Minnesota Whitewater | Minnesota Whitewater RaftingCONTINUED OPERATION UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP!
The only river officially designated by the Minnesota DNR as a Whitewater River Trail, the St. Louis River is an exciting trip that almost anyone can experience. Minnesota Whitewater is here to give you a safe and exhilarating firsthand experience. Located just outside of Duluth, the beautiful landscape and incredible river will give you an experience you won’t find anywhere else.
Our trips run through the Spring, Summer, and Fall on the dam-controlled section of the St. Louis River. At normal water levels during the summer months the section above the Thompson Dam, the Upper, is a 4.4 mile stretch with 8 sections of Class I – III rapids.
Below the Thompson Dam, the Lower, is a shorter section filled with numerous drops and Class III – V rapids. Generally the Lower is reserved for expert kayakers and only passable with rafts late in the season at much lower water levels and flow rates.
The Upper: Minnesota Whitewater has access to the Upper St. Louis River whitewater trail next to The River Inn at 3212 River Gate Ave in Scanlon, Minnesota. Our trips follow the four-plus mile stretch of the Upper St. Louis River. This guided whitewater raft route is an exciting excursion through the different aspects of the Upper St. Louis River ending with a short paddle across the Thompson Reservoir to the take-out. See our “About” page for a more detailed description.
- WHO CAN GO RAFTING
- THE ULTIMATE YOUTH GROUP ADVENTURE
- IN RAFT GUIDES
- WHAT TO BRING
- DRIVING DIRECTIONS
- LIABILITY WAIVERS
- ADVICE FROM EXPERIENCE
CALL FOR OUR SPECIAL YOUTH GROUP RATES
This summer, you can treat your youth group to the thrill, adventure and excitement of an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip. Regardless of previous rafting experience, our river rafting trip is a stimulating activity for anyone twelve years old or over and in good health. Whether yours is a Scout Troop, Church Youth Group, Class, Youth Camp or other Youth Organization, we’ll set the stage for a fun and truly challenging river experience.
Youth group trips are our specialty. We have whitewater rafting experts with over 20 years of experience. With lots of happy paddlers. We’re good at providing you with the safest and most fun river trip possible. We hope your youth group joins us this season for an exciting, participatory adventure that they’ll want to return for, again and again. Be sure to make your rafting reservations as early as possible to secure your date. Based on availability, we’ll do our best to accommodate you if your plans are last minute. For a list of our conditions, please read our “WHO CAN GO RAFTING WITH US”. Please call us if you have any questions, or if we can assist you in any way. We’ll treat your group to a totally unique experience…
The Wet, Wild and Wonderful World of MINNESOTA WHITEWATER RAFTING!
In Raft Guides
IF YOU OR ANYONE IN YOUR GROUP CANNOT SWIM… YOU MUST HAVE AN IN-RAFT GUIDE.
In addition to our standard kayaking guides,
IN-RAFT GUIDES ARE AVAILABLE
- Are you extremely nervous,
- are you a foreign national,
- is English a second language,
- are you a Senior Citizen, or do you desire
- to make your river trip a First Class Experience?
If so…we highly recommend an In-Raft Guide.
(In-Raft Guides MUST be reserved in advance, they CANNOT be available upon arrival.)
What’s so special about our river rafting trips is that they are truly participatory. We do not take you down the river – we talk you down. It’s not a ride – it’s an adventure.
Your river guides accompany you in kayaks, advising you, and constantly monitoring and supervising your adventure on the river with us.
For even more fun and enhanced safety, you can choose to hire an In-Raft Guide. If you would like an expert providing you with an additional level of personal attention, In-Raft Guides are available at the low cost of only $30, shared by everyone in your raft. You can contract a rafting expert for 3 hours, at only $30/raft- a bargain!
Please call (218) 522-4446 for details regarding the In-Raft Guides.
Your In-Raft Guides MUST be reserved in advance; without an advance reservation, they CANNOT be available upon arrival.
You can reserve your places well in advance of your Trip Date, secure in the knowledge that your places are guaranteed by us, and that your payment is not due until two weeks before your Trip Date (within 2 weeks of your Trip Date, your commitment is always non-refundable, and your Trip Date will not be rescheduled). If you are unwilling to make an advance non-refundable commitment, you can choose to call us at any time, even at the last minute, to see if we have room. We often, but not always, can accommodate last minute additions or reservations. So, don’t hesitate to call us to secure any available places. If you arrive at our meeting place with unreserved additional persons, we may not be able to include them in the trip. Don’t risk the frustration – please call us first.
