3 Whirlpool Rapids Gorge—Niagara River New York-shutterstock_456104239.jpg

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The NYS Department of Parks prohibits launching a boat from park property, which is the only feasible access from the U.S. side to the rapids above the whirlpool. The Niagara Gorge is a deadly section of exploratory rapids. As the water travels through, it reaches about 30 mph, creating the Class 6 Whirlpool Rapids, some of the most extreme in the entire world. Even so, a commercial rafting venture was attempted in 1976 and according to American Whitewater, that came to a stop when, on their twelfth run, the raft flipped and four people drowned.