Whitewater Kayaking

Whitewater kayaking is an excellent way to challenge yourself, get fit, and see beautiful places accessible only by kayak. With whitewater kayaking you can take things as far as you want to go or as relaxed as you like. Whether you want to learn to kayak off of waterfalls and run class IV whitewater or if you want to be proficient enough to run class II and III rapids, we can get you on the right track.

We offer lessons and trips. Click below for more info!

Let’s go Kayaking!

Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking: Lessons & River Trips

Thinking whitewater kayaking might be for you? This two to three hour sampler gives participants a ’hands on’ introduction into whitewater kayaking.

Learn basic strokes and paddling technique, and to wet exit. Participants can also attempt an Eskimo roll after instruction. Participants will have a chance to learn about the ratings of rapids, reading whitewater, and the option to paddle a couple of class I-II rapids.

Trips run July through September on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 9am and 2pm, or by appointment.

$100/person for a 2-3 hour experience

*Group rates are available

Prices include professional guide service, knowledge of the natural history of the region, use of equipment, and shuttle if necessary.

Meet at the Outpost in Carlton, MN (near the Thomson Dam)

Guides and Trip Leader: Cliff Langley trip leader/instructor/naturalist. Additional guide(s) TBA

Learn, explore, and run rapids!

Sign up for our summer lessons to further your introduction into whitewater kayaking!

Our summer sessions begin on flat water on the St. Louis River to learn basic kayak control and technique, learn to wet exit, practice rolls, and rescue. From here we will progress to class I and II whitewater to refine our skills and learn to read whitewater.

Advanced lessons are available upon request.

Beginning June 23rd, 2014

Trips run weekday evenings at 6pm, weekends at 9am and 2pm (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays), or by appointment.

$100/2 hour session

*Group rates are available and lesson packages available for lower rates

Prices include professional guide service, knowledge of the natural history of the region, use of equipment, and shuttle if necessary.

Meet at the Outpost in Carlton, MN (near the Thomson Dam)

Call to sign up for Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking or Lessons today!

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!

Includes professional guide service, all necessary equipment and shuttle service to and from the river. Bring snacks and a water bottle.

*Please arrive 15 minutes prior to trip time to check in and get outfitted.