Those of you that have whitewater rafted the upper St. Louis River with us probably remember paddling on the Thomson reservoir to end the rafting trip. Rafters paddle across the narrower north-south expanse exploring only a fraction of the 470 acre manmade lake. There is much left to see and explore as the reservoir expands quite a ways to the east and west featuring half a dozen rocky, boreal forest covered islands and miles of shoreline. In addition to the St. Louis River flowing into the reservoir (created by the Thomson dam), the Midway River flows in as well.
With islands, scenic shoreline, and the mouth of the Midway River there is a lot to explore. Paddlers can spend hours or a whole day paddling and exploring. If paddling itself doesn’t float your boat the small mouth bass fishing is pretty good on the Thomson reservoir.
Swiftwater Adventures rents canoes, sit on top kayaks and stand up paddle boards for 2 hours, half day and all day. Rates are as follows:
2 hours ½ Day Full Day
Kayak $30 $40 $55
Canoe $30 $40 $60
SUP $30 $40 $60
We strive to offer the best whitewater rafting and kayaking adventures in Minnesota. To show our appreciation to those that have whitewater rafted or taken a whitewater kayak lesson with us we give $5 off per craft for rentals.
Call us or stop by our Office and Kayak/SUP Center at 121 Vermilion St. Carlton, MN 55718 to get your rental gear.
Hope to see you on the St. Louis River this summer!