Letchworth State Park

Site #1 - Class I & II White Water

Letchworth Rafting #1

Trips down the Genesee River average 2.5 hours on the water.

How to Find Us

Address (Click to Open Google Maps)

4 Lower Falls Road, Letchworth State Park, castile NY 14427

Guests coming to Letchworth State Park from the West (Buffalo) or South (Corning) can use the following address in their GPS unit to help find us: "6000 Denton Corners Rd., Castile, NY." This will put you 200 yards outside the Castile entrance to the park (continue on this road). Once you've entered the gate, turn right and follow the "rafting" or "Lower Falls Restaurant" signs to our front door. Guests coming to the park from the North (Rochester) or East (Canandaigua) should use the following address in their GPS unit to help find us: 5524 Mt Morris Rd, Mt Morris, NY. “Brian’s USA Diner” is located on Route 36, about 100 yards North of the main park entrance.

Directions from Buffalo - Take Rte 90 West to Route 400. Follow Route 400 to the Route 20A Interchange then turn left onto Route 20A East. Follow Route 20A East to Warsaw. Turn right onto Route 19 and head South out of Warsaw. Turn left onto Route 19A and follow that through the village of Castile. Turn left just past the "Letchworth State Park" sign onto Denton Corners Road and follow that to the Castile entrance at the park. Once in the park head South and follow the "rafting" or "Lower Falls Restaurant" signs. Our office is across the street from the restaurant, inside the South Pool House.

From Rochester: Take Route 390 South to the Mt. Morris exit. Turn left onto Route 408 and follow it into the village. Turn right onto Route 36 North. After crossing the river, watch for Letchworth State Park sign. The park entrance will be on the left side of the road. Follow the rafting signs to our office, we're across from the Lower Falls Restaurant. It is a 25-minute drive from the Mt. Morris gate to our office.

Schedules and Rates

April 4 through November 15

Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (call for departure times). Cost: $35.00 per person.

June 23 through August 28

Tuesday through Friday (10:30 AM only), plus weekend trips noted above. Cost: $35.00 per person

Wetsuits are required in the early spring and late fall.

Wetsuit Rental $7.00
Wet Top Rental $7.00

(Please note - there is an $8.00 per car gate fee to enter the park. Organizations coming by bus pay $75.00, unless a copy of their tax-exempt certificate is provided to Letchworth State Park upon entering. With the certificate, the fee is $35.00)


Letchworth Rafting #3 Photo by Dan Heale

A trip down the river through “The Grand Canyon of the East” provides memories that will last a lifetime and is the perfect trip for first-time rafters, youth groups, and families with children. After meeting at the South Poolhouse and changing into river apparel, you'll meet your trip leader. You’ll be issued a paddle and PFD, be given a safety talk, and then walk about 10 minutes to the river's edge. Five and one-half miles of spectacular scenery and fun rapids await you and your fellow paddlers. On warm days, you can cool off body surfing at "New Wave Rapids" or get soaking wet at "The Leap of Faith." With a little luck, you may even see some of the animals that inhabit the park. The park is home to beavers, deer, eagles, hawks, raccoons, and river otters, just to name a few. Upon reaching St. Helena, our bus awaits (weather conditions permitting) to bring you back to the office to change back into dry, clean clothes and to enjoy a light snack.

During the summer months, the river often becomes too low to raft. When this happens, we use inflatable sit-on-top kayaks in order to enjoy the gorge. The ride is calmer and may take a little longer than when we're rafting, but hey, that just gives us more time to enjoy ourselves. (It may also require you to get out of your boat at times to walk a short distance through shallow water.) We are solely reliant on rain in the watershed at our Letchworth site. Water levels will determine what type of craft we will be using.

Letchworth Rafting #2

Optional Features & Special Trips

Rafting/Barbecue Packages

Relax and unwind after your rafting experience with one of our delicious meals, prepared on site. There are several menu selections to choose from. Advanced reservations are required. A minimum party of eight is required. (Price includes trip.)

Option #1 Hamburger or Hot-Dog $41.00 per person
Option #2 Wrap Sandwich $41.00 per person
Option #3 Boneless Chicken Breast $43.50 per person
Option #4 8-ounce Strip Steak $47.50 per person

Rafting/Camping Package

This makes for a great overnight getaway! Enjoy a day of rafting, followed by a hearty supper and night of tent camping. Arise the following morning to a full breakfast and a second day of rafting or funyaking. If you prefer something a little different, there are several other activities to choose from including paintball and team-building. We provide all the group gear and do all the work; all you have to do is have fun! A minimum party of 10 is required. Reservations are required. Cost: $105.00 per person

Interpretive Trips

Come explore the park from a perspective only we can give you. One of our naturalists will accompany the trip, offering narration during the frequent stops along the way as the beauty that is within the gorge unfolds before you. Included will be viewing the largest Heron Rookery in Western New York, an exposed geological fault line, and an active beaver pond. Lunch will be served in the canyon. A variety of topics are available, including park ecology and history, philosophical or religious perspectives, etc. A minimum party of six required. Cost: $45.00 per person.

Other Events

Please visit out Special Events page to view other activities that we offer throughout the year.