I used the outfit Whitewater Challengers based out of Weatherly, PA (2-3 mi off of Rt. 80). I have used them in the past and they do well with large groups. I'll get to the cons later. The base "camp" is quite a distance from the starting point of the Class II-III rafting excursion - 30 mins there and 40 mins back. I think the next time I will try and find an outfit close to the state park where this rafting occurs just to save some time.
Once you get to the base camp, you register and get all your gear etc. and then get loaded on to a bus to take you to the starting point. The rafts are in good condition and there are usually 2-3 guides on their own kayaks thru the rafting downriver. You bring your own lunch (or purchase it at the base) and store it in waterproof containers in the raft - bring your own water as well. They don't supply anything except the raft and oars. As a group captain you can qualify for one free meal (yippee!) and some other goodies based on group size.
Rafting is fun - a lot of fun. And do choose damn-opening weekends because the experience is far superior and the rafting run a lot quicker. What I liked was the rafts are in good condition, the river is fast moving although nothing to be concerned about - I took my 8-year old on this class of river with no issues, they provide empty buckets to "remove" excess water from raft if needed, but it's really used to throw water at another raft and soak someone - that's the real fun, and lastly, nice breaks in between the trip where one can get off the raft and swim slowly alongside. What I didn't like (and it's not a lot) is that they should provide for water at least, and they occassionally stop for slower rafts - but too many times - breaks the momentum of the trip. This last time we stopped a total of 8 times!! The lunch break is good - off to a bank - but they should really put a port-a-john there, state park or not. I mean come on - by the time you leave the base camp and return it's at minimum 4-5 hours.
Once you're back to the camp, there are shower facilities (warm water) but the showers need major updating (hope someone from WWC is reading this), provide soap and daily cleaning. At $60pp I think this provision is not too much to ask.
A definite must do if in the area and every 2-3 years. have fun!
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