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“Whitewater Rafting in the Poconos - a must do when in the area”
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Ranked #1,889 of 2,883 things to do in Pennsylvania
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Owner description: A treasured mountain resort area that appeals to honeymooners, sports enthusiasts and shoppers.
Reviewed 14 October 2011

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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Reviewed 21 January 2009

We traveled to Bear Creek Ski Resort for a fun family trip with a few other couples and their kids. We booked a King Suite Slope Side room which was really nice. It had a wet bar area with refrigerator, kitchen table, large sitting area with queen pull out sofa and two additional sitting chairs and a large screen TV. In a seperate bedroom there was a king size bed that was very comfy as well as a love seat sofa that pulled out to a bed and another TV. The bathroom was large with pleanty of towels and a seperate makeup area. The view was absolutely fantastic. To watch the skiiers coming down the hill at night was so much fun with all the lights on the slope. We ate dinner at the Trail resturant and the menu was very extensive and the drinks very good. The Grill during the day for breakfast and lunch was also very good and had almost anything you could think of to eat. The large fireplaces all around along with the beautiful decorations and large wood beams really gave the resort a cozy and mountain feel. The staff was very nice and the bellboys were quick in grabbing your luggage and getting you off to your room. They gave you a key to a seperate locker area off the mountain where you could store your ski's and snowboards which was convenient. This resort had a nice pool area with hot tub that overlooked the mountain. It was so nice to sit in a hot tub and watch those outside coming down the mountain. It had a nice fitness center as well as spa. Our stay was short so we did not take advantage of the spa. The lobby had a coffee, tea, hot chocolate station and you could ask for a variety of games to play around the huge fireplace. Our son along with his friends took advantage of this and had a fun time sitting up to late hours playing all the games. If you are looking for a fun ski getaway I would definately suggest Bear Creek Ski Resort!

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