. Each season ARO introduces thousands to the wild exhilaration of rafting big-league whitewater on these two famous rivers. The Hudson and the Moose are the most popular spring trips in the Northeast, and the reasons are clear. As rafters become more experienced and adven­turesome they are capi­talizing on the bigger-than-life spring whitewater thrills. The accessibility of the Hudson and Moose rivers, combined with their challenge of heavy-duty waves and technical whitewater, make these trips natural choices for serious rafters.

Spring rafting with ARO is not tea with the Queen. It's tough, cold, thrilling, reward­ing, and unpredictable. This is wilder­ness adventure class rafting, and this is what ARO does best There are risks involved, but ARO combines 35 years of experience, intense technical and medical training, licensed professional guides, and the best equipment in the world to minimize danger and maxi­mize enjoyment.

ARO has been meeting the springtime challenges of the Hudson and the Moose since 1979, and though the faces and the waves change, the scenario is always the same. ARO is poised with all the essentials: world class boats, safety equipment, paddles, Class V life vests, commercial quality helmets, full wetsuits, veteran guides, and heaps of hot, hearty food. Everybody in the company is eager to get out on the monster waves. That enthusiasm is matched by the anticipation of hundreds of rafters, veterans and newcom­ers alike, who venture out each week to wrestle the champion whitewater. Together, ARO guides and their teams of paddlers meet the impatient, relentless rivers, climbing and pitching over 10- foot wave trains and plummet­ing into hungry, churning holes. Whether battling the giant, cresting breakers of the Hudson, or testing the ultimate intensity of the Moose, spring­time rafting doesn't get any better than this.

If you are up to the challenge, ARO has an unforgettable ex­perience in store for you. You can do it, and we'll show you how. We stand by our reputa­tion as New York's whitewater pioneers, ensuring you the fin­est whitewater adventure on and off the river. Beginning in April. ARO will launch a new 8-week spring season in the Adirondacks. We will continue to set the standard for eastern rafting.

For the stout of heart and strong of limb, ARO has its Moose River operations. We offer this high adven­ture, high intensity trip to ac­complished former customers' and other experienced rafters who are ready for the ultimate spring challenge. ARO began on the Moose in 1979 and has been running successful trips there ever since.

Summer sunshine has warmed the rivers to swimming pool temperatures. The water stays warm and the leaves turn gorgeous in September and October. Come and take the plunge, in and out of the raft. Great whitewater and spectacular scenery, it doesn't get any better than that!  There is still room on some Saturdays and we have great Sunday and weekday specials.

Tuesday, 08 May 2012 00:00

Train To Be A Guide

If you are interested in learning how to become a professional guide send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are always looking to connect with people who have a passion for outdoor adventure and love to share their passion with others. Employment opportunities exist for full and part time guides from April to October. It is a great summer job for teachers, college students, and people working in the ski industry.

If you think you have what it takes to be a whitewater guide contact us to discuss how we can help you develop the necessary skills. 


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