Whitewater Rafting in the Poconos

Pocono Whitewater Rafting Guide

This guide to Whitewater Rafting in the Poconos will help you select the best (and most appropriate) whitewater rafting trip for you, your friends, and your family.

Pocono Whitewater offers mild to wild Dam Release whitewater rafting trips, Family Style rafting trips, moonlight rafting, scenic relaxed rail– trail biking, hiking, Skirmish Paintball games, and combination trips. They have an outdoor adventure to suit everyone’s needs.

Things to consider when planning your rafting trip:

Planning Your Rafting Trip

When planning your rafting trip, you definitely want to take your schedule into consideration. Think about how many hours or days you want to spend on the river. We find that the most convenient rafting adventure is a day trip lasting 3 to 5 hours on the water but, if your schedule permits there are multiple day adventures and combination trips that also incorporate other activities such as Rail-Trail Biking, Hiking, and Paintball.

A big misconception is that the rafting trip will only be an hour or two. Plan to be on the river for a few hours. Shorter sections will take as little as 3-4 hours whereas some sections may be as long a 4-6 hours. Many things along the way could either shorten or lengthen the trip like taking breaks, rapids, or levels of water. Also remember that those hours are just the hours that could be spent on the river. Shuttles to and from the river and time getting ready should be taken into account too. All in all, youʼre looking to be spending your full day but itʼll be worth it and youʼll want a nap at the end!

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Whitewater Rafting Guide

It is critical that you select the best whitewater rafting outfit in any river area you plan on adventuring out on. You want to choose a whitewater rafting company that is trustworthy, has a great reputation, maintained an excellent safety record, and the guides are well trained. The rafting guides will be taking you down the river and should know it like the back of their hand.Theyʼll know what the safest routes and big spots to avoid. If any emergency happens, theyʼll know what to do. Reputable river guides will have intensive on and off the water training. Various scenarios are practiced so the whitewater rafting guides will be prepared for anything.

Your whitewater rafting guides should have CPR and First Aid certification and some EMT training. Great rafting guides are the base for a great company and theyʼll do everything they can to make your trip fun and safe.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact us at by calling 1-800-WHITEWATER (1-800-944-8392).

Pocono Whitewater Dam Release

Experience the best whitewater rafting in the Pocono area (and definitely the Tri-State)!

Where will the fun & excitement take place:

Dam Release Whitewater Rafting on the Lehigh Gorge

What you’ll experience:

You’ll be surrounded by state park protected mountains while enjoying 12 miles and 4-5 hours of Class II, III whitewater rafting and breathtaking scenery. This is a fun, thrilling, and memorable whitewater rafting adventure that everyone from ages 8 and up can enjoy – no experience necessary!

What to expect:

You’ll paddle through 17 rapids, laugh, get wet and have an amazing day outdoors. There is nothing like our whitewater dam release!

Pocono Whitewater Dam Release Dates

Below you will find the upcoming dam release dates and other activities you can take part in. For even more adventures you can also visit poconowhitewater.com & skirmish.com


Daily, natural flow whitewater releases
Plus, an extra boost from the dam on the 12th, 19th, 26th & 27th


Natural flow from the 1st thru 8th
Plus, an extra boost from the dam on the 9th, 10th, 23rd & 24th


7th & 8th, 21st & 22nd, 28th & 29th


4th & 5th, 11th & 12th, 18th & 19th, 25th & 26th


1st & 2nd


Daily, natural flow whitewater releases
Plus a MEGA Dam Release on the 6th & 7th

If these dates do not fit your schedule or you are looking for something a little less adventurous, our Family Style Whitewater Rafting Trip is an alternate option.

Whitewater Rafting on the Lehigh Gorge

Come whitewater raft the Lehigh River when the water levels are at their highest.  Water released from the Francis E. Walter Dam raises water levels and brings whitewater rafting to a whole new level.  You’ll find yourself navigating Class II & Class III rapids through the beautiful, scenic Lehigh Gorge.

Never rafted before?  No problem!  All of our whitewater raft trips are guided from beginning to end.  Safe for children ages 8 and up.  This is a fun, thrilling, and memorable whitewater rafting adventure for the whole family!

Let us show you why we’re the best whitewater rafting adventure company on the East Coast!

Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Whitewater Rafting

Are you searching for the best Whitewater Rafting Adventures on the East Coast? Here at WhitewaterRafting.com we can help arrange for you the best whitewater river rafting adventure you’ve ever been on! Here are some things to consider about whitewater rafting:

  • Early spring  and fall (April & May) is probably the best time to go for those seeking a huge thrill. An addition of water from the melting snow creates high water levels. Waves are larger and the water moves faster.
  • For the ones preferring warmer weather & wild water, summer dam releases are the ideal time with fun Class III rapids. There is still a thrill of whitewater but with the added enjoyment of warm weather.
  • If something a little calmer is more your style, a family whitewater rafting trip with Class I & II rapids would be ideal. We recommend family rafting in the summer months of June, July, & August because youʼll have lots of opportunities to swim, play and relax.  Young children also can enjoy these mild whitewater rafting adventures and not be fearful.

Whitewater Rafting Adventures

If you’re not certain which rafting adventure is best for you or your group then we invite you to give us a call now. Our knowledgeable, experienced rafting guides can help you select the best rafting package based on your experience and what you expect to enjoy on your adventure.

The fun has started, and the season will be filled with great trips down challenging whitewater rivers, and the best rafting outfit to do it with is WhitewaterRafting.com! We provide group discounts and other accommodations to make your rafting adventure one you’ll surely never forget. No matter what question you may have we are here to help answer them, and to deliver you the most amazing rafting experience in the Poconos.

For the Whitewater Rafting Adventures you’ll find nowhere else please call 1-800-WHITEWATER (1-800-944-8392) now.