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Dam Release Whitewater

Experience the best whitewater rafting in the Tri-State area.

Dam Release Whitewater Rafting in the Lehigh Gorge State Park

You’ll be surrounded by state park protected mountains while enjoying 12 miles and 4-5 hours of Class II, III whitewater rafting and breathtaking scenery.  Whitewater adventures with us are fun, thrilling, and memorable.  In fact, it’s an adventure that everyone from ages 8 and up can enjoy.  Not only will you paddle through 17 sets of rapids, but you’ll also laugh, get wet and have an amazing day outdoors.  There is nothing like a whitewater dam release rafting trip on the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe, PA!

Need lunch?  Lunch is not provided on our dam release whitewater trips.  Sub lunches can be pre purchased from us or you can bring your own!  Click here for details.

Have children that don’t meet the age criteria?  You could also check out our Family Style Whitewater.  Great for families with young children ages 4 and up.

Don’t forget, in addition to rafting, you can also go Rail Trail Biking or play Skirmish Paintball!  Call 570-325-8430 or click for more information on biking and paintball in the Poconos.

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Whitewater Dam Release Dates


  • Daily, natural flow whitewater releases


  • Daily, natural flow whitewater releases
  • Plus, an extra boost from the dam on the 11th, 18th, 25th & 26th


  • Natural flow on the 1st through 9th
  • Plus, an extra boost on the 8th & 9th, 22nd & 23rd


  • 13th & 14th, 20th & 21st, 27th & 28th


  • 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th, 17th & 18th, 24th & 25th, 31st


  • 1st


  • Daily, natural flow whitewater releases
  • Plus a MEGA Dam Release on the 12th & 13th

If these dates do not fit your schedule or you are looking for something a little less adventurous, our Family Style Whitewater Rafting Trip is an alternate option.


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Whitewater Dam Release Rates

  • Individual – $79.99 (ages 8 & up)
  • One person will raft for FREE when you bring a group 20 rafters, two raft for FREE when you bring 40 rafters, and so on.  For details, check out all of our FREE Whitewater Rafting Group Leader Benefits!


Whitewater Rafting Rates Include

  • All necessary whitewater rafting equipment
  • Life jacket
  • 5 gallon bucket with lid to store your lunch
  • Free parking
  • Post-trip bonfire
  • Change rooms
  • Shuttle service to/from the river
  • Professional river guides



  • Most of our rafts accommodate 4 to 7 people.  If you have less than 4 people in your group, there is a possibility you will be teamed up with other whitewater rafting guests.
  • You will stop for lunch mid-way.  Lunch is not provided, however, sub lunches can be purchased from our Broken Paddle Bar and Grill upon your arrival.
  • If you forget something you can pick it up in our whitewater rafting retail shop.
  • Your photo is taken on the river and available for purchase in our store at the end of your day or online at
  • On dam release trips we require that each raft have at least one English speaking adult able to translate safety briefings and directions to others in the raft.
  • Wear shoes that will not fall off your feet. Bare feet, flip flops, slides, or slippers are NOT permitted.
  • Water guns are NOT permitted on the Dam Release Whitewater section of the Lehigh River. If you are looking for a milder trip with swimming, splashing, and water gun battles, we recommend our Family Style Whitewater OR Pocono Pirate Rafting trips.
  • The Lehigh River is a free flowing wild river with changing water and weather conditions. You should be healthy and capable of getting back in the raft should you fall out.  If you have excessive weight for your height or have a disability which would hinder or prevent you from getting back into the raft, we do not recommend this trip for you. Guests that are participating in our Dam Release Whitewater Rafting Adventure must be comfortable walking for 20 minutes.