As one of the owners of Costa Rica Rios, we had the pleasure of working with Cliff for several months. His skills on the rivers were unmatched and his energy and enthusiasm was infectious. Knowing Cliff as I do I would highly recommend his company. He is an expert outdoorsman and if you are looking for the ultimate guide there are none better.

Fraser TyrrellOwner - Costa Rica Rios

Cliff has definitely found his calling – he is a naturally talented leader, environmentalist, and guide who is energized by being outdoors. He not only has excellent river navigation skills, but also shares his expertise about the flora and fauna of the surrounding area. His experience and welcoming personality made our ‘fall colors’ whitewater trip so much fun!

Shannon McGrathTransportation Planner - MnDOT - St. Paul, MN

I’ve had the pleasure of participating in multiple excursions with Cliff Langley and Swiftwater Adventures. Each time I walked away with a great experience. The trips were professionally ran with safety and fun in mind. Our entire group had a blast and learned quite a bit along the way. Looking forward to our next trip with Cliff!

Derrick TaylorDerrick Taylor LLC

Cliff has guided me through whitewater and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Cliff has a clear approach to teaching the necessary skills and safety measures needed to have a good time, while also integrating his naturalist perspective and depth of knowledge on the regions plants, animals and insects. He is a strong and experienced guide with a fun personality to match. His love for the intricacies of the natural world is contagious- he can make finding a beetle exciting, which is saying alot. Anyone who adventures with Cliff will leave having had a good time but also having learned alot about their own strengths and the exciting environment they are exploring. With his expert level whitewater skills Cliff gives back to the sport through his writing and photography- which reveals his commitment to our regions habitat and the education of others.

Bridget IdekerSocial Worker

Cliff has the ability to instill confidence in new adventurers and build upon the skills of the more seasoned. He also instills knowledge of the natural settings. Overall, a very capable and professional guide.

Ernest HansenPhysical Therapist

Cliff is everything you want in a river guide. He knows the rivers he runs like the back of his hand and always has safety in mind, but is tons of fun! He is a great teacher, so you’ll never forget that if you swim, you put “feet up!” If you’re thinking about booking a river trip, Cliff is the guide you want to book with!

Meryl Lucchesi-FreybergEnglish Teacher - Houghton, MI

Cliff Langley, you’re the best guide I have had in my life so far in a canoeing field experience! The future looks bright for you as you are calm, dedicated, passionate, respectful, courageous, and educated. Thank you for your time and effort as we explored voyageurs! I look forward with great enthusiasm to seeing you again for some water fun! God bless!

Nicholas Justad

Our guide Cliff was very professional from the moment we stepped out of our car to meet him, since most of us didn’t know what to expect. Cliff’s thoroughness and experience made us all feel as though we were in great hands. Not only was all of our equipment provided, we were able to bring coolers with food and beverages for the day. Also being a naturalist, Cliff’s wealth of knowledge of the geology, flora, and fauna made for some interesting talks along our paddle. The great scenery and good company made for an all around wonderful experience!! Cannot say enough good things about these guys! If you’re thinking about doing this, I highly recommend it!


Cliff Langley of Swiftwater Adventures is that rare outdoor leader who combines adventure skills and natural history effortlessly. Not only is Cliff a skilled and experienced white water kayak and rafting guide, but he is also a master naturalist, with a deep and intimate knowledge of the flora, fauna and geology of the area. Cliff’s command of the regional area’s natural history and the stories he shares is stellar and his easy going and positive demeanor make every experience rewarding and memorable.

Bryan WoodExecutive Director - Audubon Center of the North Woods

We have used Swiftwater Adventures to provide hands-on learning for our college students and community members. Currently the guided canoe trips have been effectively used to introduce limnology, ecology, and geology to our college students in a very engaging atmosphere. Our college is also looking at how the type of experiences that are offered by Swiftwater Adventure can be used as team building exercises by our incoming freshman. I would highly recommend Swiftwater Adventures!

Courtney KowalczakEnvironmental Institute Director - Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College

The guides of Swiftwater were fun, creative, and created a challenging experience that with out a doubt brought our team closer together. We felt like warriors after this! We fear nothing and are ready to take it on again next year! Thanks Swiftwater Adventures.

Ryan MickeOwner - RPM Online Solutions

Swiftwater Adventures is amazing! The most knowledgeable and experienced wilderness adventure guides you’ll find. If you have an adventure in mind they can do it. Adventure at it’s finest!

Nora Whitmore3M

My daughter and I had a blast whitewater rafting on the St. Louis River this past Saturday! We’ve never been whitewater rafting before, but Swiftwater Adventures made it safe and fun. We’ll definitely do this again!

Julia Kim

I wanted to give my college Environmental Science class a chance to experience the St. Louis River in a new way. This rafting trip engaged all the students senses and the learning was tremendous thanks to Cliff Langley’s great staff. We learned about the ecology of the river and had a beautiful trip on this great river. I highly recommend this experience for everyone!

Courtney KowalczakEnvironmental Institute Director - Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College