If you are looking to plan a white water rafting trip, there are a few ways that you can go about it. You should figure out if you are going to be going as a group or if you would like to raft by yourself. You should also decide how far you would like to travel from your home for this trip. Two of the best places that I have found for white water rafting are Pennsylvania and West Virginia. They have beautiful scenery and affordable rafting trips for every level.
One of the best sources for information is the internet. There are sites that specialize in planning white water rafting trips and can give you valuable advice on where to go, how long to plan for, what to bring and can give you pictures of what you are about to encounter. You will want to check the weather, both recent past and for the time that you will be rafting. Extreme rainfall raises the level of the water and makes for a faster and often times more fun trip down a river.
If you can choose a weekend after a scheduled damn release, it will do the same trick. If you don't have access to the internet, there are a number of books out there focused on white water rafting in general and on specific locales. These can be found at the library, book store or your local sporting goods store. If you sign up for a tour, there is no need to buy your own gear. Another great way to get information is from people who have gone rafting before.
They will know the best places, what you need to bring and how much you can expect to pay. They can also give you insight into the best times of year to go and anything you need to watch out for. A local boy scout or explorer scout troop may be an invaluable resource as they tend to include this in the yearly trip schedule. You will be provided with everything you need and can rent any extras that you may want to have.
Once you have signed up for a tour and get to the meeting place, the tour guides will teach you whatever you need to know and will make sure that the rafts are balanced and stocked with all the necessities. Make sure you listen to these guides. They are seasoned rafters who know how to navigate the river and can keep you safe in any kind of emergency.
Proper research and planning will ensure that you have a fabulous white water rafting experience!