If you have any questions, or if we can assist you in planning an adventure that you and your friends will look forward to repeating again and again, please give us a call…we’ll take care of the rest.
(218) 522-4446 -or- MNWhiteWaterRafting@gmail.com
POLICY REGARDING NON-REFUNDABLE RESERVATIONS
If you fail to arrive for your trip, or are late, please remember, yours was a non-refundable commitment. In preparation for your trip, we schedule staff and take no more reservations once the trip is full. We have a limited amount of places available on our trips. As with other events (sporting, concert, etc.) we guarantee to you the places that you purchased, we do not sell them to anyone else, and we do not issue refund.
- A COMPLETE DRY CHANGE OF CLOTHES (INCLUDING SHOES)
- FOOTWEAR MUST HAVE LACES, BUCKLES OR VELCRO STRAPS; NO SLIP-ON SLIDERS, LOAFERS, CROCS OR WATER SHOES
- SNUG EYEGLASS STRAPS (WE SELL EXCELLENT INEXPENSIVE STRAPS OR WE WILL PROVIDE A FREE ALTERNATIVE)
- SHORTS OR BATHING SUIT AND A SLEEVED SHIRT (T-SHIRT, etc.); NO TANK TOPS OR BATHING SUIT TOPS
- LIGHT NYLON RAINWEAR OR WIND BREAKER (TOP & BOTTOM)
- SYNTHETIC CLOTHING ( FLEECE, LYCRA, RAYON, WOOL, etc.) INCLUDING CAP, IN CASE OF POOR WEATHER
- A LARGE TRASH BAG TO USE AS AN IMPROMPTU WIND BREAKER, OR TO STORE WET CLOTHES AFTER YOUR TRIP
- SUNTAN LOTION AND TOWEL
- YOU WILL STORE YOUR DRY CHANGE OF CLOTHES, LOTION AND TOWEL IN YOUR CAR
- A SHIRT WITH SLEEVES (T-SHIRT, etc.) MUST BE WORN UNDER OUR LIFE JACKETS. (NO SKIN CONTACT BETWEEN YOU AND THE LIFE JACKETS)
Our office in Duluth is not our Rafting Trip Meeting Place.
You can GOOGLE MAP our Rafting Trip Meeting Place:
3212 River Gate Avenue
Cloquet, MN; 55720
(The above is a GPS Rafting Trip Meeting Place address only; not our office mailing address)
Our mailing address is:
3704 Allendale Ave
Duluth, Mn 55803
Please call (218) 522-4446
or email MNWhiteWaterRafting@gmail.com
If you show up unreserved,
you risk being frustrated if we’re full.
YOU MUST ARRIVE ON TIME.
Please be sure to arrive ½ hour prior to your trip start time
to allow for check-in and preparation. Remember…
WE CANNOT AND WILL NOT WAIT FOR LATE ARRIVALS.
The meeting place for your raft trip is located within 4 blocks of exit #239 of Interstate 35. Take the Scanlon Exit #239 (located near mile marker #239) and, whether or not you were traveling from the north or south, take a right off the exit onto Hwy 45 North. Proceed 1 block to the stop light, and turn right onto Hwy 61 East. Proceed another block, make the next right onto Rivergate Avenue, then an immediate left onto the frontage road. We share our parking lot with “THE RIVER INN BAR AND GRILL” on the bank of the river. If you cross over the St. Louis River you’ve gone too far.
MORE FRIENDS WANT TO JOIN THE TRIP?
Often, once your initial rafting reservations are made, friends decide they would like to join in the fun. NO PROBLEM! As long as we still have space available on your trip you can increase the size of your group by calling our reservation hotline (218) 522-4446 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. If you arrive at our meeting place with unreserved additional persons, we may not be able to add them to your group. Don’t risk the frustration – please call us first. We’ll make every effort to accommodate you.
It’s based upon years of experience and reflects our ongoing effort at minimizing the risk of the sport and providing for you the most pleasant, most exciting and safest trip possible. Please call (218) 522-4446 or email us at MNWhiteWaterRafting@gmail.com if we can answer any questions. Our desire is to help make this one of the most fun, safe, & memorable outdoor adventures you’ve ever had.
OUR TRIPS RUN RAIN OR SHINE.
You’ll get wet anyway. You’ll stay warm if you follow our advice on clothing. If necessary, you can always opt to rent a wet suit to ensure your comfort. Trips can be canceled only by us due to health threatening conditions. We issue no rain checks or refunds. Within 2 weeks of your trip, your commitment is non-refundable and your trip will not be rescheduled. We reserve the right to cancel due to safety concerns, extreme high or low river conditions or low attendance. If we do cancel, we are not responsible for costs incurred other than reimbursement of rafting fees and, of course, you’ll receive an immediate refund or an opportunity to reschedule.
