Whitewater rapids are nature's roller coaster and should always be followed up with a bite of nature's cotton candy—wadded-up moss. Go wild with this Groupon.
$40 for a Whitewater-Rafting Trip for Two ($80 Value)
Setting off from Brown's Family Campground, groups launch from Route 2A Bridge in the Salmon River through Pulaski, a controlled-release river with Class II and Class III waters that allows for a steady flow of water from the reservoir and consistent whitewater conditions. Boats paddle past the village of Pulaski before navigating rapids named the Washing Machine, the Lusitania, and the Black Hole. Guides provide paddles, helmets, and life vests, as well as rafts that can seat up to six. Tours depart at 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m., and guests must make reservations in advance.
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When he was still a college student, Kevin Kretschmer answered an ad in the local newspaper for a whitewater-rafting guide on the rivers around Syracuse. More than 30 years later, he now owns the company and operates his river tours with the mission of giving others a chance to see the area's scenic beauty. His diverse team of guides—some schoolteachers, some farmers, some factory workers, and some college students—helps paddlers navigate rapids on three rivers while hunkered into six-person inflatable rafts. Together they navigate the calmer Class I and Class II waters of Letchworth State Park, the raging Class II and Class III rapids of the Salmon River, and the passive-aggressive Class III and Class IV segments of Cattaraugus Creek. Guides commence each trip far upstream, allowing rafters to find a rhythm before surmounting the rapids.