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“Great Experience on the LeHigh River!”

Whitewater Challengers
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Family Style Whitewater Rafting Adventure
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Weatherly
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River is an exciting adventure through the Pocono Mountain Region of PA. Choose from a variety of outdoor adventures from mild to wild. Our most popular trips are our Family Style Whitewater (ages 5+)and Our Premier Whitewater Trip (ages 9+). Great for experienced rafters and first timers. NEW for 2017 is our Premier Plus Whitewater Rafting Trip which offers a smaller, more personal trip option through the class 2-3 rapids of the Lehigh Gorge State Park. Try a more challenging experience with our Whitewater Marathon that takes you through 25 miles of the Lehigh Gorge State Park or our NEW Inflatable Kayaking (Ducky) Trip. No matter your experience level, the Lehigh River offers a trip meant for you! Join us at the Lehigh River Adventure Center to combine your rafting experience with camping, biking, hiking, paintball, and more. Onsite dining services provides three meals a day for a reasonable price. It's the most fun you'll have all year!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Just spent the weekend rafting with a large group of 12+yr old Girl Scouts on the LeHigh River! The folks at Whitewater Challengers were well organized, very friendly and knowledgeable about the river, our equipment, and how to entertain our girls! We were fortunate to have been there during an unscheduled dam release, so our ride was a little wilder than normal! We had one injury during the trip (paddle handle to the jaw) which was handled very quickly and professionally by the WC EMT person. Since it was an overcast, Fall day, I was concerned that the cost of renting wetsuits might prevent some of the girls from using them. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the cost was minimal - clearly safety is more important to the operation than gouging participants for extra equipment! We ate both breakfast and dinner at WC - the breakfast was a nice surprise (silver dollar pancakes, ham, eggs, hash browns, cereal, juice, etc.), the dinner (BBQ chicken, hot dogs, sloppy joes) I would not repeat. It was definately edible, just not special. Highly recommend the operation for kids of all ages!

1  Thank LindaENJ
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

The "Water Wars" as some people called were so out of control on my day that it spoiled my enjoyment of the trip. It got so out of hand that people were jumping out of their rafts to steal other people’s buckets and even on one occasion someone’s lunch bucket by the same guy who stole ours was trashed. After one long ambush (on both sides by two different sets of rafters who no doubt had more than one bucket in their boat), the day ended with the Grand Finale. Someone actually jumped out of their boat and pulled our air valve out. It got stuck and our front person couldn't sit on the rails because of the excessive depletion of air. This company encourages this kind of behavior. A bunch of out of control jerk offs soured what could have been a great experience for me. One or two times of the splashing could be fun. Four hours of dirty river water in my face not fun. This was just one of the safety issues involved. Apparently the company is not required to provide helmets by law. That doesn’t mean that they are not needed. I would white water raft again but not like this.

Thank keysmia
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Perfect place to start if you're new to whitewater rafting like we were. We watched the video before going which came in handy as you don't have a guide in the raft with you. We quickly learned to maneuver through the rapids, free ourselves from rocks, and void getting soaked by the other rafters. We went during a damn release and purchased a premade lunch, I highly recommend doing both. The guides are very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. I do agree, there was a bit to much horseplay and the trip, thanks to a raft filled with 8 very loud screaming 11 &12 year old girls, was extremely loud. Over all the experience was very good and has prepared us for more serious whitewater rafting.

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Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

When you arrive, there's a lot to do before you start rafting. The grounds are not pretty and were very crowded the day we were there. The bus ride to the river took at least half an hour while you're wearing your incredibly smelly life vest. Make sure you watch the online safety video so you know what to do on the river. Also be sure to use the restroom because there is literally no chance to go once you leave for the river, until the entire trip is over.

Once you're on the river be prepared for the splashing to begin. They provide each raft with a big white bucket, to be used for bailing your raft but they encourage using it to splash the other boats. We went on the trip to raft not be in the middle of splash fights where people were throwing buckets of water in each others faces. It was not relaxing at all. You are also going downriver with around 20 other rafts do its noisy. At the lunch pit stop, it was an ugly location with no place to eat onshore so you have to eat on the raft.

We chose a date when there was supposed to be a release of water from the dam but the release was cancelled (not their fault). To compensate they offered us a discounted trip next year. I doubt we will go back to use it.

The guides were nice and helped when we were stuck on the rocks.

Thank Mekeyser
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

The team is appropriate and kind, though I don't know when rafting became an opportunity for constant water fighting. We came, four adults, for some connection to nature. What we got was 90 minutes in a school bus and the company of adults, children, and teens who were all ready with super shakers and buckets. There was nonstop water fighting and screaming for 2 hours of shallow (foul smelling) water. Why anybody would want to be soaked in sewage runoff is beyond me.

Thank rockironstone
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