Special Events Calendar for 2018

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 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 - July 5, 12, 24 - August 9, 16, 28

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 following dates: June 26, June 28, July 03, July 19, August 14, August 23

For those who prefer a “heady” adult beverage to one of pressed grapes, we invite you to 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 24, July 01, August 26

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 2018


'An Act of Kindness' Raft Trip

Sunday, April 29

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 2018


Mother's Day Special

Sunday, May 13

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.)

June 2018


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Mom and Me Retreat

June 1 through June 3

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 - Mom & 1 Child - $125.00, Mom & 2 Children - $190.00, Mom & 3 Children - $225.00, 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

Saturday, 06/09/18 (2:00 pm)

Join Tim Reed for a narrated hike along Trail #1, learning some of the history of the park as you go and then camp along the river at St. Helena. Dinner will be paired with a sampling of several local wines and craft beers. Following breakfast Sunday morning it's time to raft through the gorge. Cost: $160 per person; includes wine and beer flights, group gear, meals, and raft trip.

Father's Day Special

Sunday, June 17

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 2018


Letchworth State Park Overnight in the Gorge

July 14 (2:00 PM)

Tim Reed will lead a narrated hike along Trail #1 at the Southern end of the park, ending up at St. Helena where camp will be set up along the river's edge. A pie iron cooking demonstration will be the central theme of the supper and breakfast meals. After breaking camp on Sunday the group will raft through the gorge. Cost: $160 per person; includes group gear, meals, and raft trip.

August 2018


Letchworth State Park Overnight in the Gorge

August 18 (2:00 PM)

Join Tim Reed for a narrated hike along Trail #1, learning some of the history of the park as you go and then camp along the river at St. Helena. Dinner will be paired with a sampling of several local wines and craft beers. Following breakfast Sunday morning it's time to raft through the gorge. Cost: $160 per person; includes wine and beer flights, group gear, meals, and raft trip.