Family Lower New River
Family and Kids White Water rafting on West Virginia's Lower New River
Fun and exciting!
We can't even begin to guess how many parents have asked us how young they can take kids on the Lower New (the minimum age has always been 12), and who knows how many 11 year olds have sat in a ducky mere meters from the Upper New take-out and wondered what it would be like to just… keep… going.
The Lower New River is the trip that built the WV whitewater industry beginning back in 1969. There’s a lot of history down there among the boulders and ledge drops, and now we can open it up to a whole new range of rafters, who previously were never allowed to go. This year, the minimum age went down from 12 to 9. Bear in mind, this is not our typical Lower New trip—it’s geared more for the little ones to enjoy it. Every boat on these trips—and they will be BIG boats—will be outfitted with oars, which a very experienced guide will row. That alone makes this trip a bit tamer, but we’ll also only run the Family Lower New River at summer water levels, which means that even though there is still a ton of excitement to be had, everything is a bit slower and milder. Your guide on the Family Lower New will also only run the more conservative lines through these rapids.
Of course, this trip isn't just for kids! It's perfect for entire families and any person who's physical abilities makes a more rigorous style of run out of the question.
This is a real adventure for families that want bigger waves and a wilder ride than the Upper New.
Prices are per person and do not include tax and fees. Prices vary by age and day of the week.
Aside from paying close attention to water levels and providing an oar boat for every crew, we take several additional precautions on Family New River trips. The maximum crew size is 8 people per boat and we use the biggest rafts we have available. Note: this trip is dependent on water levels. If the river is too high, we will not run this trip. Call us to find out the water level, and if not, we suggest the Upper New River!
What kind of river is the Lower New?
The Lower New River is West Virginia whitewater rafting at its best! With a professional guide in every oar-rigged raft on the Lower New River, instruction is provided at each major rapid as you float through the New River Gorge’s rapids rated Class I through V (on a scale of I to VI). The New River is a large volume river. The rapids are formed by the large shelf drops and boulders. These structures create monster waves, hydraulics and world class whitewater. There’s plenty of floating and swimming to do in between the rapids, along with stops at Jump Rock and a huge gourmet deli-style riverside lunch.
What does Class VI provide?
We provide transportation to and from the river, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle & boat), professional guides in each raft, a gourmet deli-style lunch and a complimentary beverage after the trip.
How much time do we spend on the water?
The total trip is 5-7 hours from the time you leave base camp until you return. We spend 4-5 of these hours on the water.
How big are the boats?
We only go in the largest rafts we have, which are 15-16 feet long. These boats are as stable as it gets.
What else might we need?
You should bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sun glasses and if the weather is a little nippy, a dry layer to put on after the trip. (Your guide will be able to put it into a dry bag.) If necessary, we also rent wetsuits and paddle jackets. Via our partnership with Whitewater Photography, we also sell photos of you in the rapids. Our video boaters also accompany most trips and we offer DVDs of your experience for an extra charge. To ensure you get a video, you can pre-order one with your reservation.