Our Whitewater trip is our most popular…It is a wet and wild 13 mile trip that runs through the breathtaking scenery of the Lehigh Gorge State Park. Hang on tight and experience the thrill of Class II and III whitewater. With 18 action packed rapids like Snaggletooth and Cookie Monster this ultimate whitewater trip is truly memorable and available in the Spring and Fall plus most weekends all summer long on scheduled whitewater dam release dates.

May: 14, 21, 28, 29

June: 11, 12, 25, 26

July: 9, 10, 23, 24, 30, 31

August: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27*, 28*

* Release dates August 29th thru October 11th 2020 are subject to cancellation by the Army Corps of Engineers due to insufficient water levels.

Whitewater Rafting Adventures uses two separate launch sites on the whitewater section of the Lehigh River depending on the river conditions

The upper section (Upper Lehigh Gorge) is 11 miles long and puts in at Whitehaven and runs to Rockport. We typically only use this section on Dam Release Dates. The rapids are a mix of Class 2 and 3 whitewater 1 . A few of the Class 3 rapid names are Triple Drop, Initiation and Staircase.

The lower section (Lower Lehigh Gorge) is our favorite. We launch at Rockport and raft the 13-mile stretch of the Lehigh River to Glen Onoko in Jim Thorpe. The trip takes about 5 hours on average as you paddle your way through a challenging mix of Class 2 and 3 rapids 1 including favorites like Bridal Veil, Mile long and Pipeline.

No experience is necessary and children as young as 8 years old can paddle this section of the river. You will be accompanied by a professional guide who will escort your raft from his kayak. The scenery is spectacular and you might catch a glimpse of a bald eagle soaring overhead or other wildlife grazing along the river banks.

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Trip Specs

Difficulty: Class 2 and Class 3
Length: 4 to 6 hours
Distance: 11 or 13 miles
Schedule: Spring, Fall & certain weekends all Summer long! See our Dam Release Whitewater schedule for mid Summer dates.
Minimum Age: 8 years old
Lunch: A pre-ordered box lunch is available ($9.95 +tax) from our very own Red Rock Cafe

*No Squirt or Water Guns permitted on the Whitewater Section. Squirt Guns are allowed on the EZ Whitewater and Summer Rafting Sections.

*Adult Life Jacket accommodate individuals with a 30-52 inch chest & weigh more than 90 lb *Child Life Jackets accommodate individuals with a 26-29 inch chest & weigh 50-90 lb

Trip Prices*

$71.95 per person
Adult Groups (12+): $65.95
Youth Groups (12+): $59.95

Rental Gear

*All Trip rates subject to a $2.00 insurance fee. All rental fees are subject to 6% state sales tax. Group Rates do no apply on Saturday Dam Release dates in July and August or holiday weekends.

May: 14, 21, 28, 29

June: 11, 12, 25, 26

July: 9, 10, 23, 24, 30, 31

August: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27*, 28*

WHITEWATER RAFTING ADVENTURES – P.O. Box 65 Nesquehoning, PA 18240-0065 – (570) 669-9127 – Site by Moyzan I.T. Solutions

What are damn release dates at lehigh river whitewater rafting

You’ll be surrounded by state park protected mountains while enjoying 12 miles and 4-5 hours of Class II, III whitewater rafting and breathtaking scenery. Whitewater adventures with us are fun, thrilling, and memorable. In fact, it’s an adventure that everyone from ages 8 and up can enjoy – no experience necessary! Not only will you paddle through 17 sets of rapids, but you’ll also laugh, get wet and have an amazing day outdoors. There is nothing like a whitewater dam release rafting trip on the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe, PA!

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Have children that don’t meet the age criteria? You could also check out our Family Style Whitewater. Great for families with young children ages 4 and up.

Don’t forget, in addition to rafting, you can also go Rail Trail Biking or play Skirmish Paintball! Call 570-325-8430 or Click for more information on biking and paintball in the Poconos.

2022 Whitewater Dam Release Dates


  • Daily, natural flow whitewater releases


  • Daily, natural flow whitewater releases
  • Plus, an extra boost from the dam on the 14th, 21st, 28th & 29th


  • Natural flow from the 1st thru 5th,
  • Plus, an extra boost from the dam on the 11th, 12th, 25th & 26th


  • 9th & 10th, 23rd & 24th, 30th, 31st


  • 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th, 20th & 21st, 27th & 28th



  • Daily, natural flow whitewater releases
  • Plus a MEGA Dam Release on the 8th & 9th

If these dates do not fit your schedule or you are looking for something a little less adventurous, our Family Style Whitewater Rafting Trip is an alternate option.

2022 Whitewater Dam Release Rates

  • Individual – $71.99 (ages 8 & up)
  • One person willraft for FREE when you bring a group 10 rafters, two raft for FREE when you bring 20 rafters, and so on. For details, check out all of our FREE Whitewater Rafting Group Leader Benefits!

Whitewater Rafting Rates Include

  • All necessary whitewater rafting equipment
  • Life jacket
  • 5 gallon bucket with lid to store your lunch
  • Free parking
  • Post-trip bonfire
  • Change rooms
  • Shuttle service to/from the river
  • Professional river guides


  • Most of our rafts accommodate 4 to 7 people. If you have less than 4 people in your group, there is a possibility you will be teamed up with other whitewater rafting guests.
  • You will stop for lunch mid-way. Lunch is not provided, however, sub lunches can be purchased from our Broken Paddle Bar and Grill upon your arrival.
  • If you forget something you can pick it up in our whitewater rafting retail shop.
  • Your photo is taken on the river and available for purchase in our store at the end of your day or online at PoconoWhitewaterPhotos.com.
  • On dam release trips we require that each raft have at least one English speaking adult able to translate safety briefings and directions to others in the raft.
  • Wear shoes that will not fall off your feet. Bare feet, flip flops, slides, or slippers are NOT permitted.
  • Water guns are NOT permitted on the Dam Release Whitewater section of the Lehigh River. If you are looking for a milder trip with swimming, splashing, and water gun battles, we recommend our Family Style Whitewater OR Pocono Pirate Rafting trips.
  • The Lehigh River is a free flowing wild river with changing water and weather conditions. You should be healthy and capable of getting back in the raft should you fall out. If you have excessive weight for your height or have a disability which would hinder or prevent you from getting back into the raft, we do not recommend this trip for you. Guests that are participating in our Dam Release Whitewater Rafting Adventure must be comfortable walking for 20 minutes.
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Pocono Whitewater 1519 State Route 903
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

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Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

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