This powerful run is a great place for strong advanced beginner and intermediate kayakers and canoeists to gain experience with bigger, more pushy rapids.
A Typical River Run in Zoar Gap
Your clinic meets at our base in Charlemont, MA promptly at 9 a.m. Complimentary hot drinks are available when you arrive.
A river run on the Zoar Gap section of Massachusetts’ Deerfield River makes for the perfect follow-up after participating in one of our Novice or Class II kayaking or canoeing clinics. We spend the day enjoying the river, while gaining experience kayaking or canoeing on New England’s best Class II summer whitewater run.
We are adding even more value to this fun run with opportunities for rolling instruction for those that are interested. Join us on the Deerfield River for a fun river run!
- Class Prerequisites
This run is for kayakers or canoeists who are comfortable in Class II and want a chance to gain experience or paddle a new river under the expert leadership of qualified instructors.
- How to Prepare
You will spend somewhere between four to five hours in your boat. To prepare, stretch your thighs, hamstrings, and torso (back, stomach, shoulders, and neck). If you increase your flexibility, you will have more efficient strokes, and be more comfortable in your boat.
- What to Wear
While some of the flatwater areas we use are quite warm in June, July, and August, the Deerfield River is always cool, regardless of the time of year or air temperature. When packing your paddling clothes, please plan accordingly, especially if you are coming early or late in the season (April, May, September, and October). Our clinics run rain or shine.
Wear items such as:
- synthetic long underwear, garments made of polypropylene, Capilene, or some polyester/spandex blend
- fleece or wool socks
- bathing suit
- fleece or wool jacket/sweater (early/late season or if you tend to chill easily)