Zoar Gap Trip (I-III)
What is the Zoar Gap Trip?
The Zoar Gap section of the Deerfield River is the most popular rafting trip in Massachusetts. With several Class I & II rapids and the Class III Zoar Gap Rapids, this section of river is the perfect introduction to whitewater rafting.
Great for families and friends and highly sought after by school groups, summer camps, and scouts!
To learn the basics of paddling we start with a brief warm up. We then get right into action at Hurricane Hole, a perfect introduction to the rapids of the Deerfield river!
We continue our trip by floating, relaxing, swimming, and soaking up the beautiful New England scenery. This theme of shooting fun rapids, refining our paddling skills, and keeping a keen eye for wildlife follows for about six miles until we approach the Class III Zoar Gap rapids!
The float out of the river canyon concludes with more rapids, great scenery, laughs, and some “wheelie” cool tricks from your guide!
What will my day look like?
Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St, Charlemont MA 01339
** Check confirmation email for specifics. Arrival times may vary depending on time of year and river conditions. **
- Waivers reviewed & signed at check in desk.
- Wetsuit rentals & Change for the river.
Gear Up & Pre-trip Orientation
Once all guests have arrived in the Zoar Outdoor Rafting Center.
Everyone is equipped with:
- PFD (personal flotation device)
This is when we talk about the equipment you’re wearing, proper paddling technique, what happens if you fall out, and how we get you back in the raft.
Departure for the River
Hop on the bus, enjoy the scenic ride to the put-in, and prepare for a great day out on the water!
Start of Trip
We've made it the river! Your guides will now ensure your equipment is fitting properly and demonstrate how to sit in the raft and paddle as a team.
Run the River
End of Trip
Congratulations, you’re now an experienced rafter! Just a short drive from the river to the Rafting Center at Zoar Outdoor and dry clothes.
Remainder of the Day
We host a slide show presentation of our rafting journey. You will have an opportunity to purchase your photos, check out our souvenirs, or relax with a cold beverage in our beer garden. We recommend topping off the day with a ride on the Thunderbolt, North America’s Longest Mountain Coaster, A zip line canopy tour with Berkshire East Canopy Tours, or some downhill mountain biking at Thunder Mountain Bike Park!!
Trip duration is approximately four to five hours, check-in to departure.
What to wear
Water appropriate footwear with heel strap and quick drying non cotton clothes should be worn. Please check our FAQs for more info on what to wear. Wetsuits are provided Before Memorial day and After Labor Day weekend.
FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE
We're excited to welcome Zoar Outdoor into our adventure family. Due to the current state restrictions, Zoar Outdoor will be hosting all of Berkshire Whitewater rafting trips for the foreseeable future. Rest assured you'll have the same attention to detail and quality - even many of the same guides. You'll be in good hands when booking your whitewater rafting adventure this year! Please feel free to reach us at 413-339-6618 if you have any questions. We'll be happy to help!