Family Lower New River

Family and Kids White Water rafting on West Virginia's Lower New River

Fun and exciting!

Now families with children as young as 9 can enjoy the classic river trip upon which the New River rafting pioneers built this industry.

You may be wondering, how is this possible? It's still the same Lower New—what's different for younger kids? On the Family Lower New River trip we only use big boats with guide-driven oar rigs. Those big oars give our experienced guides maximum control over their rafts. We also don't run this trip if the river flow is above a certain level. In other words, we make sure we have as much control over the day as possible.

This is a real adventure for families that want bigger waves and a wilder ride than the Upper New. 

Prices are per person and do not include tax and fees. Prices vary by age and day of the week.

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9-12 years old (Save $10)


$109 - $149

Aside from paying close attention to water levels and providing an oar boat for every crew, we take several additional precautions on Family New River trips. The crew size is typically 8 people per boat and we use the biggest rafts we have available. Note: this trip is dependent on water levels. If the river is too high, we will not run this trip. Call us to find out the water level, and if not, we suggest the Upper New River!

What kind of river is the Lower New?
The Lower New River is West Virginia whitewater rafting at its best! With a professional guide in every oar-rigged raft on the Lower New River, instruction is provided at each major rapid as you float through the New River Gorge’s rapids rated Class I through V (on a scale of I to VI). The New River is a large volume river. The rapids are formed by the large shelf drops and boulders. These structures create monster waves, hydraulics and world class whitewater. There’s plenty of floating and swimming to do in between the rapids, along with stops at Jump Rock and a huge gourmet deli-style riverside lunch.

What does Rivermen provide?
We provide transportation to and from the river, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle & boat), professional guides in each raft, a gourmet deli-style lunch and a complimentary beverage after the trip.

How much time do we spend on the water?
The total trip is 5-7 hours from the time you leave base camp until you return. We spend 4-5 of these hours on the water.

How big are the boats?
We only go in the largest rafts we have, which are 15-16 feet long. These boats are as stable as it gets.

What else might we need?
You should bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sun glasses and if the weather is a little nippy, a dry layer to put on after the trip. (Your guide will be able to put it into a dry bag.) If necessary, we also rent wetsuits and paddle jackets. Via our partnership with Whitewater Photography, we also sell photos of you in the rapids. Our video boaters also accompany most trips and we offer DVDs of your experience for an extra charge. To ensure you get a video, you can pre-order one with your reservation.