July 6 2009 by Mike Mason
River rafting mixes some of the best parts of summer vacations. You get adventure, excitement and thrills for sure, but you also get beautiful outdoor scenery, warm summer weather, water and a relaxing getaway. I live in the western part of the U.S., so I am much more familiar with rivers on this side of the country. But I assume that most rafting rivers offer all these benefits in differing amounts.
A few years back I floated a 5 day trip down the Green River and was taken by the experience. Over 5 days you definitely get your fair share of white water, but what surprised me is that you also get long stretches of tranquil water, through areas so remote they are only accessible by raft or helicopter (if necessary in an emergency) and you spend your nights lounging on a sandy river bank, soaking in the sounds of the river, the cool summer evenings and the fantastic food. It was unexpectedly relaxing.
Since then I have taken a few short day trips down stretches of the river easily
accessible by car. If you are looking for an unforgettable summer experience, check out river rafting. I have had experienced guides involved on all my excursions and would recommend this unless you have lots of experience. Like many outdoor activities it has inherent risks that can be mitigated with an experienced guide.
Here are a few areas of the country famous for summer river rafting. Check them out if you are looking for summer adventure.
Youghiogheny, Maryland and Pennsylvania
Rogue River, Oregon
Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho
Colorado River, Colorado and Arizona
Green River, Utah
New River, West Virginia
Chattooga River, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina
Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Maine
Deerfield River, Massachusetts
Flathead River, Montana
Kings, Merced, California
Skykomish River, Washington
If you have others in your area, let us know.