Whitewater rafting on the St. Louis River, just 15 minutes from Duluth, MN and about 2.5 hours north of the Twin Cities is our bread and butter.
Heck, you could say it’s our crown jewel. And our staff is passionate about whitewater. We paddle the different sections of St. Louis River for fun when we aren’t working and we run other rivers in the region when they are in. Our goal is to share that passion for whitewater and nature with you all, so we are always looking for new ways to keep that stoke up.
Since Swiftwater’s inception we have offered whitewater kayak lessons and trips, and although rafting can be for just about everyone, whitewater kayaking might not be. Whitewater kayaking can have a steep learning curve for some and until you dial in the strokes and concepts, like rolling, you will probably swim a lot and that can get exhausting. When you flip and can not roll back up you have to wet exit and swim. Most often this requires your kayak instructor of paddling partner to rescue you, and tow you and your boat to shore. Then you have to pull that kayak up on shore and drain the water out. Repeat that a few times and you are exhausted.
The above description of learning to kayak isn’t to deter you, anything worth a dang is hard to do at first, it’s just a reality of learning. So what we do with our Intro to Whitewater Kayaking is introduce you to the basic strokes and concepts and employ a challenge by choice philosophy where you get to try a few rapids that have easy rescue scenarios if you yard sale (swim and gear goes everywhere!). This is one way to get a taste for kayaking with out having an exhausting experience. More on the Intro to Whitewater Kayaking trip: https://www.swiftwatermn.com/trips-pricing/whitewater-kayaking/
We have noticed that some people want to experience the freedom of piloting their own whitewater boat, unlike a raft, and feel what it is like to whitewater kayak. Our new inflatable kayak adventure can let people experience this with out as much work, and easier rescue than a standard hard shell kayak.
New Inflatable Kayak Whitewater Adventure: A Quick Summary
This whitewater and wilderness kayak tour is for the adventurous paddler! This inflatable kayak experience is customized to you and your paddling partner. Depending on water levels and your objectives we run either the Upper or Lower St. Louis River on inflatable whitewater kayaks letting you control your craft! Paddle through rapids, surf waves, side hikes and incredible scenery!
This 2 ½ to 3 hour trip requires participants to be able to paddle for a couple of hours, carry a kayak, hike across rugged terrain and more! With a professional kayak guide leading you, this trip provides one on one instruction and guidance. Learn about the natural history of the area as you immerse yourself in this whitewater and nature adventure! Trip link:https://www.swiftwatermn.com/inflatable-kayak-whitewater-adventure/
$100/person. Includes professional guide service, all necessary equipment and shuttle service to and from the river. Bring snacks and a water bottle.
Call now or book online to experience your Inflatable kayak whitewater adventure!