Special Events Calendar for 2017

The special events are run in addition to our regularly scheduled raft trips we offer at each of our three locations. For information pertaining specifically to rafting, please refer to the “Raft Trips” page. * Please note: All activities have a minimum number of participants needed to be run. In the event an activity is canceled due to low enrollment or extemely inclement weather, all fees will be refunded.


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Buffalo River Wine-Tasting Paddle Trip

6:00 PM on the following dates: June 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 22, July 4, 20, August 1, 10, 17, 24

Come join ACO Trip Leader Tim Reed on a leisurely 2 hour paddle along the Buffalo River and learn about the area from a different perspective while enjoying some local wines from Arrowhead Springs Winery (one of their vintners will accompany the trip). Meet at Mutual Riverfront Park at the end of Hamburg St. in downtown Buffalo, NY. Cost: $40 per person; includes boats and paddle gear (If you have your own boat you are welcome to bring it.) Advance reservations required. Tickets can be purchased by calling (716)-983-5717.

Buffalo River Craft Beer Tasting Paddle Trip

6:00 PM on the folowing dates: June 20, July 13, August 8

Come join ACO Trip Leader Tim Reed on a leisurely 2 hour paddle along the Buffalo River and learn about the area from a different perspective while enjoying some locally brewed craft beers from Big Ditch Brewery. Meet at Mutual Riverfront Park at the end of Hamburg St. in downtown Buffalo, NY. Cost: $40 per person; includes boats and paddle gear (If you have your own boat you are welcome to bring it.) Advance reservations required. Tickets can be purchased by calling; (716)-983-5717.

Buffalo River Progressive Dinner Paddle Trip

5:00 PM on the following dates: June 11, July 16, and August 13

Join ACO Trip Leader Tim Reed for a truly delicious evening of paddling along the Buffalo River as you enjoy a gourmet meal served over several courses, paired with some select fine wines. The meal will be specially prepared just for us by Daily’s Catering and our friends from Arrowhead Springs Winery will be accompanying us on the trip.

Meet at Mutual Riverfront Park at the end of Hamburg St. in downtown Buffalo, NY. Cost: $70 per person; includes boats and paddle gear (If you have your own boat you are welcome to bring it.) For more information and to make reservations, contact Tim at; TimAR@aol.com or (716)-983-5717.

April 2017


'An Act of Kindness' Raft Trip

Sunday, April 23

Enjoy a trip through the gorge and help out a local Food Pantry at the same time. For every dollar of non-perishable food you bring to our Site Office the day of the trip, we will take that amount off the total cost of your trip. Our goal is to pull up to their door on Monday with one of our trucks packed solid with food. It’s a win/win situation!

May 2017


Mother's Day Special

Sunday, May 14

Bring Mom out for a day of rafting at Letchworth State Park and if she's accompanied by at least two other family members paying the regular rate, she is our guest for the day. Just so she knows how special she is, after the trip is over, we will present her with a bouquet of flowers. (No other pricing discounts or special offers apply.)

Progressive Dinner Raft Trip

Saturday, May 20 (5:00 PM)

What a “delicious” way to spend an evening with that special someone! Join us as we travel the gorge at a leisurely pace, stopping at various points along the way to partake in a specially prepared five course meal. A member of our interpretive staff will accompany the group, pointing out the various flora and fauna along the river as well as discussing some of the significant historical aspects of the park. Cost: $55.00 per person (no children under the age of 10 allowed).

June 2017


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Mom and Me Retreat

June 2 through June 4

This weekend-long event is a chance for you single moms to build some lasting memories with your kids. Besides all the neat outdoorsy stuff you'll be doing like paddling a raft and splashing in the river, you and kids can swim in an indoor heated pool, cook s'mores around a campfire, and enjoying the juggling genius of Nels Ross of "In Jest", etc., and mom will find some much needed refreshment for her soul.

