whitewater-derby.jpg WARREN COUNTY, NY  (March 19, 2009) - Looking for heart racing and exhilarating whitewater excitement? Suit up and head to the Lake George Area in New York's Adirondacks this April. That's when the snow melt from the mountains, spring rains, dam releases and an aquifer combine to create nearly continuous Class IV and Class V rapids on parts of the Hudson and Moose rivers. The Upper Hudson River Gorge, a 17-mile stretch, is rated one of the top 10 whitewater rafting sites in the U.S. and is considered one of the greatest single-day rafting trips in America. Beginning at the dam-controlled Indian River, it drops 150 vertical feet in 3.5 miles before reaching the confluence of the Hudson. Further on, a 20-foot waterfall adds its ice-cold splash to the river, followed by 10 miles of continuous rapids spotted with welcome calms for resting. This wildwater trip drops approximately 650 vertical feet in total, as it rushes through deep gorges. The Moose River, with its numerous Class V rapids, is one of the toughest stretches of whitewater in the U.S. during spring, and is recommended for experienced rafters only. Aside from the challenge of its explosive waters, it travels through one of the most pristine areas of the Adirondack Park. Minimum age limits (14 and over) apply for the most difficult whitewater, but families looking for a less extreme rafting trip can just wait a few weeks when the rivers simmer down to Class I to III between May and October. Quiet and peaceful flatwater paddle trips are also available at a family friendly pace on the Sacandaga River from mid-May through Labor Day. All whitewater rafting outfitters employ licensed guides who have been trained on the rivers where they guide groups. When the river waters are chilliest, they provide wet suits. Trips range from two hours to three days, with some providing camping and meals along the way. In addition to rafting, river tubing and kayaking are part of the spring scene on the less rugged stretches of the rivers and on area lakes after the spring "ice-out". Whitewater competitions abound at the Hudson River Whitewater Derby, which will take place May 2-3, 2009. For more information, http://www.whitewaterderby.com/. For adventurous visitors who want to get out of the water for a while, Spring in the Lake George Area in New York's Adirondacks is also the time for biking and hiking to take in the majestic scenery and crisp mountain air. The Lake George Area in New York's Adirondacks is an easy-to-reach, affordable, year round vacation destination for the whole family. For free information on lodging, camping, dining, events and activities, http://www.visitlakegeorge.com/.

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For More Information: Joanne Conley Assistant Tourism Coordinator Warren County Tourism www.VisitLakeGeorge.com P:  518.761.7653 F:  518.761.6368 E:  conleyj@co.warren.ny.us