Frequently Asked Questions

Trips meet at our Carlton location. You will receive a confirmation email once you book your trip with directions to our facility, what to wear, and other FAQs.

No prior paddling or rafting experience is required as we have professional in raft guides steering each raft. You do need to be physically able to paddle and mentally able to understand and follow directions.

A lot is a relative term, but you do need to put in an effort. This is not an amusement park ride. At times we will paddle easy and other times everyone will need to paddle hard to successfully navigate a rapid. We do take a couple of breaks along the way.

For colder conditions you want to dress in layers. For your base layer polyester or fleece long under wear is best. No cotton as it loses its insulating properties once wet. For your insulating layer wool or fleece is ideal as it can get wet and still insulate. For your external layer you want something like Gortex to shed water and stop the wind.

For footwear: in colder conditions wear wool socks and tight fitting shoes such as tennis shoes. If you have neoprene booties then water those. In warmer conditions wear tight fitting shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals that have a strap across the back so they stay one. Flip flops are a poor choice as they can easily fall off and be lost.

Depending on flows the trip is typically 2 hours long. Larger groups can take a little bit longer but typically 2 ½ hours is the maximum time.

Depending on flows and the section of river we run, most trips will paddle a couple of class II rapids and several class III rapids. In high water most of the rapids are class III to class III+ which can be waves larger than 6’ tall!

At low flows we run a different section of river through a canyon where the rapids are more technical class III and one class IV rapid.

This video provides visual examples and discusses how rapids are rated: Rating Rapids

Yes you can! We even have helmets available with Go-Pro mounts. Please ask to ensure you get one.

As far as time of day, we offer rafting trips at 10 am and 2pm, whichever suits you best.

As far as time of year, if you are looking for high water then May and June typically sport higher flows. Spring and early summer rains bring the river levels up.

July and August are also great times to raft as the St. Louis River holds water well, conditions are warmer, and besides there still being challenging rapids, the river is a wilderness area providing fantastic scenery.

We want everyone to have fun but you CAN NOT be under the influence of alcohol or drugs on our trips. Not only can this cause unnecessary danger to yourself but to others as well. There are enough variables to try to manage risk while in a whitewater and wilderness setting that being of an altered mental state exemplifies that risk too much.

Once the trip is over, then visit your favorite watering hole or the River Inn for adult beverages and additional good times!

The headwaters of the St. Louis River, and its tributaries, start out in wetlands or bogs where decaying vegetation releases tannins that stain the river a ‘rootbeer’ color.

Check out this video for a longer explanation: St. Louis River Color