Dead River – Summer Rafting
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SPRING because of higher water, bigger rapids and LOWER PRICES. Spring also brings a beautiful array of color and blooms.
SUMMER because water levels are guaranteed on our DAM CONTROLLED RIVERS and the water warms to 70 degrees and higher.
FALL because the water is still comfortable, the crowds are gone and the foliage is spectacular!
In other words, there is no "best" time to raft. All three seasons offer special features.
Please do! Our guides look forward to taking their favorite crews down the river again and again. But please remember that your favorite Crab Apple guide may already be requested or have other commitments preventing us from making any guarantees
Raft trips will not be cancelled due to weather unless Crab Apple deems that travel to the river from base camps or safety on the river will be compromised. Cancellations would be decided the morning of a trip at Crab Apple and full refunds issued.
In the summer, the Dead River has a series of dam releases for intermediate, Class III white water rafting. This 16 mile trip is ideal for families with younger children or adults who want intermediate action.
The Dead features long, continuous rapids throughout the trip. Rapids such as "Spencer Rips", the chute at "Elephant Rock" and the famous "Poplar Hill Falls" are among the dozens you'll encounter. The Dead in the Summer is a favorite at Crab Apple because it combines 16 miles of whitewater thrills with remote wilderness scenery.
Thanks for a wonderful July 4th...
“I have been telling all of my friends about your rafting operation. I only wish I had done it sooner, so I guess we’ll be back. Additionally, I was very impressed by all of the staff. You run a very professional and genuine business … It truly was a gas.”
23 boys and 7 Dads from Troop 1 had a fantastic time on the Dead River last weekend.
“Our troop has talked about rafting for years and we finally did it! Your staff was great with the boys and they were very safety conscious, more than the other groups we saw on the river. I liked having a satellite phone with us way out there in the wilderness. The free group campsite was also perfect for our needs.
Thanks again, we'll see you next year!
Ken, Scoutmaster Troop 1
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