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Guide to White Water Rafting Near Buffalo & Beyond

Adventure, City Guide, Family Friendly, Things to Do

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Written by Kayla Milligan

Published on June 2, 2021
Photo by Adirondack River Outfitters

If you’ve been considering going white water rafting but have no idea where to start, you’ve come to the right place.

Maybe you think there aren’t many places to go nearby or that you have to have some sort of experience to be able to go. Well, we’re here to tell you that luckily all that couldn’t be further from the truth! There are in fact several businesses that offer white water rafting tours within a 5 hour drive of Buffalo and most people and even adolescent children are able to go rafting with zero prior experience.

Before hitting the water, your expect guides will explain everything, go through safety precautions, and train you as you go. If nerves are what’s been stopping you, let THIS be your sign to get out of your comfort zone and knock this amazing experience off your bucket list!

Here’s a list of places to go white water rafting within 5 hours of Buffalo and Western New York:

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Western New York


Photo by Zoar Valley Canoe & Rafting Co

Zoar Valley Canoe & Rafting Co

11 S Water St, Gowanda, NY 14070 / (716) 410-2824 / zoarvalleyrafting.com

Where: Zoar Valley, Cattaraugus Creek

Season: March-May/June

Distance from Buffalo: 1 hour

Photo by Adventure Calls Outfitters, Inc

Adventure Calls Outfitters, Inc.

7051 Lower Falls Rd, Castile, NY 14427 / (585) 343-4710 / adventure-calls.com

Where: Letchworth State Park, Genesee River

Season: April-October

Distance from Buffalo: 1 hour

The Adirondacks – Western NYS


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Whitewater Challengers

16129 Foster Park Rd, Dexter, NY 13634 / (800) 443-8554 / whitewaterchallengers.com

Where: Black River

Season: May-October 

Distance from Buffalo: 3.5 hours

Photo by Adirondack River Outfitters

Adirondack River Outfitters

140 Newell St, Watertown, NY 13601 / (800) 525-7238 / aroadventures.com

Where: Black River

Season: May-October

Distance from Buffalo: 3.5 hours

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Bob Rafting 

124 William St, Dexter, NY 13634 / (315) 639-3210 / bobrafting.com

Where: Black River

Season: May-October

Distance from Buffalo: 3.5 hours

Adirondack River Outfitters

3115 NY-28, Old Forge, NY 13420 / (800) 525-7238 / aroadventures.com

Where: Moose River

Season: ONLY April

Distance from Buffalo: 4 hours

The Adirondacks – Eastern NYS


Adirondack Adventures

4659 NY-28, North River, NY 12856 / (518) 251-2802 / adkadventures.com

Where: Hudson River

Season: April-October

Distance from Buffalo: 4.5 hours

Adventure Sports Rafting Company

6127 NY-28, Indian Lake, NY 12842 / (518) 648-5812 / adventuresportsrafting.com

Where: Hudson River

Season: April-October

Distance from Buffalo: 4.5 hours

Photo by Adirondac Rafting Co

Adirondac Rafting Co.

6440 NY-30, Indian Lake, NY 12842 / (518) 523-1635 / lakeplacidrafting.com

Where: Hudson River

Season: May-September

Distance from Buffalo: 4.5 hours

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Adirondack River Outfitters

4511 NY-28, North River, NY 12856 / (800) 525-7238 / aroadventures.com

Where: Hudson River

Season: April-October

Distance from Buffalo: 4.5 hours

Whitewater Challengers

4511 NY-28, North River, NY 12856 / (800) 443-8554 / whitewaterchallengers.com

Where: Hudson River

Season: May-October

Distance from Buffalo: 4.5 hours

Photo by Beaver Brook Outfitters

Beaver Brook Outfitters

3921 NY-28, North Creek, NY 12853 / (518) 251-3394 / beaverbrook.net

Where: Hudson River

Season: April-October

Distance from Buffalo: 5 hours

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Square Eddy Expeditions

282 Main St, North Creek, NY 12853 / (518) 251-5200 / squareeddy.com

Where: Hudson River

Season: April-October

Distance from Buffalo: 5 hours

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North Creek Rafting Company

9 Ordway Ln, North Creek, NY 12853 / (800) 989-7238 / northcreekrafting.com

Where: Hudson River

Season: April-October

Distance from Buffalo: 5 hours

Hudson Rafting Co.

1 Main St, North Creek, NY 12853 / (800) 888-7238 / hudsonraftingco.com

Where: Hudson River

Season: April-October

Distance from Buffalo: 5 hours

Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/kaylamilligan/" target="_self">Kayla Milligan</a>

Written by Kayla Milligan

Kayla recently graduated with a 4.0 from UB as a Communication major and Chinese minor. She lived in China for half a year, skydived, white water rafted, drove an ice cream truck, and is always up for a new adventure!

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