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Events : Rafting Sites : Letchworth

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Site#1- Letchworth State Park - Class I/II

(average duration of trip on water; about 2.5 hours)


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)

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.

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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.)

1) Hamburger or Hot-Dog............. $41.00 per person
2) Wrap Sandwich.........................$41.00 per person
3) Boneless Chicken Breast......... $43.50 per person
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.

Mother's Day Special: Sunday, May 10 - Bring Mom out for a day of rafting at Letchworth State Park and if she's accompanied by at least two other family members paying the regular rate, she is our guest for the day. Just so she knows how special she is, after the trip is over, we will present her with a bouquet of flowers. (No other pricing discounts or special offers apply.)

Father's Day Special: Sunday, June 21 - Now it's Dad's turn to be treated to rafting. The same deal as Mother's Day applies. Since we weren't sure what his reaction to flowers would be, upon returning to the rafting office after the trip, Dad will receive a special gift he's more likely to appreciate.

“An Act of Kindness” Raft Trip: Sunday, September 27 - Enjoy a trip through the gorge and help out a local Food Pantry at the same time. For every dollar of non-perishable food you bring to our Site Office the day of the trip, we will take that amount off the total cost of your trip. Our goal is to pull up to their door on Monday with one of our trucks packed solid with food. It’s a win/win situation!

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