Welcome to Zoar Valley
If you're searching for adventure, Zoar Valley Canoe & Rafting can help provide some outdoor fun for both Spring and Summer.
For those who want to experience Western New York's hidden gem, white water rafting on the mighty Cattaraugus, through Zoar Valley, is the perfect springtime activity. You'll view rugged cliffs hundreds of feet high, waterfalls (both free falling and hidden by old growth stands of oak, hemlock and tulip), nesting bald eagles and you'll experience the finest white water west of the Adirondacks. The season runs from Mid-March through May and the ten mile trip takes approximately 2 to 4 hours to complete. For those who might want a milder version, a 6 mile run on the lower section of the river, is available.
The Adventure Tour which begins in June, is an extension of the spring white water rafting trip through Zoar Valley. The water will be much lower but also much warmer! You will float the quiet sections, run the rapids that are available, portage through the low sections (carry the rafts), swim, hike and enjoy the pristine beauty of Zoar Valley all the way through.
With the guaranteed water release, summer on the Salmon River is a hot spot for class I, 11 and III white water action. This river, with its six mile run, is excellent for 2 person inflatables (Ducky's). The Salmon River is located in Pulaski, NY just North of Syracuse. Scheduled guided trips are planned on specific dates July through September. Camping is available with these excursions. A great family activity.
Another option for the summer is a Voyageur Canoe Trip. These canoes carry up to 12 passengers and you will paddle as the early explorers did, passing through Conewango's broad, scenic and pastoral valley of the Southern Tier area. This is an easy to moderate activity level. Additionally, Flat Water Rafting would be available through this same location.
Any of these activities are suitable for most ages. The rafting is a vigorous activity and everyone is expected to paddle. The Voyageur Canoe ride' although a participatory sport, is considerably less strenuous.
For reservations and special group rates, contact us at: Zoar Valley Canoe & Rafting at
1-800-724-0696 or 716-410-2824.