Monthly Archives - June 2017

Swiftwater Adventures: What New in 2017?

Ok, a few things are the same: we are focused on offering you the best possible professionally guided whitewater rafting trips on the St. Louis River with your fun and safety as our number one goal. That hasn’t changed. Although, we strive towards excellence every year.

We are getting better every year and training our guides to enhance your experience. We strive to make your trip a wilderness and whitewater adventure! We truly believe we offer one of the best adventures in the Duluth area. Come see for yourself!

Whitewater kayaking: we will be offering whitewater kayaking lessons and an introduction trip again this year. For people’s first time in a whitewater kayak we push them towards the Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking. This 2 ½ hour experience will teach you some basic strokes and concepts, the wet exit and the opportunity (challenge by choice) to run a couple of class II(+) rapids.

After the intro, if kayaking strikes your fancy, then we offer lessons and can help push you in the right direction to meet other kayakers. Either way, we can offer you a whitewater adventure near Duluth, MN.

Kayak and and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) rentals on Thomson Reservoir

The Thomson Reservoir is like a miniature Boundary Waters Canoe Area with rocky islands, tall pines and wildlife, except you don’t need a permit for this adventure. The reservoir is formed from the upper St. Louis River and the Thomson Dam creating a beautiful 470 acre lake.

Our office and adventure center located at 121 Vermilion Street in Carlton,MN is only a block away from the Thomson Reservoir. If you don’t have the means to move the kayaks or SUPs our staff can drop them off at the reservoir for you. So whether you are camping in Jay Cooke St. Park just down the road or staying in Duluth we are close by for a paddling adventure.

Fishing Trips with our friend Farout Flyfishing

Our rafting and fishing buddy Brian Porter knows how to paddle and land fish. Try fly fishing for small mouth bass on the St. Louis River this summer! Visit his website to hook into a good time:

We offer a variety of paddling adventures for you in 2017. Whether its whitewater rafting on the St. Louis River near Duluth, MN or whitewater kayaking, a serene paddle on the Thomson Reservoir, or a fly fishing trip on the St. Louis, summer is hear and the time is now!

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Swiftwater’s Commitment to Excellence

With another season on tap, we just wanted to share with our customers our commitment to excellence. Now, don’t get me wrong, we aren’t perfect or is every trip excellent, although I think they are all pretty darn good, and we have had many, many excellent trips. My point is that we make a concentrated effort to strive towards excellence on every trip

With the above in mind, here are a few ways we strive for excellence on every professionally guided whitewater rafting trip on the St. Louis River, which is just 15 minutes south of Duluth, MN for you vacationers and for you locals: why haven’t you come rafting yet?!

Fun and Safety are our number one goals. Safety comes first: you aren’t having fun if you are hurt or in real danger. Our trip leaders have intimate knowledge of the St. Louis River, know the right lines in the rapids at the varying levels to hit the best waves and avoid dangerous river obstacles. We train our guides to know these lines and to handle a variety of whitewater and wilderness scenarios.

Our trip leaders are certified in Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder, these are first aid courses on steroids! Plus we have seen the gambit of injuries over the years on the river and have gotten pretty good at avoiding them.

We also train our guides to be as personable as possible and encourage them to interact with you, and answer any question you have about paddling or the river ecosystem.

Experience: Our trip leaders have decades of combined experience guiding whitewater rafting trips on the St. Louis River and other adventures in the Duluth, MN area and beyond. the more you have seen and experienced the more apt you are at dealing with problems, or even better recognizing a problem developing and handling it before it becomes an issue.

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Interactive experience: we strive to make the trip about you and your crew. You are the trip. You and your crew are the engine for that raft; you are paddling your way down. It’s up to you to work with the guide to navigate the river. We also encourage you to take advantage of our knowledge of the natural history of the St. Louis River.

In addition, we add in a few extra experiences with in the trip to give you a whitewater and wilderness adventure experience. From the adventure swim, to the option for a brief side hike, and more, we strive to give you a fun safe time, every time!

If you have been whitewater rafting on the St. Louis River with us before we hope we have you an excellent trip and for those that haven’t taken a float with us what are you waiting for?

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