How do I get there? Our two trips meet in different places and to avoid confusion we provide the correct meeting location for you for each trip in your trip primer. We will contact you with the information you provide at checkout and will prime your trip with lots of good information.
What's included in the rafting trip? Once you arrive, transportation to and from the river, your helmet, life jacket, paddle, raft, and guide are all provided. If you need to bring items such as medicine i.e. diabetic supplies let us know ahead of time.
What are your reservation and cancellation policies? We do online reservations on our home page www.kentuckywhitewater.com. A trip is reserved and confirmed by us upon receipt of your payment in full. Once reservations are complete please see the directions page to familiarize yourself with your travels so that you can make the established meeting time. A read and signed copy of the Waiver form is required prior to our trips for each participant, including for those under 18 to be signed by a legal guardian.
Your payment secures and confirms your spots in our pre-planning once we contact you via phone or email. Due to non-recoverable pre-trip operating expenses being committed by us for your trip long before the trip date it is our policy to require a 50% non-refundable deposit as part of your payment. We realize that sometimes life just happens so we will work with you as best as possible to reschedule during the same season. However, parties that are last minute cancellations, no-shows or are late beyond a reasonable time frame established by Kentucky Whitewater for each trip could completely forfeit their entire payment or deposit and will receive refunds or reschedules solely at Kentucky Whitewater's discretion. If We Change or Cancel Your Reservation: We will rarely cancel a trip due to inclement weather or potentially high river levels. We do reserve the right to change trip format, river section(s), raft size, number of guests per raft, trip times, and the length of trip due to weather conditions, water levels or other factors beyond our control. If we cancel a trip completely, we will refund your payment or reschedule to a later trip date.
When's the best time to make a reservation? As soon as you know the dates and how many people you want to reserve for place a reservation request online.
What should I wear? Flexible, secure footwear is required (old sneakers are good). Flip flops are horrible footwear for whitewater. In spring and fall, wear wool or polypropylene layer close to your body and a windbreaker over that layer. Wool or Polartec socks or neoprene wetsuit booties under sneakers work great for colder days. For cold and wet weather, wear a wetsuit and paddle jacket or polypropylene, pile fleece, and a windbreaker. We do not provide or rent wetsuits due to the short nature of our trips and the likely hood of cold weather is not great. If extreme conditions exist we may be able provide you with some of our kayak instruction gear so as to make your trip as comfortable as possible free of charge. Do not wear cotton items on the river, such as socks, sweatshirts or blue jeans. Cotton holds water and wicks warmth away from your body as well as it makes you less buoyant. Wool and synthetics like polypropylene and polyester can be purchased at local discount stores including Wal-Mart who carries a line called Athletic Works. They are ideal garments to wear next to your skin and are much less pricey as products like Under Armor which is the same material. The typical cool fall morning we recommend wearing a layer of polypropylene next to your skin, a nylon type windbreaker/workout suit and wool socks with tennis shoes. We will provide an area to change after your river trip. As with any outdoor activity its better to have layers to remove than not to have them.
Who can do whitewater? Just about everyone, age 6 and older. No experience is necessary on the sections of the rivers we run. The US Coast Guard-approved life jackets for whitewater are designed to fit a majority of large adults and the minimum size for children is 40 lbs. While strong swimming skills are not necessary the ability to remain calm in moving water is. If you are scared of floating in a pool or calm lake then rafting may not be for you.
Is rafting safe? Rafting is not without risks. Our staff has been trained and certified in many areas including CPR, Wilderness First Aid and Swiftwater rescue. Our rafting trips pack first aid kits, river rescue equipment and when appropriate emergency communication devices. Life jackets must be worn at all times on the river and helmets are required. Safety procedures are explained in detail prior to and during your trip and it is every rafterís responsibility to adhere to these procedures. Whitewater rafting is an adventure sport and is inherently dangerous due to its water based nature. We try to minimize risk by balancing safety with adventure and fun. Unfortunately accidents can occur on a river trip. We will make every effort to keep you safe. We also expect you to protect yourself from problems by reporting medical conditions to us ahead of time and not being intoxicated. We reserve the right to refuse anyone's trip that arrives intoxicated or obviously under the influence and cancel their trip without refunding their payment or deposit.
Can you accommodate my special condition? When you make your reservation, please inform the reservationists of any medical condition, physical disability, or allergy that may require special attention or treatment. Obtain your physician's approval in writing to raft if you have one or more serious health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, pregnancy, epilepsy, heart condition, bee sting allergy, etc. Sometimes stuff just happens so protect yourself by letting us know.
What are the minimum participant ages? We suggest the minimum age limit of 8 for the Lower Russell Fork beginner fun trips and 12 for Upper Russell Fork Extreme Fun trips, but we consider factors such as parental participation and acknowledgment of risk, physical size, age, maturity, and water sport ability. We reserve the right to raise or lower minimum ages according to individual circumstances and the limits of our insurance. Our equipment doesn't support anyone under 40 pounds in weight.
What do rapid classifications mean? Rapids and rivers are subjectively rated Class I through Class VI in the International Scale of River Difficulty. The ratings depend on, the volume of water in the river, the gradient dropping per mile, watercraft and recovery ease. As a way to simplify this for our guests to understand, we have divided them into two categories: Class I - III Beginner Fun - an introduction to white water, itís a great place to start if you have never been rafting or feel timid towards moving water. Class III - IV Extreme fun - offers white water for folks who are looking for a bit more adventure and range from class III - IV+.
What are the boats like? Rafts have outer tubes that give it its shape and form while the cross tubes provide the structure. Depending on the trip type, there may be as few as 3 or as many as 7 people in a raft. We use commercial outfitter boats meaning they are built to a tougher standard and take more abuse over time and still maintain a good condition. A ducky or inflatable kayak is a cross between a raft and a kayak. Like our rafts, a ducky has inflated outer tubes and is self-bailing. Like a sit on top kayak, a ducky is much narrower than a raft and is propelled using a double-bladed kayak paddle. Duckies are designed for one or two paddlers. Navigating duckies through gentle to moderate white water is highly interactive and allows for a one-on-one experience with the river.