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“Fun!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Crab Apple Whitewater

Crab Apple Whitewater
2056 Mohawk Trail, Charlemont, MA 01339
800-553-7238
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Charlemont
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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“Fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Funyaks. A great way to spend half a day. Well run family business, well organised, friendly and helpful staff. Had a brilliant time.

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appleraft, Manager at Crab Apple Whitewater, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Thanks - what a great review. Right to the point - well-organized family business. Fun activity.
Couldn't have said it better ourselves! come again soon.
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Lynn, Massachusetts
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“Whitewater Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

My boyfriend and I did the Monroe Bridge section of the river and experienced Class 2, 3 and 4 rapids in a 6 person paddle boat. All of the employees and guides we encountered at Crab Apple were extremely friendly and professional, which was a good thing because they needed to organize and move a large group of people - there were 13 rafts in our group the day we went.

The trip was true to its advertising in terms of excitement on the water. The down side was a rather long wait between rapids - 20 minutes or more - while you wait for all of the other 13 boats to catch up. Fortunately, our guide Lou was very personable and entertaining. The guides also stopped for river hijinks I guess you call it, like dunking a willing member of your party out of the boat backwards to experience the full force of the rapids in his/her face (I declined this extra!)

The facility at Charlemont was very clean and had everything you might need, and the lunch afterwards was quite nice (we sat outside at picnic benches). We weren't able to stay for the slide presentation so our guide Lou was nice enough to let us take a sneak peek at our photos and we were able to find one we liked (photography was quite good.)

All in all it was a really fun day and I would recommend it, and I hope to go back. I have done whitewater rafting in Colorado and in Maine, and this was the best East Coast experience, mainly because of the good water and guaranteed dam release. Crab Apple is a very good outiftter!

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appleraft, Manager at Crab Apple Whitewater, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Glad you enjoyed your trip with Lou. Thanks for writing a review and letting folks know our trip in Massachusetts compared favorably to trips you have tried in Colorado and Maine. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Hartford, Connecticut
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“4th time on the Deerfield River”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

I absolutely love Crabapple. They have the best whitewater and funyaking trips. The Deerfield River in MA is fabulous for a nature filled trip. If you love water, nature, and fun, try it. You will have no regrets, just memories.

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appleraft, Manager at Crab Apple Whitewater, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Four trips! Nice - our family loves seeing old friends on the river. Thanks for the great review and your return visits.
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“Great family adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Have white water rafted with Crab Apple on the Deerfield River two years in a row. Most recently with my 10 and 11 year old boys. We also did the "funyaks". Would reco both. The funyaks are inflatable kayaks. They call it a self-guided tour but there were at least 60 rafters and a handful of guides with us. Age 10 and up can have their own kayak, but would be sure your child is ready to be on their own. The whitewater is relatively mild but could be intimidating for some kids. For added fun, they provide you with water guns to spray your fellow kayakers with.

For rafting, we did the 10 and up Hurricane run, and aside from the actual rapids, the guides make it more fun by having water bucket fights between boats and doing a few other adventurous things with the rafts.

If a meal is part of your plan, the food is very good. They also have folks on shore taking photos while you're rafting (and kayaking) and they do a great job capturing the key moments. I bought a waterproof camera, but shouldn't have bothered.

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appleraft, Manager at Crab Apple Whitewater, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Thanks for writing about your funyak and rafting trips. Sounds like both were memorable and fun for the kids and "big kids". Nice to mention important things like safety, guides adding fun and quality food. We aim to make the entire experience top notch on all of our trips.

Thanks again for taking the time to write a review of our family business.
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North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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“First Class Folks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Took a Family Raft Trip down the Deerfield. Mild ride, as promised - just the right thing to introduce the kids to this type of activity.
What was completely unexpected was the extra-ordinary effort made by every employee to make our day a good experience. From the first person we encountered in the parking lot, every staff member smiled, used our names and did just one or two extra things that made us very happy with our choice.
But it's all about the boat ride, right? The guides in the boats - and our guide in particular, Sam - spent the entire day from introductions to farewell after a cookout back at the office great fun for all. Mostly college age kids, they were completely focused on us, our kids, and our enjoyment of the whole experience.
Some constructive criticism - the check-in procedure including the distribution of safety gear was rough around the edges. It could be done better and smoother. A little too much like cattle call. But the kids didn't mid and didn't really diminish the rest of the day.

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appleraft, Manager at Crab Apple Whitewater, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Thanks for writing a review about our family business. Special thanks about noticing and then noting good customer care such as addressing everyone by name. We consider that common courtesy, but that is not too "common" at most businesses.

Also, we took note of your concern about passing out gear before the trip. Some days that does feel a bit clunky, but we are very particular about fitting gear to balance safety and comfort. We individually adjust each piece of gear as opposed to many outfitters that allow guests to adjust their own life jackets and helmets. We feel that the extra time ensures a comfortable and safe fit.
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