Can be made at any time, up to a year in advance. Or, you can choose to call us at any time, even at the last minute to see if we have room. We often, but not always, have room for last minute additions or reservations. So, don’t hesitate to call us to secure any available places. If you have any questions, or if we can assist you in planning an adventure that you and your friends will look forward to repeating again and again, please give us a call…we’ll take care of the rest
BRING WARM CLOTHES IN CASE OF COLD WEATHER
Bring warm clothes regardless of what the conditions are at home. Weather can change suddenly and can be dramatically different in our area. Please come prepared for the worst conditions. You can stow your inclement weather gear in your car if it’s a warm day.
WEAR NO HEAVY COTTON ON THE RIVER.
Heavy cotton clothing, including jeans, sweats or long underwear, cannot keep you warm when it gets wet – and you’re sure to get wet. To maximize your comfort, bring synthetic (fleece, rayon, polyester, nylon, etc.) or wool clothing, all of which insulate well when wet. The less cotton you wear the warmer and more comfortable you’ll be.
WE RENT WET SUITS –
If you follow our advice on what to bring you should not need one (except in May – when we reserve the right to insist on wet suits). We’ll provide wet suits for free only if we insist on them for your safety, not just for your comfort. The decision to offer free wet suits is ours alone. Wet suits can be rented for $12.00 per full suit, or $6.00 per half suit. They will be available for rent when you check in for your trip, and are half price in September. If you have your own, it’s wise to always pack it just in case the weather turns against you. Under our wet suit, you should wear swim suits, synthetic long underwear or tights, or shorts & T-shirts.
GENERALLY NOTHING ALLOWED ON RAFTS. Feel free to pack a lunch, water bottle, etc. however, we discourage bringing any of these things on the river with you. Great odds that you will wet, lose, or break such items, or they may create a hazard to you and others on the river. If you feel you must take anything on the raft with you, please consult with us before your trip.
ALCOHOL AND DRUGS ARE NOT PERMITTED. We reserve the right to, and we will, deny participation (without refund) to anyone who is not sober upon arrival or during our trip.
MUST BE IN GOOD HEALTH TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR RIVER TRIP. This is not an amusement park ride. For your safety and the safety of others in your raft it is important that you be able to paddle strenuously against strong currents and into large waves while maintaining seated balance. (Sorry, we lost the seat-belts)
CANNOT be pregnant.
MUST be intellectually and emotionally mature enough to understand and to follow our advice.
MUST hear well and understand English very well.
MINIMUM age is 12 years.Under NO circumstances will a child UNDER 12 YEARS OLD be allowed on our river trip.
If anyone in your group has any unique medical, physical, intellectual or psychological condition please CALL US with that information. We’ll make every effort to accommodate them. There are a few conditions which would disqualify a person from whitewater rafting trips. However, please call us regarding any unique condition as soon as possible to avoid the risk of arriving for your trip, only to be refused on the bank of the river.
Be sure to BRING ANY MEDICATION YOU MAY NEED on river.
Please read our guideline, “WHO CAN GO RAFTING WITH US”.
Minnesota Whitewater reserves the right to refuse participation in our river trips to any person, before or during a trip, in order to provide for the safety of that individual or others on the trip.
All participants, over the age of 18, MUST sign a liability release upon arrival as a condition of their participation in the trip. Also, all participants, ages 12 through 17, MUST provide on arrival, our PARENT OR GUARDIAN ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT AND RELEASE signed by their parent or court appointed legal guardian only. Minors will be refused participation in our trip without the signed, highly legible (if copies are made), Minor Release Form. Despite our superb safety record, it must be understood that there are inherent risks due to participation on a whitewater rafting trip. Minnesota Whitewater assumes no legal or financial responsibility for any participants’ personal safety or loss or damage to personal property.
Please be sure to arrive ½ hour prior to your trip start time to allow for check-in and preparation.
WE CANNOT AND WILL NOT WAIT FOR LATE ARRIVALS.
GROUP LEADERS, PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE
IN YOUR PARTY RECEIVES THIS INFORMATION
$40.00 per person per trip.
Group and other discounts available–call for details.
In-raft guides available for $30/raft–mandatory if any non-swimmers in raft group.
Helmets optional for adults and provided for free.
Helmets mandatory for minors and also provided for free.
Wet suit tops and bottoms available for $3/each or $5/set (top & bottom).
Limited number of GoPro helmet mounts available for $10/each per trip.