Additional Trip Information

What to Bring:

For every trip you need:

  • Footwear – sandals w/ toe and ankle straps, water shoes, sneakers (flip-flops not recommended and not allowed on more aggressive trips)
  • Bathing suit or shorts
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes and shoes for after trip
  • If you wish to bring a water bottle, please have a way to attach the bottle to the raft (small carabiner is best)
  • Face coverings are required in our buildings, on bus/van ride to and from the river, at public launch and take-out areas during the trip. Guests may wear face coverings during the raft trip except where doing so may introduce a safety hazard. Buffs and bandanas are two of the best types of face coverings for rafting. You may want to have multiple face coverings as one will likely get wet during the raft trip.

Items for spring/fall & cool/rainy days:

  • ***Avoid cotton clothing – it cools the body when wet!
  • For feet: wool or fleece socks. Very important in spring!
  • For torso and legs: performance apparel (Under Armour, Dri-Fit), wool, fleece, capilene, polypropylene
  • Outer layer: wind jacket and pants are great for shedding water and can be worn over a wetsuit or fleece


Clean, comfortable wetsuits and wetsuit boots will always be available for rent. Fleece and synthetics are extra warm under wetsuits and wetsuit boots. Wind jackets and pants can be worn over wetsuits to shed water and add warmth.

Crab Apple on the Deerfield houses a fun store where you may purchase photos of your trip, a fine selection of apparel and souvenirs. A snack bar is also available with ice cream, snacks, soda, beer and wine. Store and snack bar are modified for 2020 season.

Medications / Physical Limitations:
Always bring medications which you may need on the river i.e. asthma inhaler, bee sting kit, etc. Pregnant women, persons with a heart condition and anyone with a medical problem that could be affected by the heat, cold, exertion, excitement, etc. of a raft trip may not raft. We reserve the right to refuse anyone the opportunity to participate in any of our adventures because of a medical, physical or size limitation that we feel might expose them to extreme risk. Life jackets fit a chest size up to 58 inches. Contact our office with questions concerning these policies.

For 2020, all rafters will be asked to confirm that they do not have COVID-19 and have not experienced any Covid-19 symptoms in the last 14 days and have not had any close contact with any person with Covid-19 in the last 14 days.

Local Accommodations and Attractions:
Go to our listing of Local Accommodations and Attractions for campgrounds, B&B’s, motels, hotels, inns and other local attractions.

Liability Waiver:
All rafters will be required to sign a waiver of liability before enjoying one of our trips. The two page waiver will be emailed in a link to the reservation holder who will forward the waiver to everyone in the party to e-sign. Paper waivers will be available upon check-in if waivers have not been completed electronically. Waiver

Massachusetts Accommodations & Local Attractions

Local Motels:

Giovanni’s Red Rose Motel Charlemont, Ma 413-625-2666

Chain Motels/Hotels:

Hampton Inn and Suites-Save 15% – Ask for Special Hampton Rate for Crab Apple guests Greenfield, M 413-773-0057

Holiday Inn North Adams, Ma 413-663-6500

Best Western  Northampton, Ma 413-586-1500

Red Roof Inn Save 15% –  Use promo code 617878 for Special Crab Apple Rate South Deerfield, Ma 413-665-7161

Country Inn Suites Holyoke, Ma 413-533-2100

Local B&B’s

Penfry Farm B&B Colrain, Ma 413-624-5516 Corner Porches B&B Ashfield, Ma 413-628-4592

Maple House B & B Rowe, Ma 413-339-0107

Johnson Homestead Shelburne Falls, Ma 413-625-6603

Kenburn Orchards B & B Shelburne, Ma 413-625-6116

The Nestle Inn Conway, Ma 413-268-8414

Birds Nest B&B Buckland, Ma 413-625-9523

Heaven’s Haven Charlemont, Ma 413-339-4274

Cavalier Cottage Pet Friendly Charlemont, Ma 413-625-2262

Group Retreat Accommodations:

Stump Sprouts Lodge Charlemont, Ma 413-339-4265

\Mello’s Retreat Center Jacksonville, Vt 802-368-2977

Remington Lodge Cummington, Ma 413-624-5493

Upscale Accommodations:

Mt Snow Ski Resort West Dover, Vt 800-498-0479

Country Inn at Jiminy Peak Hancock, Ma 800-882-8859

Deerfield Inn South Deerfield, Ma 413-774-5587

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center Northampton, Ma 413-586-1211

Gateways Inn Lenox, Ma 413-637-2532

Brandt House Inn Greenfield, Ma 413-774-3329

West Winds Inn Greenfield, Ma 413-774-4025  


Country Aire Campground Charlemont, Ma 413-625-2996

Peppermint Park Plainfield, Ma 413-634-5385

Savoy State Park Savoy, Ma 413-663-8469

Barton Cove Turners Falls, Ma 413-863-9300

Vacation Rentals

Serenity Stone Cottage Heath, MA 802-368-7855


Clark Art Institute Williamstown, Ma 413-458-2303

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art North Adams, Ma 413-662-2211

Norman Rockwell Museum Stockbridge, Ma 413-498-4100

Outdoor Activities & Adventure

Ramblewild Aerial Adventure Park Lanesborough, Ma 413-499-9914

Jiminy Peak Outdoor Park Hancock, Ma 800-882-8859

Berkshire Horseback Adventures Lenox, Ma 413-637-9090

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