Whitewater Rafting Season Begins

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Event Date(s): Fri, 03/02/2018 - 9:00am - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 4:00pm
Rafting on Cattaraugus Creek

The Spring Rafting Season in Zoar Valley opens in March with the spring runoff and lasts until late May or early June as the water level becomes too low. The best white water action can normally be had from right now through April, depending of course on the amount of rainfall. May, as the water level begins to recede, can generally be counted on to provide the more scenic, warmer and serene trips.  May showers, however, can bring about a sudden rise in water levels.

Reservations are required.  To book your whitewater adventure, or for more information contact:  

  • Zoar Valley Canoe & Rafting   1-800-724-0696 or e-mail raftzvc [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Adventure Calls Outfitters, Inc.   1-888-270-2410  or e-mail adcalls [at] yahoo [dot] com

You can also check out their websites www.ZoarValleyRafting.com or www.Adventure-Calls.com.

This event will be held at:

Zoar Valley
S. Water Street
Gowanda, NY 14070
United States
42° 27' 45.3852" N, 78° 56' 4.5924" W
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Meaning of the word Cattaraugus

CATTARAUGUS, from a Seneca Indian word meaning “bad smelling banks,” referring to the odor of natural gas leaking from rock seams. http://www.dos.ny.gov/info/pdfs/countynames.pdf

The word "Cattaraugus" means "foul-smelling river bank." This name is a result of the natural gas that oozes from the river mud. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattaraugus_Creek.

In our opinion, only some of the river banks are bad smelling. Come on over and visit a creek in Cattaraugus County and tell us what you think.

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