About Us

Swiftwater Adventures was founded through a collaboration of experienced whitewater guides. With all of us having guided for many years on the St. Louis River (and beyond), we saw and experienced the gauntlet of whitewater adventures and misadventures. From guiding hundreds of trips and thousands of people over the years, we saw joy and pain, happiness and frustration, jubilation and stress. We wanted to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative, but we needed to be free to run things our way.

We formed Swiftwater Adventures to focus on fun and safety while increasing excitement and interaction with participants. From booking your trip to checking in and especially your time on the river, our goal is to deliver a positive experience.

Today, our trip leaders have over 50 years of experience guiding whitewater rafting and kayaking trips on the St. Louis River near Duluth, Minnesota.

Our mission is to provide whitewater adventures to anyone and everyone, no experience necessary! Swiftwater seeks to promote responsible outdoor recreation, provide participants with a safe, fun, and exciting adventure, and to provide experiential, environmental, and adventure education trips to colleges, secondary schools, youth groups, and citizen science organizations.

Homegrown guides with world experience. Our guides are from the region but most have traveled and/or guided in other regions or countries. We have taken the best of what we have seen and experienced and applied it to our trips

Our trips are guided by professional in raft guides and are led by trip leaders in safety kayaks. This makes your trip more fun and safe with experienced and trained guides both in the raft and on the river.

Specialized training and certifications: We set the industry standard in the area. Our trip leaders are certified in Swift Water Rescue, Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder, and CPR.

Education and knowledge of local ecosystems where trips take place. From geology to flora and fauna of the region, we know it, love it, and share it with you.

You are special: we don’t operate like a whitewater factory in a hurry to get you down and on to the next customer. Our goal is to offer a unique, quality experience where you are part of the team. We encourage everyone to be fully in the moment and enjoy their surroundings.

Call to book your whitewater adventure today!