Water Temperatures on New England Rivers

Aug
15

Water Temperatures on New England Rivers

On any whitewater rafting trip the rafters always are concerned about the temperature of the water. They want to know what to wear and bring on their rafting trip and definitely want to know if the water will be COLD – no one loves cold water. It is a common misconception that big whitewater always occur in cold water.  At Crab Apple Whitewater we are fortunate that all of our…

Jul
24

How Inflatable Whitewater Rafts “Self Bail”

How Inflatable Whitewater Rafts “Self Bail” Guests often ask how the water leaves the boat in a “self bailing” raft. Many rafters assume there is some type of a electric bilge in the rafts, but it so much simpler than that. Self-bailing rafts were introduced in the early 1990’s and have become the industry standard. In both Maine and Massachusetts, Crab Apple Whitewater uses Hyside and Northwest River Supply self-bailing…

Jul
10

Meals on Crab Apple Whitewater’s Rafting Trips

Meals on Crab Apple Whitewater’s Rafting Trips Everyone knows whitewater rafting creates a big appetite! After paddling big whitewater all day in the sun or even just floating in tranquility taking in the scenery, stomachs always rumble in anticipation of what is to come. Food is always included in some form on all of Crab Apple Whitewater’s rafting trips. In Massachusetts, Crab Apple Whitewater offers both half and full day…

Jun
19

Meet a Crab Apple Maine White Water Rafting Guide: Mike Foley

Meet a Crab Apple Maine White Water Rafting Guide: Mike Foley Many guides at Crab Apple Whitewater return every summer. Guests are often curious about how certain white water guides became involved in the rafting industry and what they do in the winters. Mike Foley has worked for Crab Apple Whitewater on The Kennebec and Dead Rivers for six years. Originally from Massachusetts, Mike started out as many Maine white…

Jun
06

Life Jacket Safety for Whitewater Rafting in Maine

Most Important Item on a Whitewater Rafting Trip in Maine The most important item for any whitewater raft trip is a life jacket or personal floatation device (PFD). There are many styles, colors and brands of PFD’s for use in all kinds of recreation and work applications. The Coast Guard classifies life jackets according to the environment in which they are used – these vary from salt water to fresh…

May
17

Sun Protection & Waterproof Sunscreen Tips for Whitewater Rafting

Sun Protection for One-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip Safety is always the number one concern on a whitewater rafting adventure. Trust is placed in an outfitter to provide safe equipment, competent river guides and safe transportation to and from the river. There are also measures that the customer can take to add to the safety of their trip. One of these measures is to bring sunscreen and proper clothing to protect…

Apr
24

Tips for Using A GoPro on a One-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

Tips for Using A GoPro on a One-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip Adventure activities such as Whitewater Rafting are perfect for GoPro footage. There are non-stop photo and video opportunities. You can great action and still shots of friends and family, the spectacular surroundings and the awesome rapids. If bringing your GoPro for your next river trip ask an important question – will we be paddling (hands busy) or holding on…

Apr
10

Adventures At Jamaica State Park & West River In Vermont

Adventure Activities in Vermont State Parks The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers schedules two water releases each year from Ball Mountain Dam for whitewater paddling on the West River. The dam release results in Class 2-4 whitewater paddling for kayaks, canoes and rafts. The center of activity during the whitewater release weekends is Jamaica State Park. Paddlers flock to Jamaica State Park for the whitewater weekends that usually fall on…

Mar
15

Measuring the Streamflow of River Water for Whitewater Rafting

Questions that river guides hear all the time: How much water is going down the river on a rafting trip? How is it measured? River rafters often hear their river rafting guides throwing out numbers before or during a rafting trip… “the river is awesome today – it is at 6.4 feet” or “the river is at an average Summer flow of 1,000cfs”. What do these numbers mean? Where do…

Feb
28

Crab Apple’s Classic Rock Playlist for Your White Water Rafting Trip

You have a long drive in the morning to Crab Apple Whitewater for a great day of white water rafting. You need some river songs to get everyone psyched for the trip. Here’s a list of Ten Classic Rock Songs with the word “River” in the title. There are dozens more, here are a few Crab Apple Staff favorites. You could also put together a list of Folk songs with…