Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE - Saturday saw the start of the white water rafting season here, with three rafting companies and their rafters challenging the mighty Hudson River.
It was a cold start with the temperature in the mid-twenties under a cloudless blue sky and still over a foot of snow in the woods surrounding the Indian River put-in off Chain Lakes Road.
Adirondack River Outfitters, Whitewater Challengers and Beaver Brook Outfitters were all taking customers downriver.
Dean Moulton opens the dam on Abanakee Lake to create a "bubble" of water to add excitement to the ride. Other rafting companies told him they were going to hold off until this coming weekend, which might not have been a bad idea considering there were some problems getting the gate open to allow the rush of water over the dam and down the river.
Moulton told the white water guides that were present to spread the word that he wouldn't be releasing any water Sunday, and would try this week to fix the gears that raise and lower the gates.
The rafting season starts in April and carries through to mid-October, with over 10 rafting companies offering the 17-mile trip Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The wild ride starts on the Indian River, which runs 2.5 miles before merging with the Hudson River, and ends at the take-out at the bottom of North River Hill just before the county line and near the railroad tracks on State Route 28.
The launch site off Chain Lakes Road is owned by the State of New York.