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The Monroe Bridge trip is full of big waves and fast whitewater rafting action! The fun starts right below the Monroe Bridge dam in northwestern Massachusetts with Class II warm-up rapids and then leads to a stretch of bigger Class III drops such as “Devil’s Odds” and “Landslide”. Along the way our expert white water rafting guides take time to play and work the river in a surfing hole or two or three! We LOVE surfing!

Half-way through the trip we take a break for a quick snack. Time to rejuvenate some tired arms and get ready for the largest rapids of the trip. Also a chance to talk about the beauty of the river, possible wildlife sightings and enjoy the camaraderie with friends and family. We are living the dream as we sit along the banks of the Deerfield in a deep, forested gorge.

We leave our snack break and each rapid gets more exciting as the trip builds toward the final and most difficult rapids of the day, Class 4 “Dragons Tooth”, “Terminator” and “Showtime”. These rapids require precise maneuvering by your guide and strong paddling by each rafter. Big drops and huge splashes through the raft will be captured on film, so paddle hard! Good runs through these Class IV rapids climax an awesome day of whitewater action in the Berkshires.

When the run is complete, it is back to Crab Apple for an amazing cookout with lots of options including homemade salads, desserts, bread and main courses. We wrap it up by checking out photos of the rafting action that includes big “whiteouts” in the rapids and memorable facial expressions of rafters as they paddle through the drops and waves.

Come check out the best trip in southern New England rafting this season!

Raft Capacity/Private Rafts: Our rafts hold 6-7 paddlers (6 is ideal). Groups of 6 or 7 will have a private raft. Groups with fewer than 6 may be joined by other parties.

Includes: Pre-trip safety instruction, professional guide, PFD and helmet, transportation to and from river, delicious meal at base after trip (chicken, fish or veggie w/homemade salads, dessert, drinks), photo presentation of your adventure.

Schedule: The Monroe Bridge Section trip runs 32 days each season between May and October. The list of 2022 dam release dates is below.

May 28, 29

June 12, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

July 1, 2, 3, 10, 15, 16, 24, 30

August 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 20, 21, 27, 28

September 3, 4, 10, 11, 18, 24

October 9

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Why Choose Crab Apple For Massachusetts White Water Rafting?


Top of the line gear and wonderful experience and beautiful wilderness. Overall a great time and recommend tremendously!”

“Great Monroe Bridge Trip!

Our group of 6 did the Monroe Bridge trip and we had an absolute blast. Four of us were returning rafters and 2 were new. The Guide was extremely accommodating, kind and reassuring. The entire experience from start to finish is extremely well-organized, prompt, and especially with the new COVID precautions, very safe. It is evident that the entire team at Crab Apple emphasize impeccable customer service, and we left with great memories, laughs, and a desire to return again as soon as possible. 


You have a top-notch, well-trained excellent friendly crew through your entire operation and your dedication to the Crab Apple tradition shows.”

Deerfield River Map

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Interactive map of western Massachusetts showing the Deerfield River

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