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Riding the white-water rapids

July 26, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

Make a splash in the Tri-State area and a little bit beyond this summer with a white-water rafting trip on one of the region's raging rivers. River levels range from the Shenandoah and Middle Youghiogheny rivers' carefree Class I rapids to the more challenging Class III rapids of the Potomac River's northern branch to the Upper Yough and Cheat rivers' heart-pounding Class V rapids.

The region's many white-water outfitters include:

Blue Ridge Outfitters

Frontage Road off U.S. 340, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

1-304-725-3444.

www.broraft.com.

White-water rafting services: Guided and unguided trips along the Potomac (Classes II to III-plus) and Shenandoah (Classes I to III) rivers. Special packages. Group discounts. Retail store.

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Reservations recommended.

White-water trips for rafters ages 8 to 60 depart twice daily.

Historical River Tours

1257 Allstadts Hill Road, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

1-410-489-2837

www.historicalrivertours.com

White-water rafting services: Guided trips along Shenandoah River in rafts and duckies. Special packages. Group discounts.

Reservations required.

White-water trips depart once daily.

Cost of trip includes light lunch.

Minimum age for rafting is 5.

Laurel Highlands River Tours

Ohiopyle, Pa.

1-800-4RAFTIN.

www.laurelhighlands.com.

White-water rafting services: Guided and unguided trips on the Upper (Rapids Classes V+), Middle (Classes I and II) and Lower (Classes III and IV) Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania and the Cheat River (Classes III to V+) in West Virginia. Special packages. Group discounts. Retail store.

Cost of some trips includes lunch.

Age restrictions vary based upon white-water levels.

Reservations recommended.

River Riders

Off Millville Road, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

1-304-535-2663 or 1-800-326-7238

www.riverriders.com

Reservations required.

Trips depart twice daily.

Rafters must weigh at least 50 pounds.

River & Trail Outfitters

604 Valley Road, in southern Washington County across the bridge from Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

301-695-5177 or 1-888-446-7529.

www.rivertrail.com.

White-water rafting services: Guided and unguided trips along Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. Special packages. Group discounts. Retail store.

Trips depart twice daily.

Reservations recommended.

Cost of white-water trip includes lunch.

Rafters must weigh at least 50 pounds.

White Water Adventurers

Ohiopyle, Pa.

1-800-WWA-RAFT

www.wwaraft.com.

White-water rafting services: Guided and unguided trips on the Upper, Middle and Lower Youghiogheny River and Cheat River. Special packages. Group discounts. Retail store.

Cost of some trips includes lunch.

Reservations recommended.

Suggested minimum ages for rafters include age 5 on the Middle Yough, age 12 on the Lower Yough, age 14 for the Cheat River, and age 16 for the Upper Yough.

Wilderness Voyageurs

Ohiopyle, Pa.

1-800-272-4141.

www.wildernessvoyageurs.com.

White-water rafting services: Guided trips on the Lower and Middle Youghiogheny River. Special packages. Group discounts. Retail store.

Minimum age for Lower Yough trip is 12.

Cost includes lunch.

Appropriate rafting wear includes T-shirts and shorts over swimsuits and soft-soled shoes that will remain firmly attached to feet. Eyeglasses should be secured with a strap. Rafters should refrain from wearing jewelry and carrying other valuables. Bringing towels and a change of clothing and shoes also makes sense.

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