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Old 12-26-2009, 06:32 PM
 
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We were in WVA over the summer '09 for a white water rafting and canopy tour (aka zip line). I did not know tipping was expected but when it was made clear it was, I just went off the cuff. Can anyone there tell me the going 'rate' or expectations for tipping the eco-tourism professionals? Thank you!
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:08 AM
 
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A $50 bill is not out of line for a 'whitewater trip.
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Old 12-27-2009, 01:16 AM
 
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Would that be per person? How about kids'? The guides do a lot of work, that is for sure!
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Old 12-27-2009, 01:41 AM
 
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We were in WVA over the summer '09 for a white water rafting and canopy tour (aka zip line). I did not know tipping was expected but when it was made clear it was, I just went off the cuff. Can anyone there tell me the going 'rate' or expectations for tipping the eco-tourism professionals? Thank you!
Hi Starr - Let me first preface this by saying that in the near future I will be moving to either the northern or eastern panhandle....But right now I am in the PNW.

That said....A VERY close friend of mine out of Mt Shasta, California, is perhaps the best known and most skilled class-5/class5-plus outfitter/guide on the west coast. And a few years back I would occasionally work for him running the guide/gear boat as the ''advance party.''

Only in rare occasions did I ever see the clients/guests directly tip the guides. On one such occasion, I saw a client tip out three-hundred bones to a guide, only because the guide agreed to run a very dangerous 35ft waterfall that is/was a mandatory portage for 99.9 percent of guests/clients. They aced it with a swim on the bottom...and flush out...

Maybe it's an east coast thing to tip ''your'' guide, but here on the WC, I haven't seen too much of it. It also might be different for your basic plain-jane type class -3/4 outfitters as opposed to ''Sobek style'' scare water ; }
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Old 12-27-2009, 04:55 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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My nephew and I took several guided fishing float trips on the upper New River a few years back and we had a great guide. He oared us to some spots we thought looked pretty good and put us on a lot of smallmouth bass throughout the day. We had lots of fun and even let him fish some of the deeper pools with our equipment. He never mentioned a tip but at the end of the day we gave him $40 ($20 from each of us) and he seemed very satisfied.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Poca, WV
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We were in WVA over the summer '09 for a white water rafting and canopy tour (aka zip line). I did not know tipping was expected but when it was made clear it was, I just went off the cuff. Can anyone there tell me the going 'rate' or expectations for tipping the eco-tourism professionals? Thank you!
I do private raft trips on the New and Gauley Rivers. Most people tip $20.00. But ive also been tipped $0.00 to $100.00.
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:14 AM
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A couple of years ago about 6-8 of us went rock fishing on opening morning. The first mate was busting his butt but we had fish-on all morning long. We each tipped him $20-$30 bucks.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:14 AM
 
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Threerun:

Now you have that incredible memory...aren't the 'Rock Fish gone now...(endangered)???
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:42 AM
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No. Incredible comeback story for the bay. Overfishing decimated the rock numbers. There was a long standing ban on fishing for them and now it's managed pretty tightly.

However crabs and oysters are taking it on the chin, which in some respects disrupts their food chain a bit, but the rocks eat shad and other school fish.
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