Poconos whitewater rafting

4 Places for the Best Poconos Whitewater Rafting

A warm-weather trip to The French Manor is always more fun when you spend a little time on the water! Thanks to a regular dam release that keeps the Lehigh River flowing, the waterways nearby are ideal for Poconos whitewater rafting. Visitors can experience cascading waterfalls, refreshing swimming holes, and the thrill of wild water rapids, all while being surrounded by scenic wilderness and fascinating wildlife!

To find out more about Poconos whitewater rafting, Delaware river tubing, and other summer activities, be sure to check out our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s designed to help you plan your ideal vacation, with information on dining, entertainment, and attractions.

Also, don’t miss our blog on 5 of the Best Things to Do in the Poconos in the Summer!

Make a Splash with Poconos Whitewater Rafting

For a refreshing way to spend a summer day, here are some of our favorite places to paddle. Be sure to check each outfitter for information about wetsuit rentals, pricing, dates, and other details before you take your Poconos whitewater rafting trip!

1. Jim Thorpe River Adventures Whitewater Rafting

Located in Jim Thorpe, PA, Jim Thorpe River Adventures offers a variety of water activities. Plan your day of whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River using your experience level as a guide. You can pick from Intro to Whitewater, EasyWater, or BigTime Whitewater. They also specialize in inflatable kayaking and mountain bike trips through Lehigh Gorge State Park. Take a short trip, or plan an entire day of fun in the sun!

2. Pocono Whitewater

The alpine slide at Camelback Mountain Adventure takes guests on a scenic cart ride on a 2,800-foot track! It features twists, turns, dips, and more. Guests can control their own speed – up to 25 miles per hour – and race other riders as they make their way down the mountain.

3. Whitewater Challengers

From relaxing rafting trips to heart-pumping adventures, Whitewater Challengers has something for everyone. Their most popular Poconos whitewater rafting trip takes you on a scenic 3-4 hour ride through tumbling waterways. If you’d rather take it easy, sign up for their family-style whitewater trip. It has fewer rapids and some calmer spots for swimming. Or, push yourself to the max on the Lehigh River Whitewater Marathon. This is the longest one‑day whitewater rafting trip on the East Coast, with 25 miles of incredible scenery and dozens of exciting rapids.

4. Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Whitewater Rafting Adventures is a family-owned and operated adventure outfitter. Their 13-mile Wet and Wild Trip is a guest favorite and features breathtaking scenery of Lehigh Gorge State Park and action-packed rapids. They also have an EZ Whitewater trip that winds down an 11-mile section of the river and combines the excitement of rafting with the fun of swimming and splashing.

Paddle Back to the French Manor Inn & Spa!


After an incredible day of twists, turns, splashes, and all the thrills of Poconos whitewater rafting, head home to our Poconos bed and breakfast where you can sit back and relax! Our elegant guest rooms and suites provide the peace and comfort you’ll need, and our inn features a variety of fabulous on-site amenities including spa services, pools, a fitness room, and more. After you rest up, join us for a delicious dinner in our award-winning restaurant and tell us all about your adventures on the river. We can’t wait to see you soon!

For more information on Poconos whitewater rafting and other things to do in the Poconos in the summer, request a copy of our free vacation guide!