'Family' Whitewater Rafting Weekday Day Trip for Youth Groups (18 yrs old and under)


Spring (High Water) Season: Daily - April through June

2018 Spring/Summer/Fall Dam Release Schedule: May 12, 19, 26-27, June 9-10, 23-24, July 7-8, 21-22, 28-29, August 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, September 1-2, October 6-7

Fall Foliage Season: Daily - September through October


Package Includes: 

Enjoy miles of family friendly class 1-2 rapids. Real rapids and real fun with calmer spots that are popular for a cool, refreshing swim. The perfect trip for the whole family!

  • 1 Day Rafting on the Lehigh River
  • Professional Guides and Equipment. (Wet suits are NOT included in package, available day of trip if required at up to $24/complete)
  • Lunch on the River
  • Round trip transportation from Rafting Center to River
  • Taxes included
Lehigh River Description: 

Discover spectacular mountain scenery, challenging rapids, waves, thrills and spills. The Lehigh is a great river for first time rafters or more experienced paddlers who are looking to sharpen their skills or just enjoy a day in the great outdoors. You'll enjoy class II-III rafting.

Program Details: 

The Lehigh River is a wilderness gem. Flowing through a strikingly scenic river gorge, the Lehigh offers an enormous range of whitewater rafting challenges, for everyone from young beginners to high water adventure seekers. Also, the Lehigh is ideally situated just a few hours from most of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and much of the mid-Atlantic region. It offers the perfect whitewater day-trip or weekend get-away.
Full-service camping right at our Rafting Center makes us unique among all whitewater outfitters at the Lehigh River. Join us overnight, and you'll awaken just a few minutes' stroll from our rafting check-in area, food service, store, recreation field, and other Adventure Center facilities and activities.
Camping areas include both wooded and open sites for tenting or small pop-ups. Water stations are spotted at several locations around the grounds. Our sand volleyball court, basketball court and recreation field are available usually in the evenings, and at no charge to our guests. Free hot showers and restrooms are also available. (Showers are open and available from about mid-April through early October, depending on temperatures.) Sites are open to our guests each Friday and Saturday night (and Memorial Sunday) from April 13 through October 6. Other evenings are available, on request, for groups of 20 or more. To assure a restful night's sleep for all campers and a safely sober day on the river, we have found it necessary to insist that there be NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES and NO PETS in our camping areas. If you prefer a campground that permits alcohol, we will gladly provide a list of alternatives.
Charcoal grills and camp stoves are welcome and each campsite has its own fire ring. Firewood is available at the camp store. For special events and larger groups, a group campfire area is available. Pets, firearms, fire crackers, ATV's, rowdiness and excessive noise are strictly prohibited. Quiet hours are 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM. Entrance gate closes at 10:00 PM. Overnight guests at the Center will sign a "Statement of Camper's Responsibility" acknowledging their understanding of our special standards and requirements.



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From Interstate 80 in PA, Exit 273 White Haven (old Exit 40), make a left off of exit 273 onto Rt. 940 West. Go 1/2 mile and turn left onto Lehigh Gorge Drive towards Weatherly. Go 4.8 miles to the Driftwood Greenhose, and turn right onto Buck Mountain Road. Go 1 mile to the first intersection. Turn right onto Stagecoach Road. Go 300 yards to our entrance on the right.

From NYC and North Jersey, take Interstate 80 West into PA to Exit 273 (old Exit 40) and then follow directions above.

From Philadelphia and South Jersey, take the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike (Route 476) to Exit 95 (old Exit 35). Go West on Interstate 80 to exit 273 (old exit 40) and then follow directions above.

From Central Jersey take Interstate 78 West to Phillipsburg Exit (last exit in NJ), to Route 22 West to PA. Take 22 West to Route 33 North. Take Route 33 North to Interstate 80 West to Exit 273 (old Exit 40) and then follow directions above.

From Harrisburg or Binghamton, take Interstate 81 to Interstate 80 East to Exit 273 (old Exit 40), then follow directions above.


What to Bring: 

Old sneakers, bathing suit or shorts, change of clothes/shoes, eyeglass straps, suntan lotion or sun screen, cap or visor, wool hat, sweater, socks, gloves, light wind breaker (no hoods), drivers license for wet suit rental, light snacks. Wet suits may be required due to weather, they will be available on the day of your trip, and you will need cash and a driver's license for rental. Under your wet suit you should try to wear polypropylene long under wear or synthetic tights. Do not wear COTTON under your wet suit this includes socks or long under wear. Be sure to eat a good breakfast prior to your trip. Bring some spending money for last minute items, t-shirts, photo of trip and for the Outfitter Shop.

Do not Bring: 

Alcohol/drugs, ice chest, rain suits/ponchos, bare feet, and sandals or flip flops, expensive camera or jewelry, your wallet or valuables. And you won't need money on the river, there are no drive through McDonalds where we're going! HAVE FUN! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call.

Check-In Procedures: 

RAFTING: The reservation will be under Banchi Outdoor &., check in at the reservation center, then get your lunches. Your check in time is TBA, don't be late. Your check in time may change based upon the total number in your group. You may need wet suits, so allow a few minutes to get them.

Important Rafting Center Policies: 
  • Timely arrival is imperitive. We cannot wait and there will be no refunds for late arrivals.
  • Alcohol and Drugs are not permitted. Anyone, who in our judgement is under the influence will be denied participation without refund.
  • Any last minute additions made on the day of your trip must be paid for in cash, money order or certified check. NO Personal Checks!
  • No refunds for no-shows, late arrivals, or late cancellations.
  • Trips run rain or shine. If in doubt call ahead.
  • Wet suits arerequired in March and April. Costs for rentals are Jacket ($7), Pants ($7), Boots ($6), Mitts ($4).
  • Each partcipant is required to read and sign a liability waiver and covenant not to sue.

IMPORTANT: Raft Trips must launch according to strictly enforced State Park Schedules. We cannot wait or be responsible for getting our guests on the river if they arrive late. Please allow adequate leeway to assure arrival and changing time before you scheduled check in time. 

Group Leader Checklist: 
  • Organize your party into rafting groups of 6 people per raft.
  • Be sure everyone meets minum age requirements for your trip.
  • Explain payment (see policies above) and cancellation policies to each participant.
  • Give everyone driving directions and check in time. Emphasize importance of arriving on time.
  • Make any cancellations at least 14 days in advance.
  • Make final payments on time to assure your reservation.
Dam Release Schedule: 

On these whitewater weekends, extra water will be released from the Francis Walter Dam to make a great rafting trip even better!

2018 Spring/Summer/Fall Dam Release Schedule: May 12, 19, 26-27, June 9-10, 23-24, July 7-8, 21-22, 28-29, August 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, September 1-2, October 6-7

River Classifications: 

Class 1: Easy-Moving water with small riffles and waves. Course Easy to find.

Class 2: Medium-Generally unobstructed rapids and waves up to 2 feet and wide channels. Some Maneuvering may be necessary.

Class 3: Difficult-Rapids with high irregular waves. The course is not easy to recognize. May require complex maneuvering.

Class 4: Very Difficult- Long extended rapids through very turbulent water. The course requires precise maneuvering through constricted passages. Scouting from shore is frequently necessary.

Class 5: Exceedingly Difficult-Long rocky rapids through very violent water. Routes are highly congested and must be scouted from the shore.

Class 6: Limit of Navigability-Nearly impossible and cannot be attempted without risk. For teams of experts only.

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