The Fife Brook 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 scout troops!
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 only thing that stands between us and a riverside picnic.
After lunch, we’re back in the rafts, on our way to the take-out. BUT, not before more rapids, laughs, and some “wheelie” cool tricks from your guide!
Check in: 10:00 am
**Check in 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 Berkshire 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: 10:30-11:00 am
Hop on the bus, Enjoy the scenic ride to the put-in, and prepare for a great day out on the river!
You’ve made it through Zoar Gap time to celebrate with a delicious riverside picnic! Remember to save room for Lynn’s homemade cookie-brownies!!
Congratulations, You’re now an experienced rafter! Just a short drive from our private take-out back to the Rafting Center at Berkshire East and dry clothes.
Remainder of the Day
After you’ve changed up, 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 mountain side pub, the Crazy Horse - But we recommend topping off the day with a ride on the Thunderbolt, our very own Mountain Coaster!!
Trip duration is approximately five to six hours, check-in to departure.