- ULTIMATE GROUP ADVENTURE
- RESERVATIONS and REFUNDS
- WHO CAN GO RAFTING
- IN RAFT GUIDES
- WHAT TO BRING
- DRIVING DIRECTIONS
- LIABILITY WAIVERS
- THE (not so) FINE PRINT
Minnesota Whitewater Rafting specializes in large group whitewater rafting tours on the St. Louis River. This fun and exciting activity is a perfect team-building exercise for any group.
Whether a division of a Fortune 500 corporation, a small business, or a youth group of any type, our trips are always an exercise in working together to get down the roller-coaster ride that is whitewater rafting. You can treat your group to the thrill, adventure, and excitement of an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip while at the same time experiencing the need to paddle together and follow our guides’ instructions to safely navigate the river route.
Regardless of previous rafting experience, our river rafting trip is a stimulating activity for anyone over twelve years old and in good health. Whether yours is a Scout Troop, Church Youth Group, Class, Camp, or Business Organization, we’ll set the stage for a fun and truly challenging river experience.
Minnesota Whitewater Rafting guides are experts with over 40 years of combined experience. We will provide you and your group with a safe, fun, and exciting trip down the river. So bring your group and join us for an exciting participatory adventure that they’ll want to experience every season.
Please try to make your whitewater rafting reservations as early as possible to secure your date. We’ll do our best to accommodate you if your plans are last minute, based on availability.
For a list of our conditions, please read our “WHO CAN GO RAFTING” page and feel free to call us with any questions.
Minnesota Whitewater Rafting is here to treat your group to a truly unique and exciting experience.
CALL FOR SPECIAL GROUP RATES
Join us and experience the Wet, Wild, and Wonderful world of MINNESOTA WHITEWATER RAFTING!
Group and other discounts available–call for details
$42.00/per person per trip, plus tax and handling fees
(tax and handling fees apply)
Call for Group Rates and Special Discounts
$30/each raft: In-raft guides will be made available (mandatory if any non-swimmers in raft group)
Free: Helmets for adults (optional)
Free: Helmets for minors (mandatory)
$6/each: top or bottom
$10/set: top & bottom
$10/each: GoPro helmet mount (limited number)
$5/each: Smartphone/Camera case (limited number)
Reservations accepted all year either online or by phone.
Large groups qualify for discounts with a non-refundable deposit of half the total price.
Balance must be paid before ten business days (two weeks) prior to reserved trip date.
Payment is non-refundable within 7 days of trip date but we will work with you and your group to reschedule during the same season.
Individuals and small groups may receive a full refund with 7 days notice of cancellation.
All groups will receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
Please contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation.
No-shows will be charged the full price.
So, here is where the rubber hits the water…
Minnesota Whitewater Rafting tours are suitable for just about everyone. However, it is very important to keep in mind a few basic points:
The first, and most important point is that this is not an amusement park ride.
Minnesota Whitewater Rafting guides do their best to keep all our rafters safe but we have to play by Mother Nature’s rules.
The second basic point is that whitewater rafting is an activity which takes place in an active natural environment on the St. Louis River. Because of changes in water flows, water levels, and other conditions no two trips down the river will ever be the same.
The third basic point is that different conditions require different approaches as we travel down the river. Our guides’ many years of experience allow us to safely guide you and your group down the river.
And finally, Whitewater rafting requires all participants to actively paddle and even steer the raft where the guides lead–we don’t take you down the river, we guide you and your group.
Very few handicaps or conditions will prohibit anyone from safely participating in our whitewater rafting trips. Because of the nature of whitewater rafting, as noted above, experience has shown that some conditions preclude participation.
Our experience has led to guidelines about who can safely enjoy our whitewater rafting trips:
Cannot Be Pregnant–we do not want you to risk your pregnancy (and wouldn’t want to jeopardize a future rafter)
Must Be At Least 11 Years Of Age–don’t get us wrong, we love children (some may say we never outgrew that ourselves). Our experience is that under 11 is too small to effectively paddle and safely maneuver if they should end up in the river (not a goal but it does happen).
Must Be Capable Of Following Directions Given In English–Although some of us are multi-lingual, it is still important that all participants be able to clearly understand, and quickly respond to, our advice and directions during your trip on the river (Mother Nature only speaks one language– force of gravity pulling mass of water).
Must Arrive Sober And Drug Free–We simply have to deny participation, without refund, to anyone who is under the influence of any kind of mood altering chemicals, including alcohol, for the safety of all participants.
PLEASE CALL US REGARDING ANY UNIQUE PHYSICAL OR HEALTH CONDITIONS
We strive to accommodate everyone, however, we reserve the right to deny participation in our whitewater river rafting trips.
We always defer to to Mother Nature’s rules and must act to ensure your safety or the safety of others.
In Raft Guides
IF THERE ARE ANY NON-SWIMMERS IN YOUR GROUP–
AN IN-RAFT GUIDE IS MANDATORY and MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE.
Minnesota Whitewater Rafting trips are truly unique because they are participatory. We do not take you down the river – we talk you down. Your river guides accompany you in kayaks–constantly monitoring and supervising your adventure on the river with us.
IF THERE ARE ANY NON-SWIMMERS IN YOUR GROUP THEN AN IN-RAFT GUIDE IS MANDATORY and MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE.
IN-RAFT GUIDES ARE RECOMMENDED FOR THE FOLLOWING:
- Extremely nervous or anxious about your experience?
- Not fluent in English?
- Any members of your group not strong swimmers?
- Wish to enhance your river rafting experience?
If any of the above apply then we highly recommend an In-Raft Guide.
In-Raft Guides MUST be reserved in advance as they generally are not available upon arrival without a reservation. Our In-Raft Guides are experienced rafters who will provide you with an additional level of personal attention, safety (in case of non-strong swimmers), and fun–they know all the holes and waves to hit.
In-Raft Guides are available at the low cost of only $30 per raft.
Please call (218) 522-4446 for details regarding the In-Raft Guides.
- 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)
- 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
- PLEASE STORE YOUR DRY CHANGE OF CLOTHES, LOTION, TOWEL AND ANY OTHER PERSONAL BELONGINGS IN YOUR CAR DURING YOUR TRIP
- A SHIRT WITH SLEEVES (T-SHIRT, etc.) MUST BE WORN UNDER OUR LIFE JACKETS. (NO SKIN CONTACT BETWEEN YOU AND THE LIFE JACKETS OR YOU MAY REGRET THE FRICTION BURN)
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
or use our online system (“Book Now” buttons) for reservations.
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.
(OK, so here is the fine and not so fine print)
This info is 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 with any questions. Our desire is to 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–see “What to Bring”. If necessary, you can always opt to rent a wet suit to ensure your comfort.
Trips may be canceled by management due to health threatening weather or water conditions. Within 7 days of your trip for individuals or small groups and 2 weeks for large groups your commitment is non-refundable. We will work with you and your group to reschedule during the same season should a non-refundable cancellation occur. We always 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.
RESERVATIONS 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.
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
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 a wet suit except early in the season. We reserve the right to insist on wet suits and we’ll provide them free of charge 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 (see “Rates” tab). Wet suits are 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 EXTRA IS 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 REASONABLY 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 and on your trip 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 11 years. Under NO circumstances will a child UNDER 11 YEARS OLD be allowed on our river trips.
EXCEPTIONS: 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 11 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 Rafting 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