The picturesque campus of Houghton College will be our home for three days and two nights. We’ll have access to the cafeteria, dorms, athletic facilities with supervision, and chapel. The highlight of the weekend will be the Saturday evening program. Our featured speaker is Natalie Thomas from the Family Life Network. She’s a "been there - done that" mom who uses her gift of humor and Southern Belle charm in her unique story telling. Child care will be provided so mom can sit back, relax, and be filled with the Lord’s love and grace.

Cost: Tiered Pricing - Tier I: Mom & (1) Child - $100.00 / Tier II: $160.00 per family (up to four members, consisting of mom and three children at least 4 years old), includes all activities (subject to change as needed), lodging, meals, and programs. Additional children or adults: call for pricing. This event fills up fast so don't hesitate! For more information, check out: MomAndMeRetreat.com. To register, contact Joan Anderson at: 716.341.7657 or e-mail: mom.me2009@gmail.com.

Letchworth State Park Overnight in the Gorge

June 3 & 4 (2:00 PM)

We will be leading a trip that will be tent camping in the gorge. After rafting to St. Helena camp will be set up along the river, have a chicken bbq, and then relax around the campfire with some s’mores and ghost stories. Arise the next morning to a hearty pancake breakfast. After breaking camp, it’s time to lace up your hiking shoes for a leisurely stroll along the gorge rim on Trail #1 back to the rafting office. Cost: $120 per person, includes all group gear and meals. A $60.00 non-refundable deposit is due by 05/01. Call Tim Reed at (716)-983-5717 for more information.

Father's Day Special

Sunday, June 18

Now it's Dad's turn to be treated to rafting. The same deal as Mother's Day applies. Since we weren't sure what his reaction to flowers would be, upon returning to the rafting office after the trip, Dad is given a special gift he’s more likely to appreciate.

July 2017


Letchworth State Park Overnight in the Gorge

July 1 & 2 (2:00 PM)

We will be leading a trip that will be tent camping in the gorge. Depending on river levels, we will either be rafting or paddling the duckies to St. Helena where camp will be set up along the river. Following dinner (chicken bbq), it’s time to relax around the campfire with some s’mores and ghost stories. Arise the next morning to a hearty pancake breakfast. After breaking camp, it’s time to lace up your hiking shoes for a leisurely stroll along the gorge rim on Trail #1 back to the rafting office. Cost: $120 per person, includes all group gear and meals. A $60.00 non-refundable deposit is due by 06/01. Call Tim Reed at (716)-983-5717 for more information.

Multi-Day Canoe Trip in the Adirondacks

Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28 (2:00 PM start)

ACO Trip Leader Tim Reed will lead a small group of outdoor enthusiasts on this paddling & hiking trip through the Long Lake – Tupper Lake region. The itinerary is as follows: Monday (2:00PM) - meet at the State boat launch in Long Lake. Paddle to the end of the lake, camp for the night. Tuesday - paddle to Raquette Falls then camp for the night at the end of the carry. Wednesday - stay at Raquette Falls and explore the river. Thursday - continue our paddle on the Raquette River. Friday - paddle to Moody Public boat launch on Tupper Lake.

Cost: $600 per person (includes: meals, equipment and guide) Call 716-983-5717 for more information and to make a reservation.

August 2017


Adirondacks Five Day Multi-Event

Monday, August 28 – Friday, September 1 (2:00 pm start)

ACO Trip Leader Tim Reed will again lead a group outing up in the Adirondacks, using Fish Creek Campground as a basecamp while partaking in a variety of activities. Itinerary; Monday (2:00 pm) - meet at Fish Creek campground, set up camp and then do some kayaking. Tuesday – Mountain Biking at Mount Vanhovenberg. Wednesday - Whitewater Rafting on the Hudson River with Adirondack River Outfitters. Thursday - Rock Climbing. Friday - Hike up Ampersand Mountain. Cost: $650 per person (includes camping, meals, equipment, activities and guide) Call 716-983-5717 for more information and to make a reservation.