Adventure Sports

Whether it’s paddling a canoe or kayak in the calm waterways and bays of the St. Lawrence River or rafting Class III to Class IV rapids on the nearby Black River, visitors to the 1000 Islands area have plenty of adventurous on-the-water options.

In recent years, stand-up paddling (SUP) and wake boarding have become as popular as traditional favorites like swimming, diving and fishing. Dive shops on both sides of the U.S./Canada border cater to various skill levels and offer an opportunity for visitors to explore preserved shipwrecks.

Whitewater rafting companies guide visitors three seasons of the year through the rapids of the Black River near Watertown, New York. From the high-water of spring to the stunning foliage of fall, Black River whitewater is atop thrillseekers’ lists.

The new Skywood Eco Adventure Park in Mallorytown was built to be Ontario’s largest zip line and treetop adventure park. Skywood is a thrilling adventure for all. Kids can even join in the fun at scaled-back portions designed with little ones in mind.

On the U.S. side of the 1000 Islands, get your adrenaline going at the new Spencer Valley Zip Lines near Redwood. Spencer Valley opened for its first full season of operation in 2016.

Add some adventure to your 1000 Islands outdoor experience with these alternative activities. Search the communities below to see where your next adventure is located!

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Dexter, NY
BOB Rafting

B.O.B. Rafting

120 William St.
Dexter, NY 13634

Phone: 315-785-9386
[email protected]

Starting in downtown Watertown, you’ll travel down seven miles of the best summer time whitewater rafting in New York State. Two trips daily led by professional outfitters. Alternative numbers: 315-767-6688, 315-659-3210.

Trip includes fully licenses NYS Guides, complete paddling instruction, all necessary safety equipment, BBQ and refreshments at the end of the trip, self-bailing rafts and wet suits. Minimum age is 13.

Operation Season: May - October

Whitewater Challengers

Whitewater Challengers

16129 Foster Park Rd
Dexter, NY 13634

Toll Free: 800-443-RAFT
[email protected]

Add some excitement to your summer with one of our fun-filled rafting trips on the Black River. Our trip combines the heart-pounding thrills of whitewater with all the fun of a summer beach party. Class III-IV whitewater assures plenty of action and a hearty BBQ dinner is included with your trip.

Operation Season: May - October

Watertown, NY

1000 Islands Bicycle Rentals

129 Mill St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-786-8800
[email protected]

Enjoy the magnificent beauty of the 1000 Islands and the St. Lawrence River by bicycle. It doesn’t matter if you are on vacation or just looking for recreational activity – we deliver!

Operation Season: May - October

Adirondack River Outfitters

ARO Adventures Whitewater Rafting

140 Newell St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-788-2297
Toll Free: 800-525-7238
[email protected]

Summer, sun, and exciting whitewater – the combination was unknown in New York State until A.R.O. pioneered rafting trips on the Black River Gorge. For thirty four years our guests have been our best promotion. “Such a professional and entertaining crew, the staff at A.R.O. are the epitome of professional, safe, and fun. and the food (both the snack and the BBQ at the end) was delicious.”

Minimum age:

May: 16, After Memorial Day: 14

Summer Minimum Age: 12, river level permitting

Operation Season: May - October

Black River Outfitters

Black River Outfitters (BRO)

531 W. Main St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Toll Free: 866-960-4BRO
[email protected]

Go with the pros – go with BRO! Offering whitewater rafting on the nearby Black River. BRO offers the newest, most up-to-date rafting center and has a top-of-the-line and super-friendly staff! Action-packed rapids, free ice cream & unforgettable memories. No experience necessary. Ages 14 and up.

Operation Season: May - October